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Local launches a high-flying career

Kelli Rollin

Leaping from high places has always seemed to be Jordan Tribble’s thing.

Tribble, a 2011 graduate of Glenwood Springs High School, will soon be an international trapeze artist, when he leaves June 24 to join Japan’s POP Circus.

“It’s really funny,” Tribble said. “Growing up, people always joked that I would be in a circus one day.”

He told of a time at school when he jumped out of a second-story window and waved at his teachers.

“They weren’t too happy,” Tribble said.

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Tribble was introduced to trapeze by his uncle, Sam Tribble, of California, who is a United States world coach and big producer of the Cyr Wheel, a large metal hoop used in acrobatics.

When Jordan was 14, his uncle showed him some trapeze tricks and he took a class.

“When I first tried it, I thought it was fun, but I didn’t really love it,” Tribble said.

He said that is partially due to the coach he had, who tended to yell a lot. But Tribble, who now instructs trapeze at Emerald City Trapeze Arts in Seattle, said he now knows the yelling was so the coach could be heard above Tribble’s fear.

A few years after taking the class, Tribble was intrigued by the Cyr Wheel and performed at local events, including Strawberry Days.

Still having taken only one trapeze class, Sam got Tribble a job working at the Trapeze School New York in California in 2013, where he also trained.

Though trapeze is transitioning into a career for Tribble, he said it doesn’t get old. He said he always tries to make it fun.

“I couldn’t imagine doing anything else,” he said.

However, Tribble is also interested in videography, which has taken the back burner. He said he’d eventually like to merge his two loves of trapeze and videography, even if that means he has a camera crew filming him.

Trapeze can be a stress reliever for Tribble as well as a stress-builder.

“Trapeze is 70 percent mental,” he said. “I love when I’m doing something and I get those butterflies. It’s that fear that’s telling you to jump, but then is telling you not to jump at the same time,” Tribble said.

However, his mom, Susan Tribble, doesn’t embrace her fear of heights the same way as her son.

“I can’t even be on a ladder, so I don’t get how he can be 45 feet in the air,” Susan said.

She said when Jordan first started flying trapeze, she and her husband, Chris Tribble, didn’t think their son was that serious. But then they went to his first show last October and they understood.

“I literally could not watch him,” Susan said. “I get on the Internet sometimes and watch and my palms just sweat.”

But she said she supports her son in doing the dangerous act.

“Jordan is a showman and he always has been in whatever he has done,” Susan said. “He loves what he does and he’s good at it.”

Tribble said growing up in the Glenwood area has been a factor in his success.

“I think this valley has been a great place to grow up,” he said. “People have always thought I was a little bit crazy” because of his energetic and acrobatic behavior.

But he said people in the community have been supportive, nonetheless. He said living in the area also kept him healthy, with so many mountains to climb and other activities close at hand.

With being contracted to Japan’s POP Circus, where he’ll stay for four months, Tribble said it still hasn’t hit him. He said he’s just trying to stay calm and healthy.

“I’m doing what I love and I don’t think you can ask for much more,” Tribble said.

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