It's about time
The International Olympic Committee’s executive board voted this week to recognize cheerleading, the New York Times reports.
So does this mean we’ll see cheerleading at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo? Not necessarily. This recognition is more like a starting off point. It would require another committee vote to fully adopt the sport, at which it could petition to be part of the Olympics.
But the good news is that skateboarding, surfing, and sport climbing were just accepted for 2020, so there’s still plenty of time for cheerleading to squeeze in.
While we’re in full support of cheerleading taking its rightful place on the Olympic podium, not everyone on the Internet is down—perhaps due to the antiquated stigmas surrounding the sport. But just like Olympic gymnasts, competitive cheerleaders dedicate their lives to training, which includes intense cardio, conditioning, and dance routines. They get tossed 20 feet in the air, perform dangerous one-handed stunts, and they’ve also perfected some of the most mind-blowing tumbling passes we’ve ever seen—like this one performed by Georgia-based cheerleader Angel Rice.
Oh, and if you weren’t already impressed, Rice recently set the Guinness world record for the most double full twists in under one minute. Even Simone Biles would be impressed by that!