“You just have to love it,” says Karolyne Day (@karolyneday15) before heading onstage at the National Cheerleading Association All-Star National Championship. “It takes a lot of hours and determination to get through cheerleading. There’s a lot of pressure coming into a competition.” The 15-year-old from Houston started with her team Woodside Elite five years ago.
“We’ve been together for a few years, so we’ve all been close friends,” she says. “It helps that we’ve hung out outside of cheer and we all love the sport so much.” The intensity of a 2 ½-minute performance can be stressful so practicing stunts in the gym and exercise is crucial. “I pretty much come in almost every day.” Regardless of how stressed or tired she is, Karolyne’s passion is cheer and gymnastics tumbling. “It’s always been my stress reliever.”
Since I’ve gotten a few messages worried about this being a fire hazard: I only wrapped the lights up like this and had them plugged in to take the photo. Don’t just wrap lights around stuff and leave it! Be safe this holiday season xx