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Speed, who is a coach at the University of Louisville in the U.S. state of Kentucky, is training athletes at the National Gym.
- Sport Institute photo -

Published Tuesday, December 22, 2020

Louisville University coach trains
athletes in the country

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Even though it has been a difficult year for professional cheerleading public events due to the closure of gyms and academies, as a preventive measure to prevent the spread of covid-19, the Cheer and Dance Federation of Costa Rica, FECAD, carried out workouts led by James Speed ​​for coaches and members of the professional cheerleading teams.

According to the federation, Speed, who is a coach at the University of Louisville in Kentucky, United States, is training athletes at the National Gym in San José Province.

"The Cheer and Dance Federation of Costa Rica made a great effort to bring Speed ​​and we are satisfied with the work he did," Laura Alán, president of the federation said.

Following all sanitary guidelines and with the approval of allowing contact in small bubbles, members of the national cheerleading teams were trained by Speed ​​in techniques to improve their skills, the Federation said in its statement.

"It was a great experience, having a person here in the country with a lot of knowledge and also happy to see our teammates again after such a long time, this encourages us to continue forward," NAME Campos, member of the National team of cheerleading said.

The coaches of the professional cheerleading teams in Costa Rica also had their time with Speed, received theory and practice to refresh concepts and improve this sport.

The trainings were attended by trainers from Santa Cruz in Guanacaste Province, Puriscal, Los Santos y Desamparados area of ​​San José Province and Jacó Beach in Puntarenas Province, among others.

According to the federation, due to the pandemic, the teams are unable to train for the entire year, because the school year was suspended and currently substituted by virtual lessons. Due to the government's strategy to minimize the impact of the pandemic, several teams are forced to stop their public presentations and some of them had to close their facilities. Also, all public events and technical training that the federation had scheduled were canceled.

Part of the training directed by Speed ​​can be seen on the Sports Institute Facebook page.

What other international coaches could provide training for athletes in Costa Rica? We would like to know your thoughts on this story. Send your comments to

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