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And this is a surprise because...?

I'm not sure why this is a surprise. Anyone who has ever watched really serious cheerleading squads knows that heart-stopping moment when some 96 lb. girl is being thrown 12-15 feet in the air by 6+ ft. tall boys above a basketball court. Sometimes multiple girls at the same time.

When you're lucky, she gets caught. Or lands well.

But, well, then there's the rest of the time.

At least the football and hockey players get pads.



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Jun. 30th, 2009 01:07 am (UTC)
I don't understand why nothing was done when cheerleading became more dangerous than football.
Jun. 30th, 2009 09:56 am (UTC)
There are many versions and opinions as to what "should be done" with cheering...safety or whatever.

But lets start with calling it a sport and stop degrading what these incredible athletes accomplish. The team work is REALLY appearant...especially if one girl is even ever so slightly off.

Yep, Julia cheered for 6 years, and her Wilson (PA) team attended National competition for two years. It was no cutesy competition. The girls had 5 practices about 4 times a week, gymnastics 2-3 times a week, and still had to maintain a 3.0+ GPA to attend.
Jun. 30th, 2009 06:22 pm (UTC)
These statistics are one of the reasons I'm glad the kid is a base and not a flyer. short stocky genes good for staying on the ground and strong for holding others.
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