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Kate Torgovnick

Kate Torgovnick is a former associate writer/editor at Jane magazine. She writes about extreme athletes for The New York Times and her articles have also appeared in Newsweek, The International Herald Tribune, and The Daily News (New York). She grew up in Durham, North Carolina, and now lives in New York City.
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Author Kate Torgovnick Discusses Her Book Cheer!

Kate Torgovnick takes you on a captivating, all-access journey into the deeply absorbing world of cheerleading.

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Kate Torgovnick
Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. The truth is always stranger than fiction.

Q. What’s your greatest fear?

A. Flying. Which is not so great considering that my job as a journalist calls for me to constantly travel.

Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?

A. "Literally" and "Just sayin'"

Q. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?

A. The Galapagos Islands!

Q. What is your greatest achievement?

A. Writing this book.

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February 09, 2009

cheer-post-men.jpgMost people don’t know this, but cheerleaders were originally men. Cheerleading goes back to the very first college football game, between Princeton and Rutgers. Princeton students started chanting, “Rah rah rah! Tiger tiger tiger! Sis sis sis! Boom boom boom! Ahhhhh!” It became a student tradition, and soon the school appointed “yell leaders” who sat in the audience and lead said chants. The idea spread across the country, and in 1898 a University of Minnesota yell leader ran in front of the crowd to lead his chants. Cheerleading was born. cheer-post-1960s.jpgFor the next 40 years, male cheerleaders... see more

February 09, 2009

A friend sent me this slideshow showing all the famous people who were once cheerleaders. There were a few on here I had no idea about. But since they also missed a few good ones, here is a comprehensive list of former cheerleaders who now run (or at least entertain) the world. The Presidents: George W. Bush (Andover, Yale), George Bush Sr. (Yale), Ronald Reagan (Eureka College), Dwight Eisenhower (West Point), Franklin D. Roosevelt (Harvard) The Celebs You Could Have Guessed: Katie Couric (University of Virginia), Madonna (University of Michigan), Paula Abdul (Los Angeles Lakers), Lindsay Lohan, Jessica Simpson, Calista Flockhart, Ann Margret, Jamie... see more

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