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Sharon Simmons, a 55-year-old grandmother, is as slim and toned as a woman half her age, and she's preparing to face younger women when she auditions.

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I don't see a number," she said of her age. "If I do, it's just a number. It's not like I can't be with [young women] in the physical part of training.

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Simmons, who has two grandchildren, is a certified personal trainer and nutritionist who began entering fitness competitions at age 50.

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Over the past five years, he has participated in more than 20 competitions and won a few first-place titles, according to his website.

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Simmons, who works in commercial real estate, first began dreaming of becoming a Cowboys cheerleader when she was a cash.

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Simmons also has no qualms about wearing the essentials for tryouts: hot pants and an athletic bra top, an outfit not for the faint of heart.

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The oldest woman to dance with the Cowboys cheerleaders was Linda Badami, a 37-year-old mother of four from Kansas, according to Kelly Finglas.

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Typically, Finglas says, the squad is working with much younger women. "We try to schedule summer training camps around girls' high school.

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It says something about women and their success stories," she said. "I commend her for her preparation and look forward to her audition."

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Perhaps the scariest part of the tryout, he said, is the so-called jump split, which requires the cheerleader to jump up and then land on the ground.