The Times has boxer Victor Ortiz, a former WBC welterweight champion, guest-blogging while he competes on "Dancing With the Stars." Each week while he competes on the show, Ortiz will answer a few questions from Sports Now editor Houston Mitchell and give some insight into the competition. Here are Ortiz's thoughts about Week 6, which he offered via email.
This week, Ortiz was eliminated, finishing in eighth place overall.
Q. You had to learn two dances this week, a solo dance and a team dance. So, the basic question is: Do you get any sleep at all?
Let's just say I sleep very little! But no, it's definitely been busy learning two dances this week but the team dance has been really fun, getting to work with Jacoby, Ingo, Zendaya and the other pros. They're great dancers and we have a good time at our team rehearsals.
Q. Would you rather dance first and get it over with, or dance last and see how everyone else did?
There's a lot of pressure with both options, but I think I'd have to pick last. Your nerves are definitely higher at the beginning of the show but watching everyone dance I get more excited and less nervous. Ideally though, I like going somewhere in the middle!