CHICO, Calif .– The The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has recognized cheerleading as an Olympic sport.

This is the last step for sport to be included in the games. The International Cheer Union plans to file a petition to be included in the 2028 Olympics.

The athletes of the Chico Cheer All Stars level two junior team were thrilled with the news.

I’m speechless, I’m so excited, “Aleigha Vasquez said.” This will be my next dream. The World Cup was my biggest dream. But now the Olympics are another big dream that I hope to accomplish. “

“I think this is going to cause a lot of positive growth in our industry,” said Chico Cheer director Tiffany Hayes-Wood. “I think this will give the athletes the recognition and the positive reinforcement they are looking for. I think once the world sees them as athletes in Olympic sport, more children will participate.”

Competitive cheerleading is an incredibly demanding sport.

“It’s a lot of gymnastics,” said Hayes-Wood. “It’s a lot of stunting. It’s a lot of stamina.”

“I honestly think it’s a mentally tough sport,” added Vasquez.

Some people don’t think of cheerleading as a sport. The Chico Cheer Allstars are thrilled that the world is seeing how much hard work and teamwork goes into the sport.

“It just creates a lot of trust that you don’t have with people apart from joy because you kind of trust them in your life,” Vasquez said.

“Everyone needs to know what they’re doing and do it at the right time,” cheerleader Brenna Barry said. “It’s a bit difficult, but you just have to work together.”

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