As the Dad of a former gymnast, this is incredible!
A 16-year-old high school cheerleader has broken a Guinness World Record that is, quite frankly, flipping amazing!
Mikayla Clark, of Westlake High School in Atlanta, performed 44 consecutive back handsprings at her school’s homecoming game, beating out the previous record of 36. She started training for the big moment at the beginning of the football season.
“I was looking at world records and I just happened to see the most consecutive back handsprings,” she said in an interview with Fox Atlanta. “I clicked on the link and I was like, ‘Oh, she did 36, I think I can beat that.'”
The feat only took about 34 seconds, and as Clark performed, cheers from her teammates and her coach grew louder and louder as she approached the previous record number of flips and then passed it significantly.
“Most people can say, ‘Well, I won state, I did this.’ Now I can say I’m a world record holder,'” said the record breaking teen.
Although her official certificate hasn’t even come in the mail yet, she has already set a new goal for herself.
“My senior year, I’m going to flip field goal to field goal and try to break my record.”