Gymnasts nationwide went upside-down to break world record for simultaneous handstands:












Cardinal Gymnastics in Burke was on its hands Saturday, in honor of National Gymnastics Day.

Fifty-three gymnasts participated in the USA Gymnastics Associations's go at setting a record for the Guinness Book. At 1 p.m. EST, gymnasts across the country stood on their hands.

USA Gymnastics Association reports in all there were 20,478 simultaneous handstands at 300 gymnastics clubs nationwide. Australia held the previous record with 2,402 simultaneous handstands.

Cardinal Gymnastics Coach Olga Iakounina, who once competed for the Soviet Union National Team, gathered her gymnasts together just before 1 p.m. "We always celebrate National Gymnastics day, but this time it feels special because we're united [as a country]," she said.

Hand stands are a basic skill for gymnasts, but the sport is among the hardest. "Gymnastics, I can tell you, is one of the most difficult sports," Iakounina said. "We have four events and the athletes use all of their muscles. It's a big commitment and huge discipline."

"I am always proud of my team and I always want to say thank you to my parents from Cardinal Gymnastics," Iakounina said. "They are wonderful people."

Student Allie Vogus was excited to know she was participating with gymnasts from across the country. "It's cool because we know it's bigger than our gym," Vogus said. "I think it's really fun to be able to be a part of trying to set a world record."

According to USA Gymnastic's website, National Gymnastics Day events are held to build awareness of the sport and support Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. "Money raised will benefit Children's Miracle Network Hospitals in each club’s local community. Since 2001, gymnastics clubs across the country have raised more than $1.4 million for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals."