Injured cheerleader continues routine on stretcher
Mar. 6, 2006 08:20 AM ST. LOUIS - A cheerleader for Southern Illinois University fell on her head during a routine performed Sunday at the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament championship game between Southern Illinois and Bradley.
She continued to cheer, moving her arms, after she was placed on a stretcher.
The Salukis cheerleaders took the court during a timeout with 3:25 to play. Kristi Yamaoka, 18, from Springfield, Ill., fell and landed on her head with a loud thud heard throughout the Savvis Center. The incident quieted a previously noisy crowd of 13,969.
She was placed in a back and neck brace before being put on a stretcher. Yamaoka waved to the crowd and continued to perform a cheer routine with her arms. The crowd applauded her as she was taken off the floor.
She was taken to St. Louis University Hospital. Her condition was not immediately released.
Yeah, I have a sick sense of humour.