ABC News featured Carly Manning, Gabi Butler, Michaeleddie Rivera and their families on a recent Nightline segment about extraordinary families.
The Wire published Inside the Cheerlebrity Economy.
Fans follow the queens of the scene, cheerlebrities, obsessively. After Gardner, there’s Carly Manning, Cami Branson, Peyton Mabry, Gabi Butler, and Jamie Andries. Young girls light up at the sound of these names and rush to take photos with the teenagers at competitions. Tumblr users debate the cheerlebs’ relative merits: they want Jamie’s abs, Peyton’s looks, and Gabi’s flexibility. They’re talented, blonde, and underage — and their parents aren’t quite sure what they should do about their growing fame.
Teen Vogue published Inside the Life of the Internet’s Favorite Teen Cheerleader.
I personally don’t use the term “cheerlebrity,” which is what the internet calls us. In my opinion, cheerleaders aren’t celebrities! We’re athletes who are recognized for hard work and dedication to the sport. And yes, cheer is definitely a sport. We put in so many hours of physical training, killing our bodies to do what we love. I’ve definitely come across people who don’t agree, but that’s because they’ve never seen it. I tell them to come to a practice and watch the tumbling and the stunting and then tell me cheerleading isn’t a sport.