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Watch: Finland wins world cheerleading championship with high-flying routine

Finland's national cheerleading squad has won the ICU World Championships in Florida, the first time that a country other than the US has taken home the title.

Urheilujuttuja: Näin cheer-naiset valloittivat historiallisen maailmanmestaruuden
Urheilujuttuja: Näin cheer-naiset valloittivat historiallisen maailmanmestaruuden

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Team Finland took home the World Championship in cheerleading on Friday, marking the first time in the competition's history that the US did not win the main category of the event.

"We've been working towards this moment for many years. Last year it looked for the first time like we might be in the running, and this year we did it. Two great routines were enough," said the team's head coach Maria Wahlroos in a Finnish Cheerleading Federation bulletin.

Team Finland's All Girls Premier squad won the 2018 championship with 707.5 points, beating second place Team USA by 4.5 points, and third place Team Sweden. Last year Team Finland placed second in this same competition.

"This just goes to show that attaining the world championship is within reach. Hopefully, this will inspire others to give it a go. It would be great to have more enthusiastic athletes on the national team and help more young people achieve their dreams," Wahlroos continued.

Six different national cheerleading teams represented Finland at the Orlando, Florida competition. Finland's Co-ed team took sixth place and the Dance team came in fourth. The junior teams took second in the All Girls category, and third in the Co-ed category.

Team Finland celebrates in a group photo. Image: Riikka Taivassalo

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