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Apparently there’s a world backflip record, and this high school cheerleader just broke it

Oct 9, 2012, 9:00 AM EDT

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I’m always relieved when high school cheerleaders use their powers for good instead of evil, and this appears to be one of these times. Meet Miranda Ferguson, a junior at the all-girls Hockaday School in Dallas, TX. Miranda was goofing around one day at cheerleading practice and did 25 consecutive backflips — or handsprings, in cheerleader talk. When told that the world record was 32, she decided to go for it.

So on Friday night at a football game between host St. Marks and Oakridge School, Miranda — under the watchful gaze of two judges from the Guinness Book of World Records — reeled off 35 consecutive backflips on the football field to shatter the record and enter her name into cheerleader lore. Miranda:

“My back kind of gets sore after practicing: I’m sure I’m going to feel it tomorrow. … I was really nervous that if I did one more I was going to fall, so I stayed at 35.”


Video here.