Olympic Cheerleaders

Olympic cheerleaders are entertaining crowds at the basketball, beach volleyball, and indoor volleyball venues.  The London organizing committee hired the English 'Crimson Heat ' cheer squad as the official cheerleaders of the 2012 Games.  Hearkening back to the days of an amateur Games, the squad is not being paid for their services. - By Andrew Dubbins, Yahoo! Sports

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 28: Cheerleaders perform during Women's Beach Volleyball on Day 1 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Horse Guards Parade on July 28, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)
Olympics Day 1 - Beach Volleyball
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 28: Cheerleaders perform during Women's Beach Volleyball on Day 1 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Horse Guards Parade on July 28, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)
XXX. Olympische Sommerspiele, Beachvolleyball, Maenner, Vorrunde, Julius Brink/Jonas Reckermann - Konstantin Semenow/Sergej Prokopiew (Russland), Samstag (28.07.12), Horse Guard Parade, London, Grossbritannien: Ein maennlicher und ein weiblicher Cheerleader tanzen in einer Spielpause. (zu dapd-Text) Foto: David Hecker/dapd
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XXX. Olympische Sommerspiele, Beachvolleyball, Maenner, Vorrunde, Julius Brink/Jonas Reckermann - Konstantin Semenow/Sergej Prokopiew (Russland), Samstag (28.07.12), Horse Guard Parade, London, Grossbritannien: Ein maennlicher und ein weiblicher Cheerleader tanzen in einer Spielpause. (zu dapd-Text) Foto: David Hecker/dapd
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 31: Cheerleaders perfom in the Men's Basketball Preliminary Round match between Great Britain and Brazil on Day 4 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Basketball Arena on July 31, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)
Olympics Day 4 - Basketball
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 31: Cheerleaders perfom in the Men's Basketball Preliminary Round match between Great Britain and Brazil on Day 4 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Basketball Arena on July 31, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)
A dancer performs at the beach volleyball arena, the Horse Guards Parade, at the London 2012 Olympics Games July 29, 2012. REUTERS/Marcelo Del Pozo (BRITAIN - Tags: SPORT VOLLEYBALL SPORT OLYMPICS)
Dancer performs at the beach volleyball arena, the Horse Guards Parade, at the London 2012 Olympics Games
A dancer performs at the beach volleyball arena, the Horse Guards Parade, at the London 2012 Olympics Games July 29, 2012. REUTERS/Marcelo Del Pozo (BRITAIN - Tags: SPORT VOLLEYBALL SPORT OLYMPICS)
Dancers perform during a beach volleyball match at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Tuesday, July 31, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)
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Dancers perform during a beach volleyball match at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Tuesday, July 31, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)
Dancers rehearse prior to the start of the Beach Volleyball competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Wednesday, July 25, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)
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Dancers rehearse prior to the start of the Beach Volleyball competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Wednesday, July 25, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 28: Cheerleaders perform during Women's Beach Volleyball on Day 1 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Horse Guards Parade on July 28, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)
Olympics Day 1 - Beach Volleyball
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 28: Cheerleaders perform during Women's Beach Volleyball on Day 1 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Horse Guards Parade on July 28, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)
Dancers take shelter from the sun under a parasol whilst rehearsing their performances for the London 2012 Olympic Beach Volleyball matches at the practice facility near to Horse Guards Parade in London July 24, 2012. REUTERS/Luke MacGregor (BRITAIN - Tags: SPORT OLYMPICS VOLLEYBALL)
Dancers take shelter from the sun under a parasol whilst rehearsing their performances for the London 2012 Olympic Beach Volleyball matches at the practice facility near to Horse Guards Parade in London
Dancers take shelter from the sun under a parasol whilst rehearsing their performances for the London 2012 Olympic Beach Volleyball matches at the practice facility near to Horse Guards Parade in London July 24, 2012. REUTERS/Luke MacGregor (BRITAIN - Tags: SPORT OLYMPICS VOLLEYBALL)
XXX. Olympische Sommerspiele, Beachvolleyball, Maenner, Vorrunde, Julius Brink/Jonas Reckermann - Konstantin Semenow/Sergej Prokopiew (Russland), Samstag (28.07.12), Horse Guard Parade, London, Grossbritannien: Ein Cheerleader tanzt in einer Spielpause. (zu dapd-Text) Foto: David Hecker/dapd
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XXX. Olympische Sommerspiele, Beachvolleyball, Maenner, Vorrunde, Julius Brink/Jonas Reckermann - Konstantin Semenow/Sergej Prokopiew (Russland), Samstag (28.07.12), Horse Guard Parade, London, Grossbritannien: Ein Cheerleader tanzt in einer Spielpause. (zu dapd-Text) Foto: David Hecker/dapd
Cheerleaders practise a Cheer Team GB routine near Green Park in central London July 22, 2012. REUTERS/Olivia Harris (BRITAIN - Tags: SPORT OLYMPICS)
Cheerleaders practise a Cheer Team GB routine near Green Park in central London
Cheerleaders practise a Cheer Team GB routine near Green Park in central London July 22, 2012. REUTERS/Olivia Harris (BRITAIN - Tags: SPORT OLYMPICS)
Dancers rehearse at the London 2012 Olympics beach volleyball venue in central London July 19, 2012. REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett (BRITAIN - Tags: SPORT OLYMPICS SOCIETY VOLLEYBALL ENTERTAINMENT)
Dancers rehearse at the London 2012 Olympics beach volleyball venue in central London
Dancers rehearse at the London 2012 Olympics beach volleyball venue in central London July 19, 2012. REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett (BRITAIN - Tags: SPORT OLYMPICS SOCIETY VOLLEYBALL ENTERTAINMENT)
Dancers rehearse their performances for the London 2012 Olympic Beach Volleyball matches at the practice facility near to Horse Guards Parade in London July 24, 2012. REUTERS/Olivia Harris (BRITAIN - Tags: SPORT VOLLEYBALL OLYMPICS)
Dancers rehearse their performances for the London 2012 Olympic Beach Volleyball matches at the practice facility near to Horse Guards Parade in London
Dancers rehearse their performances for the London 2012 Olympic Beach Volleyball matches at the practice facility near to Horse Guards Parade in London July 24, 2012. REUTERS/Olivia Harris (BRITAIN - Tags: SPORT VOLLEYBALL OLYMPICS)
Dancers rehearse their performances for the London 2012 Olympic Beach Volleyball matches at the practice facility near to Horse Guards Parade in London July 24, 2012. REUTERS/Olivia Harris (BRITAIN - Tags: SPORT VOLLEYBALL OLYMPICS)
Dancers rehearse their performances for the London 2012 Olympic Beach Volleyball matches at the practice facility near to Horse Guards Parade in London
Dancers rehearse their performances for the London 2012 Olympic Beach Volleyball matches at the practice facility near to Horse Guards Parade in London July 24, 2012. REUTERS/Olivia Harris (BRITAIN - Tags: SPORT VOLLEYBALL OLYMPICS)
Dancers rehearse their performances for the London 2012 Olympic Beach Volleyball matches at the practice facility near to Horse Guards Parade in London July 24, 2012. REUTERS/Luke MacGregor (BRITAIN - Tags: SPORT VOLLEYBALL OLYMPICS)
Dancers rehearse their performances for the London 2012 Olympic Beach Volleyball matches in London
Dancers rehearse their performances for the London 2012 Olympic Beach Volleyball matches at the practice facility near to Horse Guards Parade in London July 24, 2012. REUTERS/Luke MacGregor (BRITAIN - Tags: SPORT VOLLEYBALL OLYMPICS)
Dancers rehearse their performances for the London 2012 Olympic Beach Volleyball matches at the practice facility near to Horse Guards Parade in London July 24, 2012. REUTERS/Luke MacGregor (BRITAIN - Tags: SPORT OLYMPICS VOLLEYBALL)
Dancers rehearse their performances for the London 2012 Olympic Beach Volleyball matches at the practice facility near to Horse Guards Parade in London
Dancers rehearse their performances for the London 2012 Olympic Beach Volleyball matches at the practice facility near to Horse Guards Parade in London July 24, 2012. REUTERS/Luke MacGregor (BRITAIN - Tags: SPORT OLYMPICS VOLLEYBALL)
Dancers rehearse their performances for the London 2012 Olympic Beach Volleyball matches at the practice facility near to Horse Guards Parade in London July 24, 2012. REUTERS/Luke MacGregor (BRITAIN - Tags: SPORT OLYMPICS VOLLEYBALL)
Dancers rehearse their performances for the London 2012 Olympic Beach Volleyball matches at the practice facility near to Horse Guards Parade in London
Dancers rehearse their performances for the London 2012 Olympic Beach Volleyball matches at the practice facility near to Horse Guards Parade in London July 24, 2012. REUTERS/Luke MacGregor (BRITAIN - Tags: SPORT OLYMPICS VOLLEYBALL)
Dancers rehearse their performances for the London 2012 Olympic Beach Volleyball matches at the practice facility near to Horse Guards Parade in London July 24, 2012. REUTERS/Olivia Harris (BRITAIN - Tags: SPORT VOLLEYBALL OLYMPICS)
Dancers rehearse their performances for the London 2012 Olympic Beach Volleyball matches at the practice facility near to Horse Guards Parade in London
Dancers rehearse their performances for the London 2012 Olympic Beach Volleyball matches at the practice facility near to Horse Guards Parade in London July 24, 2012. REUTERS/Olivia Harris (BRITAIN - Tags: SPORT VOLLEYBALL OLYMPICS)
Dancers rehearse at the London 2012 Olympics beach volleyball venue in central London July 19, 2012. REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett (BRITAIN - Tags: SPORT OLYMPICS SOCIETY VOLLEYBALL ENTERTAINMENT)
Dancers rehearse at the London 2012 Olympics beach volleyball venue in central London
Dancers rehearse at the London 2012 Olympics beach volleyball venue in central London July 19, 2012. REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett (BRITAIN - Tags: SPORT OLYMPICS SOCIETY VOLLEYBALL ENTERTAINMENT)
Dancers rehearse at the London 2012 Olympics beach volleyball venue in central London July 19, 2012. REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett (BRITAIN - Tags: SPORT OLYMPICS SOCIETY VOLLEYBALL ENTERTAINMENT)
Dancers rehearse at the London 2012 Olympics beach volleyball venue in central London
Dancers rehearse at the London 2012 Olympics beach volleyball venue in central London July 19, 2012. REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett (BRITAIN - Tags: SPORT OLYMPICS SOCIETY VOLLEYBALL ENTERTAINMENT)
Dancers rehearse for the London 2012 Olympic beach volleyball matches at the main court at the Horse Guards Parade in London July 25, 2012. REUTERS/Marcelo del Pozo (BRITAIN - Tags: SPORT OLYMPICS VOLLEYBALL)
Dancers rehearse for the London 2012 Olympic beach volleyball matches at the main court at the Horse Guards Parade in London
Dancers rehearse for the London 2012 Olympic beach volleyball matches at the main court at the Horse Guards Parade in London July 25, 2012. REUTERS/Marcelo del Pozo (BRITAIN - Tags: SPORT OLYMPICS VOLLEYBALL)
Dancers rehearse their performances for the London 2012 Olympic beach volleyball matches at the main court at the Horse Guards Parade in London July 25, 2012. REUTERS/Marcelo del Pozo (BRITAIN - Tags: SPORT OLYMPICS VOLLEYBALL)
Dancers rehearse for the London 2012 Olympic beach volleyball matches at the main court at the Horse Guards Parade in London
Dancers rehearse their performances for the London 2012 Olympic beach volleyball matches at the main court at the Horse Guards Parade in London July 25, 2012. REUTERS/Marcelo del Pozo (BRITAIN - Tags: SPORT OLYMPICS VOLLEYBALL)
Dancers prepare to rehearse their performance for the London 2012 Olympic beach volleyball matches at the main court at the Horse Guards Parade in London July 25, 2012. REUTERS/Marcelo del Pozo (BRITAIN - Tags: SPORT OLYMPICS VOLLEYBALL)
Dancers prepare to rehearse for the London 2012 Olympic beach volleyball matches at the main court at the Horse Guards Parade in London
Dancers prepare to rehearse their performance for the London 2012 Olympic beach volleyball matches at the main court at the Horse Guards Parade in London July 25, 2012. REUTERS/Marcelo del Pozo (BRITAIN - Tags: SPORT OLYMPICS VOLLEYBALL)
Rain clouds gather as dancers entertain spectators at the Horse Guards Parade before a Beach Volleyball match in London July 29, 2012. REUTERS/Neil Hall (BRITAIN - Tags: SPORT VOLLEYBALL OLYMPICS ENVIRONMENT)
Rain clouds gather as dancers entertain spectators at the Horse Guards Parade before a Beach Volleyball match in London
Rain clouds gather as dancers entertain spectators at the Horse Guards Parade before a Beach Volleyball match in London July 29, 2012. REUTERS/Neil Hall (BRITAIN - Tags: SPORT VOLLEYBALL OLYMPICS ENVIRONMENT)
Dancers, wearing robes to keep themselves warm from the cold, wait outside the court before their performance at halftime at the London 2012 Olympic Games at Horse Guards Parade July 31, 2012. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson (BRITAIN - Tags: SPORT OLYMPICS SPORT VOLLEYBALL ENVIRONMENT)
Dancers, wearing robes to keep themselves warm from the cold, wait outside the court before their performance at halftime at the London 2012 Olympic Games at Horse Guards Parade
Dancers, wearing robes to keep themselves warm from the cold, wait outside the court before their performance at halftime at the London 2012 Olympic Games at Horse Guards Parade July 31, 2012. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson (BRITAIN - Tags: SPORT OLYMPICS SPORT VOLLEYBALL ENVIRONMENT)
Germany's Jonathan Erdmann enters the court past dancers at the start of their men's preliminary round beach volleyball match against the Netherlands at the London 2012 Olympic Games at Horse Guards Parade July 31, 2012. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson (BRITAIN - Tags: SPORT OLYMPICS SPORT VOLLEYBALL)
Germany's Jonathan Erdmann enters the court past dancers at the start of their men's preliminary round beach volleyball match against the Netherlands at the London 2012 Olympic Games at Horse Guards Parade
Germany's Jonathan Erdmann enters the court past dancers at the start of their men's preliminary round beach volleyball match against the Netherlands at the London 2012 Olympic Games at Horse Guards Parade July 31, 2012. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson (BRITAIN - Tags: SPORT OLYMPICS SPORT VOLLEYBALL)
British soldiers stand guard next to dancers awaiting their turn to perform between beach volleyball matches at the London 2012 Olympic Games at Horse Guards Parade July 31, 2012. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson (BRITAIN - Tags: SPORT OLYMPICS SPORT VOLLEYBALL MILITARY)
British soldiers stand guard next to dancers awaiting their turn to perform between beach volleyball matches at the London 2012 Olympic Games at Horse Guards Parade
British soldiers stand guard next to dancers awaiting their turn to perform between beach volleyball matches at the London 2012 Olympic Games at Horse Guards Parade July 31, 2012. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson (BRITAIN - Tags: SPORT OLYMPICS SPORT VOLLEYBALL MILITARY)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 30: The crowd dance a Conga on Day 3 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Horse Guards Parade on July 30, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)
Olympics Day 3 - Beach Volleyball
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 30: The crowd dance a Conga on Day 3 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Horse Guards Parade on July 30, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 25: Dancers rehearse at the Beach Volleyball venue at Horse Guards Parade on July 25, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)
Olympics - Previews - Day - 2
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 25: Dancers rehearse at the Beach Volleyball venue at Horse Guards Parade on July 25, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)
Dancers perform at the Beach Volleyball Venue at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Saturday, July 28, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)
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Dancers perform at the Beach Volleyball Venue at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Saturday, July 28, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)
Dancers perform at the Beach Volleyball Venue at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Saturday, July 28, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)
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Dancers perform at the Beach Volleyball Venue at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Saturday, July 28, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)
Dancers perform at the Beach Volleyball Venue at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Saturday, July 28, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)
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Dancers perform at the Beach Volleyball Venue at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Saturday, July 28, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)
XXX. Olympische Sommerspiele, Beachvolleyball, Maenner, Vorrunde, Julius Brink/Jonas Reckermann - Konstantin Semenow/Sergej Prokopiew (Russland), Samstag (28.07.12), Horse Guard Parade, London, Grossbritannien: Ein maennlicher und mehrere weibliche Cheerleader tanzen in einer Spielpause. (zu dapd-Text) Foto: David Hecker/dapd
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XXX. Olympische Sommerspiele, Beachvolleyball, Maenner, Vorrunde, Julius Brink/Jonas Reckermann - Konstantin Semenow/Sergej Prokopiew (Russland), Samstag (28.07.12), Horse Guard Parade, London, Grossbritannien: Ein maennlicher und mehrere weibliche Cheerleader tanzen in einer Spielpause. (zu dapd-Text) Foto: David Hecker/dapd
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 28: Cheerleaders perform during Women's Beach Volleyball match between China and Russia on Day 1 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Horse Guards Parade on July 28, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)
Olympics Day 1 - Beach Volleyball
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 28: Cheerleaders perform during Women's Beach Volleyball match between China and Russia on Day 1 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Horse Guards Parade on July 28, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 28: Cheerleaders perform during Women's Beach Volleyball on Day 1 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Horse Guards Parade on July 28, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)
Olympics Day 1 - Beach Volleyball
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 28: Cheerleaders perform during Women's Beach Volleyball on Day 1 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Horse Guards Parade on July 28, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 28: Cheerleaders perform during Women's Beach Volleyball match between China and Russia on Day 1 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Horse Guards Parade on July 28, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)
Olympics Day 1 - Beach Volleyball
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 28: Cheerleaders perform during Women's Beach Volleyball match between China and Russia on Day 1 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Horse Guards Parade on July 28, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 28: Cheerleaders perform during Women's Beach Volleyball on Day 1 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Horse Guards Parade on July 28, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)
Olympics Day 1 - Beach Volleyball
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 28: Cheerleaders perform during Women's Beach Volleyball on Day 1 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Horse Guards Parade on July 28, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 28: Cheerleaders perform during Women's Beach Volleyball on Day 1 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Horse Guards Parade on July 28, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)
Olympics Day 1 - Beach Volleyball
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 28: Cheerleaders perform during Women's Beach Volleyball on Day 1 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Horse Guards Parade on July 28, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)

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