WEEK 5: CHEERLEADER CHAT
Name: Leah Colburn, TCU Showgirl
Favorite Color: Green
Glee or Reality TV?: GLEEEE
Favorite word: Azerbaijan
Favorite workout song: Untouched by the Veronicas
Mac Engel: What do you want to be when you grow up?
Leah Colburn: I have always wanted to be in the medical profession ranging from Vet to Doctor; I knew medicine was right for me.
ME: Did you play sports before going into cheerleading?
LC: I have played many sports such as volleyball, soccer, basketball, and gymnastics, but I have been dancing since I was 2 and a half.
ME: What's the worst injury you've sustained performing?
LC: Performing a tap dance, I rolled my ankle so badly I blacked out and it still acts up today.
ME: As a rule of thumb, are cheerleaders high maintenance?
LC: YES, but not as high maintenance as their moms :)
ME: How long does it take for you to get ready to go out?
LC: It depends on whether or not I have to shower. Without showering I can be ready in 20-30 minutes, but with showering I'll take about an hour to an hour and a half.
ME: How long does it take for you to get ready to go to class?
LC: I've got the routine down to about 15-20 minutes
ME: How long does it take for you to get ready before performing?
LC: Before games, it usually takes me about an hour and a half!
ME: Are those outfits you all wear as uncomfortable as they look?
LC: Oh yes they are, at least in my opinion there is only one comfortable outfit we wear.
ME: Does it ever feel weird being stared at?
LC: Well, at games it's not very weird because that is what we are there for, but when walking through campus randomly in Showgirl hair, make-up and outfit, the staring can get awkward.
ME: You all wore those cool "TCU" boots made by Justin in the Fiesta Bowl - did you get to keep them, and do you get to keep the outfits you wear and other stuff?
LC: I have them in my closet right now! They are custom fit to our feet so no one else can wear them! Right now I only wear them for games, but when I graduate, those will be my official TCU gameday shoes.
ME: What is the hardest part about being a cheerleader?
LC: The time commitment. During football season we only have two days out of the week that don't have showgirl requirements. It can become frustrating, especially freshman year, when your friends can get together all the time and go out while you are working your butt off at practice!
ME: Time to show us how smart you are by picking games.
ME: Florida at Alabama
ME: Oklahoma vs. Texas
ME: TCU at Colorado St.
ME: Boise St. at New Mexico St.
ME: Stanford at Oregon
ME: Kansas at Baylor
ME: Any last words of advice to the little girls out there who want to be cheerleaders?
LC: Keep pushing and practicing, but the most important thing is believe in yourself and have confidence!
- Mac Engel
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