2012 NPC Pittsburgh Bodybuilding, Fitness, Figure, Bikini & Physique Championships & IFBB Pittsburgh Pro Bikini, Figure & Fitness will take place this weekend and it’s shaping up to be a record breaking event.
The NPC show is one of the only national qualifiers where you will be judged by head NPC and IFBB judges. It looks to be a record breaking event with over 275 competitors entered. Those in attendance will see champion bodybuilders Phil Heath, Jay Cutler, Dexter Jackson, Branch Warren Kai Greene, Dennis Wolfe, and more guest pose at the night show. A number of vendors will be on hand providing supplement samples at the venue.
Prejudging begins at 9 a.m. on Saturday May 5, 2012.
Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum Trust
4141 Fifth Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
This is a great group of women and each division will be highly competitive. The winner of each division will receive an Olympia invite and the top five will collect points towards a trip to the Olympia.
Despite the low turn out we should see some entertaining routines. I look for Danielle Ruban to be in the top spot for the 2-piece round with Jodi Boam leading the way in the routines. Whitney Jones will be making her pro debut and will be looking for an Olympia birth the first time out of the gate. Another new-comer is Fiona Harris who competed at the 2012 Arnold Amateur earlier this year. Kizzy Vaines and Boam are the only competitors with a pro win in this line-up. The women of Canada stepped up for this show and props to them for competing. If more women don’t enter future shows, promoters will no longer add the division to their shows.
IFBB Pittsburgh Pro Fitness Competitors
1. Jodi Boam (Ontario, Canada)
2. Allison Ethier (Quebec, Canada)
3. Fiona Harris (Ontario, Canada)
4. Michelle Gales (Union City, Georgia)
5. Whitney Jones (Chandler, Arizona)
6. Danielle Ruban (Ontario, Canada)
7. Kizzy Vaines (United Kingdom)
8. Nikki Venzara (Orlando, Florida)
9. Sheri Vucick (Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington)
The top five here will be competitive. Look for Jamie DeBenard, Candice John, Gennifer Strobo an Ann Titone to be leading the way. I like Chikondi Mseka and Candice Lewis’ physiques and would like to see them compared in that first call-out. If I was a gambling man, I’d put my wager on that being your top six but we’ll have to see if there is a dark horse who can shake things up this weekend.
IFBB Pittsburgh Pro Figure Competitors
1. Natalie Calland (Hilliard, Ohio)
2. Andrea Cantone (Peabody, Massachusetts)
3. Becky Clawson (Columbus, Ohio)
4. Jami DeBernard (Granite Bay, California)
5. Thea Erichsen (Oslo, Norway)
6. Maria Jose Garcia (Spain)
7. Marie Gibbon (Cincinnati, Ohio)
8. Ryan Hays-Althoff (High Point, North Carolina)
9. Tara Hollingsworth (Alabaster, Alabama)
10. Candice John (Trinidad, West Indies)
11. Candice Lewis (Chandler, Arizona)
12. Tamara Montoya (Lake Havasu City, Arizona)
13. Chikondi Mseka (Washington DC)
14. Kiana Phi (Hillsboro, Oregon)
15. Tiffany Procopio (Millersville, Maryland)
16. Tamara Ribeiro-Bailey (Trinidad, West Indies)
17. Kimberly Sheppard (Katy, Texas)
18. Gennifer Strobo (Daytona Beach, Florida)
19. Gloria Tarpley (Gahanna, Ohio)
20. Ann Titone (St. Louis, Missouri)
21. Janet Lynn West (Ellicott City, Maryland)
This is going to be a very competitive show with leading ladies Jaime Baird and India Paulino as the odds on favorites to take top honors. Look for Tawna Eubanks and Diana Graham to be compared to them in the first call-out. A couple dark horses who could come in and shake things up in their pro debuts… Kristal Martin and Crystal Matthews. Both of these women are taller and have a fresh look. Martin will have one of the best booties in the bikini line-up. Tabitha Klausen and Yeshaira Robles will also be ones to watch at a top five finish. Marcela Tribin has stunning good looks however will have a battle to hang with the top five here. If she crack the top 10 in her pro debut it will be a success. Candy Agundez informed me that she would not be competing in this show.
IFBB Pittsburgh Pro Bikini Competitors
1. Candy Agundez (El Cajon, California)
2. Maria Luisa Baeza-Diaz (Chile)
3. Jaime Baird (Orlando, Florida)
4. Tawna Eubanks (Dallas, Texas)
5. Diana Graham (Duvall, Washington)
6. Brooke Hameier (Spring, Texas)
7. Janet Harding (Yardley, Pennsylvania)
8. Melinda Janiszewski (Atlanta, Georgia)
9. Lexi Kaufman (Dublin, Ohio)
10. Tabitha Klausen Leandri (Madison, Connecticut)
11. Marisa Lee (Atlanta, Georgia)
12. Kristal Martin (Gaithersburg, Maryland)
13. Crystal Matthews (Denver, Colorado)
14. Nicole Moneer (Schaumburg, Illinois)
15. Samantha Morris (Brandon, Florida)
16. Heather Nappi (Novi, Michigan)
17. Khanh Nguyen (Austin, Texas)
18. India Paulino (Pembroke Pines, Florida)
19. Jessica Pendergrast (Auckland, New Zealand)
20. Kristy Robbins (Palm Harbor, Florida)
21. Yeshaira Robles (Bronx, New York)
22. Marcela Tribin (Columbia)
Who do you think will win the divisions?