Ironically, in the United States, the home of cheerleading, the Austrian national team was crowned world champion in the all-girls elite senior class.
More than 51 countries were represented by more than 2,500 athletes at the 2022 World Championships in the USA. Among them, team Austria this year cheerleading and double the team Austria Boom. The Austria Cheerleading team consists of a selection team of 28 athletes from Vienna, Lower Austria, Styria and Tyrol.
Austria is the world champion in cheerleading
Cheerleading Austria wrote the history of Austrian sports at night from Friday to Saturday. With a perfect routine, the athletes from Austria took home Austria’s first gold medal at the 2022 ICU World Championships in the All-Girls Elite Senior category.
“The feeling that I am a world champion overwhelms me as a coach too. The whole team has worked hard for this over the past few months, and every athlete has been awarded the title. We have written history for our country, which will accompany every member of the team all his life,” says team coach Janine Korber. Austria, the elderly cheerleaders prevail in the Netherlands.
“It is a historic achievement and all the athletes, coaches and organizers deserve our utmost respect for this achievement. This world championship title is an important step, as well as for the recognition of our sport in Austria,” says Petra Gruber, Head of Austria Cheerleading.
Sixth place to double in the performance of cheer boom
The Pom Double team once again showed an excellent performance on the last day and managed to position themselves in a strong 20-team field in a very good sixth place.
The two dancers are thrilled and proud of their great success. With a flawless program on the final day, they put themselves in the absolute world rankings behind their strongest competitors from Japan, Mexico and Puerto Rico.
“It was a very exciting competition with the largest number of competitors. We have prepared as much as possible for this routine, so we are all happy with this great success for Austria,” adds Katharina Horki, coach of the doubles team.
“The really good standing shows that we are among the elite in the world. Team Austria success of the year, as well as for the whole sport in Austria,” says Deborah Kluck, Head of Austria Performance Team Austria.
Once again, Austria demonstrated what kind of performance is internationally possible in this cheerleading sport, even though the athletes and coaches had to finance most of the costs of participation themselves.
“As ÖCCV President, I congratulate all the athletes and coaches on these exciting achievements. I see the World Championships title as important to ensure the ultimate structures for the recognition of our sport in Austria,” says Julia Harrier, President of the Austrian Cheerleading and Performance Federation.
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