An East Texas High School student is hoping to jump ... or handspring... into the Guinness Book of World Records Friday.
She's planning the big moment at her school's Friday night football game. She's a cheerleader with a clear focus on a goal that would make most people's head's spin.
"The most I've done is 25, I've only had one practice," Chrissalynd Person, a Junior at Sulphur Springs said.
She's won state and national honors, but now she's going for global! The Sulphur Springs junior is hoping to flip her way into the Guinness Book of World Records by beating the former 44 back handsprings.
"We're just really proud of her, and once she sets her mind to do something, she pretty much does it," June Person, her mother said.
She came up with the idea after seeing a YouTube video of the current world record-holder.
"It may be tough, but I think I can do it," Chrissalynd said.
And the only thing that could possible stand in her way would literally stand in her way.
"I ran out of space, and just, I get kind of dizzy after I do a whole bunch," she said.
Her parents have no doubt, her mother said,"she does things, she don't ever give up, she is going to do it, she don't ever give up."
The champion gymnast has been tumbling almost since the time she could walk. She tells KLTV she was doing multiple back handsprings by the time she was five.
"She is a dream, she is every coach's dream; she can do everything that you ask her to do," Zearlene Roberts, her coach, said. "The girls absolutely love having her because she can do so much, and they want her to do so much on the squad, so she's a definite dream to have on the squad."
Now, this cheerleader will have a crowd cheering for her.
"I'd be so nervous while she was in gymnastics, I'd be trying to hide around the corner, but she's just, keep on going, keep on going, she just, she's just like a little train, keep on going, just keep on going," Louie Person, her father, said.
Chrissalynd says she hopes to earn a gymnastics scholarship to go to college and plans to continue. She also says the Olympics would be pretty cool, too.
Tuesday, August 26 2014 5:57 AM EDT2014-08-26 09:57:06 GMT
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