How the Hell Does Anyone Get This Good at Jump Rope?

Freestyle competitive jump rope is a real sport. It’s badass and has almost nothing in common with its schoolyard predecessor.

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Let that sink in. And then feast your eyes on Nick Woodard—one of the sport’s luminaries and multiple-time world champions—as he performs a routine that involves standing back flips, corkscrews, and hand stands. It’s like your childhood had a baby with gymnastics and breakdancing, and that baby is wearing sunglasses and offering cigarettes to other babies.

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DISCUSSION

Girl I know from the gym is a former world-champion jumper-roper (I don’t know if they have...leagues? Divisions? She won the f*ck out of something). We all kind of laughed about it until she and her friend did a demo for us one day. Yeah, holy shit.