ORLANDO - Chip, the University of Colorado's beloved costumed mascot, successfully defended his national championship here at the 2010 UCA Mascot National Championship Friday.  The mascot championships are held in conjunction with the 2010 College Cheerleading and Dance Team National Championships administered by the Universal Cheerleader Association and United Dance Association.

Chip won his first national championship in 2009 and also has five top 10 performances.

"It was surreal," CU spirit coordinator Liz Harris said. "I am so proud of them.  They put in so much hard work.  They had their sights set on repeating and put in the necessary work to accomplish that goal."

Chip was one of 11 mascots invited to perform based on video entries.  Chip stood in first place after the video submission, which was 50 percent of the competition.  Chip won over the likes of Aubie (Auburn), Goldy Gopher (Minnesota), Wildcat (Kentucky), Boomer (Oklahoma), BigAL (Alabama), Smoky (Tennessee), Bucky Badger (Wisconsin), Sparty (Michigan State), Herky the Hawk (Iowa) and Big Jay (Kansas).

On Friday, each mascot performed a 1 minute and 30 second skit that accounted for the other half of the score.  Guidelines for the skit dictated the use of no more than 10 props and he was evaluated by a panel of expert judges on crowd appeal / crowd interaction, creativity, animation and enthusiasm, prop usage and overall impression.

Chip's performance included a montage of music with the songs Twist and Shout by the Isley Brothers, Crank That by Solder Boy, Hammer Time by MC Hammer, Oops I Did It Again by Brittany Spears, Wannabe by Spice Girls, Everybody by the Backstreet Boys and Party in the USA by Miley Cyrus.  Props included a juke box, a boom box, microphone, walkman turned iPod, a CaseLogic CD case and a discman.

CU's dance team is also set to compete at the UCA/UDA national championships on Sunday.  CU's cheerleading squads perform at a different national championship competition in April.