The University of Kentucky cheerleading squad wrapped up its USA Cheer trip to the Winter Olympics on Monday after performing in the Pyeongchang Closing Ceremonies and the Wonju International Cheerleading Open.
“We were honored to be here and represent the United States,” UK Coach Jomo Thompson said. “Performing at the Olympic venues was fantastic. We performed at many of the Olympic sites throughout the city, including the Medal Plaza, the speed skating venue and the closing ceremonies. They were long days and nights but it was an incredibly rewarding experience.”
Selected by USA Cheer to represent its efforts to help cheerleading advance from a provisional to an official Olympic sport, the Kentucky squad spent 12 days in South Korea performing variations of its UCA College Nationals title-winning performance and sideline cheer work at medal ceremonies and other public events.
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Its last performance came Monday in the Wonju Open, which showcased cheerleaders from Canada, Norway, Russia, Germany, Switzerland and Korea as well as the U.S.
UK’s and USA Cheer’s social media accounts on Facebook and Twitter were the best way to follow the team’s exploits. They were also featured in a segment on the Olympic Channel’s website at http://bit.ly/2FwPFpy
The cheerleaders are scheduled to return to Lexington on Wednesday, according to UK and will resume classwork and their UK Cheer duties. Some who made the regular USA Cheer squad will don the red, white and blue again in late April as they compete in the International Cheerleading Union World Championships in Orlando.