2nd Annual Fan Favorite Denver Broncos Cheerleader Tournament — Match 8 / Round 1

Kirby Lee-US PRESSWIRE

Welcome back Broncos fans! We're in our second week of celebrating the Monday night victory and for those of you who follow the contest, the first week of morning our contest's first blowout. But, it's time to put all that behind us and get back to what we all love: Football and cheerleaders!

For those of you who missed the Seventh match up, Candace ended up defeating Christina B. with 79 percent of the vote. It was an incredibly strong statement considering how well Christina performed last year. I think we can all expect much more from Candace in future rounds.

As always, I encourage voters to take a little bit of time and read the bios before voting (I know how distracting those wonderful pictures can be). It doesn't take long, and it can be extremely fascinating to get to know our squad. Also, more than once, my vote has been swayed by the information provided. And speaking of my vote, just like last year, if there is a tie, I will nullify my own vote declaring the other cheerleader the winner (this actually happened).

But, without further adieu, lets get down to business.

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

Match 8 of Round 1: Lindy vs. Christina C.

Lindy

This is Lindy's fourth season cheering for us. From Arvada, she is currently pursing her graduate degree from the University of Colorado. She made it past the first round in last year's contest, defeating Jessica. In the second round last year, she fell short by only 13 votes falling to Lauren. (By the way: she has another great answer to the who she would like to eat dinner with question this year.)

What is the best thing about being a Denver Broncos Cheerleader?
Living my dance dream with 26 of my good friends!

What is your most memorable experience?
Going on tour to Iraq and Kuwait because I realized how privileged I am to be able to come home to my loved ones each day. I admire the dedication of the soldiers to serve their country and sacrifice the time away from their own family and friends that we experience every day.

How do you spend your time off the field?
Spending time with family, traveling, enjoying all of the great outdoor activities that Colorado has to offer.

What was your most memorable game as a Denver Broncos Cheerleader?
The Thanksgiving game against the Giants in 2009. It reminded me of how blessed I am to have all that I do, and to have the opportunity to dance with the most beautiful and talented women in the NFL. If you can't be with your family, it's not a bad trade off to be with your teammates eating Thanksgiving dinner and cheering on your team along with 75,000 of your closest friends.


What is your occupation and how does being a Denver Broncos Cheerleader affect your work?
I am currently pursing a graduate degree, in addition to coaching a high school poms team. Broncos has provided me with invaluable skills which I have been able to teach to the poms team that I coach. I have found that time management and organization are two skills that have become very valuable to my busy schedule. I utilize every minute of the day.


Who do you admire most in the Sports industry?
Eric Legrand- football player from the Rutgers. He was feared to be fully paralyzed after his injury in college, but his determination has been relentless! He did the coin toss at a Broncos game last year and signed a player contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers!

What is your favorite book?
The Hunger Games

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Starting my practice in orthodontics and starting a family of my own.

What is the best thing about Broncos fans?
The bumper stickers that say, "God must be a Bronco fan because he made the sunset orange."

What do you do in your spare time to relax?
Sudoko, puzzles, hanging out with friends and family and traveling

What is your best advice to kids?
There are no shortcuts to any place worth going.

What is the best gift you ever received?
My Husband and the gift of marriage.

What is your most important goal in life?
To be the best that I can be. To go above and beyond to be courteous, respectful and helpful in every situation.

What is the place you would most like to visit?
Italy; It would be great to see the place where my family is from.

Who has been your greatest inspiration?
My parents. Not only are they my biggest fans, but also the two people that are most influential to me because of the intellect and sound advice that they offer. My parents have given me the tools to lead by example in order to excel in my everyday life.

What is the one thing that you value most in life?
Family. Those are the people who will always be there for you and who you can count on the most.

Who are two people you would like to have dinner with?
Terrell Davis and Takeru Kobayashi- I want to see someone eat 60 hot dogs in 5 minutes!

What is your favorite things to do in Denver?
Rockies games, Nuggets games and the Taste of Colorado

What is your favorite sport to participate in?
Dance and Snowboarding

What are the three words that best describe you?
Honest, faithful, dependable

What is your most prized possession?
My cat Cheetah!

In what area of your life have you achieved the most success?
I am a reliable and dependable person. Throughout my dance career, I have learned that being there when others need help is an invaluable skill. Whether it is for my family, friends, school or coaching, the discipline I have developed through dancing has helped me achieve success in exceeding my own expectations and attaining goals I have set for myself.

Christina C.

Christina C. is another newcomer to our tournament who wasn't in last year's contest. This is her third year cheering for us. This University of Colorado at Denver grad works as a paralegal and I think we can all say welcome back! (By the way: She is one of the first cheereladers I've seen whose most memorable game wasn't one that she was cheering in).

What is the best thing about being a Broncos Cheerleader?
Being part of such a positive and inspiring organization, interacting with the fans, and having the opportunity to become part of a family of so many beautiful, talented, and genuinely kind women.

What is your most memorable experience?
Performing for the troops has been the best part of being a Broncos Cheerleader! I had the opportunity to perform for our troops in Guam, at the Ft. Hood military base in Killeen, Texas, and for the American and Australian troops in Alice Springs, Australia. Seeing all of the service men and women and being able to thank them in person for everything they do for our country has by far been the best experience that I've had as a cheerleader!

How do you spend your time in the offseason?
I spend my time in the offseason snowboarding and hanging out with friends and family. Truth be told, though, there really is no such thing as "offseason" as we have to continuously work on our dance and fitness training year-round.

What was your most memorable game as a Denver Broncos Cheerleader?
Although I wasn't a cheerleader at the time, Superbowl XXXII when the Broncos beat the Green Bay Packers 31-24 is definitely my most memorable Broncos game! I will never forget watching that game with my dad and running outside banging pots and pans after we won!

What is your occupation and how does being a Denver Broncos Cheerleader affect your work?
I work for the United States Department of Justice as a paralegal in the Environment and Natural Resources Division. It's all about time management and effectively organizing your schedule. Being a Broncos Cheerleader while working full time is a huge commitment, but it is absolutely worth it!

What is your favorite book?
The Giver by Lois Lowry. My 4th-5th grade teacher, Mr. McLain, read it to our class and he was the best teacher I've ever had. I will never forget the impact that he had on me.

What top three things do you hope to accomplish in your lifetime?
1) I am a very family-oriented person and look forward to starting my own family someday
2) I would like to have my own business
3) I would love to write a book someday

What is the best thing about Broncos fans?
Their dedication and undying love for their team regardless of whether we win or lose. Denver has the best fans in the NFL!

What do you do in your spare time to relax?
Spend time with my family and friends, go to the mountains, workout, and read.

What is your best advice to kids?
Follow your own dreams and follow your own heart. Don't make life choices based on what you think other people want you to do. Anything is possible if you just believe in yourself and work hard! Don't pay attention to the superficiality in the world. You are perfect the way God made you. Be grateful for all that you have, and always be kind and courteous to everyone that you meet.

What is the best gift you ever received?
The unconditional love and support of my family. I wouldn't be who I am today without them.

What is your most important goal in life?
To follow my heart and to always maintain my morals and integrity.

How does cheerleading fit into that goal?
As a Broncos Cheerleader, you are required to uphold the highest of morals and integrity. One of the organization's main goals is to reach out and inspire others in a positive and uplifting way. I feel so blessed to be a part of such an exceptional organization.

What place you would most like to visit?
Ireland and Greece.

Who has been your greatest inspiration?
My mom and my dad. They really encouraged me to chase my dreams, but always reminded me to never lose sight of who I am in the process.

What is the one thing that you value most in life?
My parents taught me to always be grateful and to never take anything for granted. I really value those life lessons because they've enabled me to appreciate all of the little things in life.

Toughest part about being a cheerleader?
Finding the strength to keep going when I'm dead tired at practice and can barely lift my arms. It's times like these when I realize that it's not about me; it's about the team and the fans and I have to keep going for them regardless of how tired I am.

Two people you would like to have dinner with?
Albert Einstein because he is an unremarkably brilliant man, and Princess Diana so that I could shake the hand of one of the most unconditionally caring and selfless women in history.

Favorite things to do in Denver?
Go to the mountains!

Three words that best describe me are:
Driven, loyal, and unconditional.

Most prized possession?
My 1997 Toyota 4-runner with a stick shift. It was my first major purchase when I was 18 and she's still with me today.

What sports do you enjoy watching or playing?
Football has always been my favorite sport to watch, and I played soccer from when I was 7 until I graduated high school. I really love sports in general and have played just about every sport there is! In the winter I spend most of my time snowboarding in our beautiful mountains!

In what area of your life have you achieved the most success?
I believe that I've achieved the most success in my career and also in surrounding myself with good, genuine people. Having the unconditional love and support of my family and friends has really helped me become the person that I am today.

So we have another impossible decision on our hands Broncos fans. They're both extremely good looking and have great answers to all the questions. We can't go wrong on this one, but one of them has to be eliminated. As always, 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. Go Broncos!

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