Lafayette girl gets international attention for viral pool flipping video

LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Myka Sandy is just your average sixth grader – except for the fact that she has two viral gymnastics videos that have over 17 million views and she has over 100,000 followers on Instagram!

The 11-year-old Lafayette girl has been a gymnast for five years and she practices about 20 hours a week.

She loves tumbling, and she won a tumbling practice mat in an online contest held by Airtrack Factory. She realized her mat was waterproof, so she stuck it in her grandma’s pool one weekend.

She decided to see if she could balance on it, and by the end of the day, she was doing back handsprings and back tucks on the mat and throwing full twists off the end of it! Her mom, Kelle Sandy, says she was supervised at all times, and someone was always in the pool with her.

Her mother posted the video on her Instagram account, and the video quickly went viral. By the following week, her video had millions of views.

“The best part of this experience is that Myka was just having fun and doing what she loves the most.  She loves that some are calling it swimnastics. She likes to call it MykaNastics now! She has enjoyed all of the positive feedback,” said Kelle.

As with all little gymnasts, Myka has Olympic dreams! She knows it’s a big dream, and she’s working hard to become an elite gymnast. “She is just taking things one day at a time right now and enjoying the journey,” said Kelle.

When Myka grows up, she says she would love to coach gymnastics and own her own gym one day.