ICU Worlds 2016 Recap & Results

The day before USASF Worlds, teams comprised of the best athletes from countries all over the worlds met at Disney’s Wide World of Sports complex to compete at the International Cheer Union World Championships. Throughout the course of the season, teams were chosen to represent their country at this competition. Team USA had their tryouts back in January, right after UCA College Nationals in Orlando. The Team USA coaches picked the top all-girl and coed athletes to comprise their 2 teams, and had all the athletes meet in mid-April to start practicing together and choreograph their routine. In just two short weeks, Team USA was ready to take the floor.

ICU Worlds is split into 4 divisions – All Girl Elite and Coed Elite, who compete Level 5 skills, and All Girl Premier and Coed Premier, who compete Level 6/Collegiate skills. Being comprised of the top collegiate athletes in the country, Team USA naturally competes in the Premier divisions.

Team USA All Girl had quite the reputation to protect this year, as they have never lost at ICU Worlds. Team USA Coed always places well, but in 2015 they had some issues in their performance, which left them in second behind Team Chinese Taipei. This year, they were out for blood, incorporating some of the most difficult level 6 stunts and tumbling we’ve ever seen into their routine. And the risk of putting in that higher difficulty definitely paid off, as Team USA Coed finished in first, leaving their biggest competitor Team Chinese Taipei in second, and Team Finland in third. In the All Girl Premier division, Team USA All Girl continued their winning streak, beating out top competitors Team Finland and Team Norway.

In the Elite divisions, Team Mexico dominated both the All Girl and Coed competition, incorporating the most difficult level 5 skills into their jam-packed, high-energy routine. Team Mexico was also clearly a fan-favorite in the Elite divisions, with the entire crowd at the HP Field House on their feet after both teams’ performances. In the Coed Elite division, Team Chile had a strong performance, earning them a second place finish, and Team England, who look better and better every year, took home the bronze. In the All Girl Elite division, Team New Zealand put out an impressive routine and finished second behind Team Mexico, with Team England All Girl also bringing home the bronze.

View full competition results below, and click the links next to the team names to view photo galleries from the competition.

Coed Elite

1. Team Mexico (photos)

2. Team Chile (photos)

3. Team England (photos)

4. Team Colombia (photos)

5. Team Ecuador (photos)

6. Team New Zealand (photos)

7. Team Thailand (photos)

8. Czech National Team (photos)

9. Team Guatemala (photos)

10. Team South Korea (photos)

11. Team Brazil (photos)

12. Team Ireland (photos)

13. Team France (photos)

14. Team Italy (photos)

15. Team Jamaica (photos)

All Girl Elite

1. Team Mexico (photos)

2. Team New Zealand (photos)

3. Team England (photos)

4. Team Slovenia (photos)

5. Team Philippines (photos)

6. Team Italy (photos)

7. Team Switzerland (photos)

8. Team Costa Rica (photos)

9. Team Puerto Rico (photos)

10. Team Ecuador (photos)

10. Team France (photos)

11. Team Netherlands (photos)

Coed Premier

1. USA National Team (photos)

2. Team Chinese Taipei (photos)

3. Team Finland (photos)

4. Team Canada (photos)

5. Team Puerto Rico (photos)

6. Team Germany (photos)

7. Team Denmark (photos)

8. Team Norway (photos)

9. Team Indonesia (photos)

10. Team Sweden (photos)

11. Team Japan (photos)

12. Team Switzerland (photos)

All Girl Premier

1. USA National Team (photos)

2. Team Finland (photos)

3. Team Norway (photos)

4. Team Sweden (photos)

5. Team Denmark (photos)

6. Team Canada (photos)

7. Team Austria (photos)