ICU Worlds Championship – All-Girl and Coed Partner Stunt Summary

Worlds is Finally here!! Lots of new teams showing lots of talent – the world of cheerleading has definitely stepped up its game, with a lot more countries kicking cheerleading butt. This sport has definitely evolved from its founding country, the USA. The only bad thing about this year’s Worlds is that it coincided with Wills and Kate’s Wedding dates 😦

All-Girl Stunt Group Summary:

Personal favourites with really strong performances were team Norway, Mexico, and Germany. Slovenia was really good too, considering they’re pretty new to the cheer front. USA as usual was super tight and clean, and since I’m Canadian, Team Canada is where my heart’s at. South Africa was in this championship for the first time ever, and although their performance wasn’t quite up to par with other teams, they had a fair and great first ever try. Canada did great but the girls seemed really nervous and not confident enough. A little shaky, but they stuck it all the way through so amazing job ladies! Finland wasn’t bad, but their bow went a little wonky which really threw me off. And speaking of bows, I was disappointed that Mexico’s flyer did he “cheat” bow by pulling her arm behind her leg instead of in front.

Team Germany:

COED Stunt Group Summary:

While the all-girl stunt group competition may have started off a little shaky for some, all the teams brought it ALL on the floor during their Coed stunts.

United Kingdom blew me away with their wheelchair performance!!! It’s definitely a must-see! COSTA-RICA was definitely one of my favourites! So strong, clean, and flawless! China’s performance was interesting due to their choice of music and choreography. Also really strong performances by Australia, USA (of course!), Slovenia.

A very energetic and athletic performance by Ecuador, and despite an unsuccessful first attempt at a hand to hand, they tried it again and did great. Mexico did a full-up while in heelstretch, which was pretty original. Denmark had the skill and was solid, but seemed to lack the confidence. Great job to also Finland, Sweden, and Chinese Taipei. Chinese Taipei’s flyer had great flexibility, and executed the ‘no hand heel stretch’ the best of anyone in the single stunt competition.

And of course, Canada did great with a solid performance as well!

Team USA:

CHECK OUT ALL THE OTHER VIDS at varsity.com!! (I really wanted to embed my fave videos here but am clearly code/html illiterate and couldn’t figure out how to do it, so could only put up the ones that were on youtube.)

Amazing job everyone! Can’t wait to see everyone’s full routines!!

Cheer on!

-Mina

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