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3.57 out of 53.57 out of 53.57 out of 53.57 out of 53.57 out of 5 3.57 (7 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Laura Vikmanis, Amy Sohn Narrator: Laura Vikmanis Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2012 ISBN: 9780307989574
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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 shows that, no matter your age, it’s never too late to go, fight, and win!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Even those of us who have never wanted to be a cheerleader will be thrilled by Laura’s passionate pursuit—and accomplishment—of her goal.”

    Gretchen Rubin, author of the New York Times bestseller The Happiness Project

  • “Laura Vikmanis’ story is engaging and wildly empowering. It’s Not About the Pom-Poms gives new meaning to the term ‘second act.’ It makes you want to get up off your couch and go, fight, win!”

    Julie Klam, bestselling author of You Had Me at Woof

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Becky Carver | 12/11/2013

    " As an ex-cheerleader I really LOVED this book! It was so interesting to me to read about what goes on behind the scenes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kiara | 10/9/2013

    " Interesting glimpse into the world of professional cheerleading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kelley | 9/11/2013

    " Laura Vikmanis's story is interesting, but the book isn't a gripping read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shannon | 8/14/2013

    " I absolutely can't wait to read this book!!! I'm a single mom and getting scarely close to the big 4-0!!! So any inspiration is much needed!! This sounds like a fun book but I betting I'm going to learn alot and think alot along the way!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ember | 6/19/2013

    " This book was very interesting, due to the sheer fact that I didn't know a lot about professional cheerleaders in the NFL. After reading the book, I think for all the work they do, they should be compensated more! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maryellen | 12/12/2012

    " Cute memoir about a woman who fights her way out of an unpleasant life, and through her own hard work finds success. Good for her! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melissa | 8/3/2012

    " Even people over 40 have dreams. You're never to old to make your dreams come true. "

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About the Author
Laura Vikmanis was born in 1968. She joined the Cincinnati Ben-Gals in 2009 and is the oldest cheerleader in the NFL. A registered dietitian and certified personal trainer, she is a graduate of California State University, Long Beach. New Line Cinema has optioned her life story for a feature film. She lives in Dayton, Ohio, with her two daughters.