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It's Not About the Pom-Poms - How a 40-Year-Old Mom Became the NFL's Oldest Cheerleader--and Found Hope, Joy, and Inspiration Along the Way

Laura Vikmanis

A forty-year-old cheerleader? When Laura Vikmanis, a single mom in Ohio, told friends that she wanted to be an NFL cheerleader, they said it would never happen. But she proved them all wrong. . . . Laura Vikmanis has got spirit . . . and pom-poms, too! But before she stepped onto the field as the oldest cheerleader in the National Football League, she was sidelined by a bad marriage and the many responsibilities of stay-at-home motherhood. She finally got the courage to leave her husband and to ask herself something she had never asked before: What do I want to do? Remembering her teenage love of dance, she signed up for a pole-dancing fitness class, where she met a former cheerleader for the Cincinnati Bengals. When the woman suggested that Laura audition to be a "Ben-Gal," Laura laughed her off but soon realized that the audition process could be a way of healing herself-and regaining her confidence. Her boots were made for walking-but also for stomping on a football field. She tried out for the team next to girls young enough to be her daughters. Girls with tighter abs, fuller hair, no kids, and no crow's-feet. After much adversity and multiple auditions, she finally made the team, becoming the oldest cheerleader in the League. It's Not About the Pom-Poms follows Laura's inspiring, funny, and eye-opening journey from demoralized divorcée to high-kicking Cincinnati Ben-Gal. Readers will cheer her on as she rediscovers her passion for dancing, takes hip-hop classes with twelve-year-olds, loses twenty-five pounds, discovers her abs, finds love again, and becomes a new kind of role model to her daughters. Laura also provides an inside look into the fascinating world of NFL cheerleaders-the grueling workouts, bad pay, twice-weekly weigh-ins, but, most important, the lifelong bond between the women, who do it all for the glory. Leading with her heart, Laura Vikmanis faces adversity with her head held high as she learns in mid-life to take a flying leap. Powerful and uplifting, It's Not About the Pom-Poms

A forty-year-old cheerleader? When Laura Vikmanis, a single mom in Ohio, told friends that she wanted to be an NFL cheerleader, they said it would never happen. But she proved them all wrong. . . . Laura Vikmanis has got spirit . . . and pom-poms, too! But before she stepped onto the field as the oldest cheerleader in the National Football League, she was sidelined by a bad marriage and the many responsibilities of stay-at-home motherhood. She finally got the courage to leave her husband and to ask herself something she had never asked before: What do I want to do? Remembering her teenage love of dance, she signed up for a pole-dancing fitness class, where she met a former cheerleader for the Cincinnati Bengals. When the woman suggested that Laura audition to be a "Ben-Gal," Laura laughed her off but soon realized that the audition process could be a way of healing herself-and regaining her confidence. Her boots were made for walking-but also for stomping on a football field. She tried out for the team next to girls young enough to be her daughters. Girls with tighter abs, fuller hair, no kids, and no crow's-feet. After much adversity and multiple auditions, she finally made the team, becoming the oldest cheerleader in the League. It's Not About the Pom-Poms follows Laura's inspiring, funny, and eye-opening journey from demoralized divorcée to high-kicking Cincinnati Ben-Gal. Readers will cheer her on as she rediscovers her passion for dancing, takes hip-hop classes with twelve-year-olds, loses twenty-five pounds, discovers her abs, finds love again, and becomes a new kind of role model to her daughters. Laura also provides an inside look into the fascinating world of NFL cheerleaders-the grueling workouts, bad pay, twice-weekly weigh-ins, but, most important, the lifelong bond between the women, who do it all for the glory. Leading with her heart, Laura Vikmanis faces adversity with her head held high as she learns in mid-life to take a flying leap. Powerful and uplifting, It's Not About the Pom-Poms
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A forty-year-old cheerleader? When Laura Vikmanis, a single mom in Ohio, told friends that she wanted to be an NFL cheerleader, they said it would never happen. But she proved them all wrong. . . . Laura Vikmanis has got spirit . . . and pom-poms, too! But before she stepped onto the field as the oldest cheerleader in the National Football League, she was sidelined by a bad marriage and the many responsibilities of stay-at-home motherhood. She finally got the courage to leave her husband and to ask herself something she had never asked before: What do I want to do? Remembering her teenage love of dance, she signed up for a pole-dancing fitness class, where she met a former cheerleader for the Cincinnati Bengals. When the woman suggested that Laura audition to be a "Ben-Gal," Laura laughed her off but soon realized that the audition process could be a way of healing herself-and regaining her confidence. Her boots were made for walking-but also for stomping on a football field. She tried out for the team next to girls young enough to be her daughters. Girls with tighter abs, fuller hair, no kids, and no crow's-feet. After much adversity and multiple auditions, she finally made the team, becoming the oldest cheerleader in the League. It's Not About the Pom-Poms follows Laura's inspiring, funny, and eye-opening journey from demoralized divorcée to high-kicking Cincinnati Ben-Gal. Readers will cheer her on as she rediscovers her passion for dancing, takes hip-hop classes with twelve-year-olds, loses twenty-five pounds, discovers her abs, finds love again, and becomes a new kind of role model to her daughters. Laura also provides an inside look into the fascinating world of NFL cheerleaders-the grueling workouts, bad pay, twice-weekly weigh-ins, but, most important, the lifelong bond between the women, who do it all for the glory. Leading with her heart, Laura Vikmanis faces adversity with her head held high as she learns in mid-life to take a flying leap. Powerful and uplifting, It's Not About the Pom-Poms

Language:

English

Narrators:

Amy Sohn

Length:

8h 21m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:14


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

04:55


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

04:50


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

03:30


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

04:21


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

04:08


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

04:25


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

04:26


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

04:05


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

04:40


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

04:47


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

05:12


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

04:28


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

04:58


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

04:32


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

04:50


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

04:40


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

04:26


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

04:23


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

03:28


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

03:42


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

03:06


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

04:37


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

04:45


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

04:18


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

04:14


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

04:14


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

04:27


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

04:44


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

04:14


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

04:16


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

04:41


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

04:13


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

04:27


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

03:41


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

03:08


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

03:26


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

04:29


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

04:32


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

04:35


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

04:40


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

04:42


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

04:52


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

04:25


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

04:44


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

04:20


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

03:57


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

04:13


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

04:17


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

03:58


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

04:57


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

03:41


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

02:49


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

03:41


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

04:56


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

03:52


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

03:48


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

04:54


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

03:36


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

04:16


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

03:50


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

05:09


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

04:25


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

04:36


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

04:42


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

04:51


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

04:54


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

04:28


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

03:02


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

03:59


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

04:13


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

04:37


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

04:56


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

03:39


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

03:56


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

04:36


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

04:39


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

05:08


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

04:54


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

04:59


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

04:02


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

04:54


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

04:44


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

04:10


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

04:42


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

05:01


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

04:51


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

03:59


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

03:34


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

03:36


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

03:41


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

04:35


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

04:02


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

04:48


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

04:58


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

04:45


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

03:44


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

04:42


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

04:33


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

04:26


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

04:10


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

03:32


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

04:17


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

04:08


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

04:43


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

03:41


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

04:28


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

03:47


Chapter 109
Chapter 109

04:24


Chapter 110
Chapter 110

04:04


Chapter 111
Chapter 111

03:59


Chapter 112
Chapter 112

04:22


Chapter 113
Chapter 113

04:28


Chapter 114
Chapter 114

04:39


Chapter 115
Chapter 115

04:43


Chapter 116
Chapter 116

03:21


Chapter 117
Chapter 117

02:43


Chapter 118
Chapter 118

00:28