Cary News

Cary YMCA SuperSkippers jump rope on TV with first lady Michelle Obama

Members of the Cary Family YMCA SuperSkippers team got a double treat when their appearance on the “Live! with Kelly” morning television show turned into a double-Dutch skipping session with First Lady Michelle Obama.

Five members of the Cary SuperSkippers team, all in the 13-14 age bracket, were on “Live!” to show off their double-Dutch skills, unaware that the First Lady was on hand as a surprise guest.

The show normally airs live but this episode taped on May 30 and will air Monday at 9 a.m. on WTVD.

SuperSkippers head coach Gary Anderson said the presence of Secret Service agents tipped off the parents who were along on the trip that Mrs. Obama may be in the studio, but said the kids had no clue until she walked out on stage.

“They were surprised for sure,” Anderson said. “But I think kids don’t understand the gravity of a moment like that. I was probably more excited than they were.”

The crew from Cary flew out early on the Wednesday morning the episode taped and went straight back to the airport to return home after the show.

The skippers appearing on the show are Nick Higgins, Morgan Adams, Nicole Enright, Graham Boothe and Matthew Russell.

Anderson said the kids taught host Kelly Ripa how to jump into a double-Dutch routine, but that when it came time for Mrs. Obama to jump in, the first lady needed no guidance.

“She didn’t need any help,” Anderson said. “She knew what she was doing for sure. It was obvious she had done that before!”

The Cary Family YMCA SuperSkippers are a competition jump rope team that competes in regional, national and international competitions each year. The group has won dozens of medals in national and international meets. They tied for second place overall in last year’s USA Jump Rope Nationals.

The same group of 13- and 14-year-olds appearing on “Live! with Kelly” will be representing Team USA at the FISAC-IRSF world championships in Tampa later summer.

Obama was also interviewed for the show by Ripa and guest co-host Bryant Gumbel about a wide range of topics, including the importance of healthy eating and exercise.