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Quick! True or false: which of these is not a World Record – ‘Highest score on Donkey Kong,’ ‘Most Big Macs consumed’ or ‘Most jelly eaten with chopsticks in one minute’?
That’s right, it’s a trick question. They are ALL World Records. Out of all the Guinness World Records that exist, there are probably some challenges that, with the exception of the person who holds the record, no one has ever attempted. While it might be best to leave these records untouched, others have the potential to be broken with a little practice from today’s athletes. Here are three sports-related records and the athletes who should try to break them.
1. World Record: ‘Fastest mile piggy back race’
Currently held by: Scott Weiss carrying Zack Navabi; done in 11 minutes, 58 seconds
Athlete(s) who should try it out: J.J. Watt carrying Victor Espinoza
Notes: With the Triple Crown-winning jockey Espinoza on his back, Watt should be able to breeze to a faster time than the one this record stands at now. The 6-foot-5 Watt would use the power he displays on the football field, while Espinoza would employ his pacing and speed techniques to smash this record.
2. World Record: ‘Fastest mile on pogo stick while juggling three balls’
Currently held by: Ashrita Furman; done in 23 minutes, 28 seconds
Athlete who should try it out: Andrew McCutchen
Notes: The center fielder for the Pittsburgh Pirates can do a little bit of everything, which is exactly what this record calls for. He is good at the plate, which means he is focused, something juggling demands; he is good in the field, which means he is willing to give it his all, something the endurance of the mile demands; and he is good on the base paths, which means he is daring, something the pogo sticking demands. With a little bit of practice, McCutchen could break this record and add it to his list of accomplishments.
3. World Record: ‘Most apples crushed with the bicep in one minute’
Currently held by: Linsey Lindberg, with 10 apples crushed in one minute
Athlete who should try it out: Serena Williams
Notes: In the tennis world, it seems there’s nothing Serena can’t do. So it has to be the same way in the fruit-crushing world, right? Serena definitely has the biceps for this challenge, thanks to her hard work on and off the court. And since apples are about the size of tennis balls, it shouldn’t be hard for her to find practice equipment, either.
All World Record information was taken from the Guinness World Records website.