August 21st. One of the last days of summer. Kids are going back to school. The baseball pennant chases are heating up. The football season is just around the corner. All in all, it is a wonderful time of year.
This particular August 21st however, is extra wonderful. Why you might ask? Well today is a day that only happens once in a lifetime; it is Hayden Panettiere's 18th birthday. It is a glorious day, as all of the men of America can now officially watch Heroes without being sketchy. To celebrate Hayden's birthday, we would like to remind you that Hayden's career thus far has been oddly sports centric. How so? Just take a look back at some of the roles she has played thus far:
Sheryl Yoast, Remember The Titans: In Hayden's first major motion picture role she played the football obsessed daughter of T.C. Williams football coach Bill Yoast. This film was by far the best of the films on this list, and would begin a sports centered trend that continued when Hayden played...
Channing Walsh, Racing Stripes: I'll let IMDB tell you what this movie was about;
An abandoned zebra (voice of Frankie Muniz) grows up believing he is a racehorse, and, with the help of his barnyard friends and a teenage girl (Hayden Panettiere), sets out to achieve his dream of racing with thoroughbreds.
I can assure you that this film signified the first and last time Hayden ever rode Frankie Muniz. Horse racing brings the Hayden sport total to 2 and she wasn't done yet, moving on to yet another sport in her role as...
Gen Harwood, Ice Princess: I honestly do not understand how I missed this movie. No, I am not an ice skating fan, but I don't think I have missed many films that have boasted as stout a trio of femmes as Hayden, Michelle Trachtenberg, and Kim Cattrall. I thought ice skating was supposed to be cold.
Britney Allen, Bring It On: All Or Nothing: This movie was about cheerleading. I guess. I actually haven't seen it, but that is mainly because I already saw all of the important parts of the movie in this clip:
My guess is that it is all downhill from that point.
Claire Bennet, Heroes: Hayden had such a good time playing a cheerleader in Bring It On that she decided to keep at it, this time playing a cheerleader with superhuman healing powers. Now that Hayden is on Heroes every week you don't even have to go to Target and buy Bring It On off the clearance rack to see Hayden in all her skirted glory.
Hayden, Water Sport Queen: Well, this isn't actually a movie but...I guess it adds swimming to Hayden's sports portfolio, along with football, horse racing, ice skating, and cheerleading. Hopefully Hayden continues her sports career arc, which could mean future roles for Hayden in other sports themed movies. Like maybe one about tennis. Or better yet, beach volleyball.
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