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POSTED: Friday, July 23, 2010 - 5:19pm

UPDATED: Friday, July 23, 2010 - 9:18pm

Cheerleaders are used to be questioned about their athletic ability, so they're not phased by the court decision declaring that cheerleading isn't a sport.

Tyrone Smith is a former UTEP cheerleader.

"Makes you feel like it just needs some more education that's all, like they really need to just look at what we do and athleticism it takes to do what we do," Smith said.

Some cheerleaders start as young as 3-years-old. They may look small, but it doesn't stop them from doing back flips and even lifting up other cheerleaders high into the sky.

Jaime Vasquez, is a cheerleading coach.

"I think that they should actually make more of an exception to what these kids do. I think that especially when the collegiate level you know is just like football the kids train from little to where they're at now," Vasquez said.

Some insist cheerleading is harder than football.

"I think cheer is way harder because, it's not jut running back and forth following something, it's within 2 minutes and 30 seconds you have to put your body to total failure," Vasquez said.

UTEP's head cheer coach told us his cheerleaders do strength and conditioning with the same coaches as football and basketball players. And although cheerleading is not considered a sport at UTEP, he does consider his cheerleaders to be athletes.

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