Cheer's Gabi Butler, Lexi Brumback on Practicing Amid COVID
Cheer's Gabi Butler and Lexi Brumback on Training During COVID-19: It's "Way Different"
Navarro cheer's Lexi Brumback and Gabi Butler are back in action in Corsicana, TX, already preparing for the 2021 NCA & NDA Collegiate Cheer and Dance Championship in Daytona, FL. This year's coveted competition was canceled due to COVID-19, but Brumback and Butler have high hopes for next spring.
"I'm gonna speak it into existence and manifest it into reality," Brumback, Navarro's elite tumbler, says in the video interview with Entertainment Tonight (we're loving her positive energy). "Honestly, it was really heartbreaking for it to be canceled last year, and we're just gonna hope that it doesn't happen again and that we get to do what we came here to do."
The athletes explain that, right now, the way Navarro runs things is "way different" because of the pandemic. They practice in small groups and wear masks to those practices. "Even outside of practice, we're supposed to stay with our groups if we do hang out with anyone," Brumback says. Butler added that they "take each week by week," and even though their sport is an interactive one, they're making it work and getting a lot done safely. Eventually, everyone will be together again.
Watch the full interview above, where they also discuss coach Monica Aldama's Dancing With the Stars bid, Cheer's six Emmy nominations, and more.