The happening of dropping a shoe during a routine may not seem like a big deal at first glance. After all, it’s something that happens quite often in cheerleading.
However, what made this particular incident special was what happened next: someone actually picked up the shoe while tumbling! This unexpected turn of events caught everyone’s attention and caused the video of the routine to go viral.
We talked to the team’s coordinator and athletes about how it all went down!
The team responsible for this viral moment is called ‘Spotlight’ and is a level 4.2 team from Cheer Extreme Allstars. When their routine video was posted, it quickly gained traction and spread on social media. The reason? During a stunt, one of the flyers’ shoes said “Nope, not today”, flew up in the air, and landed on the mat.
Here’s what one of her bases said:
“It was so funny in the first stunt, right before the one and half-up, Emma was like ‘omg my shoe is coming off’ and when we came down I tried to put it back on for her and I was like ‘just keep going, if it falls off it falls off haha!’”
Instead of removing the shoe from the mat, the team continued with their routine, moving on to the jump section and then the running tumbling. You would think that someone might move it before or after their tumbling pass, but one of the tumblers actually grabbed it while tumbling!
“Before my running tumbling pass I saw the shoe and I didn’t want my teammates to trip over it and mess up so I basically just grabbed the shoe and tumbled with it in my hand and threw it off stage.”
Watch the whole situation here:
It might not look that crazy, but the more you think about it, the more impressive it becomes.
Imagine timing the roundoff so perfectly that you land exactly where you need to grab it, then doing a roundoff back handspring while holding a shoe in your hand?!
With currently more than 100 000 views of the video, it’s safe to say that this was the most talked-about thing of the weekend.
Not only did Spotlight come home with this funny story, but they also took home first place in their division and the second-highest score of the whole competition!