IFBB Figure Pro and popular fitness model, Nicole Wilkins announced on facebook that she would not be defending her Figure International title in 2013. Nicole has been greeted by Arnold Schwarzenegger, co-promoter of the event, the past three years with the first place trophy and coveted winner’s jacket. Nicole shared with her fans that she’ll be taking some time off from competing to make improvements to her physique. Look for her to be back on stage in the summer of 2013.
For the past five years, the Monday after Thanksgiving always marks the first day of my prep for the Arnold Classic. But not this year – because, since 2008, I’ve decided to sit out the event. For the first time since I’ve been a pro, I’m going to give myself a longer off-season to make the improvements I feel are necessary to get my physique where I want it to be to hopefully win back the Figure Olympia title.
For those of you who will be in Columbus, I will be too – just at the Met-Rx booth and not on stage. I’m sure it will be hard watching all of the other girls competing that weekend, but I know this is the right decision for me at this time. And I know I’ll be back on the Arnold Classic Figure International stage in 2014 going for title No. 4!
Thank you to Fitness Management Group (FMG), my trainer Kim Oddo and MET-Rx for supporting me with this decision. Here’s to a great 2013!
The IFBB Pro Figure division was added to the Arnold Sports Festival in 2003 and continues to be one of the most popular women’s events. A new champion crowned at the 2013 Figure International, making one happy woman the 6th title-holder in the event’s history.
Figure International Champions:
2003 – Jenny Lynn
2004 – Jenny Lynn
2005 – Jenny Lynn
2006 – Mary Elizabeth Lado
2007 – Mary Elizabeth Lado
2008 – Gina Aliotti
2009 – Zivile Raudoniene
2010 – Nicole Wilkins
2011 – Nicole Wilkins
2012 – Nicole Wilkins
For more information on the Figure International and the 25th Anniversary of the Arnold Sports Festival visit, www.arnoldsportsfestival.com.