For Romi, Sunday's final auditions for the Denver Broncos Cheerleaders brought an end to a five-year hiatus from the team, and for others, it offered a whirlwind beginning or another year of continued devotion and excellence.
But for her, it was time to come back.
"It feels surreal. It almost feels like the first time all over again.," she said. "I can't believe it, I am so honored to be back. [...] I'm so honored to be back with a new generation of cheerleaders."
August—when the cheerleaders will return to Sports Authority Field at Mile High to perform at Broncos games—is far off, but the ability to make an impact on lives outside of the stadium means more to her.
"I love performing on the field but what I love the most is the face to face interaction that, as cheerleaders, we get to interact with the entire Denver Broncos community on a local and national and international level," she added. "And it is unbelievable how many people we get to meet and how many lives we get to affect and affect us back in return."
From New Orleans to Hong Kong to cities and towns around Colorado, Broncos cheerleaders have been globetrotters, reaching out to people at each of the levels Romi mentioned, and she's excited to be back in that saddle again.
"It is an unbelievable honor to have the opportunity to once again represent this esteemed, esteemed organization," Romi said. "It truly is the best organization in the NFL and to be an ambassador for this brand is beyond overwhelming and beyond an honor."
Katie M.'s selection to the squad was a return, too, but without the extended break. Rather, she earned her second year with the cheerleaders, which she said is more difficult because "[in] Year 2, you know what you have to lose."
The finalists for Denver Broncos Cheerleaders workout and practice for their finals audition.
So it makes a lot of sense that hearing her name called for the second time made a different feeling from the first.
"[It was] a lot more emotional this year because you want it so bad. You know that it's your entire life and it's your entire passion and not having it, I don't know what I would do. So hearing my number this year was a completely different feeling."
For Jozie, hearing her name called was simply a shock, a dream from which she thought she might awake.
"I just kept checking my number. I was like 'Is it me? Is it me?'" she said. "It's incredible. I've worked really hard and so have these 25 other women. It's hard work and it's all just exploding in one moment so it's just incredible."
While September feels like forever away at this point, the 26 women selected to the team couldn't be more excited.
"I've been ready since it ended," Katie M. said. "We all are ready. I can't wait for the draft and I can't wait for football to start."