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Kentucky Cheerleaders Win Their 19th National Championship

Kentucky won its 19th National Championship in Cheerleading tonight, continuing its reign as the #1 cheerleading program in all the land. The win makes Kentucky the most decorated cheering program in America and continues its tradition as the most accomplished sports program in its field in the SEC (for the purposes of this post, we are calling it a sport…please dont argue in the comment section about it, because it is not worth debating…thank you and just be happy for our athletes in Blue). The dance team also had a big night, as it finished in 6th place in the pom division and 8th in the hip-hop division. We congratulate all the young ladies and cheerleading men on their continued domination. Below is a video of their title winning performance:

Article written by Matt Jones

38 Comments for Kentucky Cheerleaders Win Their 19th National Championship



  1. catsfan54
    9:58 pm January 15, 2012 Permalink

    wait wait wait……. is cheerleading REALLY a sport though?

    j/k congrats to the cheerleaders GO BIG BLUE cheerleading!



  2. BBN
    10:01 pm January 15, 2012 Permalink

    Some of that was very impressive. GO CATS!



  3. Calipari'sInYourEar
    10:04 pm January 15, 2012 Permalink

    Chess is a sport



  4. Bildo
    10:04 pm January 15, 2012 Permalink

    KOOL.



  5. BigBlueSkyDog
    10:04 pm January 15, 2012 Permalink

    Congrats guys and girls. You make coming to the games even more special. I always look forward to seeing you when I’m at Rupp.



  6. Calipari'sInYourEar
    10:06 pm January 15, 2012 Permalink

    How could anyone say anything bad about the people who bring cheer and joy to the world?

    But I do think they descriminate against fat ugly lazy people. j/k



  7. Congrats
    10:08 pm January 15, 2012 Permalink

    Wow, good Job. It’s been a really good weekend for the big blue. Go Big Blue!!!!



  8. cayts
    10:09 pm January 15, 2012 Permalink

    tough to argue that cheerleading is a sport when the post directly under this one has UK officially not calling it a sport



  9. Calipari'sInYourEar
    10:19 pm January 15, 2012 Permalink

    Who’s arguing that it’s a sport other than Matt calling it one (with the understanding that it can’t be disputed this once because of the championship moment)?

    Why does it have to be a sport?



  10. Calipari'sInYourEar
    10:26 pm January 15, 2012 Permalink

    Accoring to ESPN poker is a sport… that’s how smart they are in Bristol, Connecticut.

    Poker is definitely not a sport.

    Here is some supporting evidence to call Cheerleading a sport:

    Cheerleading is traditionally part of a sporting event (football, basketball), and since they compete against other squads athletically for points, that would be a sporting event.

    There, how’s that?



  11. NYCWildcat
    10:42 pm January 15, 2012 Permalink

    UK cheerleading on an entirely different level. Their degree of difficulty is insane. They probably could have had two more drops and still won the title.



  12. IndyKat
    10:43 pm January 15, 2012 Permalink

    #8, FYI, UK calls it a sport and gives Varsity Letters for it! The grade reporting is for NCAA Sports only (Big Brother is watching!) and Cheerleading is administered by UCA. You will also notice that Hockey is not listed..



  13. Foobar
    10:43 pm January 15, 2012 Permalink

    It does take athleticism to do this and it is competetive so I’ll allow it as a sport. But either the competition isn’t too great or the judges missed the girl who completely failed to stick her landing and fell down at the 0:24 mark. Other than that miss, impressive routine.



  14. Chad
    10:43 pm January 15, 2012 Permalink

    Cheerleading is not a sport… I compete in ballroom dancing and I’ll be the first to admit it isn’t a sport.



  15. macon_volfan
    10:47 pm January 15, 2012 Permalink

    #12-Hockey (at UK) is, I think, a CLUB sport, thus not rulled by the NCAA.

    Congrats on winning the competition.



  16. Capnmonkey
    10:49 pm January 15, 2012 Permalink

    One has to wonder how UK brings in all these five star cheerleading one and dones, cant wait for the Forde article



  17. Nice work!
    10:50 pm January 15, 2012 Permalink

    Cheerleading is definitely a sport. I am a dude who is in good shape, and I couldn’t come close to pulling off half these moves. Theses guys/girls are true athletes. Congrats!!!



  18. saki7
    10:56 pm January 15, 2012 Permalink

    Wow..now that’s just outstanding. Their athleticism and the gymnastic stuff they do has always impressed me. Go Cats!



  19. Billy Clyde Honor Code
    11:00 pm January 15, 2012 Permalink

    Cheerleading is not supported under Title IX. Therefore it is not a sport.



  20. Congrats
    11:06 pm January 15, 2012 Permalink

    Congrats, though I saw last years routine and it was much better than this one (only one screw up in 2011) can’t believe they got 2nd.



  21. yeauhh
    11:12 pm January 15, 2012 Permalink

    Was the guy in the back supposed to fall down 25-26 seconds in? Either way very impressive Go CATS!



  22. WKY Dude
    11:13 pm January 15, 2012 Permalink

    LMAO…how can you say this isn’t a sport?

    Sport: An activity involving physical exertion and skill in which an individual or team competes against another or others.



  23. www.stoloinc.com
    11:15 pm January 15, 2012 Permalink

    Coach JoMo congrats to you and the cheerleader’s on your 19th ncaa championship you look good in your Stolo keep up the great work!!



  24. ukcat1
    12:19 am January 16, 2012 Permalink

    I was really happy to see that they won and improved the performance from the Rupp exhibition. I watched the 1980 and 1985 competitive routine that was attached to the video. The evolution of the sport is amazing. I am sure very young cheerleaders now do what the 80&85 squad did. This squad was amazing. I did not watch the other teams but the degree of difficulty had to have made up for the early tumbling fall. All the videos are on varsity.com



  25. majestic
    1:01 am January 16, 2012 Permalink

    the video is of their preliminary / practice routine. the actual winning routine was flawless and wayyyy better than this, although similar… congrats to all! they work just as hard as the basketball players and deserve their rings too!



  26. Viren
    1:34 am January 16, 2012 Permalink

    Congrats ladies and gentlemen for winning 19th title. Next year make it 20.



  27. size 20 shoe
    2:15 am January 16, 2012 Permalink

    could we get some pics of the dance team too?



  28. RM
    3:25 am January 16, 2012 Permalink

    Great job, UK cheerleaders!



  29. Lord Vern, Master of the Universe
    5:27 am January 16, 2012 Permalink

    I’m with WKY Dude:
    Sport: An activity involving physical exertion and skill in which an individual or team competes against another or others.
    I don’t give a Damn what Title IX says.



  30. 20/20 vision
    7:58 am January 16, 2012 Permalink

    #21 – If you think that was a GUY, Dr. Bizer’s VisionWorld is probably open today… schedule an appointment !



  31. alaeotus
    8:34 am January 16, 2012 Permalink

    There were some amazing and dangerous stunts in that routine, and congrats on continuing complete dominance. Previous UK cheer squads have done more polished performances, but that was certainly impressive.



  32. alaeotus
    8:35 am January 16, 2012 Permalink

    Ah; thanks for that info #25. I am glad to know the real thing was more flawless. How do they practice some of those dangerous and high-flying stunts?



  33. Tampa Amy
    9:35 am January 16, 2012 Permalink

    Here’s another vid I just found: not the best quality and a small section seems to be cut, but it looks like the actual final performance… stunts are cleaner and less bobbles on pyramids. Still a fall out on the opening tumbling sequence, but not as bad as the vid on here. http://youtu.be/Tu1xlezFXBU
    While at UK, I would practice with some squad members on their own time (stunts & tumbling) and it’s some of my best memories. I do consider it a sport though I get that Title IX doesn’t… whatever, to each their own. Most people couldn’t even begin to think about doing what these athletes actually accomplish. We Are UK!!



  34. Catman
    10:47 am January 16, 2012 Permalink

    UK dominates the competition most years with many more of the SEC schools in contention for the title. How long will it be before all the other conferences/schools start crying for an “and one” cheer-off!!!!!! LMAO!!



  35. robuk
    11:32 am January 16, 2012 Permalink

    I hope that was an encore performance. One girl fell down, they were off balance and looked bad! Can’t believe they won with that performance.



  36. My Two Cents
    12:51 pm January 16, 2012 Permalink

    If CURLING is a sport… where you can be 50 pounds overweight and still be in “Olympic form” AND have as much physical exertion as a bowel movement… Cheerleading is more of a sport than CURLING. Granted they both take talent… but I think Cheerleading is more of a sport than many others. Congrats Ladies (and Gentlemen)! Go Big Blue!



  37. Tampa Amy
    1:06 pm January 16, 2012 Permalink

    Just checked the UCA website – the video embedded in this post is actaully the final performance. I vid I linked earlier (#33) was their semi-final performance. Their site has the semi’s posted, but not the finals… so there we go.



  38. Beatty Lee London
    3:40 pm January 16, 2012 Permalink

    Congratulations UK Cheerleading…share some of that winning wisdom with our big blue football team!
    thanks Coach Jomo for wearing your royal blue & whitE, 100% Supima Cotton, MADE IN AMERICA
    …STOLO…THE OFFICIAL STATE POLO by Stolo Inc. GOD BLESS THE TRUE BLUE NATION