Juneau Jumpers skipping to World Championships

Six team members will take competitive jump rope skills to Hong Kong

Tori Ross may do the butt bounce in Hong Kong.


“Yeah, I can jump on my butt,” Ross said. “We, our team, call it the Butt Bounce, but other teams call it different things such as the Buddy Bounce. Each team has different names for tricks.”

In February, Ross and five teammates from the Juneau Jumpers jump rope group qualified for Team USA at a national competition in Raleigh, N.C. The six finished in the top three of select skills and will travel to Hong Kong July 26 for the FISAC World Championship, which is held every 2 years.

Ross, a Juneau-Douglas High School junior, has been skipping rope since kindergarten.

“That is a while,” Ross said. “I am excited to go. I have never been to another country, and it will be a new experience to be competing against a whole bunch of different countries.”

The Juneau members joining Team USA with Ross are Thunder Mountain High School sophomore Kelley Olson, TMHS sophomore Dunya Hermann, JDHS sophomore Martina Worden, TMHS sophomore Connor Ulmer and Floyd Dryden eighth-grader Mikalya May.

Ross, Olson, Hermann, Worden and May will be representing the United States in the female team division. Juneau Jumpers coaches are Karen Ross and Tera Ross.

The overall team scores will be determined by cumulative scores in six events: double Dutch speed, double Dutch freestyle, single rope speed, pairs freestyle, team freestyle, and double Dutch pairs freestyle.

Ulmer, Ross and Hermann also qualified as individuals in freestyle and speed events.

“It is just an exciting sport and everyone is so nice to each other,” Ross said. “You are always constantly making up new tricks and learning new things.”

What many do not see are the hard work and calories burned in the sport.

“There are so many different things we do,” Ross said. “There is gymnastics involved, there is cardio involved and there is so much.”

Members of the Juneau Jumpers, including Ross, have jumped in the Rose Bowl and Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parades.

While Ross is not involved in other sports, jump roping is known to benefit most athletic endeavors and is a valuable cross-training workout. Ross was introduced and learned the ropes, so to speak, from her family.

“I just kind of followed my siblings when I was little,” Ross said. “I don’t know what I plan for future. I probably would like to just show other kids that jump rope is a sport you can do wherever you go. Some people go on to Cirque du Soleil and such stuff.”

The entire Juneau Jumper team will be performing their final show of the season at 7 p.m. Saturday in Glacier Valley gymnasium.

Many of the routines set for the world competition will be shown. This event is also a fundraiser to help support travel to Hong Kong, as well as travel to Nationals for other Juneau Jumpers.


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