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Friday, March 12, 2004
Updated: March 18, 11:58 AM ET
Q&A: Cincinnati's Cristen

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 Cristen
Cristen always has the WWE to fall back on.
As part of ESPN.com's Cheerleader Challenge, we set out to talk to cheerleaders around the country and find out what it's like to do their thing in front of thousands of crazy sports fans.

We recently caught up with Cristen from University of Cincinnati who talked about her most embarrassing moment as a cheerleader, her least favorite cheer and which famous woman would make the best cheerleader.

Stayed logged onto Cheerleader Challenge for more interviews with cheerleaders around the country.

SportsNation: What is the best thing about being a cheerleader?
Having the best seat in the house to watch the Bearcats play.

SportsNation: What is a typical day for a cheerleader like?
A typical day of any college student with a three-to-four hour practice fit into the schedule.

SportsNation: What is the hardest thing about being a cheerleader?
Grasping the concept of maintaining an "inside voice" and possessing an uncontrollable aura of cheerfulness.

SportsNation: Is cheerleading a sport?
At a college level I feel cheerleading should be considered an athletic sport. Like other varsity athletes, we have scheduled practices and take part in national competitions. In cheerleading, you can't fumble, miss, or catch on the second bounce! Come to a practice or watch us at a game and you'll never again question the athleticism of a college cheerleader, especially one from UC.

SportsNation: What is your most embarrassing moment as a cheerleader?
Dropping a "bow" during National's practice and giving my stunt partner stitches - I'm ready for World Wrestling now!

SportsNation: What was your best moment as a cheerleader?
The rush of adrenaline right before we stepped out onto the National's mat this past year.

SportsNation: What is the toughest opposing stadium to cheer at?
Mountaineer Field at the University of West Virginia.

SportsNation: What is the toughest opposing arena to cheer at?
Freedom Hall at the University of Louisville.

SportsNation: What is the best all-time cheer?
The best all-time cheer is ... "C-I-N-C-Y" or "We are UC" (with the UC arms, of course)

SportsNation: What is your least favorite cheer?
"2 bits - 4 bits - 6 bits - a dollar - all for the Bearcats-stand up and holler" What's a bit? I can't complain because we used this cheer at Nationals and did very well.

SportsNation: Do you have professional cheerleading aspirations?
Not so much! Being an instructor for the Universal Cheerleaders Association and cheering at a D1A school like Cincinnati is about as professional in cheerleading as you get.

SportsNation: Do you have any second thoughts about those uniforms?
As a former competitive gymnast, I have no complaints about a cheerleading uniform. The uniform actually covers more of your body than a leotard. In addition, what woman can complain about wearing a skirt that you can flip upside-down in - show everyone your briefs - and have no one think anything of it!

SportsNation: What famous woman or movie star would make the best cheerleader?
I think Britney Spears would make a good cheerleader because she has a strong personality, likes to be in the spotlight, and is used to wearing hardly any clothes in front of large crowds. Plus, she's really hot!

SportsNation: What does it feel to like to cheer in front of a huge crowd?
The 2002 UC vs OSU game at Paul Brown Stadium was AMAZING! Words can't describe the rush when we ran the team onto the field.