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Jacob Banov (Georgia Tech Cheerleader) – On the Flats 2017

Jacob Banov (Georgia Tech Cheerleader) – On the Flats 2017


[music]
♪♪ ♪ I’m living’ in that 21st
century ♪ ♪ Doing something mean to it ♪ ♪ Do it better than anybody you
ever seen do it ♪ ♪ Screams from the haters,
got a nice ring to it ♪ ♪ I guess every superhero needs
his theme music &k Madeline Ben-Yoseph: So Jacob, tell us how you go involved
with cheerleading. Jacob Banov: So it all started
back in- back in high school when I-
I did martial arts. And I looked on YouTube
how to do a couple of flips- how to do a backflip,
how to a front flip, and it kind of grew from there
into a love of flipping. And then I got to college, and I met a couple
of cheerleaders, and I learned a little bit more
about the sport. And I heard that they needed
guys to join the team, so I tried out and here I am. Madeline Ben-Yoseph: So what’s
it like day in and day out- practices here with the cheer
squad? Jacob Banov: So we have morning
workouts three times a week at 5:30 am. And then the remaining days
of the week we have practices that are about two
and a half hours, and on top of that
there are a lot of optional workouts and
practices that you can go to depending on how your schedule
is. So it’s really you get in
what you put out. Madeline Ben-Yoseph: So what’s
your favorite part about the cheer squad? Jacob Banov: The commitment. You know, saying that you’re
going to wake up at 5:30 am and work out three times
a week is easy. Actually doing it is another
thing. And then another great part
about cheerleading is game days. Football game days,
basketball game days- volleyball. Everything is so much fun. Madeline Ben-Yoseph:
Jacob, I know you’re a biomedical engineering student and you’re also, you know,
full-time Georgia Tech athlete. How is that, like, balancing out
the two? Jacob Banov: It’s very hard. Georgia Tech is a very demanding
school, and with all of the academic
demands adding, you know, extracurricular demands
is always hard. But I think that Georgia Tech
is a school with exceptional students, and I think that everyone
does incredible things- extracurricular with research. Madeline Ben-Yoseph: So Jacob,
you’re around a bunch of cheerleaders of all different
skill levels, all different ages. What’s it like being around such
an inclusive family? Jacob Banov: It’s similar to the
feel of being in a fraternity. You have a group
that you’re with for an extended period of time. You go through a lot of trials
and struggles with them, and it brings you closer
as a team. We sit together at lunch.
We eat together. We sit together in classes. It’s its own family,
and it’s something really great that shouldn’t be
taken for granted. Madeline Ben-Yoseph: What’s it
like being up there with a girl that you have to, you know,
carry full weight on? What’s going through you head
when you’re doing that? Jacob Banov: There’s a lot of
trust involved in cheerleading. They trust that the male is
going to be a strong base and is going to be able to hold
up their flyer and make sure that they
don’t get hurt. And being a walk-on cheerleader that doesn’t have very much
experience, sometimes that can be very scary because they are putting
the same trust in you as they put in people that have
been doing the sport for years. Madeline Ben-Yoseph: Well,
thank you very much, Jacob, for you joining us here at GTCN. I hope you have a great rest
of your season and good luck in the future! Jacob Banov: Thanks,
and go Jackets! ♪ No one man should have
all that power ♪ ♪ The clock’s ticking’,
I just count the hours ♪ ♪ Stop tripping’, I’m tripping’
off the power ♪ ♪ (21st century schizoid man) ♪ ♪ The system broken, the schools
closed, the prisons open ♪ ♪ We ain’t got nothing’ to lose,
everybody, we rolling ♪ ♪ Huh?
Everybody, we rolling’ &k

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