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

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Hello again, Broncos fans. As you may well be aware, it's time to finish off the second round of our tournament. Next week will start the quarterfinals and the decisions will somehow become even more difficult than they already are. Before that we have one more round to decide though, and it looks like it's going to be one of the toughest yet.

For those of you who missed the seventh match of the second round, Tristan made the biggest comeback in our contest's young history to defeat one of last year's favorites, Toni D. After a full day of voting, Tristan had found herself behind with nearly 80 percent of the vote going the other way. I don't believe we've seen a never give up moment like that since Tebow was wearing the orange and blue.

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:

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 8 of Round 2: Ashley vs. Kara

Ashley

Ashley is a 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.

In the first round, Ashley was able to defeat Katie K.

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!

Kara

This is Kara's second year cheering for us. This guest services representative from Denver graduated from the University of Southern California (USC). Last year, she managed to sneak past Kristal-Lynn by three votes in the first round. She then beat Katie K. (Ashley's first round opponent this year) in the second round. She finally fell in the quarterfinals to fan favorite and eventual second place winner, Nikki.

What is the best thing about being a Broncos Cheerleader?
Besides cheering for the best team in the NFL, it is truly a privilege to represent the Broncos organization throughout the community. We are given so many opportunities to be involved within our community and it is an aspect of being a DBC that I sincerely love.

What was your most memorable experience as a Denver Broncos Cheerleader?
To this day one of my favorite memories was hearing my name announced when I made the team my rookie season. I remember sitting with all of the finalists with more nerves than you can imagine. I was so overwhelmed with excitement when my name was called. It was such a special moment and one that I will never forget!

How do spend your time off the field?
Working, exercising, and spending as much time with my family and friends as possible.

What was your most memorable game as a Denver Broncos Cheerleader?
This is a tough question, because without a doubt there is nothing better than Game Day. However, there are two games that particularly stand out in my mind from last season. The home opener against the Raiders on MNF was incredible. I remember looking around being in awe of the fans-the noise and excitement in the stadium was unreal. I don't think I ever stopped smiling that game! And I will never forget the Wild Card Playoff game against the Steelers… Words cannot describe how electric and amazing that night was!

What is your occupation and how does beig a Denver Broncos Cheerleader affect your work?Being a part of Broncos requires a great amount of time management and organization, which are two things that are a must in the position I hold at iTriage. As an account manager, I balance multiple accounts at a time, so it is key to remain organized and thoughtful with my time.

Who do you admire most in the Sports industry?
It is difficult to choose just one person because I admire and respect the commitment and hard work that it takes for each athlete to be within the sports industry.

What is your favorite book?
The Great Gatsby. I cannot wait for the movie!

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
This may sound cheesy, but I honestly just hope to be happy and healthy regardless of what point I am at in five years. I hope to eventually have a family, to continue on a successful career path and to experience more travel, but ask me again in 5 years and we'll find out!

What is the best thing about Broncos fans?
Their loyalty. The orange and blue fever is simply contagious- Denver truly has the best and most energetic fans out there!

What do you do in your spare time to relax?
I absolutely love to cook, so being able to go home and take more than 10 minutes to cook a meal is something that I find relaxing and enjoy doing.

What is your best advice to kids?
Always give your best in everything that you do. You can never fault yourself if you fully commit to trying and doing the best that you possibly can.

What is the best gift you ever received?
A note that my grandfather sent me along with a porcelain angel figurine for my birthday one year. The words that he wrote are very special to me and it is something I will always cherish.

What is your most important goal in life?
To live a full and purposeful life.

What is the one place you would most like to visit?
Greece

Who has been your greatest inspiration?
My mom has been and continues to be the greatest inspiration in my life. She is always there for me with unconditional love and support. She will probably never know how much of a blessing she is in my life, but I only hope that one day I will be the kind of mother to my children that she has been to me.

What is the one thing that you value most in life?
My faith, family and friends. My faith is ultimately the most important thing in my life as it has shaped the person that I am. My family is valuable beyond words in that I don't know what I would do without any of them in my life. Their unwavering love and encouragement has greatly influenced me. My friends are also incredibly important to me. I am so grateful for the remarkable friendships that I have in my life.

What is the Toughest part of being a cheerleader?
Mainly negating the typical stereotypes that come with being a cheerleader. I think sometimes people are surprised to find out that we all work extremely hard and the team is made up of genuine, warm-hearted and smart women.

Who are two people you would like to have dinner with?
Ellen DeGeneres- I don't think I would even eat anything because I would be laughing so much. I would also love to have dinner with Ina Garten. I am a Food Network addict and I love watching her shows-plus the meal would be delicious as I am a fan of many of her recipes.

What are your favorite things to do in Denver?
Pretty much anything outside. I may have a biased opinion because I am a Colorado native, but I truly believe that we live in the most beautiful state!

What is your favorite sport to participate in?
Although I am not as good as I would hope to be and I don't go nearly as often as I would like, I really enjoy snowboarding.

What are the three words that best describe you?
Loyal, compassionate and easy-going.

What is your most prized possession?
My education.

What is your greatest accomplishment?
Graduating from USC and accomplishing my dream of becoming a Denver Broncos Cheerleader!

Once again, we have an impossible decision to make. So we have our final second round match up, which features the final cheerleader who earned a bye this year. So far, those lovely ladies have a record of just 3-2 this year. Will they end up pulling away or end up just going .500? The choice is up to you. 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!

One last look

Ashley

Kara

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