Episode 3 Officially Amazing


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Ben, Al and Haruka witness record attempts from around the world. A synchronised swimming trio attempt a spinning record in the pool.


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# Officially, Officially, Officially Amazing! #

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Welcome to a specially synchronised splashy edition

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of Officially Amazing.

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Two large men,

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two large fridges -

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but what's the record?

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No, it's not an eating contest.

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And, hula, baby!

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Our three icons get to shake their snaky hips

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but, first,

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time for a dip.

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This is synchronised swimming,

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a breathtaking mix of swimming, dance and gymnastics.

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It features beautiful, balletic, brilliantly-named moves

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such as this -

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the "barracuda airborne split",

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and this -

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the "porpoise twist spin".

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Today,

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three members of the City Of Leeds Synchro Team

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will be attempting the world record for the...

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That means three swimmers,

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linked feet-to-neck in an underwater human wheel, like this...

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They'll be cheered on by their coach and team-mates, including Jeanne -

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Britain's oldest competitive synchronised swimmer.

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Hello, Jeanne!

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Let's meet our twirling, whirling trio...

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Rachel, Becky, Greta, it's great to meet you.

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So how does the dolphin compare to other synchronised swimming moves?

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Is it one of the more difficult ones?

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Usually you can do it by yourself but then when it's with

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-three people it's a lot harder.

-It gets harder with more people.

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Cos you've got to coordinate and think about each other.

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It's all about the timing, cos if it's wrong then...

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What would really throw off this record attempt?

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If our feet are...detatched from the neck.

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So you've got to get five rotations in 40 seconds or under.

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Is that going to be doable?

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-ALL:

-Yeah.

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A unanimous yes, that's great.

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'Well, they're already synchronised in their confidence -

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'let's get the rules.'

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If the dolphin formation breaks, the attempt is over.

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The girls must perform five full rotations,

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and they must do that in less than 40 seconds

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to achieve this new world record.

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Becky will be leading the dolphin.

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She's in a blue swimsuit to make the rotations easy to count.

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Can they do this?

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I "sink" so!

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Mmm! Mark, over to you.

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Becka, Greta, Rachel, in your own time.

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'Coach Sarah even has a microphone linked to an underwater speaker,

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'so she can communicate with the team during the attempt.'

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'Good luck!'

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'It's time to sink and swim.

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'The clock will start once Becky, in blue, surfaces for the first time.

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'And they're off!'

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That's one. Well done, keep going.

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'Look at that! The girls are joined feet-to neck,

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'propelling their human dolphin-wheel

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'using their hands and arms!'

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-Two...

-Ooh, this is magical!

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'Each swimmer only has a split second

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'to grab a breath on each rotation.

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'It's a real physical and mental challenge,

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'but they're also battling the stopwatch.

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'Are they spinning fast enough for the record?'

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That's it. Keep going.

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'And what if they get dizzy?

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'Just one tiny mistake, now, could break that perfect circle,

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'and end their attempt.'

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Four...

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Make sure you finish well on the last one.

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A bit more. Keep going, keep going, keep going...

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'And that's five rotations!' Brilliant!

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Excellent work!

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I've seen some dolphins in my time but that was by far

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the most impressive.

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So, five rotations, but were they all valid and fast enough?

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Before we find out,

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official adjudicator Mark checks the replay to make sure

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feet remained attached to necks throughout.

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Now, did they beat that target of 40 seconds?

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It was a valid attempt.

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You achieved...

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..23.51 seconds, which is a brand-new

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Guinness World Records title!

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-GIRLS CHEER

-Brilliant!

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'Incredible!

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'They smashed the target by over 16 seconds.'

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Rachel, Becky and Greta -

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three sensational synchronised swimming superstars!

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Now Al and Haruka discover a new use for some old fridges.

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On Officially Amazing, we have our own illustrious competitive contest.

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But in Italy they now have something similar,

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only a bit more muscular,

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with two fierce World's Strongest Man rivals.

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In the colossal corner,

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the Nordic Nemesis,

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the ice-man from Iceland...

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And, in the huge corner,

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the Lithuanian lion-heart,

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the beefcake from the Baltics,

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..or...

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..for short.

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Back in series three,

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we saw Big Zee giving a car a lift.

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But how will he get on when he has to hoist two huge fridges?

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He and Thor are attempting the record for...

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The target is a cool 20 seconds,

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and Big Zee's up first.

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-Go!

-HORN BLARES

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Together, these fridges weigh almost half a tonne!

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Big Zee's turning bright pink under that enormous weight!

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Thus matching the colour of his trainers.

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Fantastic face-foot coordination!

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Oh, he's dropped them!

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So close to the finish!

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Can he drag them over that line?

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Yes, he can!

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Fabulous fridge-ferrying!

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Now the mighty Thor.

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-Go!

-HORN BLARES

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Look at him go!

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It is, of course, no surprise

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that a man from Iceland

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is good at carrying fridges.

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Incredible!

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He was definitely quicker than Big Zee,

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but did he do it in less than 20 seconds?

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HE SPEAKS ITALIAN

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AUDIENCE CHEERS

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Yes!

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By just 0.4 seconds, he's muscled his way to a new world record!

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Big Zee doesn't look too happy.

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Well, Thor is milking it a bit,

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but they're just very competitive people,

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much like these three.

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Centuries ago,

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a prophecy told of three skilled knights...

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who would engage in feats of great

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world...

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record-iness,

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that, one day, others may try in their futuristic homes.

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Now that prophecy has been realised.

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From the east,

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Sir Mr of Cherry.

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From the west,

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Sir US of Ray.

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And, from somewhere in the middle,

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Sir Sizzling of Steve.

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This is...

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..new!

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Previously, on Officially Competitive...

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Team Japan triumphed, as Haruka filled her belly with jelly.

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That left Ray in last place.

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But, today, we have an athletic event -

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my man's speciality!

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Today's record requires a heady mix of speed, skill and swivelling hips.

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Any idea what it might be?

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I don't think we're making it obvious enough, Haruka.

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Plus I'm not sure I can keep this up.

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Maybe you should just say...

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Today our competitors will be battling Hula to Hula to Hula,

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in the...

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It's hula-hula, baby!

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Well, sort of.

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Let's get the team talks.

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Steve, rather excitingly,

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you're a former Hula Hooping world record holder.

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It's just that your world record was for Hula Hoops

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that didn't actually exist -

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they were a video-game Hula Hoop.

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Yes, that's correct.

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But real Hula Hooping - can you actually do it?

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Erm, no.

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Steve's "hoops" don't seem very high,

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but I think Ray is ready for a hippy-hippy-shake up!

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Ray, without question,

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you're the speediest and most agile athlete here,

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so tell me you're going to get this Hula Hoop record.

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We're going to get this Hula Hoop record.

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You look like a man on a mission.

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Who's the Hula Hooping man?

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I'm the Hula Hooping man.

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I didn't hear you.

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I'm the Hula Hooping man!

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That's the Hula Hooping man.

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Yes, Ray is a Hula Hooping man.

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I guess that makes Cherry San

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a Hula Hooping king!

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How hard is it

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doing running and Hula Hooping at the same time?

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-TRANSLATION:

-Well, it's like trying to do laundry

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while cooking at the same time. It can be done, but you might end up

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putting gravy in your laundry instead of fabric softener.

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Still, at least your laundry would have the delicious scent

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of a Sunday roast!

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Anyway, to the rules!

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The hoop must start revolving before the competitor

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crosses the start line,

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it must rotate between the shoulders and the hips,

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and the target for this new record is to run 50 metres,

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with a spinning hoop,

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in 14 seconds.

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Ray's up first.

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When I say "Hula" you say "Hoop".

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-Hula...

-Hoop!

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-Hula...

-Hoop!

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All right, let's go! Get in there, baby!

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The hoop must begin spinning before you start.

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Three...

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LAUGHTER

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Hmm. Not an auspicious start.

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Three...

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LAUGHTER

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Ray's just kidding around....

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I think.

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Can you say it really fast?

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Three!

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Erm, Ray, hold on - hold on, man.

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I'm calling in the special reinforcements.

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-That's what I need, yeah.

-Give me this...

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-..and it's out of here.

-Thank you.

-All right. Hit it.

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That's better - a weightier hoop.

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Yeah, it was all the hoop's fault.

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Come on, Ray!

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-Three, two, one - go!

-HORN BLARES

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it's working! Look at him go!

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Go, Ray! Come on, Ray! Keep going! There we go...

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And look at him stop.

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I'll be honest,

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I'm just relieved he made it over the start line!

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Well, if Ray can't make it to Shantha,

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Shantha will have to go to Ray to measure his distance.

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Next, a man who said he can't Hula Hoop.

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But was that just mind games?

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Steve, are you ready?

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No.

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Hang on...

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-Three, two, one - go!

-HORN BLARES

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He looks like a crab

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trapped in a hairband!

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But he's slowly inching his way to victory.

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What grit! What style!

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What athletic...

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LAUGHTER ..incompetence.

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Ray's distance is starting to look quite good.

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Drop the hoop, please.

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Once again, Shantha is forced to hike back down the course

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to do some measuring.

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This was supposed to be a record based on speed

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not distance!

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Before Mr Cherry sets off,

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let's just check the finish line is still there.

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Yup. It's there.

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It just looks very lonely.

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But surely it'll see some action now!

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Mr Cherry has held 16 world records

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and he's a three-time Officially Competitive champion.

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All he has to do is run further than Ray and Steve.

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It's an open goal for the great man!

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-Mr Cherry, are you ready?

-OK!

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Three...

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The hoop must be spinning, Mr Cherry!

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Mr Cherry seems a bit unsure of the protocol here.

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The hoop must be spinning!

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OK.

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He went over the line. He went over the line.

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Stand behind the line,

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and spin the hoop before beginning!

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Haruka's doing her best to explain,

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but our great champion is in total disarray!

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Extraordinary scenes!

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Mr Cherry!

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The hoop must be spinning!

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Shantha's beginning to lose her patience,

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and who could blame her?

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This record has been a shambles!

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Mr Cherry, you must have your feet behind the line!

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He only needs to run about five metres,

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but he can't even get over the start line!

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Three, two, one - go!

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LAUGHTER

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So, no world record today, then?

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That was rubbish!

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But was it less rubbish than Ray and Steve?

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MR CHEERY GASPS

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It was entertaining, if not record-breaking,

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but what about the most important competitive point?

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Well, in third place was Mr Cherry...

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as he wasn't able to cross the start line with the hoop above his waist.

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-TRANSLATION:

-Fair dos, love.

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And the winner,

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with a distance of

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4 metres 30...

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Just 45 metres from the finish line!

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..is Ray.

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CHEERING

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Oh, we won it!

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We went as far as we needed to go to win!

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So, after that whole heap of Hula hopelessness,

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Ray proved to be the least worst.

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Hey! He still went three metres further than Steve!

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And that makes it a three-way tie on the leaderboard.

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But who will triumph next time,

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as our legends practise the fine art

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of candle-blowing-outing?

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Join us then for more authentic awesomeness,

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like this...

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# Well...

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# You can't get better than Becky, Rachel and Greta

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# When it come to synchro swimming

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# This amazing three did a super speedy

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# Record for dolphin spinning

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# Our competitors were all poop

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# With their Hula Hoop

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# Ray was rubbish but won

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# At least Steve looked like he had fun

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# And Thor was quicker than Big Zee with his fridges

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# But here come the rubbish bits

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# The outtakes! #

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Maybe you should just say...

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(Ow, that actually hurts!)

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BLEEP.

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When I say "Hula you say "Hoop".

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Oh, I didn't even say it!

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LAUGHTER

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Aargh!

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A synchronised swimming trio attempt a spinning record in the pool. Two renowned strongmen take turns ferrying kitchen appliances around a studio in Italy. And our Officially Competitive heroes attempt to hula and run at the same time. Turns out it's harder than it sounds.


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