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Cornell Freeney – German Wheel

From suspenseful to dynamic in less than 5 minutes, we get the backstory on dymanic performing artist Cornell Freeney and his German Wheel performance.

From suspenseful to dynamic in less than 5 minutes. Most people see the German wheel having no idea of its capabilities. Just when you think you have seen it all Cornell Freeney adds a new and exciting turn. Using strength, grace, and technique Cornell Freeney manipulates the wheel performing stunts that appear to be near death collisions and leaves the audience mesmerized.

Gameops.com: Where did your show come from?

Cornell Freeney: My act comes from the world of Wheel Gymnastics. When I was 15, I started competing in national competitions and at the age of 17, I entered the world championships. At the World championships, I earned a silver medal. Winning over 4 gold medals, I also dominated the US competitions. After I was done competing, I decided to focus more on performing. I started working on cruises for Royal Caribbean, then I performed in Ice shows in Italy, with Intimissimi on Ice.

Gameops.com: How did you adjust it for sports and halftime touring?

In 2015, I was introduced to the world of NBA halftime shows by my best friend and college roommate Christian Stoinev. From there, I had the halftime bug! After a few performances, I wanted to make my act unique to each team, so I started incorporating LED lights of the team’s colors. I also started wearing the team’s t-shirts.

I wanted to provide more entertainment, so I also developed a character called Gramps, modeled after Kyrie Irvins Uncle Drew. Gramps would perform during the quarter breaks on the dance cam. After doing a few dance moves, I would jump up and do a handstand on my walker. The crowd would go wild!

Gameops.com: What’s your signature moment in the show?  What kind of reaction does your show get?

Cornell Freeney:  There are 3 signature moments in my act, each more impressive than the last. The first is after rolling around flipping and twisting inside of the wheel, I then balance on top of the wheel. The second is when I roll around in the wheel like a coin with no hands, displaying extreme core strength. The last is when I have the audience on the edge of their seats and I do the unthinkable and perform a backflip from the top of the wheel. At each of these moments, you can be sure that the crowd is going wild with screams and cheers.

Gameops.com: How do you customize your show each night, or is the routine a refined and perfected show?

Cornell Freeney:  My act is refined and perfected and in every city, the fans are guaranteed to have their minds blown and be mesmerized going into the 3rd quarter.

Gameops.com: Do you have any unique experiences performing outside of sports, like performing on a TV contest or in-front of a unique crowd or venue?

Cornell Freeney:  My act has been seen on the Steve Harvey show, as well as Live at Showtime at the Apollo. I have also been touring the country with a company called Cirque Mechanics. Lastly, for over a decade, my act was a highlight onboard various Royal Caribbean cruise ships.

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