On Today, Al Roker and company invited one 28-year-old Bria Roberts from Los Angeles to attempt a Guinness world record — most one-legged skips of a jump rope in a minute. Bria was already the world record holder. In 2013, she scored 29 skips in a minute. Then in 2014, she broke her own record with 33 in one minute.
The origin story behind Roberts’s impressive feat is quite fascinating. “Bria, how did you discover this talent?” asked Roker. “Well, actually, someone just asked me, ‘Do you think you could jump rope with your leg behind your head?’” Roberts regaled the studio. “And I was like, ‘I don’t know. I’ll try.’”
“I don’t know. I’ll try.” Those are the same exact words Tenzing Norgay said at the foot of Mount Everest. Roberts then set out on her own personal Everest. Things started off well enough for the athlete, but then, of course, Roker had to jinx everything when he said, “You kind of wonder what happens if she loses her balance.” Almost immediately after, Roberts did lose her balance.
After doing some more jumps, and losing her balance again, time ran out. “I’m OK because I still have the record anyway,” Roberts said when Roker asked if she was disappointed. But then, the Guinness representative there chimed in, “Wait till you, I mean, as you saw, there were a lot of rotations that were completed. The record to beat was 33.” “And?” asked Roker. “Bria achieved 35!” So, after all of that, we can say congratulations, Bria Roberts. You are, again, a Guinness world record holder.
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