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Cheering for Christa

This year the Steamboat Springs Middle School cheerleading team opened it's arms to Christa Metzler, a young girls with Down Syndrome living in Steamboat Springs. While the girls hope to cheer the local team's to victory middle school cheerleading team's story is about a lot more than just winning.

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The Steamboat Springs Middle School cheerleading team performs Friday afternoon in Steamboat Springs with Christa Metzler taking her place in the middle of the front pyramid. Christa Metzler who has Down syndrome, joined the team last fall and has been accepted with open arms by her typical-peer teammates. Photo by John F. Russell

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Christa Metzler gets a kiss on the cheek from her mom, Tracy before the cheerleading team performed for the student body at the Steamboat Springs Middle School Friday afternoon. Photo by John F. Russell

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Christa Metzler stretches out before cheerleading practice at the Steamboat Springs Middle School. Photo by John F. Russell

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Christa Metzler completes a situp before the start of cheerleading practice at the Steamboat Springs Middle School. Photo by John F. Russell

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The Steamboat Springs Middle School cheer squad works after school. Photo by John F. Russell

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Cheerleading coach Citlalli Gomez works with Christa Metzler during practice at the Steamboat Springs Middle School. Gomez said she works individually with Christa at times, but is constantly surprised by Christa’s ability. Photo by John F. Russell

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An exhausted Christa Metzler smiles after the Steamboat Springs Middle School Cheerleading team completes in routine during practice. Photo by John F. Russell

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The smile on Christa Metzler's face before the cheerleading team performed for the student body at the Steamboat Springs Middle School Friday afternoon shows her love of cheerleading, and being a part of the team. Photo by John F. Russell

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Christa Metzler works on her moves at cheerleading practice at the Steamboat Springs Middle School. Christa's lighthearted, fun personality has made her a favorite among her teammates. Photo by John F. Russell

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Cheerleading coach Summer McParland and Christa Metzler share a laugh during cheerleading practice at the Steamboat Springs Middle School. Photo by John F. Russell

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Christa Metzler visits with a classmate at cheerleading practice at the Steamboat Springs Middle School. Christa's lighthearted, fun personality has made her a favorite with her teammates. Photo by John F. Russell

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Christa Metzler cuts loose at cheerleading practice at the Steamboat Springs Middle School. Christa's lighthearted, fun personality has made her a favorite among her teammates. Photo by John F. Russell

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