IN PHOTOS: Cheerleaders take to the sky at state competition
Who says cheerleading isn't a sport?
For those who think cheerleading is not a sport, just attend any cheer competition and see why cheerleaders are some of the toughest and most daring athletes in high school sports.
Cheerleaders not only have a ton of confidence to perform in front of large crowds, but most have to have strength, stamina, balance and flexibility to perform on competitive cheer teams. Theses skills were all on full display at the 2016 Oregon High School Cheerleading State Championships held at the Memorial Coliseum on Saturday, Feb 13.
For those of the faint of heart, seeing cheerleaders being tossed high up in the air definitely added some drama to the overall competition. Just ask the parents of each cheer teams flyer - the cheerleader who has the guts to risk her life to be thrown high-up in the air or stacked at the top of a human pyramid.
This years state championship had its share of falls and injuries which are just par-for-the-course when it comes to competing in one of the most injury-prone sports.
Here are just a few photos that show how much strength and trust goes into performing at the state cheer competition level: