Jumpers return from nationals with ribbons

Several Federal Way area students returned home from the National Jump Rope Championships at Disney World in Orlando, Fla. with ribbons in their pockets.

The national championships featured over 900 of the country’s best jump ropers, including Lily Trang, Jake Anderson, Marissa Hsu, Brian Hsu and Elaine Trang from Federal Way.

All six of the Federal Way jumpers compete for the Hot Dog USA team out of Kirkland. The team boasted a number of jumpers who made it through the Washington state regional competition to earn berths in the nationals.

Since winning their first National Championship in 1983, Hot Dog USA has performed in over half of the states in the U.S., as well as throughout Ecuador, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, Japan, Mexico, Costa Rica, and Belgium. Hot Dog USA Jump Rope Team is a member of the U.S.A. Jump Rope Federation, FISAC International, AAU Junior Olympics, and is currently petitioning the Olympic Organization.

The team has been featured on over 25 television shows that includes Good Morning America, ESPN, and Nickelodeon, and have performed as halftime entertainment for the Sonics, Seahawks, Mariners, and the University of Washington Huskies. The team’s performances demonstrate single and double-dutch freestyle and speed jumping techniques that combine rope jumping skills with gymnastics.

At nationals, Lily Trang finished up in fourth-place in an individual freestyle routine, Anderson and Brian Hsu both received sixth-place ribbons for the individual freestyle performances and Marissa Hsu finished 11th for a double-dutch routine. Anderson finished sixth for his male single rope freestyle competition.

In team competitions, Elaine Trang and Brian Hsu earned ninth place for their pairs routine and Trang finished first in the nation with her Hot Dog USA teammates in the Large Group Team Show. Hot Dog USA has won this event every year since 1998.

Brian Hsu also qualified for two events in the Grand National competition and earned second-place with two teammates for their double-dutch routine.

With the national championships coming to a conclusion, Brian Hsu and Anderson are gearing up for the approaching World Trials in January. The event determines the members of Team USA for the World Championships to be held in Cape Town, South Africa, next summer.

Sports editor Casey Olson: 925-5565,

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