Miranda Ferguson, a 16-year-old high school junior from Dallas, Texas, broke the Guinness world record for the largest number of consecutive back handsprings last week when, during a football halftime show, she completed 35 back handsprings, beating the previous record of 32. This isn't the first time Ferguson has wowed crowds with her back handspring skills ‚ÄĒ last football season, she completed 20, then after learning that she was only 12 off from the world record (and that's without trying to beat it), set her sights on a new goal.

"Really just the fans out there really helped me get through it," Ferguson said of her record-breaking turn. The exuberant crowd counted along as she completed her back handsprings and cheered her on as she began to visibly tire before eventually meeting her (extraordinary) limit: "I was really nervous that if I did one more that I was just going to fall, so I was like, 'I'm going to stay at 35. I got this."'

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And how'd she feel in the light of her victory? Proud, but a little in pain: "My head isn't too bad, but my back is kind of sore. I'm sure I'm going to feel it tomorrow."

[BBC]