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WORLD CHAMPS: Island skippers win at World Jump Rope Championships
ORLANDO, FLORIDA - After bringing home the Grand National Championship title and trophy last week, three athletes from the Bainbridge Island Rope Skippers scored more gold at the World Jump Rope Championships this week in Orlando, Florida.
Abigail Harrison, Sarah Sharman and Anna Warga performed a near perfect intricate Double Dutch freestyle routine, narrowly outscoring a Japanese trio who ultimately took the silver medal in the event.
Sharman, Warga and Harrison competed in other speed and freestyle events as well. In speed, they placed fourth in Double Dutch speed relay (3x40 seconds). In Double Dutch pairs speed, the girls joined forces with Riley Williams from the Montana Super Skippers to make a foursome for the event and won the silver medal.
The newly formed foursome also earned a bronze medal for their single rope relay speed.
In Double Dutch freestyle, the girls won gold in their three- and four-person Double Dutch event with Williams joining them in pairs Double Dutch.
Warga, Harrison, Sharman and Williams also brought home the bronze medal for the all-around Double Dutch team. The all-around medal was earned for their combined score in two Double Dutch speed events and two Double Dutch freestyle events for all age divisions combined.
Harrison also placed sixth in single rope freestyle for her "no miss" routine. She scored in the top 12 for all age divisions combined, earning her the honor of competing at Grand Worlds the final day of the competition, in which she placed fifth.
The World Jump Rope Championships were held at the University of Central Florida in Orlando from July 1 through July 5. More than 500 competitors from the U.S. and 14 other countries including Bermuda, Brazil, Canada, China, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Kenya, Tanzania, Thailand, Trinidad and Tobago and the United Kingdom competed at the five day tournament.
The Bainbridge girls worked especially hard on their routine this year. The difficult, high density performance earned them first place at the Canadian Rope Skipping Nationals, USA Jump Rope Nationals and USA Jump Rope Grand Nationals earlier this year.
What do world champion rope jumpers do after such an achievement?
According to Pam Sharman, who traveled with the team to Florida, they went to Disneyland.