The buzzer signals halftime. The football teams makes their way into the locker room, and the cheerleaders of Christian Brothers High School run on to the field with immense amounts of spirit. The air is crisp as the girls shake out their nerves, anxious for another performance. The routine picks up and the screaming fans […]
The buzzer signals halftime. The football teams makes their way into the locker room, and the cheerleaders of Christian Brothers High School run on to the field with immense amounts of spirit. The air is crisp as the girls shake out their nerves, anxious for another performance. The routine picks up and the screaming fans pump up Olivia “Liv” Tanberg (‘20) and Addison Kinter (‘21) as they sail through the air across the sideline.
This is just a typical Friday night for the cheerleaders of Christian Brothers High School. The cheerleaders create a new routine at practice in which they perform that week. To keep exciting the rowdy fans, the girls make sure that each performance is different from their last. This means different dances, stunts, jumps, and of course, tumbling. Tumbling superstars Liv and Addison’s background helps give flare to these unique and high intensity routines.
For Liv, tumbling feels like something she was destined to do. She picked it up because cheer had been her life since she was little. Her mom was a dance teacher and her godmother was a cheer coach, so cheer was naturally always a part of her life.
“Tumbling comes a lot easier to me than it does for most people,” the junior says. Since her whole life has revolved around cheer, she feels like it was something she was born to do and is her calling.
Unlike Liv, JV cheerleader Addison Kinter’s tumbling experience was more accidental. She was sitting at PF Chang’s one day and noticed a cheerleading competition going on at Memorial Auditorium. She turned to her mom and said “I want to do that”, and since then, tumbling has been a part of her everyday life.
She has been cheering now for seven years and tumbling for five. Her constant hard work and determination has helped her achieve her goal of cheering for the California All-Stars, a prestigious and widely known competitive team.
“I tumble because it makes me feel stronger and better about myself,” the sophomore says. “It’s kind of cool that I can flip around,” she added with a smile.
Addison’s tumbles to help her feel stronger about herself and for the pleasure of just flipping around. Similar to Addison, Liv likes the ability to flip wherever she pleases to show off for her friends and family. Liv’s motivation to continually tumble is like no other.
“[I want to] do my best and be better than I was yesterday” she says confidently. But for Liv, tumbling is not just for fun — she plans to use it to get into college. “I definitely want to do college cheer and maybe even want to be a competitive cheer coach,” she says with a smile. With her background, cheer will always be a part of the everyday life for Liv Tanberg.
Unlike Liv, Addison’s motivation is more physical than mental.
“[I have the] ability to push my body to places I didn’t think I could when I was nine years old,” she says. But what she really wants to accomplish is a “full” — an extended upside down flip with a 360 degree rotation. The reason why a full is so difficult to accomplish is because it combines flipping and twisting simultaneously, which makes it a very advanced move.
“I am still working on [it] after five years and that’s what is pushing me right now,” she says.
Next time you attend one of the Friday night football games, be sure to keep an eye out for Addison Kinter and Liv Tanberg as the tumble during the halftime performance.