There are Guinness records for just about everything. Now one of them is owned by an Ohio cheerleader.
As reported by USA Today, Cuyahoga Falls (Oh.) Walsh Jesuit High cheerleader Marie Klein completed a dizzying 42 consecutive handsprings to break the prior record during Walsh Jesuit's football game against Akron (Oh.) St Vincent-St. Mary School (yes, LeBron's alma mater). Though the video above appears to show 40 handsprings, at least according to the count cheered out by the crowd on site, the school itself announced 42.
Critically, dizzying isn't just an over-dramatic choice of descriptive adjective in the paragraph above; Klein was literally made very, very dizzy by flopping head over heels 42 straight times. You can see video of Klein's achievement above, but be careful, it might make you dizzy, too.
"It was crazy," Klein told WalshJesuit.org, the school's official website. "I loved the way the crowd reacted. My mom was crying. It didn't feel real at times as I did it. I almost passed out, but I kept going. I am real excited to have the record. Now I want to break my own record."
The junior cheer star's feat earned a mention on ESPN's SportsCenter and got plenty of kudos from everyone from the diminutive teen's family to St. Vincent-St. Mary onlookers. Perhaps Klein has a slight advantage because she stands just 4-foot-11? Prep Rally isn't sure, as it has never successfully completed a single handspring, let alone 42 in a row.
"It is so awesome I could do this with my family supporting me," Klein told WalshJesuit.org. "My mom, Steph, my dad, Steve, and my brother, Stevie, all were here to watch."
Now, thanks to the wonders of YouTube, plenty more have seen her achievement, though many may have been pushed toward vertigo just by taking in her perpetual flip-flopping.
- Walsh Jesuit