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When one thinks of a cheerleader, the stereotypical image of pom-poms and ponytails immediately springs to mind.

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As a freshman cheerleader at Sierra Vista HS, I found that cheerleading is more than just a group of students cheering, stunting and tumbling.

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On July 20, 2021, the IOC (International Olympic Committee), β€œvoted to grant full recognition to the International Cheer Union (ICU) and cheerleading.

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That means the 2028 Games in Los Angeles is the earliest possible Olympic debut for cheerleading, but for cheerleading to be included in the Olympics.

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Ms. Lona Hughes, one of the cheer coaches here at Sierra Vista, also gave reasons why cheerleading deserves to be recognized as an Olympic sport.

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She expressed, "Being a cheerleader is being part of a team like any other sport, so why isn't cheer considered a sport.

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Sierra Vista Athletic Trainer Mr. Joseph Bedowitz also claims that cheerleading is considered an official sport, β€œYes, cheerleading is a sport.

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In order for cheerleaders to make a good impression, cheerleaders must work extra hard to make sure they impress everyone in the crowd at a game.

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However, various skills such as jumping, stunting, tumbling, cheering and even hyping up take practice to acquire these abilities.

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After decades of cheerleading not being considered an Olympic sport, cheerleaders worldwide now feel more included and have more recognition in the sport.