Professional rope jumper hops to the bay

Professional rope jumper hops to the bay
COOS BAY, Ore. -- You may have never heard of a professional rope-jumper, and honestly we hadn't either. But some students in Coos Bay got the chance to learn from one on Thursday.

Madison Elementary is just one stop out of 200 schools Rene Bibaud visits each year. She teaches kids creative ways to jump rope.

Bibaud is a five time world champion and she even toured with Cirque Du Soleil. Now, Bibaud hosts motivational assemblies around the country.

Jumping rope has always been a staple on the playground, but Bibaud says it's gaining popularity.

"For athletes, it's a wonderful tool, but it also teaches a lot about character too, in terms of making mistakes and being willing to try new things and I like to kind of bring that message to these skills the kids are learning. But it's a really creative activity too, so it really appeals to athletes and non-athletes, it's kind of the perfect exercise," she said.

With so much focus these days on curing childhood obesity, Bibaud believes rope-jumping is part of the solution. She says the kids are having so much fun, they don't even know they're exercising.