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World Jump Rope Championships Unlike Jumping Rope In Your Backyard

5:47 PM, Jul 4, 2011   |    comments
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WASHINGTON (WUSA) -- If someone asked you, "Can you jump rope?" you'd probably answer yes, because chances are you did it as a kid, and just like riding a bike, once you learn, you never really forget.

Then again, there's our definition of jumping rope, and the world class definition. We found out those are two very different things.

The World Jump Rope Championships drew participants from 12 countries who have different styles of jumping rope and have trained for months. They all have one goal: to bring their "A" game. 

The championships consist of 18 events from freestyle to double dutch. Most of the participants have a little gymnast in them, so no leap, no vault and no move is off limits.

So how do you pull off a flawless performance out there?  Practice. Participants work on their routines minutes before facing the judges. 

Once in front of the judges, participants have a minute to impress them with degrees of difficulty and a heavy dose of showmanship. It's not all show though -- you better be in shape. There's also stamina... and sportsmanship. The jump rope community helped the Tanzanian team get passports and visas so they could go to the championships.

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