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ROUND 17: Broncos' best cheerleader tournament

First of all, thanks again to all who voted and congratulations to Toni for winning Round 16 of our cheerleader tournament. Also, another big Mile High Salute to Lauren for her showing. It appeared that Lauren was starting to make a big comeback Sunday morning possibly setting up a Lauren vs. Lauren quarterfinal matchup. Unfortunately for her, something interesting must have been on TV later in the afternoon because all of our attention was drawn away from the competition and the voting stopped dead. (I just have to say what an awesome freaking night that was, GO BRONCOS!)

For those of you who are new to this series, here's the usual introduction: I got the idea for this while visiting the Phinsider website. They were doing a short bracket of cheerleaders from around the league. I figured that wouldn't work for us though since we all know we have the best cheerleaders there are. So, I built bracket for the best of the best. To be fair, all entries were selected with a random number generator. I'd like to wrap this up on Super Bowl Sunday, so that means a new vote every 3 or 4 days. It doesn't matter how you vote, but I'll be giving the information and pictures from the Broncos' website. You can base your vote on who you perceive to be the biggest fan, whose personality you like the best or plain and simple looks (of course, the info will still probably have to play a part since they're all obviously 10s of course).

So, without further adieu, I present Round 17 of the tournament .

If you can't see the full bracket, just click on the picture. It should take you to the source image.

Round 17: Becky Hamm versus Patricia Reimann

Becky Hamm

Well I've been promising to look up whether our girls have ever cheered for anyone else, and it's taken me 17 rounds to get to one. Becky, the fifth of six women who received a bye, has cheered for both the L.A. Lakers and the Denver Nuggets. (I'll share some photos I've found in the comment section). Becky has been a fan of the Broncos since her family and her moved to Colorado in 1991. This is her second season cheering for us. She's a graduate of the Colorado State University, majoring in Business and Dance and is currently working as an Athletic Director.

Occupation and how does Broncos affect your work?
I am the Athletic Director at Mountainside Fitness. I oversee all of the group fitness classes, instructors, and special fitness programs and I teach about 20 classes per week. I am very thankful to have a job that keeps me very active, but I definitely have to rally up some extra energy on practice days!

What is the most important attribute of a Denver Broncos cheerleader?

Professionalism and class. The Denver Broncos Cheerleaders have a great reputation and the women involved work hard to maintain the reputation of the team and the organization.

Most memorable experience?
I traveled to Japan with the Laker Girls for a military tour to do several appearances, performances, and children's dance camps. It was a powerful experience that changed me and I know I will never forget it.

Who has been your greatest inspiration?
My greatest inspiration is both of my parents. They are smart, strong, caring, selfless, loving, generous, driven, and so much more. They have taught me so much throughout my life and I strive to be more like both of them.

What is one thing about being a DBC that most people don't know?

Most people don't know the level of commitment and dedication it takes to be a part of this great team. We spend a lot of time and put great effort into our dance performances and fitness. All of the women make sacrifices in their personal lives in order to make our team stand out among the rest!

Best advice to kids?

Set goals for yourself, aim high, and never, ever give up! You can achieve anything you put your mind to!

What sports do you enjoy watching or playing?

I love sports and enjoy watching both NCAA and professional basketball and football. I also get really into watching the summer and winter Olympics every time they are on. I have become a spectator and big fan of marathons and ultra marathon races, as my boyfriend travels all around the country to race.

What top three things do you hope to accomplish in your lifetime?

1. Have a family
2. Start my own business
3. Continue dancing for years to come, even just for fun and recreation.

What do you value most in your life?

I truly value my family. I feel blessed to have a supportive, loving family that I enjoy spending time with.

Place you would most like to visit and why?
I would love to go to Australia. I have a friend that has visited there and seeing her photos of the trip made me intrigued.

Who do you admire most in the sports industry?
I really admire Dara Torres. I think she is an inspiration to all women and she has proved that you shouldn't limit yourself or allow other's to limit you in anything you want to achieve.

What is the best thing about Broncos fans?
Their true loyalty to our team and our players! The fans in Denver are amazing!

What book are you currently reading?
I'm currently reading a book called Carlos. It's about a man that was serving in the National Guard during WWII, taken prisoner by the Japanese and forced into camps and slavery. I actually met this man at a memorial marathon event in New Mexico and I wanted to learn more about his life story.

In what charities or community service organizations are you most involved and why?

I enjoy doing charitable events involving children. I have been involved with children's hospital visits, literacy programs, CATS (a program helping abused and neglected children), and programs promoting the performing arts. It is very rewarding making a positive impression on a children's life. Small efforts can make a world of difference.

What is something about you that fans might not know?

Christmas is my favorite holiday! I absolutely love everything about it. The tree, the lights, holiday songs, and just the spirit of the season! I'm even one of those crazy people that goes shopping at 4 am the day after Thanksgiving!

What makes you laugh?
Any Will Ferrell movie! I especially love the movie Elf! I could watch it over and over, and laugh every time!

How do you challenge yourself?
I challenge myself by striving to do my personal best in every aspect of my life. I constantly want to work to become a better person.

How do you spend your time in the offseason?
I love hiking in the Rocky Mountains with my family! I have been doing this since I was a young child and I really enjoy climbing many of our beautiful Fourteeners.

In what area of your life have you achieved the most success?
I feel I have achieved the most success in my dancing. I started dance when I was three years old and it's something that I am truly passionate about! I am thankful to have been able to dance in college and for several professional dance teams. My experiences through dance thus far have been unforgettable.

Patricia Reimann

Jenna has been a fan of the Broncos since she can remember. She was raised a bronco fan and can't imagine rooting for any other team.This is the lifelong fan's first season cheering for us. She's a graduate of CSU, majoring in Apparel and Merchandising with a minor in business and is currently working as a Sales Assistant.

Occupation and how does Broncos affect your work?
I am a full time student and work at ace hardware as a cashier and sales floor assistant. Adding Broncos into my life definitely makes my schedule packed and always busy, but I like it that way I'm not one to want to sit at home I like being out of my home being involved in whatever I can.

What is the most important attribute of a Denver Broncos cheerleader?
Being involved in the community and also giving back to it as well. There is only so much one person can do for a charity and being a part of an organization where everyone is involved and out there giving back to those who really need help is something I absolutely love about the organization. I also love being part or a team where everyone has the same passion for dance that I also have as well.

Most memorable experience?
So far ... The Broncos Bunch promotion. There was this little girl that came up to Tristan, Michelle and I and handed us a picture her brother had drawn of a cheerleader cheering at a game. It made me realize that we are role models to a lot of young kids and that brought the biggest smile to my face when they gave that picture to us ... We made them sign it later as well.

Who has been your greatest inspiration?
As cliché as this sounds, my mom is definitely my greatest inspiration. She died when I was only 12 years old and she was a very successful woman who sadly died at a very young age. So whenever I say I want to do something or set a goal for myself I always am reminded of my mom and how her life ended very suddenly, and if I ever want to accomplish a goal in my life I need to work towards it every day with absolutely no regrets or telling myself I should have done something different. You only have one life and you need to make the most of it before it’s too late and your looking back saying what you should have done differently, my motto is to always look forward toward the future at what you can do instead of looking backward at what you should have done.

What is one thing about being a DBC that most people don't know?
How hard you have to work on the team. Being a DBC means carrying a Legacy on your shoulders of all the DBC’s before you. Every year the standards are higher and it takes a lot of work to meet those standards.

Best advice to kids?
Never say, "I can’t!" Because if you work hard and set your mind to achieve something you can do whatever you want!

What sports do you enjoy watching or playing?
I love watching football and basketball, and I love playing beach volley ball.

What top three things do you hope to accomplish in your lifetime?
1. Work for Ralph Lauren Corp. In New York City, Its my dream job.
2. Own my own fashion apparel boutique and open it in multiple cities
3. Have my own company where I contract out hairstylists and makeup artist for various shows and special events.

What do you value most in your life?
My family and all the people I have met and become friends with. They all play a huge role in my life and I would not be the person I am today without all the encounters I have had with my friends and family. They make me want to be the best person I can possibly be not only for myself but for them as well.

Place you would most like to visit and why?
Europe. I went to Spain after high school and my mind was blown away by the culture and the history that lies in every stone of that country. The US is so young compared to Europe and I just want to learn so much more about the different cultures there.

Who do you admire most in the sports industry?
What a magnificent show they put on for their fans. Sports would not be the same without the fans that go to every game and cheer on every team they are the ones that really bring a sporting event to life and that’s what I admire the most.

What is the best thing about Broncos fans?
They know how to bleed blue and orange especially when the raiders come to town! Not only that but they stay loyal no matter what. The broncos have had it tough the past couple of years but the fans are still there cheering them on. When things gets rough they are there to support the broncos and help them get through the season. But when the broncos are having a great season the bronco fans aren’t going to jump on the band wagon they are going to cheer on the broncos all the way to the playoffs and the super bowl if they make it!

What book are you currently reading?
Water for Elephants. Its amazing, Im really trying not to go see the movie!

In what charities or community service organizations are you most involved and why?
CSU unity. It is a community service program that goes through our school and one day during the school year all the students at CSU volunteer to help someone in the community. It’s a great program because it brings our school together as well as the whole fort Collins community.

What is something about you that fans might not know?
I am allergic to everything it seems like. Dust, nuts, sunflower seeds, dogs, cats, the list goes on and on.

What makes you laugh?
Little kids! The things they say and ask are so random and creative. Every time I have a conversation with a child under ten years old it brings a smile to my face and constant laughter.

How do you challenge yourself?
Through dance actually. I go to the studio at my school everyday and try to learn a new technical trick. I work on it everyday until it is perfect, and then I move on to another one. It keeps me motivated and always working towards achieving my personal goals and of course it make me a better dancer.

How do you spend your time in the offseason?
I have no offseason! I am constantly working on something. It is either in work, school, or dance. But when I do have free time I try and spend it with my friends and family by going on trips or just hanging out with them at concerts or parks.

In what area of your life have you achieved the most success?
In dance. I was never formally trained, except for in Irish dancing, and I had to learn a lot of technique on my own. My had work definitely paid off. I was captain of my high school dance team, danced for CSU for three years on the Golden Poms, and now I am DBC. I am very proud of everything I have achieved in my dancing carrier and could ask for anything more.

So Round 17 brings us a major battle. On one side we have a fan since 91 who has cheered for other teams. On the other we have a lifelong fan who fought her way here. Together they have three years experience and one used a bye to get here, but I really have no idea how this one will go down. Once again, please feel free to add your opinions and any info you can find on these lovely ladies, and let me know if there's anything I can do to improve this series.

And I just want to say thank you again to MHR. My knowledge of football has expanded exponentially since I started coming to this site and I still find myself so far behind some of the great members here. I figured this contest would be a good way to give something back. Go Broncos!

This is a Fan-Created Comment on MileHighReport.com. The opinion here is not necessarily shared by the editorial staff of MHR

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