2nd Annual Fan Favorite Denver Broncos Cheerleader Tournament — Match 3 / Round 2

Ron Chenoy-US PRESSWIRE

Welcome to match 3 of our second round. Once again we have a cheerleader who earned a bye in last year's tournament against a cheerleader who earned her way in this year. Will we see our first upset of a cheerleader with a bye or will they keep the undefeated streak going?

For those of you who missed the second match up of the second round, Amanda edged her way past Toni G. in a nail-biter of a contest. Sadly, this week doesn't look like it will be any easier to decide. So study hard and get ready to make the tough decision.

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).

Remember the new rule:

For those of you who missed it, the new rule was first announced in the results post from last week. The rule is pretty simple though: From this point on, I will not be tolerating any derogatory, insulting or demeaning comments about our cheerleaders. They are all gorgeous, and I'm fine with you talking about how great they look or how awesome their answers are, but I will not stand by and watch anyone nitpicking about some perceived flaws about their appearances. If I see any more of this kind of talk about our cheerleaders, the comments will be removed. Repeated comments will be cause for warnings and or punishment from MHR. I will continue to post this new rule for anyone who may have missed it for the rest of the tournament. Thank you for being civil and giving the proper respect that our cheerleaders deserve.

But, without further ado, 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 3 of Round 2: Lauren H. vs. Heather

Lauren H.

This is Lauren's second season cheering for us. This marketing director from Littleton is an alumn of Colorado State. She drew a bye in last year's contest before sneaking past Lindy in the second round. She then fell short in the quarterfinals, barely losing to Toni D. I see no reason why this longtime Broncos fan couldn't make a deeper run in this years tournament. (Of course, with the talent this year, it's also very possible for her run to end even sooner).

Her answers to her bio page on denverbroncos.com:

What is the best thing about being a Broncos Cheerleader?
The best thing about being a Denver Broncos cheerleader is being a role model within the community. As a Denver Broncos cheerleader, we are honored to work with others through charities, promotions and other events around the Denver area. Being a role model is one of the most important attributes of the Denver Broncos cheerleaders because we strive to positively impact the lives of every Denver Broncos fan and everyone we come in contact with. It also impacts our own life knowing we can help and meet so many great people as well!

What is your most memorable experience?
My most memorable experience was traveling to China with my former dance team and visiting the Great Wall of China. The Great Wall of China is so spectacular and the view is incredible! The people who live in China are also very humble and kind. I hope that I can travel there again in the future!

How do you spend your time off the field?
I spend most of my time off the field working as a Marketing Director and also as an intern for a Public Relations company. As a recent graduate from Colorado State University, I am incredibly excited about the working world and want to learn as much as I can about these two fields of work. I am also a huge fan of outside activities such as hiking, golfing, swimming, skiing and more! Additionally, one goal of mine after the season is to travel and see more of the world. There are so many places I would love to visit and I hope to plan a few vacations this year!

What is your most memorable game?
The most memorable game being a part of Denver Broncos Cheerleaders was winning the home playoff game in overtime against the Pittsburgh Steelers last year. What an amazing catch by Demaryius Thomas! Every single person at the game was cheering and the energy throughout the stadium was incredible. I will truly never forget that day!

What is your occupation and how does Broncos affect your work?
I am currently a Marketing Director for a fast growing company in Denver. I love being out in the community and meeting new people through my job. All of the Denver Broncos Cheerleaders have either full time jobs or are full time students and being a part of this team is the cherry on top! I am happy to know that I can have a career as well as fulfill my greatest passion in my life, which is dance!

Who do you admire most in the Sports industry?
I admire John Elway most in the sports industry. Growing up in Denver my entire life, John Elway was always an icon and an inspiration to many of the kids I grew up with. Everyone knew who John Elway was! He has accomplished so much in his life and was a very talented player. I am so glad that he is still a part of the Broncos organization today as well!

What is your favorite book?
My favorite book is, "The Kite Runner" by Khaled Hosseini. My former literature professor had recommended it to my class and I love this book! It is definitely different from anything I have ever read before, but it kept me intrigued until the very last page.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
In 5 years I would love to own a Public Relations firm. That is my ultimate goal! I currently work in Marketing and Public Relations, but owning my own Public Relations firm has always been a dream of mine. I would also love to be married and hopefully still dancing!

What is the best thing about Broncos fans?
The best thing about Broncos fans is how supportive and loyal they are to the team! Broncos fans truly are dedicated to the game as well as to the players. There is something unique about the Broncos fans and it is not that they just wear orange and blue, it is the idea of, "Once a fan, always a fan!"

What do you do in your spare time to relax?
Having a home cooked meal and a movie night with my boyfriend is always a must. A trip to the mountains is always fun as well from time to time. I love visiting Winter Park and Vail when I have the time for a mini vacation!

Best advice to kids?
The best advice to kids is to treat others as you would want to be
treated.

What place you would most like to visit?
Anywhere tropical. I am not very picky when it comes to vacations, but if I had a choice to travel somewhere, it would have to be to Tahiti, Costa Rica or Thailand. I love traveling to beaches because I have lived in snowy Colorado for 23 years so a change of scenery to somewhere exotic is needed at times! I hope to travel to at least one of these three choices someday.

What is the best gift you ever received?
The best gift I have ever received was from my parents when I graduated from CSU last year. They had given me a diamond bracelet that I will cherish forever that will remind me of my accomplishment!

What's your most important goal in life?
My most important goal is to be happy, grateful and compassionate throughout my lifetime. I want to live a life that is fulfilling and one that I am proud of.

Who has been your greatest inspiration?
My younger brother, Eric, has been my greatest inspiration throughout my life. Eric is mentally handicapped, but he keeps me smiling every single day! It is amazing to realize how much he has taught me throughout the 21 years I have known him. I have learned to be compassionate, loving and accepting of all people because of Eric and I am incredibly blessed to have him in my life. Eric has truly shaped me into the person I am today.

What are some things that you value most in life?
The things that I value most in my life are my friends, family and my education. I do not know where I would be if I didn't have my family and friends. I am incredibly lucky to have such great parents, brothers and friends who support me in everything that I do. Without my family and friends I do not know where I would be in life! I also value my education. I am very blessed to have attended and graduated from a great university in order to obtain a career in Marketing and Public Relations.

What is the toughest part about being a cheerleader?
Time management! It's important to be organized with my daily job as well as being organized with different events being a Broncos Cheerleader. My personal planner definitely saves my life at times!

In what charities or community service organizations are you most involved and why?
One charity and community service organization that I always am a part of is the Special Olympics. With a younger brother with disabilities, this charity is very important to me. I am always honored to work with the amazing people involved in the Special Olympics because it truly changes my life knowing I could help others with challenges in their life. Being a part of the Special Olympics always leaves me with the most impactful memories and I am very blessed to be able to work with these people! It is such a great feeling when I see the individuals involved in the Special Olympics so happy and that is the reason as to why I love coming back each year.

What are your favorite things to do in Denver?
There are too many! I am a huge fan of sporting events so Rockies games are definitely a must in the summer. I also love trying out all of the different restaurants Denver has to offer. There are always new and exciting places to eat and great patios to enjoy the Colorado weather during the summer. Another thing I love to do is ride my cruiser around the city with friends.

What is your favorite sport you enjoy watching or participating in?
I am a sucker for basketball! I love everything about the game (Other than football of course). Over the past five years I have become attached to watching many NBA teams from all over the country. Basketball is such a fast paced game and so entertaining to watch. Although I am a terrible basketball player myself, I never let that affect how I feel about the sport itself!

What are three words that best describe you?
1) Spontaneous
2) Dedicated
3) Giving

What is your most prized possession?
My most prized possession would have to be the book that I put together of all of the different things I have collected over my dance career of eight years. I have saved hundreds of photos, plane ticket subs, cards, letters, and so much more. I want to be able to remember everything I have done and all of the amazing opportunities I have been given through my dance career!

What are some of your greatest accomplishments?
Graduating from a university as one of the top students in the Liberal Arts department is my greatest accomplishment so far. I believe that education is one of the most important tools people may use in their life. Through my education, I can obtain a great career and I can be proud of my accomplishment of completing college for the rest of my life. Education is the greatest privilege to have and I will cherish it for the rest of my life.

Heather

I believe this is Heather's third season cheering for us. While her official profile on www.denverbroncos.com says it's her second, it said the same thing last year. So, we'll just stick with it being her third. Like Becky, she kept her profile short and to the point this year, so unfortunately we don't have a lot to go on. But, as always with our vets, we can look back to her answers from last year to find out a little more about her. This special education teacher from Englewood had a very unlucky draw in last year's contest, facing semifinalist and fan favorite Nikki in the very first round of the tournament. Despite the epic match up so early in our tournament, she managed to get 45 percent of the vote, and very easily could have drastically changed the end results of our first year. You can see her last year's bio and that match up here.

So far in this year's tournament, she found a way to defeat Kisato in the first round.

Her answers to her bio page on denverbroncos.com:

What is the best thing about being a Broncos Cheerleader?
Having the opportunity to work with such incredible women and an exceptional coaching staff. These women have become my close friends and the sisters I've never had. We share an incredible bond. Besides my teammies, I absolutely love the thrill of game day, getting to cheer for my hometown team, and perform for the greatest fans in the NFL!

What is your most memorable experience/game?
The 2011 season was a very special and memorable season with many thanks to Tim Tebow. Although there were many great moments, I will always remember that magical throw Tebow made to Demaryius Thomas to win the game in overtime against the Steelers in the AFC Wild Card game. I've never felt such emotion from a crowd of people like that in my life. I had tears of pure joy. I didn't want to leave the field that night. It was an amazing moment in Bronco's history that I'm forever grateful to have been apart of.

What is you're favorite book?
"Oh, the Places You'll Go" By Dr. Seuss. It's a timeless book and I love reading it to my students.

What are your favorite things to do in Denver?
Maybe I'm a little bias because I'm a native, but I absolutely love the city of Denver. The scenery is beautiful and there is always something to do. I love attending local sporting events, eating out downtown, hanging out in Wash Park, or riding my new cruiser around (I'm a little obsessed!).

So will Lauren H. get another chance to move past the quarter finals this year or will Heather continue to show how far she could have went last year if she hadn't faced the eventual winner in her very first round. 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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