Columbia’s Double Dutch Forces jump-roping team captured two big titles in the U.S. National Jump Rope Championship, held last week in Galveston, Texas.
The competitive jump rope team won the top nationals title, then vaulted to the top of the National Grand Masters championship on Sunday.
What's the difference between the titles? To qualify for Grand Masters competition, teams must place within the top 12 of age divisions. Also, "it's a bigger trophy," quipped Joy Holman, fielding congratulations while calling from the Galveston Convention Center Sunday.
The five-day event drews thousands of jump ropers from around the country, and is the biggest jump rope tournament in the country. But this is no playdate: jump roping to specific routines, is a highly complex sport involving teamwork, timing and agility. Jumping rope also is great exercise: You can burn up to 1,000 calories an hour.
The Midlands-based team, now in its 26th year, also placed well in a world competition held the previous week in Sumter.