Make Twirling an Olympic Sport

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It's 2017 and twirling still isn't an Olympic sport.

Twirlers train just as hard as any other athlete. Fun fact: They have absolutely no off-season. That’s right! Baton twirling is a year round sport with no “seasonal break.” It is a constant hustle to work, achieve, practice, and perfect what has been given to them. It is not a sport that you can learn overnight. A lot of these men and women have started anywhere between 0 and 6 years old. Can you imagine handing a toddler a metal stick and telling them to "have fun?" That’s the kind of dedication it takes.

Not convinced? What if I told you that baton twirling has the perfect balance of a lot of other sports considered an “Olympic Sport.” They have a lot of the dance technique of a rhythmic gymnast. The flow and movement with a prop of some sort are exactly the kind of bodywork a twirler has. They have the endurance of a sprinter in track and field. 2.5-minute routines can feel like a full bodied run to the finish. Twirlers are told to pack as many tricks into a small segment and move as fast as they can. You can imagine how hard that can get as you start to advance. 

Baton twirlers have the leg strength of a gymnast. Those leaps on a concrete floor do not just happen. They have the reflexes of a fencer and the hand-eye coordination of a ping pong player. If you are standing under a flying metal stick and only have a short time to think good timing, spotting and reflexes can come in handy. They have the arm and shoulder strength of a swimmer. It takes a lot of strength to push a metal stick up into the air before performing a trick, and it requires muscular arms to do it. Twirlers have the charisma of a synchronized swimmer- because they always do everything with a smile on their face.

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