Olympian Gabby Douglas Attempts Cartwheel Record

Jun 4, 2014 12:13pm
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Gymnasts attempting a group cartwheel at the Xcel Energy Center in Saint Paul. Credit: Xcel Energy Center.

Gymnast Gabriel Douglas already has two Olympic gold medals under her belt. Now she’ll head to Pittsburgh on June 23 in hopes of adding to her impressive list of physical feats.

She and hundreds of others will attempt to break the record for simultaneous cartwheels. That is, the largest number of people performing a cartwheel all together, all at the same time.

“We need at least 500 people to break the official record but we’re hoping for 700 to show up,” said USA Gymnastics spokeswoman Leslie King.

In 2006, more than 1100 people showed up in Saint Paul, Minn. in an attempt to set a group cartwheel record but the event wasn’t a sanctioned so it didn’t make it into the Guinness Book of World Records, said King.

The official record now stands at 482 cartwheelers and was  set in 2009 in the Netherlands, according to Guinness.

Douglas could not be reached for comment because she is in training — presumably for the next Olympics, not to perfect her cartwheeling technique.

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