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    Definitive Proof That Cheerleaders Aren't Real Athletes

    Real athletes lift weights, not people.

    1. Cheerleaders are so basic, anyone could do this.

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    2. Cheerleading is just waving pom-poms in the air, right?

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    3. Since when did "jumping" become an athletic skill?

    4. Would a real athlete stretch like this?

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    5. ...while being held in the air by one foot?

    6. Real athletes spend their whole lives practicing to be the best...

    7. And REAL athletes would never wear scant clothing they can easily move in!

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    8. Too bad this girl didn't sign up for soccer so she could get some real exercise.

    9. Genuine sports have decades of history to draw from, you can't just decide something is a sport in 2018...

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    10. REAL athletes jump for a hoop, not just to show off.

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    11. Excuse me, WHAT?!?!?

    12. OK, wait, damn, that is really high.

    13. OK, fine, let's see what these "world champions" can do.

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    14. Oh.

    15. I see. Well, real athletes STAND before they do a series of backflips at a casual weekday practice.

    16. This might LOOK incredibly impressive, but cheerleading definitely isn't a sport.

    17. And these girls definitely aren't athletes.

    18. Right?!?