London, July 19 (ANI): Two twins from Scotland have beaten the Americans at their own game to become cheerleading world championship.
The feat was doubly remarkable because one of the 21-year-old sisters broke her toe just hours before the finals.
Stephanie and Natasha Trainor took the gold for Scotland at the glitzy championships in Orlando, Florida, after just two months preparation, even though Natasha broke her big toe the night before, the Daily Mail reported.
Dance teacher and sales assistant Natasha, from Bearsden, East Dunbartonshire, Scotland, said: "We had been training the night before with another team and just hit legs with another girl and landed awkwardly.
"There was no point in going to hospital. I just iced it and strapped it up. It was really painful but the adrenalin got the better of me on stage and I couldn't feel the pain.
"I was really panicking before we started about it, but Stephanie told me not to worry and made me feel a lot better. With Stephanie there, there was so much less pressure," she added.
The Scottish sisters - who have danced together for 19 years - believe being twins played a part in helping secure their unexpected victory.
Stephanie, also a dance teacher and waitress from Bearsden, said: "We love dancing together. Obviously I know her and she knows me better than anyone else, but when we're dancing the twin thing definitely comes into play.
"We don't even need to look at each other to know if one of us is going wrong and we automatically correct each other and bounce off each other.
"We dance very alike and have the advantage of already having danced together for so long. Other teams doing duos will be working to try and achieve that," she said.
The sisters were delighted to beat top teams from the US, Mexico and China after they went into the championships at short notice.
"We were asked by Scot Cheer to represent Scotland at a late stage - only two months before - so it never even crossed my mind that we might win. We agreed to do it for a bit of fun," Stephanie said.
The cheerleaders also performed at the finals with their local troupe, Champion Dancer and Cheer Allstars, from Clydebank.
But having now reached the top of her field, Natasha admitted that the injury to her toe will likely mark the end of her cheerleading career.
"The injury probably will affect my dancing in the future. I'll be giving up cheerleading so that I can focus on auditioning for dance jobs and teaching.
"I'm never going to beat World Champion so I'm quite happy to ending cheerleading now," she said. (ANI)