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University of Oregon’s Acrobatics and Tumbling Team Reaches New Heights

University of Oregon’s Acrobatics and Tumbling Team is Flying High written by Sheila G. Miller | photos courtesy of UO Athletics Take cheerleading and add gymnastics. Now, get rid of the smiles and the skirts and the hair bows. That’s acrobatics and tumbling, and that’s the sport University of Oregon senior Alexis Cross is proud to be a part of. Considered an “emerging sport” by the NCAA but currently governed by an outside association and in talks to become an official NCAA-sanctioned sport, acro/tumbling is no joke. “We get rid of all the glitz and the glam of cheerleading and the leotards and hair bows of gymnastics,” she said. What’s left is the stunting part of cheer and the tumbling portion of gymnastics. The sport was created fairly recently, and only a handful of universities have teams. Oregon has been to the national championship four years straight—winning in 2014 and…