A total of 20,478 gymnasts and fans from more than 100 gymnastics clubs nationwide, including the Gymnastics Zone in Napa, joined together on Saturday to break the world record for most handstands performed simultaneously and bring the title back to the United States.
At precisely 10 a.m., 20,478 participants throughout the country kicked up into a handstand to break the existing record of 2,402, set by Australian gymnasts in Melbourne to promote the 2005 World Gymnastics Championships.
“We originally set the record of 1,072, here in Indianapolis, in July 2005 as part of the run-up to the 2005 Visa Championships,” said Steve Penny, president of USA Gymnastics. “Bringing the title back to the USA is a great way to celebrate National Gymnastics Day across the U.S. and help build awareness and support for gymnastics.”
Each year, USA Gymnastics celebrates National Gymnastics Day to build awareness of the sport.
Based in Indianapolis, USA Gymnastics is the national governing body for gymnastics in the United States. Its mission is to encourage participation and the pursuit of excellence in the sport. Its disciplines include men’s and women’s artistic gymnastics, rhythmic gymnastics, trampoline and tumbling, acrobatic gymnastics and group gymnastics. For more information, log on to www.usagym.org
The Gymnastics Zone, located at 253 Walnut St. Suite A, is a fully-equipped gymnastics facility in the Napa Valley with classes for both girls and boys from infant to adult ages. For more information, visit www.napagymnasticszone.com