After a year of training and thousands of miles of travel, the world championships are finally here. Yeah, we've been traveling for almost eight hours today and still haven't slept. This is their last... See More
After a year of training and thousands of miles of travel, the world championships are finally here. Yeah, we've been traveling for almost eight hours today and still haven't slept. This is their last practice before they all take the floor. I'm really glad we're having this last practice so we can make sure we're really confident for going into words. Flying through their routines with perfection, they're on a high. Five, three, hit. Praying for victory tomorrow. Amen. Amen. The morning of the finals, the butler family is off to a rough start. You need it like that, is what you're telling me? It's very much chaos. She's hungry, she's tired. Stressed. So much to do. They have to have hair, makeup done. It's a project. You don't realize that there's an actual art to doing this. You look beautiful already. The biggest competition of the year. They've trained all year for this. Can you just fold it over and not make it that big? Please. That's the job of a cheer dad is to try to keep the sanity amid all the chaos. What time is it? Wildcats will meet in one hour. I'm more excited than nervous, I think. I'm just nervous. I'm so nervous. I'm just like, ever since I woke up this morning, I have butterflies. Michael is suddenly in crisis mode. He can't find his credentials. Without it, he can't compete. What did you forget? Are you -- I don't have my thing to get in. Are you kidding me right now? Just wait five minutes. I'm not coming back. I'm not going to get to defend the title for a four-peat. Seven years, all comes down to today. Oh, my gosh, stressful. Carly has nerves of steel. I'm thinking about the routine. I'm thinking about what I need to do to be my best today. All the work these families have put in is on the line. Your adrenaline is rushing and your anxiety, your heart is about to pop out of your chest, you feel like you're going to vomit. Hoping and praying for them that they can handle the heat. The best of the best are all here. People are always saying, like, you guys are going to take a three-peat, you know, constantly, it's like, oh, my gosh, stop saying that. Soon enough, Michael and gabi take the floor. We're going to fight to the very end. No matter what happens. We will fight. And they do. They nail their routine. Up next, Carly's team, the wildcats. They're competing in a different division. Today, I just want to go out there and just kill it. For Carly, Michael and gabi, the years of hard work pay off. Both teams win gold. The high of victory is short lived. For these athletes, cheer is everything. Gabi is decide wlg to keep living apart from her family. It's a possibility that I won't go back but at the same time, it's a possibility that I will. It's kind of like a 50/50. She's going back. I'll tell you that. She said the same exact thing last year and look what happened. She's back again. Michael is grappling with aging out. It's an addiction. You're away from it, you miss it. I just want to work my butt off, like, for a championship or for something greater than myself. I'm addicted to cheerleading. It's something I'm going to want to do until I'm too old to do it. I want to do it until my body breaks.
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