10 Questions: Viveka Rosén
- What is a perfect morning to you?
A bright summer morning with an opportunity to eat breakfast on a balcony or outside, in no hurry. A good breakfast includes dark roast coffee.
- Why did you become a cheerleader?
My school mates urged me to try cheerleading when we were 12 years old. The variety of cheerleading inspired me, there were so many concrete skills to learn. Before my first cheer practice, I had been swimming for two years so I was excited to train with a team for the first time.
- Finland recently won the ICU World Championships for the first time, how did that feel?
Winning always feels great, but of course this was a special victory. We made history by winning this title, so it takes a while longer to even understand what we really did. Our dedication to the goal for many years is a great story to tell.
- Would you like to have a professional career related to cheerleading or sports in general?
If I could get money for being an athlete in cheerleading, there is no doubt I would do it. Unfortunately, it’s not possible now. I am studying to become a class teacher and excited about that.
- What are the biggest misconceptions about cheerleading?
That everyone of us is flexible. Flyers need to be, but as a base you should be more powerful than flexible.
- What do you eat before a cheerleading competition?
Some pasta a day before the competition and pasta as well for lunch on the competition day. I like to eat bananas and smoothies for snacks during the competition day.
- As the captain, how do you motivate the team to work together for a common goal?
One of the greatest strengths of our team is that at difficult moments we have the capability to push through hard times and make it better at the right moment. As a captain, it is important to notice moments when something is about to go wrong and bring up a touchy subject when things need to change.
- How would you describe the Finnish cheerleading scene?
Competition between Finnish teams and athletes gets tougher all the time, and it leads to progress year after year. We also have such talented junior athletes in Finland that the future looks bright.
- What is the best way to spend the summer in Finland?
Most likely I would travel somewhere up north where the differences in elevation are bigger and lake views are stunning. Also, what everyone should experience in Finland are our summer festivals all around the country.
- What is your number one tip for someone who would like to try cheerleading?
Cheerleading is all about problem solving. When trying a new skill, be open-minded and seek different advice from everybody!