We’ve seen many incredible roller skating titles be broken in the history of Guinness World Records, but few can skate backwards, doing a 100 m sprint, while wearing a pair of high heels.
Cue Canadian circus artist Bianca Rossini, a performer who decided to achieve the fastest 100 m on high-heeled inline skates (backwards) as part of her ongoing bucket list.
For most, skating a 100 m forwards as quickly as possible can prove to be rather terrifying - but this long time performer showed no fear as she conquered this feat backwards In a span of 21.52 seconds.
Bianca has a background in figure skating which lent itself to her record attempt. Prior to going after the record, she drew inspiration from her childhood idols, her mother and her coach.
To best succeed, Bianca needed to practice weekly in order to perfect her movements as well as her speed.
She searched for the ideal terrain to attempt her title, including making sure the track she would be skating on had as little friction as possible.
While many might think skating backwards was the challenging component for the aerialist, it was actually the easiest.
In fact, Bianca always felt like she had more control over her movements while skating backwards!
As she mastered going backwards with regular inline skates, she then began to practice using her high-heeled skates, which had a heel of over five inches.
Although logistics played a big hand in the triumph of her attempt, nothing motivated Bianca more than her underlying reason for record breaking - which went well beyond checking an item off a bucket list.
“I’ve always striven in life to be a strong inspiration woman. And what I’ve always wanted to do was to combine my feminine side (the high heel), with my strength – which was skating. And I always want to create and portray the balance of having strength, and not having to let go of your feminine side.”
Now the official title holder and ambitious athlete has plans to break more records, and this time she has no intention of looking back, but instead pushing forward.
She hopes to break the title fastest 100 m on high-heeled inline skates looking ahead to the finish line.
Bianca above all loves performing and hopes to pass all she has learned from her experiences down to her students.