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2nd Annual Fan Favorite Denver Broncos Cheerleader Tournament — Match 6 / Round 2

Welcome back Bronco fans. While last week's contest seemed to be a little easier for us to decide based on the results, this week unfortunately won't let you off the hook so easily. We have two women who have already won a contest this year, and both deserve to move on. But, as we all know, only one can.

Garrett Ellwood

For those of you who missed the fifth match of the second round, Sam was able to prove that she deserved the No. 2 seed in our contest this year and easily could match if not move even deeper in the tournament than she did last year. In order to get there though, she will have to face the winner of this week's match up..

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 6 of Round 2: Candace vs. Christina C.


Candace is another newcomer to our tournament who wasn't in last year's contest. This is her third year cheering for us in the past four years. This University of Dayton grad works as a surgical sales rep and I think we can all say welcome back!

In the first round of this year's tournament, Candace defeated Christina B., preventing a second round contest between the two Christina's on our squad.

What is the best thing about being a Broncos Cheerleader?
The best thing about being a DBC is the friendships I've made over the past 4 years. My family lives in Ohio, so my teammates have really become my second family. They always know how to make me laugh.

What is your most memorable experience?
In 2010, I had the opportunity to travel with a few of my teammates to 7 countries on the Armed Forces Entertainment tour to various bases. My favorite memory is visiting soldiers at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center and the Wounded Warriors Project in Germany. It was rewarding to thank our soldiers for what they do and bring smiles to their faces.

How do you spend your time off the field?
My career requires me to work in the operating room and provide insight on products for specific patients and procedures. Needless to say, my schedule is pretty hectic and unpredictable, but if I find free time, I really love to travel and visit my family.

What has been your most memorable game?
I'll never forget my first game as a DBC. It was the Broncos vs. Browns game back in 2009. My whole family flew in to cheer me on. I remember we had just won the game and my teammates started heading back to our locker room. I was so excited to be cheering that I missed the signal to head in, and just kept cheering long after my teammates were gone. My family still teases me about it!

What is your occupation and how do the Broncos affect your work?
Anyone who has ever worked in the medical device field can attest to the long hours and high sales expectations, so it's definitely a high stress job. I love being able to go to practice after a long day and dance the stress away. It's helps me live a more balanced life.

Who do you admire most in the Sports industry?
I admire any athlete that uses their talents and stardom as a platform to give back to the community.

What is your favorite book?
"Through My Eyes" by Tim Tebow with Nathan Whitaker. Even though he's not a Bronco anymore, his book inspired me to never give up or forget the bigger picture. Hard work and determination will get you to where you want to be.

What is the best thing about Broncos fans?
Their passion for our team! Broncos fans are all over the world!

What do you do in your spare time to relax?
Hot yoga and bubble baths

Best advice to kids?
Don't let other kids bully you or make you feel like you're not good enough. Ultimately, it's their own insecurities that get the best of them eventually.

Most important goal in life?

Place you would most like to visit?
Bora Bora

Who has been your greatest inspiration?
My parents. My father started his own custom home business when he was 19 years old. He taught me the importance of a strong work ethic. My mother runs her own personal training business. She is her clients' biggest cheerleader, and inspires them to lose weight and live healthier lifestyles.

What is the one thing that you value most in life?
My family. They are my greatest support system and have always believed in me and encouraged me to go after my goals.

Toughest part about being a cheerleader?
The toughest part about being a cheerleader is remembering all of our routines. We learn over 25 new routines each season and after 3 years on the team, they all start to run together!

Two people you would like to have dinner with?
My best friends and teammates, Tara and Allyson. I never leave a meal with them without my face hurting from laughing so hard.

Favorite things to do in Denver?
I love going to all sporting events, concerts, and charity events. Nothing can top a great concert in the summer at Red Rocks.

Favorite sport to participate in?
Living in Colorado, I'm lucky to be close to some of the best skiing in the U.S. I really enjoy escaping to the mountains on the weekends and skiing with friends...when we don't have a home game of course!

Three words that best describe you?
Driven, Passionate, Loyal

Most prized possession?
A teddy bear my Aunt gave me when I was born. It was the first gift I ever received and I still have it.

Greatest Accomplishment
Earning a spot on the team as a DBC. So many women audition every year to be a part of one of the most highly technically trained cheerleading teams in the NFL. I'm just grateful to make it back.

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).

In the first round of this year's tournament, Christina C. narrowly defeated Lindy with 54 percent of the vote.

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.

Once again, we have an impossible decision to make. Both of these women are veterans who weren't in the tournament last year. Sadly, only one can move on. 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


Christina C.