Thirteen women entered the 2013 IFBB Tournament of Champions Figure competition in hopes of qualifying for the Olympia. The event was the last opportunity to qualify for the IFBB Pro League’s biggest competition. For the competitors the stakes were high but clear… Win and you’re in. Finish in the top five and you collect points in the Olympia Point Series. Leading into today’s show, mathematically, only three women could qualify via the point system. Victoria Adelus, Kim Sheppard and Candice John were in position to leave with a ticket to the big show even if they didn’t win but did finish in the top four.
They were locked in a three-way tie for sixth place. Each had 7 points and needed two or more points to get in (fifth only offers one point). This is where things get a bit more interesting. Should one of them win, then it would come down to who finished the highest of the other two. That’s exactly how it played out in Culver City this evening.
Candice John has been competing for most of the year and her placings have been a bit of a roller coaster. She was 13th at the Figure International in March but followed it up with a third place finish at the Pittsburgh Pro. She was fifth in Toronto but dropped to 16th in Tampa. One week later she moved up to 6th at the Dallas Europa and then last week improved to 3rd at the Valenti Cup. She was the unanimous winner on the judges’ scoresheet and leaves with an Olympia qualification. This is Candice’s second pro victory, her first pro win was the 2012 Pittsburgh Pro. Candice will enjoy the victory for a short bit but then it’s on to the Olympia where she’ll look to break the top 10 for the first time.
Victoria Adelus has been constantly improving the little details throughout the year. Her biggest challenge had been coming in full and not looking too stringy. She seemed to find the right formula in her previous two shows and came to California looking sharp. Unfortunately, Victoria came up just short and had to settle for third. There’s no shame in third however when one placing determines your fate for the Olympia, it has to be bitter sweet. Kim Sheppard had her best finish as a pro with the second place finish. She was 4th at last week’s Valenti Cup and before that was in 12th at the Dallas Europa. Kim had a pair of top five finishes earlier in the year with a 4th in Omaha and 3rd at the California pro. The second place finish earned her enough points to qualify for the Olympia.
Sasha Brown had her highest finish in her pro career in fourth and rounding out the top five was Latorya Watts. Latorya was just one point behind Sasha for fifth. Latorya has consistently been in the top spots since winning the 2013 NPC USA overall figure title.
Prejudging photos on NPCnewsonline.com.
2013 The Tournament of Champions Pro Figure Results:
1. Candice John
2. Kim Sheppard
3. Victoria Adelus
4. Sasha Brown
5. Latorya Watts
6. Vicki Dowell
7. Bjoana Vasiljevic
8. Beckie Boddie
9. Julie Mayer-Hyman
10. Alissa Parker
11. Olga Morales
12. Donna Lisa Rapoza
13. Karina Grau
Prejudging Callouts via Ron Avidan:
1st Callout: Victoria Adelus, Kim Sheppard, Sasha Brown, Candice John
2nd Callout: Beckie Boddie, Vicki Dowell, Julie Mayer-Hyman, Latorya Watts, Bojana Vasiljevic, Sasha Brown
3rd Callout: Karina Grau, olga Morales, Alissa Parker, DonnaLisa Rapoza
4th Callout: Victoria Adelus, Kim Sheppard, Candice John
Figure Olympia Point Series Top 5 and qualified for the Olympia.
1. Kamla Macko 16
2. Natalie Waples 13
2. Swann Cardot 13
2. Allison Frahn 13
5. Kim Sheppard 11
The next IFBB Pro show will be the Olympia in Las Vegas, Nevada. For more information on the Olympia visit mrolympia.com.