A longtime cheerleader, Kristin Kinkel worked as judge and head instructor for Varsity Spirit Corporation for nearly a decade. In addition to organizing international and local competitions for Varsity Spirit, Kristin Kinkel previously served as a member of the Portland Trail Blazers Stunt Team.
A National Basketball Association (NBA) expansion franchise in 1970, the Trail Blazers won their first league championship just seven years later in the team’s first trip to the playoffs. Coming off of a 37-45 season the year prior, Portland fired head coach Lenny Wilkens and brought in Jack Ramsay, who guided the team to a second-place finish in the Pacific Division with a 49-33 record.
The Trail Blazers beat the Chicago Bulls in the best-of-three first round and followed that up with a 4-2 series win against the Denver Nuggets in the Western Conference Semifinals. The biggest upset of the playoffs came in the following round, when Portland defeated the first-place Los Angeles Lakers led by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in just four games. Led by NBA Finals MVP Bill Walton, the Trail Blazers then proceeded to beat the Philadelphia 76ers in six games to win their first NBA championship.
The franchise recently honored the 1977 championship-winning team during a nationally televised game against the Los Angeles Lakers.