British Gymnast Sets New World Record

Lucie Colebeck, a former British gymnast turned Cirque du Soleil performer, etched her name in the annals of history by setting a new world record for the most handsprings in 30 seconds. The feat took place on the Cirque du Soleil stage at the Royal Albert Hall, where she executed an astonishing 36 handsprings, surpassing the previous record of 25.


Colebeck’s journey to this landmark achievement began at the tender age of nine, when she first took up gymnastics. She honed her skills at Pinewood Gymnastics Club in Wokingham, consistently pushing the boundaries of her abilities. The record-breaking attempt was a true test of agility, endurance, and precision, as each handsprings added to the momentum, making it increasingly difficult to maintain control and balance.


Despite the inherent dangers and challenges, Colebeck demonstrated remarkable composure and determination during her performance. She recounted the experience as feeling like she was flying, with the world around her becoming a blur. The intensity of the moment made it difficult for her to hear anything, forcing her to rely solely on her instincts and training to complete the sequence.


The record-breaking feat took place during the Cirque du Soleil: Alegría show at the Royal Albert Hall in London, where Colebeck currently performs as a powertrack artist. The production, known for its breathtaking acrobatics and captivating storytelling, provided the perfect backdrop for her historic accomplishment. Cirque du Soleil: Alegría will continue to dazzle audiences at the Royal Albert Hall until 3 March.

As Colebeck’s feet touched the ground after the final handsprings, the crowd erupted in applause, recognizing the skill, dedication, and sheer willpower required to achieve such an incredible feat. In the realm of gymnastics and Cirque du Soleil, Lucie Colebeck has undoubtedly left an indelible mark, inspiring future generations to reach for new heights and redefine the limits of human potential.