CHICO, Calif. - The International Olympic Committee (IOC) recognized cheerleading as an Olympic sport.
That's the latest step for the sport to be included in the games. The International Cheer Union plans to petition to be included in the 2028 Olympics.
Athletes on the level two junior team at Chico Cheer All Stars were thrilled with the news.
I'm speechless, I'm so excited," Aleigha Vasquez said. "That's gonna be my next dream. Worlds was my biggest dream. But now the Olympics is another big dream that I hope to accomplish."
"I think it's gonna cause a lot of positive growth in our industry," Chico Cheer Director Tiffany Hayes-Wood said. "I think it's gonna give athletes the recognition and positive reinforcement they've been looking for. I think once the world sees them as athletes in the Olympic sport, more kids are going to participate."
Competitive cheerleading is an incredibly demanding sport.
"It's a lot of gymnastics," Hayes-Wood said. "It's a lot of stunting. It's a lot of endurance."
"I honestly think that it's a mentally hard sport," Vasquez added.
Some people don't consider cheerleading a sport. The Chico Cheer Allstars are excited for the world to see how much hardwork, and teamwork goes into the sport.
"It just builds a lot of trust that you don't have with people outside of cheer because you're trusting them with your life kinda," Vasquez said.
"Everyone has to know what their doing and do it at the right time," Cheerleader Brenna Barry said. "It's kinda hard but you just have to work together."