Gold Rush cheerleader Megan can be seen making a cameo in a recent commercial promoting DIRECTV’s Red Zone channel. The first-year member of the squad offered this write up on her experience in making the TV spot:
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The field of over 400 women has been narrowed down to the final 70, all with hopes of becoming a member of the 2010 world-famous 49ers Gold Rush presented by Coors Light. All the ladies have gone through two rounds of preliminary auditions on Sunday, a practice on Monday and interviews Wednesday night. Tonight, they will all be asked to perform their routine one more time in addition to a dance they choreographed themselves.
Stay tuned to the blog all throughout the evening for photos.
The judges just had their meeting to go over how the scoring process will work and what they will be looking for when ultimately selecting the squad.
“As a judge, I’m looking for someone who is just going to wow the fans at the stadium,” said Gold Rush director Erin Olmstead. “We want someone who is going to bring some extra energy to their performance. They’ve all been practicing really hard. It’s going to be tough to pull out the standouts, but that’s my job tonight.”
Even the veterans from previous squads have to audition as well and even though they’ve been through this process before, it doesn’t minimize the nerves. Their experience does help them though during the routine that they had to choreograph on their own.
“I’m using some of my old stuff (from past routines),” Johanna said, a former Gold Rush member who had to take last year off. “I have to get that in there. The funny thing is that when you practice it over and over, it automatically changes because you want to put so much into it. Hopefully it come out well.”
Be the first to find out who made the 2010 Gold Rush on Monday right here on 49ers.com.
All photos are courtesy of David Gonzales.
FIRST ROUND (GROUP)
SECOND ROUND (INDIVIDUAL)
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The search begins today to see which women will become members of the 2010 Gold Rush presented by Coors Light. Maples Pavilion at Stanford University is now filled with dancers looking to join the world-famous cheerleading squad. Stay tuned to this blog throughout the day for photos from the auditions! All photos are courtesy of 49ers.com and Brandon Vaccaro photography.
Everyone has learned the first part of the dance and now it is time to perform in front of the judges.
The first round is now complete. The judges’ scores will be calculated and the first group will be cut in half before the second round begins.
“We’re teaching a little bit of the dance routine, checking out their crowd appeal, their energy and seeing if they have what it takes to make the squad,” said Erin Olmstead, director of the 49ers Gold Rush. “They perform in groups of three in front of our esteemed judges panel and then wait to see if their name is called. Those girls are welcome to stay and learn another routine so they can go through the whole process again. Hopefully their number will be called again at the end of the day as we announce our finalists.”
The members of the 2009 Gold Rush will have to re-audition as well. They were given a bye for the first round and will rejoin the group to learn the entire routine shortly. We’ll keep you updated with more photos as the second round begins.
LEARNING SECOND HALF OF THE ROUTINE
All the ladies are making their way down to the court now to perform the entire routine in front of the judges.
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The day is finally here for the beginning of the 10th Annual Celebrity Winter Fest, a great event presented by Thomson Reuters benefiting the 49ers Foundation. Guests began to check in around noon and once again, there’s gorgeous weather up here at The Resort at Squaw Creek. I’ll keep you updated on the blog throughout the conclusion of the event Sunday morning.
Former 49ers defensive lineman Dwaine Board just checked in. All guests go straight to the registration desk and then down to the Maui Jim kiosk to pick up their Maui Jim sunglasses. Josh Morgan should arrive in about and hour so I’ll have more info when he arrives. There is a reception scheduled for 6:00 tonight, followed by a S’mores roasting session out on the deck. Stay tuned!
Offensive linemen Adam Snyder and Cody Wallace just checked in at the hotel. Snyder had his hands full, pushing the stroller for his son Kael. This will be Snyder’s fourth time attending the Celebrity Winter Fest as it’s become a tradition he looks forward to.
“It’s a great group of people and we’re supporting a great foundation,” Snyder said. “Being a part of this is really special for us. My wife does a lot of work with the 49ers Academy and we enjoy being around this great group of people.”
Snyder, a native of Southern California, is also an avid surfer, but hasn’t yet seen if his skills riding the waves can translate to the slopes.
“Playing football, I’ve never had the chance to do it,” Snyder said. “I think my skills would translate well though.”
Last year, Snyder’s son was too young to play in the snow, but this year, he’s become much more adventurous.
“This is his second year up here,” Snyder said. “Now he’s walking and he might have a little more fun this year running in the snow. We brought him some shovels to play with so it should be a really nice stay up here.”
Add in great food, lots of fun activities and terrific local wines and it’s a time everyone can enjoy.
Josh Morgan just checked in, see the photo above. The evening reception is underway so I have to run in there to make the last hour, then off to roast the perfect s’more.
I just got back to my room after a highly entertaining evening. After a reception featuring excellent food, Josh Morgan and Cody Wallace got competitive by the fire pit to see who could make the best s’more. Wallace went with two helpings of chocolate on his first attempt and immediately regretted his decision while Morgan was just focused on completing the task since it was his first time making the fireside treat. The Gold Rush also assisted some of the children at the event and made a few for themselves as well. Here’s a few more photos from the evening below. Things get started again early tomorrow, so stay tuned for more updates.
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