When Joseph Edney first started jumping rope with the Triangle’s Bouncing Bulldogs jump rope team, he didn’t expect to end up at the Olympics. He was only 8 years old at the time.
But Edney, now a recent graduate of N.C. State University, will have that opportunity.
Edney and Ted Lehman, a fellow Bulldog, will join 11 other jump ropers from around the world in London on Saturday.
The “Get Tricky” team of jump ropers will perform at halftime for basketball games during the Olympics — including some of the final rounds.
Get Tricky has 13 members: four Americans, five Britons, three Belgians and one Brazilian. The team will meet Saturday and have six days to prepare a routine, Edney said.
“Choreography is obviously a challenge because of the distance,” he said. “But it’s such an experienced group that we shouldn’t have any problem putting it all together.”
One thing Edney said he hopes to accomplish during the Olympics is to increase the visibility of jump rope as a sport. To help with this, the team has set up a Facebook page that he said they plan to update as they train and perform.
“This is a big opportunity, and we want to try to share it as much as we can,” Edney said.
The push for visibility is a big part of the Bouncing Bulldogs’ mantra — the team Edney and Lehman grew up on and that Edney is currently an assistant coach for.