Mridula Shanker, the nine-year-old who has set previous world records for hula hooping, has gone and done it again. Spinning her way in to the Guinness World Record book for a second time, the fourth grader from Northside Elementary School now has the most hula hoop rotations on the leg in the arabesque positions in one minute, spinning up a mind blowing 166 rotations. For those who may not be familiar, the arabesque pose is a ballet move in which one leg is off the ground and extended behind you. Mridula attempted the feat at school in Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA, where her classmates gathered to watch.
Her other Guinness award is for the record number of hula hoop rotations around her waist while standing on one leg, spinning up 192 of them (Meet Mridula Shanker: Hula Hoop World Record Breaker). It was a record she achieved at the age of 7, though she beat her own record in January 2012 with 215 rotations in one minute. Mridula taught herself to hula hoop when she was six-years-old after watching videos online and this probably won’t be the last Guinness record for Mridula either. “She loves to beat them,” her father Shanker Kalyana-Sundaram told MLive.
For her next feat, Mridula is practicing holding one of her legs in the air above her head while spinning her hoop on her ankle, saying that she’ll be in shape to challenge a new record in that pose in about three months. How does she do it? She practices religiously: one hour every day. She’s also been teaching her four-year-old sister Shruthi Shanker how to hula hoop too. When asked if her younger sister would beat her Guinness records one day, Mridula just laughed. You migh also enjoy our post: Mridula Shanker: Hooping Star.