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UK Cheerleaders Hope to Make History at the Olympics

UK Cheerleaders Hope to Make History at the Olympics

Hello my name is Jomo Thompson, I’m the
head cheerleading coach here at the University of Kentucky and I am very
proud to be taking the UK cheerleaders to represent USA Cheer and Team
USA to Pyeongchang for the 2018 Winter Olympics. Wow that, you know, we’ve won our
National Championship (our 23rd), we’ve switched all our focus to it and we’re
allowing ourselves to kind of get caught up in the excitement of it all. You know,
I mean, it’s the Olympics! We get to go to the Olympics! You know, I always tell my
kids, ‘it doesn’t matter what you do, you know, if you can climb to the top and be
the best, that’s something to be celebrated.” Whether you’re the best
cheerleader or the best football player, the best tennis player, best chess player
it doesn’t matter. There’s something to be said about being in the company of
the best and to go to Olympics and know that you have the best athletes from all
around the world representing their sports, trying to be the best out of
everyone, you know, it’s just, it’s just awesome. Cheerleading has been granted
provisional status by the IOC meaning that they’re thinking about maybe
adopting it into the Olympics. At the end of the Olympics, we’re going to have a competition, you know, just a friendly competition, where we’ll
kind of showcase what the Olympic cheerleading format would look like. You
know, having the opportunity to kind of showcase those skills on a world, a world
stage and there’s no bigger world stage than the Olympics! So if it does become
an Olympic sport, which I hope it does at some point, I can look back, you know, 20
years from now, and say we played a small part in that, we did our part. We see it
as a great honor and a great responsibility and we just want to make
sure that we go over there and represent not just the university but the United
States in a manner that’s befitting our country!

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