Ready for Rio 2016? USA Olympians take on bubblegum record challenge
By Kristen Stephenson
NBC Sports and Guinness World Records have partnered to bring you a fun mashup to get fans excited for the opening ceremony.
'For the Record' hosted by Rutledge Wood sees USA Olympians attending Rio 2016 take on an alternative competition, with materials they’re not used to dealing with.
Olympians can run miles in minutes, swim distances others dream of, but how do they fare when attempting the record for Largest bubblegum bubble blown?
Featured are a variety of talented athletes who’ve come forward to try and prove their Guinness World Records abilities including track and field extraordinaires English Gardner (who conquers the 100-meter dash), LaShawn Merritt (who flies through the 400-meter sprints), Tori Bowie (who excels in the long jump), and incredible Tatyana McFadden (who competes in track and field for the Paralympics).
From other Olympic disciplines, water polo champion Tony Azevedo, rowing master Kaitlin Snyder, and archery star Mackenzie Brown.
Even see well-known NBC Sports announcer Bob Costas tries his hand at this bubbly record.
Rio 2016 may be just around the corner, but we believe even serious Olympic athletes should have a bit of fun along the way.
The current record is held by Chad Fell (USA), who blew a bubblegum bubble with a diameter of 50.8 cm (20 in) - without using his hands to steady or stretch the bubble - at the Double Springs High School, Winston County, Alabama, USA, on 24 April 2004. The secret of his success, says Chad, is blowing with three pieces of Dubble Bubble gum.