Freestylers try for record backflip

26th April 2013, by Abi Butcher

30 skiers in Quebec performed one big backflip

30 skiers in Quebec performed one big backflip

Thirty freestyle skiers in Canada have tried to set a world record for performing a simultaneous backflip.

The skiers got together last weekend at Mont Saint-Sauveur in Quebec, organised by freestyle skiing pro Mikael Kingsbury, the six-time mogul World Cup champion.

Mont Saint-Sauveur built a jump wide enough to accommodate 30 skiers, and after training for about two hours, the freestylers skied a short way down the slope towards the jump, all holding hands. They landed on their feet a little further down.

The skiers made two attempts at the stunt – the first ended in failure but they pulled off the second successfully.

Watch the video here.

Jerome Berneche, 23, was one of the skiers involved. He said: “On the first try, the line broke, because we had problems with the angle of the slope that was steeper on one side than the other, so some people did not have the same speed.

“On the second try, everyone landed and the line didn’t break, everybody landed hand in hand. We were pretty stoked, I don’t think anybody really expected it to work that well.”

According to Kingsbury, the attempt was too late to enter this year’s Guinness Book of World Records.

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