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  • what?

  • Phyllis is going to jump for two minutes.

  • These air efficient from the Guinness Book of Records.

  • You got a time or two minutes, we're gonna have one thing.

  • McGinnis.

  • People counting along with Jackie.

  • And again, they're only gonna count the steps he makes with her left foot.

  • The wind is blowing, so I know you.

  • Time ready.

  • On your mark.

  • Get set.

  • Go take up with No, You make you make it up.

  • Prince The sport Double Dutch Challenge Guinness Book of Records team Black Magic We'll have.

  • She was about 25 steps off her own record.

  • What?

  • She's gonna try again?

  • Let's give her here anyway.

  • Thank you.

  • Saying important there.

  • All the members of Black Magic are from Hartford, Connecticut.

  • They came together is a double Dutch team.

  • Three years ago, at this point in time, there approximately 30,000 youngsters doing double Dutch in Connecticut alone and nationally there'd have to be well over 250,000.

  • It's no small accomplishment being a double Dutch champion in representing the United States abroad, especially for these girls who have never been outside of the state of Connecticut.

  • I've been Is it like trying I've been working with the girls for two years now.

  • When they first started jumping, they had gone to other places, have a coach, and there were places that turned him down because of their attitude and because of what was academically going on in their schools, fires their grades.

  • I just wanted to start double Dutch in tow, have a team because I had gone to people's competition.

  • So I really wasn't concerned about their attitude or dear Academic grades are basically concerned about them jumping and winning.

  • And it was a challenge just for myself, and I went after it.

  • And since then, the girls attitudes have straightened up.

  • The Greys have gotten better, and it's become winners.

  • Phyllis, I think Phyllis is a speed jumper on the team.

  • She set a new world record as faras jumping speed.

  • Phyllis is the clone of the team, and double Dutch means a lot to Phyllis Rash.

  • She I think of being the mother of the team.

  • She's the one when nobody wants to practice or everybody's feeling tired.

  • We'll say, Come on, let's just do it one more time.

  • Where is Lisa?

  • I think is sort of the baby of the team.

  • You know, when things don't go quite her way, leasable tend to pout a little bit.

  • And Connie, I don't know.

  • I think kind of probably is being maybe the most relaxed of the team and able to bend the way the team goes.

  • Okay, Counter.

  • I like what I need to get account of how fast?

  • Because you haven't been timed in the water.

  • Okay, wait.

  • I don't think a day went by in those months before the big competition, when the girls weren't after June crackers and speed and all of the other teams, most youngsters coming to the treasury.

  • I'm thinking it's gonna be a lot of fun.

  • And when they realize how much hard work is involved, that's when a lot of them find excuses to back out.

  • Just having two minutes.

  • All right.

  • Okay.

  • That was a three time in two weeks.

  • They want away, believe me.

  • And it's very important to them that they do win because it gives them a feeling of recognition.

  • It gives him a leadership role.

  • It makes them feel good in the community.

  • The Children respect them.

  • Their parents feel prow is just so much that they have to look forward to for winning that.

  • Normally, they just don't get, And this is their way of getting it.

  • So they have to make this achievement, so they have to go after it.

  • So they wanna win, and they want to win badly.

  • Okay, it's double Dutch.

  • We gotta get rolling.

  • You're gonna see a whole lot of dancing, cause Connecticut girls know how to dance and double Dutch double Dutch is made up of compulsory 30 or 42nd speed, two minutes and freestyle, which is a one minute test Where in the team does a routine comprised of 3 to 5 tricks of their own choosing.

  • All right, we're ready.

  • All right, teams.

  • Ready your ropes.

  • Double Dutch didn't become a competitive sport until about 10 years ago when two police officers from Harlem spotted a group of double Dutch jumpers on a street corner and said, I wonder if we could turn this into a competitive sport for inner city girls.

  • Take your mind.

  • Get set.

  • Wait.

  • Take your mark.

  • Get set in double Dutch.

  • You need two ropes to Turner's and one or two jumpers, depending on whether you have a singles or doubles team.

  • You also have to be, at least in the fifth grade to compete, and you can continue straight through high school.

  • Children of all sizes and shapes can enter the double Dutch program and do well.

  • Jumpers need to develop strong legs.

  • Turner's need, strong arms.

  • And to win, everyone has to develop good rhythm, endurance, concentration and team timing.

  • I take freestyle is the most creative and fun part of competition.

  • It's the most exciting to watch because no two teams ever looked the same.

  • Freestyle teams make up your own tricks, and just about anything goes divided by what right?

  • 7.67 Like most competitive sports, the rules and double Dutch, pretty technical.

  • But basically the jumpers and turners have to keep their arms and legs in the correct position and maintain good posture.

  • Points are automatically taken away if the ropes touch each other.

  • If they touch one of the jumpers, if the roads are being turned properly, or if they jump in or jump out incorrectly.

  • But to get the most points in freestyle, it doesn't matter if you come up with the most spectacular tricks in the world.

  • If they can't be executed properly.

  • Your team is gonna end up with a lower score.

  • Okay, Go.

  • Wait.

  • Going stays.

  • We just press an invisible one.

  • Just do we have the self confidence?

  • Just do just come together.

  • We don't really worry about anyone audience because we don't listen to him.

  • Really?

  • You just do We have to go back upstate, See, when you get on, the people gonna talk about you Anyways, then we get off the stage will be talking about jumper without one without two without What's that?

  • This competition, apart from all the other competition, is a reward.

  • Whichever team wins today will not only become all around state champion will also win a trip.

  • And I seriously doubt whether very many people in this audience have ever been to London.

  • England.

  • Seconds.

  • Wait, I'm shaky.

  • I'll know I'm gonna miss you over.

  • Hey way do speed and stuff.

  • I tell her that.

  • Don't worry.

  • And she tired, no doubt.

  • And I just tell you, think about winning.

  • Nothing else.

  • Just wait.

  • It's time for double Dutch smoke Were up there in the eighth grade.

  • Now it's time for double Dutch smoke.

  • Keep your eyes open.

  • If you blink your eyes.

  • You'll lose five steps.

  • It's time for a double Dutch smoke that's supposed to be Oh, all right, take a deep breath.

  • If you want to beat me up, wait till later.

  • Take your mom.

  • Get set.

  • Feed jumping is the longest event in the competition and carries the most points in the overall score.

  • Your team speed is calculated by the number of steps the jumper takes on Lee on the left foot and once it in a period of two minutes speed.

  • You don't have to worry about missing a move or forgetting part of the routine.

  • Once the road start turning, there's only one thing on your mind, and that's to go as fast and furious as you possibly can.

  • Oh, no.

  • I tried to make them feel like they can more, less take on Linus and tigers and beers.

  • You know that they can just really just conquer moon.

  • Whatever it is that they want to all obstacles out of there, they have to move on my time, I said, it's not.

  • You can't just go in here and just do 1/2 job.

  • Your heart, your soul isn't into it.

  • Then you can forget it.

  • Great.

  • Stand up.

  • I think way are done for the day with a petition in a very short time.

  • In a very short time, we will name you all off the winners.

  • Everybody is nervous.

  • Everybody is upset because it's anybody's When anybody could win at this point, This is it the best.

  • The very best all around.

  • Double Dutch team chosen by the judges on the basis of teamwork, sportsmanship, cooperation, attitude and total performance.

  • The best around team waiting in an all expense.

  • They tripped a love in England.

  • Are you ready?

  • So what are we doing here?

  • Mostly having fun Jumping jump Homework.

  • I forgot about you.

  • What is your nervous?

  • No, it's good.

  • What?

  • You scared out of planes?

  • Yes.

  • I have been on a plane.

  • Great backs and styles.

  • Yeah, some.

  • I had a head.

  • I wish we had out here.

  • I was leaving me pump black.

  • You be pumped by.

  • So you just want from you know.

  • Oh, my God.

  • How do you know that back with No, no driving a hold over.

  • You like the way she like old lady, you know, strangled over there?

  • Yeah.

  • Know what?

  • God's work it down like Professor.

  • What kind of break it down?

  • Oh, well, let me try that.

  • What?

  • Do you know where your boss wants to London.

  • You're pretty.

  • Yeah.

  • Who's got the world's May?

  • What is 3 69?

  • What does that break down?

  • Two per 2nd 7 steps to try and beat.

  • That gonna be tough.

  • How long you been working on that record?

  • How long have you all been jumping?

  • I'm gonna take you.

  • Break your record way.

  • Proud of you way people care.

  • Because it's something that doesn't happen every day.

  • And for the girls to come from a poor neighborhood and from some from troubled backgrounds, it's a great accomplishment.

  • And it makes the public aware of the fact that these girls are doing a lot of things and that they're spending the extra curriculum time Thio achieve something and to reach a goal in this very important to the control booth.

  • Wait.

  • People need so want.

  • I may be I have never flown a plane.

  • That was the only thing I was thinking about before you on this was the April attention, please.

  • Like I don't want to London.

  • I wouldn't get shot down by some Russian Andy Lonely fly with the plane.

  • Oh, my God.

  • Complain really basic.

  • I thought we would hold about 2000 past can.

  • I was skiing and I kept getting up to use the bathroom.

  • What do you do?

  • I don't know what you do Job double, uh, with what you do competition.

  • When I get the England.

  • Mostly I wanna go shopping.

  • I want to see the sights and I want to meet a lot of important people.

  • That's important to me.

  • And I'm important it on when I get over it.

  • And I want to meet the people and see what they call to the light.

  • But I have got the I think it was a feeling of excitement but a feeling of loneliness to being away from home.

  • It was like no turning back now because we're here.

  • So we have to deal with Where's the London Bridge?

  • That's Father Down River.

  • I think we might.

  • We may be going past a little later.

  • This is We're coming into Parliament Square now.

  • Thistles!

  • The houses of Parliament, Big man.

  • Wait.

  • Parliament.

  • Oh, today was what you name it.

  • Meaning That way the Walkman makes you think that at home in the United States.

  • Because I know London music isn't the same.

  • Like a breeze making up this standing up.

  • I know.

  • You gotta see.

  • Send your luggage you brought up.

  • Oh, well, how the first time I saw his room, didn't it?

  • Like that?

  • And I've seen you look better in the market.

  • They had bars and me.

  • And when I see one of these in the wound, no room.

  • And what else?

  • Okay, they got built in closets like opened up with two doors.

  • And by your Scott comes over one door closet.

  • This is president.

  • Every everyone express in any language they doing.

  • Language is getting that right himself.

  • It is better that we do with their coach, in fact, because she could be our means of communication with Miss Smith.

  • This is Mr Jonah, who's the pageant master of the whole Lord Mayor's show.

  • He is the top man.

  • He's going to be a gentleman.

  • How much do you weigh?

  • The idea of the moment is that they have a little just to make them relax.

  • A tiny bit built into that, we'll be doing a little curtsy for the Lord Mayor and I can handle that with the girls after not wasting our time.

  • But they will be told where they do the cutting.

  • Then I'll teach them cats, which is a simple thing.

  • Can I introduce Mr Alexander to the girls lady?

  • Now?

  • We just explained the skipping routine and Coach will tell you exactly what what happens.

  • Don't worry.

  • It's not half as grim as it sounds.

  • But at the end of that, we'd like you to curtsy.

  • Mr.