Nov. 14, 2013
By Nicole Martin
She holds three Guinness World Records and she’s only nine years old.
In October Guinness confirmed that fourth grader Mridula Shanker became the world record holder for the most amount of hula-hoop rotations (166) in one minute in the arabesque position, which requires her to stand on one leg while the other leg is extended behind her.
Mridula’s journey began when she searched YouTube in hopes of finding a unique activity to perform for her school’s 2011 talent show. After stumbling across several YouTube tutorials on hula hooping, she figured she would give the activity a try.
Mridula said she began to practice hula- hooping for 30 minutes a day. After performing in her school talent show and amazing the audience, Mridula said that many of her peers as well as faculty started encouraging her to attempt to earn a Guinness record.
In 2011 Mridula earned her first world record by completing the most amount of hula-hoop rotations (209) in one minute while standing on one leg. The following year she broke her own record by completing 215 rotations in one minute. Mridula is now the recipient of three Guinness world record certificates.
“I want to thank my principal teachers and friends for their encouragement and support,” Mridula said.
Below is a video of Mridula’s 2011 hula-hoop performance: