The twists, tumbles and turns of Josh Marsh

Josh Marsh turned down offers to play other sports in college to focus on gymnastics and cheerleading, the sports he began his athletic career with while in middle school.

Jordan Prather

Though Josh Marsh is most often seen on the football field or on the basketball court, it’s not there that he’s competing for national championships.

It’s on the cheerleading mat. 

Marsh is a member of the Kentucky cheer program, which recently won its 24thnational championship.  

When Marsh isn’t earning rings, he’s cheering on other UK athletes from the sidelines, though there’s normally a moment during each game when he takes center stage with his flips— either across the end zone or the basketball court. 

His tumbling has gone viral on Twitter and can cause the crowd at Rupp Arena to erupt just as easily as a slam dunk.

“I was just doing it for fun, now I kind of feel like it is my duty to make sure that I’m doing something that’s entertaining the crowd,” Marsh told a Kernel reporter in November. 

The son of a gym owner, Marsh grew up with a focus on athletics, and his training and work in the gym have paid off in terms of sheer athletic ability. Marsh’s combine stats rival those of NFL and NBA superstars. 

“I always try to pride myself on my athletic ability,” he said.

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