Northside second-grader sets Guinness World Record in hula hooping

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Dear Residents, I wanted to share this article with you about a determined 7 year old who now holds a spot in the Guiness World Records.Mridula_shanker_3.jpgAt 7 years old, breaking world records already is coming naturally to Mridula Shanker.

After teaching herself to hula hoop by watching videos on YouTube about a year ago, Mridula already has one Guinness World Record under her belt. And she’s got her sights set on a few more.
The second-grader at Northside Elementary School in Ann Arbor marked 198 hula hoop rotations around her waist within one minute while standing on one leg. How’s that for multitasking?
"I like breaking records," she says.
To get her record, Mridula submitted a video of her Oct. 17 feat to Guinness World Records Challengers. She had to follow a number of challenge rules, specifying the type of hoop used in the challenge, where the rotations must occur and that the leg may not be changed during the attempt.
Her father, Shanker Kalyana-Sundaram, said Mridula discovered the videos while browsing the Internet. She bookmarked her favorites, headed to her room and started practicing, often around two hours a day, in time to perform in her school’s talent show, Northside’s Got Talent.
The video of her performance, below, is posted on YouTube. In it you can see “Hooping Star” Mridula continuously twisting and turning the hoop around her hands, waist, neck, legs and body — all while dancing and moving about the stage.
"Instead of watching cartoons, she's hula hooping," Kalyana-Sundaram said. "It's good for her. It makes her busy."
After Mridula started practicing more and more, Kalyana-Sundaram said they started filming her tricks. Then came the records.
Mridula also holds a slew of other records — including Most Hula Hoop Rotations Around Foot While Lying Down (175), Longest Time Hula Hooping Around Foot While Lying Down (71 minutes, 35 seconds) and Longest Hula Hoop Rotation On One Leg (14 minutes, 1 second) — listed on

"I love doing it," Mridula said, although she's not quite sure why she likes it so much. She said she mostly hula hoops by herself, although she's showed off some of her skills to her friends, too. And of course she's already planning for this year's talent show. For more information please visit