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Early high school student breaks world backward handspring record

By Betty Nguyen, bnguyen@ktxs.com
Published On: Nov 15 2013 08:31:11 PM CST
Updated On: Nov 15 2013 08:31:37 PM CST
EARLY, Texas -

17-year-old Tim Wade of Early recently broke a Guinness World Record in a gymnastics event.

He made history this past week at the AT&T stadium in Dallas when he did 46 consecutive backward handsprings.

"My brother and I have been buying the books and spitting out random facts in the car that my mom doesn't really want to hear...I never thought that I was actually going to be reading about myself in the book," Wade said.

This is actually the second time Wade set the world record for handsprings. It happened last year at one of Early's football games. When Wade set his first record of 39, he actually broke the record of 36, which was held by his younger brother Cale.

"It's definitely an honor to represent the United States and say that I have represented the United States. The first time I broke the record, only my community knew about it. We celebrated and had a good little highlight in our town but it never went global like it did now," Wade said.

Between last year and last week, someone else broke the world record, but Wade is now back on top. He said he was nervous to try again, considering he had not been practicing handsprings for about two months due to a bad knee.

Wade has been practicing gymnastics at his family's gym, Seal Gymnastics, since he was as young as 6 years old and is now a coach there. His mom and coach, Kristin Wade, said she is very proud.

"It didn't really hit me until we saw the video cameras and the photographer and the woman from Guinness World Record," she said. 

She also said having Guinness representatives at the event made the second attempt more nerve-wracking than the first time, when they only had to submit paperwork and a video. "But there was still a lot of excitement. It was a lot of fun."