2nd Annual Fan Favorite Denver Broncos Cheerleader Tournament — Match 10 / Round 1

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Well Broncos fans, the good news is we've finally made it to the end of round 1! The bad news is that somehow it's going to get even harder to decide from here on out. And even worse news: It's time to eliminate another cheerleader from the tournament.

For those of you who missed the ninth match up, Tristan ended up defeating Lindsey in the second blowout of our contest. Unfortunately these things happen no matter how much we'd all like to avoid them. But the important thing to remember with these results is that it has everything to do with Tristan being that amazing because I think we all can agree that we would take Lindsey over the top cheerleader from any other squad in the league.

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).

Also, we have a 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 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 10 of Round 1: Katie K. vs. Ashley

Katie K.

This is is Katie K.'s fourth year cheering for us. The Danville, Calif., native currently works in cause marketing. Last year, she won her first round match up against Michelle before losing by 23 votes in the second round to Kara. (Who, interestingly enough, she would face in the second round again this year if she wins this week's match up).

What is the best thing about being a Broncos Cheerleader?
Whether it's bringing a smile to the face of someone who has been in the hospital for months or helping build a house for a family in need, the role of a Denver Broncos Cheerleader offers a wide variety of opportunities to positively impact people's lives. All glitz and glam aside, this is the most rewarding and best thing about our job.

What is your most memorable experience?
It was November 2009 during the Broncos vs. Chargers game when we presented our first $20,000 in checks to the Denver Rescue Mission and Project PAVE. It felt great to present the money we worked so hard to raise during our Inaugural Race to Keep Kids on Track. This coming August will be the Denver Broncos Cheerleaders 4th Annual Race to Keep Kids on Track, and we hope to bring our grand total up to $80,000 raised for at-risk youth!

How do you spend your time off the field?
I love spending time outside! Hiking, go-karting, skiing, running with my dog, wakeboarding, wake surfing, are all up there on my list when I can find the time!

What was your most memorable game as a Denver Broncos Cheerleader?
Definitely the Broncos/Steelers playoff game on January 8, 2012 when Tim Tebow connected with Demaryius Thomas for an 80-yard touchdown pass in overtime to win the game 29-23. It was the first time the Broncos has been to the playoffs since 2005 and all 76,000 fans were on their feet the whole game. It's hard to put into words, but thinking about that gives me goosebumps!

What is your occupation and how does being a Denver Broncos Cheerleader affect your work?
Outside of Broncos I work in sponsorship development and cause marketing. Broncos compliments my job by providing opportunities to reach out into the community, meet people, and spread awareness on causes that are near and dear to my heart.

Who do you admire most in the Sports industry?
Brian Dawkins, even though he is "retired," I admire his unrelenting positivity, his leadership and energy both on and off the field.

What is your favorite book?
Lone Survivor - a powerful book about honor and courage.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
I hope to have spent some time traveling to exotic places, further developed my career in cause marketing, and settling down to start a family! Where ever I am I'll still be dancing and loving life!

What is the best thing about Broncos fans?
How LOUD you make the stadium on game day!! Your incredible passion and loyalty for the organization radiates in the stands on gameday. Broncos' fans truly are the best!

What do you do in your spare time to relax?
Is that a trick question? Define spare time…

What is your best advice to kids?
Never let anyone dull your sparkle!

What is the best gift you ever received?
My dog!

What is your most important goal in life?
To be a loving mom and wife someday! And go to the superbowl.

What is one place you would most like to visit?
Costa Rica to work with disadvantaged kids half the time and go surfing for the other half! Also to Alsace Lorraine and Germany to see where my family originated.

Who has been your greatest inspiration?
My Grandfather. Decorated World War 2 veteran, who fought off the Germans in Italy and North Africa; accomplished businessman who left his signature of excellence on every project he undertook; adventure seeker and world traveler - to more than 120 countries! And a proud family man dedicated to loving his kids, grandkids, and wife of 70 years. He is a professor in the art of living life and living it well!

What is the one thing that you value most in life?
Faith and Family

What is the toughest part about being a cheerleader?
Balance and time management… the days are always too short to fit everything in!

Who are two people you would like to have dinner with?
Will Ferrell and Dana Carvey

What are your favorite things to do in Denver?
Besides Broncos games, concerts at Red Rocks, trying new restaurants and park days at Wash Park!

What is your favorite sport to participate in?
I grew up playing soccer but I also love water sports like wakesurfing!

What are the three words that best describe you?
Energy, loyal, compassion

What is your most prized possession?
My college degree!

What is your greatest accomplishment?
Making the Denver Broncos Cheerleaders for my 4th year! It's an honor and a blessing to be part of this team and I treasure it very much!

Ashley

Ashley is the final rookie on our squad. This CU grad from Yardville, N.J., currently works in marketing as a sales associate at Monty Nuss Photography. She also is a coach for the ThunderRidge Varsity Poms team in Highlands Ranch.

What is the best thing about being a Broncos Cheerleader?
The best thing about being a DBC is having the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of youth in our community. Being a role model for the girls in our all-star program has been a blessing for me. I hope that they learn and grow as much from me as a I do from them!

What is your most memorable experience?
The most memorable experience for me thus far has to be dancing at the NFL Draft Party at The Tavern. So much Broncos love in such a small space... The energy in the room was incredible and I will never forget it!

How do you spend your time off the field?
I am a total nerd and LOVE reading books whenever I have free time! I also love to spend time with my wonderful family and enjoy going on hikes and bike rides with my boyfriend.

What is your occupation and how does being a Denver Broncos Cheerleader affect your work?
Currently I work at Monty Nuss Photography and I also coach the ThunderRidge Varsity Poms team in Highlands Ranch. As often as possible I try to pass on the skills that I learn through Broncos to the girls that I coach; not just in terms of dancing, but life skills as well. I must admit that trying to balance three schedules gets a little tricky at times, but I love what I do and am thankful for the opportunities I have been given.

Who do you admire most in the Sports industry?
The person I admire most in the sports industry is Todd Helton. Not only has be remained an incredible athlete over the years, but he shows true character and loyalty by being one of very few players in the MLB who has spent his whole career with one club. Denver is lucky to have him!

What is your favorite book?
Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen. I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves a clash between romance and action!

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
In 5 years I see myself living in Colorado, teaching and coaching dance, hopefully newly married, with a Doberman! And of course I will still be the biggest Broncos fan!!

What is the best thing about Broncos fans?
Broncos fans aren't fair-weather fans! The weather in Denver can change from 60 degrees and sunny to 25 degrees and snowing in a matter of a few hours, but on game day, Broncos fans are at the stadium in blue and orange no matter what!!!

What do you do in your spare time to relax?
I love taking yoga at CorePower to relax after a stressful day. I also love sleeping when I get a chance to!

What is your best advice to kids?
The best advice I ever got was from Dr. Seuss so I will pass along his words, "You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You're on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who'll decide where to go!"

What is the best gift you ever received?
The 2006 Hyundai Tiburon that my parents got for me 2 years ago! I love you both!

Most important goal in life?
My most important goal in life is to create a lasting impact on every person I come in contact with. At the end of my life, I want to look back and be able to say that I made a difference in the lives of those around me. The best way I can begin to accomplish this goal is by being a good role model for the kids I meet and work with through Broncos.

What is the one place you would most like to visit?
If I could go anywhere it would be Bora Bora. I want to stay in one of those huts in the middle of the water and just forget about the world for a little while :)

Who has been your greatest inspiration?
My greatest inspiration is my Uncle Dan, who fought Pancreatic cancer for nearly 3 years until he passed in November of 2011. . In the hustle and bustle of our busy days, it's so easy to forget what is really important, but my uncle taught me to cherish the little things and never take a single moment for granted. I know that he is with me every day, giving me strength when I need it and helping me reach my goals :)

What is the one thing that you value most in life?
My faith

What is the toughest part about being a cheerleader?
The hardest part about being a Denver Broncos Cheerleader is finding time for sleep!! From the late night practices to the games and events, our schedules become extremely busy. Majority of the women on our team have full time jobs so our days tend to be pretty lengthy.

Who are two people you would like to have dinner with?
Beyonce and Twitch from SYTYCD (probably not at the same time!)

What are your favorite things to do in Denver?
I love going to sporting events so depending on the season you can find me at any Rockies or Nuggets games!

Favorite sport to participate in?
Basketball! I may be short, but I enjoy shooting around and playing 3 on 3 games with friends.

What are the three words that best describe you?
Trustworthy, Honest and Determined

What is your most prized possession?
My Broncos uniform! Every time I put it on I am reminded of how blessed I am to wear it. I love being able to represent Colorado in blue and orange and to be a role model for kids within the community. I never want to give it back!

What is your greatest accomplishment?
My greatest accomplishment is graduating from college. This past May I graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder with a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Marketing. Throughout all of college I worked and paid all of my living expenses myself which has made me very independent and responsible. I am a proud alum and will forever be a buffalo! GO BUFFS!

This contest can seem so unfair sometimes. Both of these women obviously have a deep love for the Broncos. One as a four-year vet hoping for a trip to the Super Bowl and the other as an energetic and excited rookie. They both deserve to move on, but as you know, only one can. 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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