The famed University of Kentucky collegiate cheerleading team will represent the United States at the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea, according to USA Cheer’s website.
USA Cheer was granted permission to choose one team to represent the United States, and they chose the University of Kentucky Wildcats. For those of you who don’t know, UK’s cheer team is world class and has won more than 20 National Champion titles. They consistently push the bar higher and continue to make all of cheerleading better at all levels and styles.
The team will attend events such as award ceremonies, parades, closing ceremonies, as well as a cheerleading championship with other international teams. Other countries sending teams includes Norway, Russia, Germany, Switzerland, Canada, and the Netherlands.
From USA Cheer’s announcement, it appears that UK will perform at events to support other sports as traditional cheerleaders, and also compete in a “cheerleading championship.” It is unclear as to whether or not that championship is a part of the official Olympics events or not.
Earlier this year, cheerleading was recognized as an Olympic Provisional Sport, which makes cheerleading one step closer to joining the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan.
This is certainly an exciting moment for all cheerleaders across the world. Depending on how the cheerleaders perform and are received at the Olympic Games, this could be a pivotal moment for the sport. For the first time, competitive cheerleading will be put on an international stage to be seen by millions. Exciting stuff.