How low can you go? Talented teen limbos on skates – while doing the splits
How low can you go? Probably not as low as this talented teen – who can glide under a limbo on SKATES while doing the SPLITS.
Kaitlyn Conner, 19, from Blue Springs in Missouri, US, set a skating limbo world record when she was just 11 years old for the longest backwards limbo skating – rolling under 23 limbo bars spread over 12 feet.
Starting out at just a toddler at Watson’s Rolladium SK8 Centre – the very same rink where her mother Victtoria skated as a youngster – Kaitlyn’s passion for skating grew, and she had perfected roller limbo by the time she was four-and-a-half.
Although she had some initial guidance from her parents, Kaitlyn taught herself everything – from skating backwards to skating in the splits, and eventually skating under a limbo pole.
Limbo-ing quickly became Kaitlyn’s favourite skill, and she would practice for up to 15 hours a week – earning herself the nickname ‘Limbo Queen’.
Talented Kaitlyn now works as a model and actress and dreams of becoming a lawyer – but she still has skills on the skates, and has even starred in a Holiday Inn advert showcasing her limbo talents.
Kaitlyn said: “I don’t skate as much as I used to anymore, but I still love it!
“Roller limbo was something I saw when I came skating when I was younger with my family.
“I saw a girl doing the concept of it under the bar, just not getting as low.
“I was like, ‘I want to do that, I want to be able to do the splits on skates’.
“It was something I really wanted to do.”
Determined Kaitlyn stretched every day until she could perfect the splits – and once she had mastered the skill, she started practicing every day until she could do it on skates.
She said: “It took a lot of training, but I think my muscle memory must be pretty good because I can still do it and I hardly practice anymore!
“A lot of passion, love and work goes into getting it.
“When people watch me skate in person they’re like ‘oh my gosh that’s crazy, how do you do that’.
“But when people see video they’re like ‘there’s no way’.
“I enjoy it because it’s something that I put a lot of heart and hard work in to.
“It’s something a lot of people can’t do – it’s possible, but you’ve just got to put a lot of passion into it.
“That’s why it’s so cool – I put so much work into it, it just became something that I loved to do.
“The longest I’ve limbo-ed was about 15 hours, for the Holiday Inn commercial in London.
“That was spread out, but the whole shoot I was limbo-ing.
“During the commercial I went about 50 feet down a ramp, and on a flat surface I can go about 16 feet.
“I have no clue how fast I go, I’ve never calculated it – I just catch my speed and do it!
“It was difficult getting the limbo down but once I got it, it was like right I’ve got this!
“Now I’m older it’s harder, because I’m not doing it as consistently as I did when I was younger.
“I hope to continue as long as I can though – I’ll be doing it for a while!”