When most parents take their kids to gymnastics, they are cheering from the sidelines. Not Nicole Clemens. This mom was happy watching her 14-year old daughter learn tumbling, but didn’t want her to have all the fun, especially when Clemens herself had always wanted to learn to fly. So while her daughter learned, so did she. Now, Clemens, has shared a video documenting her success in perfecting her own round-off back layout and it is the perfect motivational tool.
Clemens posted a video of herself and her impressive tumbling on Twitter, which, according to Buzzfeed, was captured on camera by her daughter. While throwing herself head over heels down a gymnastics mat was a fearless move, so was sharing the video, which Clemens recognized in her caption, “In the spirit of being freaking proud of myself and also knowing I’m about to be fat shamed on the Internet, I present to you me, a 38 year old mom and teacher, doing a thing I was afraid to do when I was a 14 year old gymnast.”
In the spirit of being freaking proud of myself and also knowing I'm about to be fat shamed on the Internet, I present to you me, a 38 year old mom and teacher, doing a thing I was afraid to do when I was a 14 year old gymnast. Next week: add a full (and straighten my legs) pic.twitter.com/4YpFRArgtd— Nicole Clemens (@Nicolemens) February 18, 2020
While Clemens was concerned about being “fat shamed” by strangers on the internet, for the most part, Twitter turned into an online cheering section for her and excited to see someone face a fear and live their dream. People across the social media site applauded Clemens for her impressive ability to throw herself through the air on her own power.
Girl I couldn’t do that at 12, 22,44, or whatever age!! Congratulations 🎉!! pic.twitter.com/pVRnFXD9mR— Rosanne 🐩🐩🐩 (@RosanneR429) February 19, 2020
Fat shamed?! Chile, please...— Twin & Her Hubs! 🇺🇸✌🏾🏳️🌈✊🏾 (@CLE_SHONUFF) February 19, 2020
Total props to you!!! Going after our dreams and working hard for them is what counts, not what you wear, what size you wear or any other superficial thing. You are inspiring.— Paige Carita (@carita_paige) February 18, 2020
This is amazing. I have been watching kids doing gymnastics and I'm super impressed. I wish I had learned to fly through the air and move like a super heroine when I was a kid. Thank you for inspiring us - it's not too late!!— Nicole DiDio Johnson (@NikkiDJohnson) February 19, 2020
Girl, I get winded walking DOWN stairs lol— SassyMétisChick ❤️ 🇨🇦❤️ (@SassyCanadianCk) February 19, 2020
Omg! You’re amazing. I’m in awe!!!— Ashley Nicole Black (@ashleyn1cole) February 19, 2020
Even Oscar-winning actress Patricia Arquette was impressed by Clemens smooth moves, tweeting “That’s rad!!” and, indeed, it is.
That’s rad!! Well done!— Patricia Arquette (@PattyArquette) February 18, 2020