PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Monday at noon. Junior gymnasts fill the Clemente bridge. They’ve come to make history, with some help from Olympic gymnast Gabby Douglas.
The petite teen with the winning smile and two gold medals has adjusted to the international stage.
“No one knew who I was to being a household name,” she says. “But it was just fantastic, and an overnight celebrity thing, you know.”
She’s in Pittsburgh to promote the P and G Gymnastics Championships in August, and to help local fans smash a Guinness world record: 492 cartwheels at the same time.
“I think we’re going to do it,” she predicts. “There are 700 kids out here excited, determined, and we’re motivated. So we’re going to do it.”
The announcer counts down the seconds, and young gymnasts follow with 735 simultaneous cartwheels. It’s a new world record.
They may not all win Olympic medals, and perhaps none of them will. But they have gotten into the Guinness Book of World Records, and that’s worth a high five.
In the heat of the noonday sun, the Olympian high fives her fans, and inspires them to always do their best.
World record. Gold medals. What’s left?
“Go back and train,” Gabby says. “Raise the bar.”
She’s bound for the Rio Olympics in 2016.