Cheerleaders across the country have been literally jumping for joy after the International Olympic Committee announced that cheerleading may one day be considered an Olympic sport. The committee is thinking that by adding cheerleading, younger viewers would be more likely to watch the Olympic games.
When 6th grader Leah Marsden heard that cheerleading may possibly become an Olympic Sport, she says she couldn’t contain her excitement.
“I was jumping up and down and yelling,” said Marsden. “And I was really being crazy and excited.”
She says she hopes it does become an Olympic sport and dreams of being on the Olympic Cheer team.
“It meant so much for me because cheerleading is my life’s passion,” said Marsden.
Whether or not cheerleading is a sport has long been debated, but North Star Cheer Coach, Lorrie Wallis says she is happy that cheerleading is receiving attention from the Olympic Committee— especially since so much hard work goes into getting ready for cheer competitions.
“I mean between the gymnastics, the tumbling, the choreography, the music— we have two to three coaches for each team and they are working two to three nights a week with the team to keep them going, keep them strong, keep them in line,” said Wallis. “Making sure their technique is together to make sure their choreograph and everything is together. Because if their technique is off, they get marked off for it.
She says she is excited for what could lie ahead for cheerleading.
” I was excited, I think we all were because we were on the edge of our seats watching the tumbling anyway, so to have that incorporated with the cheerleading at the Olympics, I think would be wonderful,” said Wallis. “They work hard, they have a lot that goes into a 2 minute and 20 second routine and these kids are amazing. Form ages 3 all the way up to 20 something. They do a great job.”