Up Up and Away: Vikings Cheerleader Samantha rises up to be cover girl of the “Gold” Swimsuit Calendar

Minnesota Vikings Cheerleader Samantha during the Vikings game against Arizona

When it comes to achieving new heights, Minnesota Vikings Cheerleader Samantha knows all about maximizing one’s altitude, even as a six week-old! First of all, she grew up in Colorado cities at elevations over 5,000 feet. But even those heights were not enough for Samantha and her family. “When I was little, my dad, Bill, was a hot air balloon pilot, just for a fun hobby on the side,” Samantha explains. “Some of my favorite childhood memories involve waking up extremely early on weekends to go ballooning. It was a large part of my childhood and a family tradition, and my aunt is a pilot as well! So we would all get together on weekend, set the balloon up as the sun was rising, take a few flights and then all gather around the tailgate for brunch. It is such a unique hobby, and I am so blessed to have had this as part of my everyday life. My first flight was when I was six weeks old, youngest in Colorado history,” smiles Samantha. “You just cannot beat the tranquility of a hot air balloon ride, and not to mention the beautiful view of the Colorado Rockies!”

So it should be no surprise that the second year Vikings Cheerleader continues to reach new heights in her MVC career, this season as cover girl on the “gold” edition of their two swimsuit calendars. Samantha kindly shared with UltimateCheerleaders her experiences of being part of a football loving family, chasing down NFL cheerleaders for their autographs as a girl, her academic interests (including the first time UltimateCheerleaders mentions ‘Wigger’s diagram’), her passion for travel, and attending university where the two genders are kept three miles apart, at least some of the time.

Samantha’s early life was in Broncos country prior to moving to the land of Vikings. “I was born in Littleton, Colorado, and moved to Boulder, Colorado when I was four, then moved to Minnesota to attend college in 2007, and have been here ever since,” recounts Samantha. “My transition to Minnesota was an easy one, seeing as I have completely fallen in love with the state, and my brother, Willie, lives in Saint Paul. I also have a sister, Jessica who is in Chicago, only a short road trip or flight away!”

Samantha (right) during pre-game

Football fan-hood was family tradition for Samantha, and she began following, literally, the activities of NFL cheerleaders at a young age. “Growing up we had season tickets to the Denver Broncos, and every Sunday my dad and I would get to the games early, go to the Bronco Barn and then literally run around the stadium to try to get ALL the cheerleaders signatures on their poster for that year,” Samantha recalls. “It was our little game to see if we could get all 32 each year. I think that is why I love doing appearances and autograph sessions so much, because I was once that little girl with her dad, stars in her eyes wanting to be an NFL cheerleader, and now, hard to believe that I am that cheerleader!”

Football was not only about being a fan, it created traditions and bonding for Samantha’s family. “Everyone in my family is huge football fans!” Samantha explains. “My parents are still season ticket holders, even though they have moved to a state that does not have a team, and have our original seats from Mile High Stadium! I hope they sell the seats when they tear down the MetroDome, I would definitely buy mine! My brother played growing up. My mom is from Nebraska, so she loves college football and my dad is the biggest Elway fan you will ever meet. It is just part of our family, part of our traditions. I love it! Football was always a family pastime, my brother, sister and I would fight over who got to go to the games with my dad, and if we were not at the games, my mom always had them on in the background while she baked on Sundays. I have lots of great family memories surrounding football,” smiles Samantha.

In addition to her interest in football and the Broncos Cheerleaders, you add a childhood of dance training, and voila, Samantha is on a path to the NFL sidelines herself. “I started dance when I was five years old, with the general technique classes: ballet, tap, jazz, et cetera,” Samantha recounts. “By the time I was in fourth grade, I was taking fourteen hours of classes at the studio each week! I continued studio dance through high school.”

In addition, dance teams became part of Samantha’s school extra-curricular activities. “I then joined my high school dance team as a freshman, and was co-captain sophomore year, captain my junior and senior years,” Samantha says. “Then, I auditioned for my college dance team in Minnesota via video tape, and was a part of that team for two years, but decided to study abroad my junior year in Galway, Ireland, and take senior year off.”

Dancing and teamwork were always a big part of Samantha’s life. I bet she spontaneously jumped, in step, into Riverdance performances in Ireland. In any case, Samantha jumped back into dance once she was back in Minnesota, and to finally hit the NFL sidelines. “I missed dancing, and I missed being part of a team,” Samantha explains. “I have always wanted to be an NFL cheerleader, and I have always been a dancer. So, when I entered into my last semester of college, I decided to try out for the MVC, and fulfill a childhood dream.”

Although Samantha attended try-outs alone, she soon met Blair, who this year is calendar girl for the “Purple” version of the swimsuit calendar. “I was so nervous; I had not danced in over two years, and was worried that I would stick out like a sore thumb,” Samantha recounts. “I remember meeting Blair at open auditions, and we were both there alone, and instantly, I mean INSTANTLY, we became best friends. We helped each other through the process and were rooting for each other to get the call the day after finals at Mall of America.”

“I was beyond shocked when I made it to training camp, through semi-finals, and then even more shocked when I received the call from Tami (Krause, Head Coach and Coordinator for the Minnesota Vikings Cheerleaders) inviting me to the team,” Samantha remembers. “When I received the call, I was actually at my parents’ home in Arkansas, which has TERRIBLE cell reception. So I missed the call, and received a voicemail a quite a bit later. And while listening to said voicemail, I ran around the empty house screaming for joy, while my dog Ellie looked at me like I was some kind of freak! It was so surreal, and still to this day, I sometimes forget that I am ‘living the dream.’ But I am so glad I took the chance, because like the ‘Great One’ says, ‘You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.’ So to all the girls out there who are tentative about fulfilling the childhood dream, I say give it a shot what do you have to lose?!”
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Photo of the Day – November 30


Blair of the Minnesota Vikings Cheerleaders

2013 Warrior Girls Swimsuit Calendar Release Party

The Golden State Warrior Girls unveiled their 2013 Swimsuit Calendar at the Warriors-Timberwolves game on November 24.

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Calgary Stampeder Cheerleaders Perform During the 100th Grey Cup at the Rogers Centre in Toronto

Some great photos of the Outriders from last Sunday’s Grey Cup

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Photo of the Day – November 29


Kendra of the Calgary Stampeders Outriders at the 100th Grey Cup on Sunday

2012-13 Celtics Dancers

The Boston Celtics website has been updated with individual photos and profiles for this year’s edition of the Celtics Dancers. Click here to learn more about the ladies on the team!

Buccaneers Fall By One Point To The Falcons

Here’s some photos from Bucs v Falcons game last Sunday. Second year Kendell was highlighted as “Cheerleader of the Game”. Kendell was a Sundoll Dancer at USF and is presently teaching kindergarten in the Tampa area. Enjoy.


Kendell


Rebecca


Geneva


Lauren


Kari, Kara, Jessie, Kendell and Jeanne


Kasey and Jessica B.


Norie, Jeanne and Sam

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Denver Broncos cheerleaders

9News.com
November 26, 2012

DENVER – Entering their 20th season, the Denver Broncos cheerleaders are one of the premier teams in the National Football League. The Broncos brought cheerleaders back in 1993 after a 17-year absence. DENVER – Entering their 20th season, the Denver Broncos cheerleaders are one of the premier teams in the National Football League. The Broncos brought cheerleaders back in 1993 after a 17-year absence.

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DCC Alum Takes DWTS All-Stars Championship

‘Dancing With the Stars: All Stars’ champ crowned
Yahoo News
11/27/2012

LOS ANGELES (AP) — She was dissed on “The Bachelor” and came in third place during her first stint on “Dancing With the Stars,” but Melissa Rycroft is now a winner.

The reality TV star and her professional dance partner, Tony Dovolani, were named the champions Tuesday on ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars: All Stars.”

The pair beat out fellow finalists (and former champs) actress Kelly Monaco and Olympian Shawn Johnson to claim the sparkly mirror-ball trophy.

Fellow contestants on the show’s first “all-star” season hoisted the new winners into the air as confetti rained down inside the “Dancing With the Stars” ballroom.

On the eve of the final competition, Rycroft said she felt confident and excited.

“I want to feel like a champion,” she said.

Tuesday’s two-hour season finale featured performances by the three finalists and each of the returning cast members: actors Pamela Anderson, Sabrina Bryan, Kirstie Alley and Gilles Marini; singers Joey Fatone and Drew Lachey; race car driver Helio Castroneves; reality TV star Bristol Palin; Olympic skater Apolo Anton Ohno; and football star Emmitt Smith.

Six of those contestants — Johnson, Monaco, Lachey, Ohno, Smith and Castroneves — were previous “Dancing” winners.

Rycroft and Dovolani came into the final contest with a pair of perfect scores. Those points were combined with viewer votes and a last set of judges’ scores for an “instant dance” for which they had less than an hour to prepare.

Rycroft was a contestant on “The Bachelor” in 2009 and first appeared on “Dancing With the Stars” that same year. The 29-year-old also starred in a reality series earlier this year, “Melissa & Tye,” about her marriage to Tye Strickland and their move to Hollywood so she could pursue an entertainment career.

Quick – Someone Get Roger Godell on the Phone

That’s a photo from last Sunday’s Grey Cup, the championship game for the Canadian Football League. Every Grey Cup features cheerleaders from all the CFL teams. They perform at events leading up to the game and the game itself. How awesome would it be if the NFL brought in all their cheerleading squads for the Super Bowl?

  • BC FeLions
  • Calgary Stampeders Outriders
  • Edmonton Eskimos Cheer Team
  • Hamilton Ti-Cats Cheerleaders
  • Montreal Alouttes Cheerleaders
  • Saskatchewan Rider Cheer Team
  • Toronto Argos Cheerleaders
  • Winnipeg Blue Bomber Cheer Team
  • Photo of the Day – November 28


    Laura of the Seattle Sea Gals

    Photos: See a sneak peek at the Dallas Stars Ice Girls 2013 calendar

    Dallas News

    While NHL fans count the days until hockey games return, they should have an easier time doing it with the Dallas Stars Ice Girls 2013 Calendar. Check out images from their annual presentation and find out how you can get a copy of the calendar on each image. [Click here]

    2012-13 Laker Girls

    Click here to check out the 2012-13 Los Angeles Laker Girls!

    Rookies Andi, Mekayla, and Melissa

    Chargers In A Free Fall After Loss To Ravens

    The struggling Chargers hoped to end a two game losing streak, but their efforts were hampered by the arrival of the Baltimore Ravens.  Over the past six weeks, the Chargers had lost five games.  Their only victory was against the lowly Chiefs, who were breaking in a new QB, if memory serves correct.  So Sunday’s game was a chance at redemption.  And for three and a half quarters, the Chargers stifled the Ravens offense and held a small lead.  But as was the case for most of the season, they found a way to lose.

    The Ravens scored 10 points over the last seven minutes to tie the game and then the Chargers gave up the winning field goal with less than two minutes to play in overtime.  Particularly indicative of the Chargers’ ineptitude was the fourth and 29 yards to go play, where a short pass to Raven’s RB Ray Rice turned into a momentum changing first down.  It was an exercise in bad tackling.  Forget the fact that the referees missed an obvious block in the back on Chargers safety Eric Weddle, which sent him to the sidelines for the remainder of the day.  That play was a back breaker.  With new life, the Ravens proceeded to march down the field to score a game tying field goal with three seconds left on the clock in regulation.  The rest was history.

    Edgar Allen Poes – 16  Chargers – 13

    With the loss, the Chargers continued a free fall into oblivion.  A new coach and a new general manager are on the horizon and Charger fans are already looking forward to new leadership…Andy Reid, Bill Cowher, or perhaps Oregon coach Chip Kelly.  Anything.  Anyone.  Someone.  HELP!

    Well, if the Chargers are in a free fall, the Charger Girls are riding high.

    These late November games are a challenge to shoot, at least from where I sit.  Qualcomm stadium is an old baseball ballpark with high lighting stanchions that produce harsh shadows when the sun begins to set.  So with high contrast lighting conditions you get some difficult shooting.  At least the field security staff left me alone, but then again I was using different equipment, but as an able photographer with 30+ years of experience, I was able to adapt.

    So here we go.  Kicking off this week’s coverage are the Line Captains, four talented and beautiful Charger Girls: Lauren O., Kara, Natalie and Marissa.

    Notice the symmetry…not a coincidence.

    I don’t what’s going on, but I got this mojo going on with this week’s Charger Girl of the Day.  It seems like every week I get some exceptional shots of this girl and to get a good shot of a cheerleader, you have to have some sort of connection…between photographer and subject.  And for whatever reason, I always get great results from her…I am not complaining, mind you.  It’s a beautiful thing.  So…for the second time this season, our Charger Girl of the Day is…Angela.

    But enough of my musing on a muse.

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    Cooking With The New Orleans Hornets Honeybees Dancers

    The New Orleans Hornets’ Honeybees can dance, but can they cook a Thanksgiving meal? ABC26 decided to put them to the test.

    News with a Twist’s Kenny Lopez went to Borgne restaurant where these NBA dancers sweetened things up by adding their special ingredient.