For most college athletes the life balance begins with student and ends with athlete. For the University of Colorado women’s volleyball student-athlete Emily DeMure that balance has a third fold, Miss Colorado USA 2020.
The redshirt junior claimed the title of Miss Colorado USA 2020 after a crazy four-day span that included two volleyball matches and three days of pageantry work. DeMure was a part of the Buffs’ Thursday match against Washington State on Oct. 24 and practiced with the team Friday before heading to Greeley to begin competition in the Miss Colorado USA 2020 pageant.
After a full day of work on Saturday with pageant interview and rehearsals, DeMure left Greeley early Sunday morning with hair rollers still in and full makeup to return to Boulder for the match against Washington.
After the Buffs battled with the Huskies, DeMure made a mad dash for Greeley and sprinted to the finals of the pageant where she was later crowned Miss Colorado USA 2020.
“I blanked out,” said DeMure when asked on her feeling after she had won. “I know I turned around and thanked all the other competitors but I was in such awe and felt overwhelmingly blessed that it didn’t really process. It had been a very long weekend! I am very thankful and honored to be crowned and have the support of not only my teammates but my fellow competitors and family.”
With the title comes more time and responsibility, something a college athlete is fairly used to. DeMure will compete in the televised Miss USA 2020 competition on Fox this spring but before then she will have opportunities to do charity work, work with local non-profits, youth organizations and hospitals in her formal role. Balancing that with homework and practice, DeMure has a full-slate every day.
“I’m fortunate to have a very good support staff, from Future Productions to my parents, my grammy and teammates,” said DeMure. One thing I’ve learned from collegiate athletics is prioritizing my time and making sure everything I’m doing is worth my time and ultimately helping me reach my goals. If I have an hour off I’m not going to use it to go watch Netflix, I’d rather go take a yoga class. Some people will stay up until 2 a.m. on the weekends hanging out, I’m staying up to 2 a.m. doing homework. On a rare occasion that we don’t have weights or training throughout the week but we do have practice, that evening I’ll do my homework while I walk on the treadmill so that way I am moving the lactic acid in my legs, getting a workout and prioritizing my homework.”
Pageantry is something DeMure is newer at than some but familiar with as her mother competed in high school for scholarship money. DeMure sought the same goal when she began pageant work, succeeding when she won Miss Placer County in 2017 where she advanced to the Miss California USA competition. In preparation for Miss Colorado USA, she began working with her grandmother on interview prep and continuing her physical work through volleyball.