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Keene Stays Consistent with Win in Australia – 2013 Australia Pro Results

Candice Keene was able to keep her conditioning while traveling to Australia just one week after winning the Figure International. Candice took top honors and in doing so dethroned the reigning Aussie Figure champ, Erin Stern. Erin finished in second with Candice Lewis in third. Rounding out the top five was Mallory Haldeman and Rinnah Schmid. The top four were consistent with last week’s Figure International placings. This show was Rinnah Schmid’s IFBB pro debut.

View photos from the show here.

2013 Australia Pro Figure Results:
1. Candice Keene
2. Erin Stern
3. Candice Lewis
4. Mallory Haldeman
5. Rinnah Schmid
6. Amanda Doherty
7. Yoko Washington
8. Asher Prior
9. Laura Keddi
10. Summer Bernard
11. Darlene Escano
12. Kristy Thompson
13. Nuria Novoa

Candice Keene Finishes Strong – 2013 Figure International Results

The 2013 Figure International was chalked full of upsets and surprises. Heading into the contest it looked to be a showdown between Erin Stern and Candice Keene. Candice was looking to step out of Erin’s shadow and with the 2012 champ (Nicole Wilkins) sitting out, it was the perfect opportunity. Candice not only won but she did so with an unanimous decision on the judges’ scorecards.


Candice was clearly on the money and she posed with confidence and a little swagger. She is right at the line with muscularity. Any more and it will be too much and when you carry more muscle you have to find the perfect balance in conditioning to not look too hard and not appear too soft. Candice found that balance and left the stage a winner. The night was particularly special because not only did she get to shake hands with Arnold but she did so on her birthday. It’s safe to say that will be a memorable birthday for Candice.

One of the upsets of the night was Heather Dees finishing in second over the reigning Ms. Olympia. Heather edged out Erin by one point and positioned herself as one of the top contenders in the division. Erin was a little flat and not quite as sharp as she was at the Olympia. Heather has shaved off some muscle over the last year to year and a half and it’s helped in her placings. It’s human nature to compare the competitors to their best and it appeared everyone did that in this case. Erin being off her best and Heather being at her best helped set the stage for the upset.

Candice Lewis picked up where she left off in 2012. She brought a new look to the stage but with the same great shape. Candice’s challenge is keeping her legs down so they don’t overpower her physique. She seemed a little bit “deer in the headlights” at times with her stage presence but who wouldn’t be their first time on the Arnold stage?

Mallory Haldeman also continued her top five form at this show. Mallory hasn’t even been a pro for a full year and already she’s positioned herself as a top 6 contender in the Arnold and Olympia. Mallory needs to put on a bit more size and improve her stage presence. She’s a little shallow in her back and when she fills out her frame a bit you’ll see her move up.

Rounding out the top 6 in quiet form was Camala Rodriquez. Camala has nice shape and found a good balance with her conditioning. Many in attendance thought it could go either way between 5-7 placings. Ava Cowan was on the outside looking in as she finished in 7th. Ava brought one of her better physiques we’ve seen yet missed out on the top spots.

2013 Figure International Results:
1. Candice Keene
2. Heather Dees
3. Erin Stern
4. Candice Lewis
5. Mallory Haldeman
6. Camala Rodriguez
7. Ava Cowan
8. Gennifer Strobo
9. Cheryl Brown
10. Kamla Macko
11. Ann Titone
12. Aleisha Hart
13. Candice John
14. Nicole Sims
15. Alea Suarez
16. Giada Simari
16. Natalie Waples
16. Olga Morales

View competition photos of all the competitors on


Candice Keene’s Pre-show Practices

Leading contender for the Figure International crown, Candice Keene shares some of her tips to stay sane during contest prep. She shares her current book of choice, iPad app for visualization and more. Read what Candice is doing in the final days before heading to Columbus for the Arnold Sports Festival.


Hey All!

Another week down, another week to go! This point in the “last leg” of prep is very crucial, not only physical but mental as well. As we all know, the closer the show the lower the carbs go… aka brain fog and zombified Lol. Since I have a tendency to forget what I need to do at times, I have been Mind Mapping what I need to get done going into the show. Mind Mapping is awesome! It helps me organize and break down my tasks for school and prep, etc. It is a powerful visual thinking tool to keep the mind organized, free from becoming overwhelmed, and lessen that brain fog!

For those of you iPad owners, there is an app called iThoughts. This also helps with visualizing goals and planning ahead.

Speaking of visualizing, another thing I do before each show is create a vision board. Even though I have the imagery in my head, the actual practice and engagement of taking part in the vision board creation is very powerful. By looking through magazine clipping, quotes etc., your mind is allowed to be “set free” and you become creative with it. The purpose of vision boards or goal writing is to “put it out there.” I believe by putting it out there, it will come back to you.

Another important thing I do before shows is positive self-talk practice imagery, or visualization… Super Important!! So those are a few of my preshow practices I like to do to keep on track and to keep my head right! Remember, the mind is a powerful tool…be sure to use it right and to your advantage!

A week from today I will be in C-Bus!!

Until Next time!! Xo CK

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Candice Keene’s Hardbody Road to the Arnold: Life is a Journey – Learn from It

Figure International contender, Candice Keene checks in just a couple weeks out from the big show in Columbus. The IFBB Figure Pro shares what her state of mind is like and what her mantra is for 2013. Read what’s happening in Candice’s world as she prepares for her first show of the year.


Hey Guys!

I know I’m a little late updating you all on my Road to the Arnold. (Sorry!!!)  These last two weeks have went by so fast and have been so busy that it kind of felt only a week went by! It’s craziness I tell you!  I have to look at my calendar to remind myself what day it is frequently. Three weeks to go till I hit the stage! I am sooo excited for this show too! Everything seems to be falling into place: Right frame of mind, already on point physically, my determination to be my best is on fire, and there is just something about the year 2013 that gets me full of excitement just thinking about it. Maybe because I AM READY!  I am ready to take on whatever comes my way.  I am ready to finally come into my own.  Each year I think I have finally figured myself out, but each following year I continue to prove myself wrong.  I am constantly discovering new things about myself.. Love it!

Life is a journey; a journey to enjoy, but also to learn from.  Every day is a learning experience. Every day I find something new about myself.  As of right now, my inner-self is telling me to listen to those tiny thoughts in the back of my head, and to listen and trust my gut. Also to not be afraid to look blindly ahead, to jump, and to trust that whatever lies ahead will be nothing short of amazing.  You never know what ‘could be’ unless you take that first step into whatever it is you want to do or become.

Anyhoo, I hope everyone is enjoying their week!  I have tons of studying to do the next week. Had my first exam the other day, one tomorrow, and one next week…so focused I must be!  Sometimes people ask how I manage to do school, compete, and my business… Well, don’t think about everything on your plate…you just DO IT!!

My words of wisdom for the week: “Pay attention to your heart, your mind, and your gut…they usually never lie!”

Until Next Time!! ~CK

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Lead image courtesy of Candice Keene.

Seven Ways to Find Balance in Your Week with Candice Keene

Candice Keene is juggling college classes and preparing for the 2013 Figure International. She checks in this week to share her top seven ways to find balance. She shares what works for her and how you can implement them into your daily routine.


This week demanded extra thought, preparation, and being sure to sticking to my planned schedule. This is where to-do lists are extremely handy! This is the second week of classes so everything is on the up and up. Last week was course overview, add/drop etc. This gave me a little room to run those extra errands that I’ve been meaning to do, or write up a few more game plans to conquer over the next 5/6 weeks, and hustle some ProCakez. I am taking two on-campus classes and two online classes. As much as the online classes seem convenient, they can actually bite the dust if you’re not on top of it! Previous semesters I have crashed and burned with the online courses… thinking, “Oh I’ll do it tomorrow,” or “I’ll catch up the past few weeks this weekend.” Ummmm… NO! Lol about pulling your hair out! And the closer a show approaches, forget about it!

I started going back to school the same time I started competing, so I’ve been able to juggle and balance it all pretty well..but man, it can be a biotch! Lol 
So, by creating a weekly schedule that you HAVE to be disciplined enough to follow, creating detailed to-do lists (detailed because when you are taking 4 classes, the brain tends to forget a lot especially when the carbs drop lol), and creating a repetitive habitual daily practice, this just makes life a hell of a lot easier. By not stressing as much, you are able to keep your cortisol levels in check, which we all know how detrimental high cortisol levels can be to fat loss!

Also, just as important as external balance is, internal balance is just as important if not more so. If there is internal chaos mentally, spiritually, emotionally… you can never perform optimally in what you are trying to do in your external life. It’s all about BALANCE. 
So to sum up my balance mechanisms and then some, here are my top seven ways to achieve all over homeostasis:

1. Prepare -  Have one day in the week (preferably Sunday) to prepare bulk quantities of food to last through the week.

2. Set aside a quiet hour for you to brainstorm and reflect on what you need to do for the week ahead (school, job, training, misc errands etc). Then create a daily schedule with daily to-do’s within them.

3. Listen to positive audio or read self-help books at least one hour a day to keep your mind in check.

4. Visualize your end goal everyday as a constant reminder to yourself to not slack with your schedule and your to-do’s. Remember, consistency is key.

5. Have a little girl time with the gals. Even if it’s a weekly track workout, you still have that communication and support from your besties.

6. Find time for weekly yoga and massage. These will ensure a calm state of mind.

7. And finally, practice Gratitude.

Have a great booty kicking week everyone!! 
 Until next time!


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Lead image courtesy of Candice Keene.




Follow Hardbody Candice Keene’s Road to the Arnold

Candice Keene grew up in Phoenix, Arizona but she currently calls Orlando home. The IFBB Figure pro has steadily improved her physique since turning pro in 2008 and has positioned herself as one of the top contenders in every show she enters. This year’s trip to the Figure International will be her third and she’s got her eye on the top spot. Candice hits on maintaining balance during her prep, something every competitor can relate to. Follow Candice’s Road to The Arnold here on Hardbody.



Candice Keene – 2013 Figure International Contender
Hello Everyone!! My name is Candice and I’m from Phoenix, Arizona and currently reside in Orlando, Florida. I have been competing for a little over four years with my first show being in November 2008. I have competed in four full seasons as a pro and 2013 will be my 5th! This year will be my third consecutive year competing at the Figure International and super excited! I love everything about the Arnold. It’s an exciting weekend full of awesome energy. It’s always within days of my birthday, but this year it falls ON my birthday!!:-)

My last show of the 2012 season was the Arnold Classic Spain in Madrid. What a beautiful city Madrid is! Before that were the Olympia and the Sheru Classic. What keeps me motivated for the first show of the year is just that… The first show of the season. I strive to be better than I was at the end of my previous season. If I know I improve each year with my personal best, to me that’s constant success. 🙂

The big weekend is 7 weeks away, and like always… they will go fast! My main challenge I usually face with typically all my show preps is BALANCE. Balance is very important for any success. I balance going to school full time, training and dieting, as well as keeping up with my business. I make ProCakez, which are protein meal replacement cakes (which are amazing!) I have a pretty consistent demand for them in my gym, so by making sure I am able to balance all these aspects, helps me tremendously with not getting overwhelmed.

Each week I will keep you all posted as to how my prep is going, how well i am able to balance everything, and how sane I am remaining lol. 😛
But most importantly, by keeping a clear head, remain optimistic even on those challenging days, and surround yourself in a healthy environment… becoming a Wonder Woman gets a little easier each day. 😉

Until next time!! Xoxo

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Keene Stays Sharp and Wins in Phoenix – Complete Figure Results

Candice Keene notched her second IFBB Pro Figure win tonight at the Phoenix Pro. Candice was on the money and ended up in the money when the dust settled tonight. Everyone was in agreement that she deserved the win and takes some momentum into the Olympia. View photos from the show here.

Jamie DeBernard who turned pro at the 2011 NPC USA made a strong showing when she debuted in Dallas and took that head of steam into Arizona. She edged out Alea Suarez by one point. Alea was much improved from Dallas and it paid off. She will head to her first Olympia as with Jamie.

Felicia Romero was not at her best but will look to regroup and get back in the mix come Olympia time. Felicia finished fourth just ahead of Heather Dees who has been competing since the Spring. Heather wasn’t quite as sharp as I’ve seen her earlier in the year. Alicia Harris who wasn’t at her best but still very good finished in sixth. I would have had Alicia a bit higher but if she can sharpen up just a bit heading into the Olympia she will be a contender.

1. Candice Keene*
2. Jami DeBernard*
3. Alea Suarez*
4. Felicia Romero
5. Heather Dees
6. Alicia Harris
7. Elisha Archibald
8. Kaylen McKenzie
9. Eleni Plakitsi
10. Crystal Chiles
11. Heather Grace
12. Sarah Dominguez
13. Michele Mayberry
14. Natalie Calland
15. Teresita Morales
16. Ann Pratt
16. Chelsey Morgenstern
16. Deborah Denio
16. Emily Nicholson
16. Jennifer DeJoya
16. Karly Woodle
16. Kiana Phi
16. Kimberly Sheppard
16. Lisa Maloy
16. Mikaila Soto
16. Mikhaylova Natalia
16. Raechelle Chase
16. Stefanie Bambrough
16. Tamee Marie

*Qualifies for the 2011 Olympia.

Check out photos from the Figure competition here.

Figure Olympian Candice Keene – Believe in Yourself

IFBB Figure Pro Candice Keene is heading to her first Olympia next week. She was kind enough to answer a few questions for a interview. Find out how what she’s eating, how’s she training and more.


What’s the biggest mistake you learned in your first year as a pro?
To not blow up after a show! My 1st year as a pro was pretty much my 1st year competing too, so I was still getting ‘familiar’ with my body and post show indulgences. You need to be careful not to take too far because it could potentially hurt your conditioning for your next show.

Read the full interview on

2016 Arnold Sports Competitors – Invites Announced

The 2016 Arnold Sports Invite lists have been published and the line-ups are stacked. We’ll dive into these more in the coming weeks. Congratulations to all who made the list. Happy Dieting!

2016 Arnold Sports IFBB Pro Invite Lists

2016 Arnold Fitness International Competitors
Michelle Blank
Myriam Capes
Regiane da Silva
Giorgia Foroni
Ryall Graber
Oksana Grishina
Tanji Johnson
Whitney Jones
Piia Pajunen
Ashley Sebera
Missy Terwilliger
Bethany Wagner

2016 Arnold Figure International Competitors
Andrea Calhoun
Heather Dees
Amanda Doherty
Janaina Ferreira da Silva
Allison Frahn
Cydney Gillon
Candice Keene
Candice Lewis-Carter
Julie Mayer
Tina Nguyen
Adela Ondrejovicova
Camala Rodriquez McClure
Gennifer Strobo
Latorya Watts

2016 Arnold Bikini International Competitors
Narmin Assria
Sara Back
Christina Fjaere
Margaret Gnarr
Adriana Hill
Courtney King
Janet Layug
Brandy Leaver
Stephanie Mahoe
Justine Munro
India Paulino
Michelle Sylvia
Angelica Teixeira

2016 Arnold Women’s Physique International Competitors (not an invite list this year)
Jacklyn Abram
Alicia Alfaro Mesa
Olga Beliakova
Star Blaylock
Ladrissa Bonivel
Roshanna Boswell
Andrea Boudreaux
Tara Brandt
Benincia Bueno Lopez
Billie Cavalier
Margarita Charaim
Valentina Cheptiga
Robin Connell
Jill Dearmin
Angela Debatin
Claudia Gabriela de Leon Pardo
Kristina Dybdahl Farnsworth
Paula Frega
Sherri Gray
Lenore Gregson
Tannaz Halekzadeh
Lisette Halpin Acevedo
Jennifer Hernandez
Tracy Hess
Tonya Hooker
Melanie Horton
Leah Johnson
Candrea Judd Adams
Anne Marie Kam
Erika Kikuchi
Alisa LaMay
Klaudia Larson
Carrie Lawyer
Dolly Lazarre
Zoa Linsey
Jehina Malik
Jody May
Donna McGinn
Tara Mitchell
Teresita Morales
Geraldine Morgan
Kira Neuman
Akane Nigro Ismeal
Mindi O’Brien
Minna Pajulahti
Jennifer Palazzo
Ester Parisi
Paloma Parra
Toni Perdikakas
Dona Pohl
Danielle Reardon
Lisa Marie Sanders
Ida Sefland
Susan Marie Smith
Mikaila Soto
Alicia Spearman
Autumn Swansen
Mascha Tieken
Nola Trimble
Tamee Marie Uphoff
Gillian Ward
Tracy Weller
Toni West
Marnee Winn
Shelly Yakimchuk

2016 Arnold Classic Competitors
Fouad Abiad
Evan Centopani
Maxx Charles
Justin Compton
Tony Freeman
Kai Greene
Johnnie O Jackson
Josh Lenartowicz
Cedric McMillan
Cody Montgomery
Juan Morel
Branch Warren
Lukas Wyler

2016 Arnold Classic 212 Competitors
Guy Cisternino
Charles Dixon
David Henry
Kyung Won Kang
Cory Mathews
Angel Manual Rangel Vargas
Jose Raymond
Hidetada Yamagishi

2016 Arnold Classic Men’s Physique Competitors (not an invite list this year)
William Anin
Duane Brickhouse
Anthony Brigman
George Brown
Stanislas DeLongeaux
Chad Demchik
Michael Dougherty
Raymont Edmonds
Chris Ellis
Michael Ferguson
Darnell Ferguson
Andre Ferguson
Timothy Feuling
Cameron Gardner
Xavisus Gayden
Robert Giles
Frank Griffin
Sean Harley
Shannon Haynes
Brandon Hendrickson
Michael Johnson
Chris Johnson
Andre Johnson
Brett Kahn
David Kampfe
Joseph Lee
Eren Legend
Jacques Lewis
Tone Martin
T.A. Martin
Chris Mosher
Darnell Moss
Freddy Naidu
Nick Olsen
Tonnell Rodrigue
Ani Saliasi
Ryan Terry
Shannon Thomas
Marco Achille Gandolfi Vannini
Derrick Wade
Antoine Williamson
Matthew Wold

Two-Time Champ Kai Greene To Compete In 2016 Arnold Classic

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Two-time Arnold Classic champion Kai Greene will compete in Columbus for the first time since 2010 when he headlines a field of 13 of the world’s best professional men’s bodybuilders at the 2016 Arnold Classic, the Arnold Sports Festival announced today.

The Arnold Sports Festival and the IFBB Pro League today announced the invited athletes who will compete in the Arnold Classic, Arnold Classic 212, Fitness International, Figure International and Bikini International. The Arnold Classic Men’s Physique and Women’s Physique International contests are open in 2016 and will feature more than 100 combined athletes. All events will be held March 4-5 at the 2016 Arnold Sports Festival.

Greene won the Arnold Classic in 2009 and 2010 and finished second in Arnold Classic Europe in 2013. He also finished second in the Olympia in 2012, 2013 and 2014 but did not compete in any IFBB Pro League contests in 2014. Branch Warren, who won the Arnold Classic in 2011 and 2012, is also among the field of 13. Lukas Wyler earned an automatic invitation for winning the 2015 Arnold Amateur and Fouad Abiad earned an invitation with his win at the 2015 Europa Orlando. In the Arnold Classic 212, defending champion Jose Raymond leads a field of 8 professionals. Hidetada Yamagishi, who finished second in 2015, and Charles Dixon, who finished fifth last year, are also in the field.

In the Fitness International, two-time defending champion Oksana Grishina and 2013 winner Tanji Johnson headline a field of 12. Grishina also finished first in the Arnold Classic Europe in 2014 and 2015 and has won seven straight IFBB Pro League contests. Arnold Amateur champion Giorgia Fiorini earned an automatic invitation to her first Fitness International.

In the Figure International, defending champion Camala Rodriguez-McClure and Candice Keene, who won in Columbus in 2013 and 2014, lead a field of 14. Janaina Ferreira da Silva, who won the overall at the Arnold Amateur in 2015, earned an automatic invitation.

There will be a new champion in the Bikini International after Ashley Kaltwasser, the event’s only two-time champion, did not enter. Justine Munro, who finished second in 2015, and Janet Layug, third last year, lead a field of 13. India Paulino, who finished fourth last year, is also expected to contend.
For the first time, the Arnold Classic Men’s Physique and Women’s Physique International contests are open and do not require an invitation. More than 40 will compete in Arnold Classic Men’s Physique and more than 60 will compete in Women’s Physique International. Visit for the complete competitor lists.

The Arnold Classic 212, Fitness International, Figure International and Physique International will be held on Friday, March 4, 2016; while the Arnold Classic, Arnold Classic Men’s Physique and Bikini International will be held on Saturday, March 5, 2016 with prejudging and finals at Battelle Grand.

2015 IFBB Kentucky Muscle Pro Results

The IFBB Kentucky Muscle Pro results are in from Louisville, Kentucky. This event featured Men’s Physique and Women’s Figure. Christina Woodward from Virginia Beach, Virginia was the unanimous winner in the Figure competition. Coming in second was Cassandra Carpenter with Candice Keen rounding out the top there. Scott Rowe from New Zealand took home top honors in the Men’s Physique competition with Xavisus Gayen in second.

2015 IFBB Kentucky Muscle Pro Results

2015 IFBB Kentucky Muscle Pro Figure Results
Louisville, Kentucky – November 14, 2015
1. Christina Woodward
2. Cassandra Carpenter
3. Candice Keene
4. Lauren Valentino
5. Nadia Wyatt
6. Kelly Dominick
7. Georgina Lona
8. Maria Garcia
9. Diana Schnaidt
10. Harmony Baird
11. Katherine Lane
12. Sarah Fechter
13. Jacqueline Timberlake
14. Dawn Reichley
15. Jerrica Thomas
16. Jennifer Brown
16. Rachel Cammon
16. Jess Coate
16. Valerie Haines
16. Charmayne Jackson
16. Codi Jaeger
16. Danielle Kifer
16. Angie LeMay
16. Vera Mallet
16. Holly Mitchell
16. Stephanie Moen
16. Andrea Paynet
16. Linda Potter
16. Susana Ramirez
16. Megan Rigby
16. Jessica Vetter
16. Natalie Waples
16. Sue Ling Yip

2015 IFBB Kentucky Muscle Pro Men’s Physique Results
Louisville, Kentucky – November 14, 2015
1. Scott Crowe
2. Xacisus Gayden
3. Michael Ferguson
4. Sly Hardy
5. Phillip Blow
6. Michael Anderson
7. Dev Maxwell
8. Burton Hughes
9. Jay-T Bax Rysaac
10. Georga Brown
11. Ian Buchanan II
12. Chris Mosher
13. Victor Clark
14. Rich Tuma
15. Ani Sallasi
16. Chad Abner
16. James Hodges
16. Tony Lynch
16. Dwayne Punter
16. Johnny Qunones

Must See Monday: Hardbody Headlines, Photos & Videos

Check out these “Must See Monday” stories, photos and videos that caught our attention over the weekend.

No More Barbie Gear
“Hey, outdoor-equipment companies: Please stop ignoring women who rip”

Saudi Girls Can Now Take Gym Class, But Not Everyone Is Happy
“Saudi Arabia has decided to introduce something new in its gender-segregated public schools – physical education for girls.” – NPR

UFC Fighters Ronda Rousey and Jessica Eye at SXSW
“UFC’s Ronda Rousey and Jessica Eye speak candidly to USA Today about what it’s like for women to be breaking grounds in and out of the Octagon.” – USATODAY

Cindy Whitehead’s “GIRL IS NOT A 4 LETTER WORD” new skatebboard
Check out the video from Dusters California and Girl is NOT a 4 Letter Word. The new board is pretty sweet!

Jedrzejczyk Dominates Esparza in UFC 185 for the Strawweight Title
Joanna Jedrzejczyk defeated Carla Esparza by second-round TKO to win the UFC strawweight title at UFC 185.

Tori Kelly covers SEAL’s “CRAZY” on Hot 99.5.


DLB in Australia
Dana Linn Bailey shows the incredible turnout she had her seminar in Australia. Dana is reaching rockstar status.

Today's seminar @arnoldclassicau #wefilledthatbitchup

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IFBB Pros Candice Keene, Narmin Assria, Heather Dees, India Paulino and Janet Layug show off they are armed and dangerous.

Fitness Champ, Oksana Grishina and Figure standout Candice Lewis got in the action with their own display of arms.

With @icandylewis @sannation at the #xtremeSupplements store in #Australia 💪

A photo posted by Oksana Grishina (@oksanagrishina) on

Join Lolo Jones’ March Madness Bracket Challenge.
Those of you looking to get into the bracket madness can join U.S. Track star, Lolo Jones’ bracket madness.

2015 Arnold Australia Results

2015 Arnold Australia
2015 Arnold Australia Pro Results: Camala Rodriquez continued her winning ways with the Arnold Australia Figure title and Janey Layug won the first-ever Pro Bikini at the 2015 Arnold Australia Pro. This event was previously called the Australian Pro but switched to the Arnold Australia. Dexter Jackson won the men’s open and nearly didn’t make the trip down under due to VISA issues.

Camala Rodriquez was coming off a win at the Figure International in Columbus, Ohio and with this victory puts her in a top contender spot heading into the Olympia later this year. The only other leading lady in Figure who was absent from this lineup was Nicole Wilkins. Candice Keene improved by one placing from her Columbus showing and Candice Lewis dropped to third. Keene hasn’t been 100% on the money yet this year and it’s kept her out of the winner’s circle. Camala has improved and while her conditioning is there she could continue to bring up her quads a bit. Candice Lewis has cartoon like features with a tiny waist and boulder shoulders. She’s improved the conditioning in her legs and arguably looked her best ever at this contest. Just two points separated Keene and Lewis. Strobo moved up into the fourth place spot with Watts slipping to fifth. Latoyra continues to be a consistent contender for the top five in every show she enters. Rounding out the top six was Dana Ambrose who also continues to bring an improved look to the stage. Ann Titone did not make the trip to Australia.

Figure Prejudging:

We just can't 'figure' out who's gonna take this one home, what do you think?! #arnoldclassic #arnoldclassicau

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2015 Arnold Australia Pro Figure Results:
1. Camala Rodriquez – 5
2. Candice Keene – 11
3. Candice Lewis – 13
4. Genn Strobo – 22
5. Latoyra Watts – 24
6. Dana Ambrose – 29
7. Heather Dees – 36
8. Myra Rogers – 40
9. Amanda Doherty – 44
10. Larissa Reis – 51
11. Eliyan Lobez – 56
12. Asher Prior – 59
13. Rinnah Schmid – 64
14. Maria Garcia – 70
15. Tara Ramos – 75

Many thought it would happen in Columbus but it took one more week for Janet Layug to upset Ashley Kaltwasser for the win. Janet took the top spot at the Arnold Australia and you’ll have a tough time finding anyone arguing with that call. Don’t be surprised if you see Janet run the table from here on out this year in every show she wins. She has the body, presentation and looks to win every show she enters. Ashley brought what Ashley always brings to the stage. Ashley needs to improve her stage presence, namely walking in heels. If you watch Janet and then watch Ashley it’s like night and day. Just one point separated the two for first and second though. Rounding out the top spots were India Paulino, Stephanie Mahoe and Narmin Assria.

2015 Arnold Australia Pro Bikini Results:
1. Janet Layug – 7
2. Ashley Kaltwasser – 8
3. India Paulino – 16
4. Stephanie Mahoe – 19
5. Narmin Assria – 24
6. Summer Bernard – 32
7. Pollianna Moss – 33
8. Sheena Anderton – 42
9. Barbie Heng – 45
10. Jade MacKinnon – 49
11. Whitney Wiser – 56
12. Ebony Quince – 61
13. Amy Wright – 63
DNC – Jessica Arevalo

Arnold with the winner, Janet Layug…

The results from the men’s show were pretty much like we saw in Columbus. Brandon Curry moved up into the top five and Roelly Winklaar ended up in sixth where it could have gone either way in the earlier comparisons. Dexter continues to defy the odds at age 45 and shows the young bucks how being smart with your training can lead to a long-term, profitable career.

2015 Arnold Australia Pro Men’s Bodybuilding Results:
1. Dexter Jackson – 10
2. Branch Warren – 20
3. Justin Compton – 30
4. Evan Centopani – 43
5. Brandon Curry – 52
6. Roelly Winklaar – 56
7. Ben Pakulski – 69
8. Toney Freeman – 84
9. Josh Lenartowicz – 87
10. Cory Mathews – 104
11. Luke Schembri – 110
12. Saman Mohammad – 117

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2015 Arnold Figure International Results

Figure International
In a bit of a shock to those who follow the Figure division, we had a bit of an upset tonight. Candice Keene was going for her third title but instead finished in third place. Winning the 2015 Figure International was Colorado’s own Camala Rodriquez and not just win but did so with a perfect score. Candice Lewis, also from Colorado by way of Arizona, moved up into second. This was her best showing at a major show. Candice Keene wasn’t at her best and the judges dropped her into that third place spot because of it. Just on the outside of the top three was rising star Latoyra Watts. Ann Titone rounded out the top five. Tied for sixth was Heather Dees and Genn Strobo but ultimately Strobo won the tie-breaker.

Camala RodriquezCamala with Arnold. Photo by Michael Pronzato

2015 Arnold Figure International Results
Placing – Name – Score
1. Camala Rodriquez – 5
2. Candice Lewis – 10
3. Candice Keene – 14
4. Latoyra Watts – 20
5. Ann Titone – 25
6. Genn Strobo – 33
7. Heather Dees – 33
8. Dana Ambrose – 40
9. Cydney Gillon – 45
10. Julie Mayer – 56
11. Amanda Doherty – 57
12. Vera Mallet – 59
13. Andressa Ribeiro – 63
14. Myra Rogers – 65
15. Ava Cowan – 75

Arnold Figure International Preview, Predictions & Poll

2015 Arnold Figure International
The 2015 Arnold Figure International Preview, Predictions & Poll on hardbody. Will Candice Keene win the Figure International again or someone else dethrone the champ? Candice Keene will tie the Figure International record with three wins should she take top honors this week in Columbus, Ohio. Jenny Lynn and Nicole Wilkins both won the Figure International three times. She’s taken the top spot the last two years and is poised to collect a third title in just a few days.

It won’t be an easy win for her as she’ll have some tough competition with new-comers like Latorya Watts and Cydney Gillon. The usual suspects Camala Rodriquez, Candice Lewis and Ann Titone will look to give the champ a run for her money as well. Heather Dees took some time off at the end of last year and if I was a betting man, I’d say she’ll be back better than ever. My sleeper pick that many many not see coming is Latorya Watts. She has an incredible physique and if she looks anything like she did at the Olympia she could be standing in the first callout being compared for the top spot.

Read the preview on every competitor on Cast your vote for who you think will win the 2015 Figure International below. If you can’t make it to the Arnold you can catch the finals on the live webcast.

1. Candice Keene
2. Candice Lewis
3. Camala Rodriquez-McClure
4. Latorya Watts
5. Ann Titone
6. Heather Dees

Friday, March 6, 2015

Prejudging – 11am – Noon

Finals – 7pm

1st $16,000
2nd $10,000
3rd $8,000
4th $5,000
5th $3,000
6th $2,000
Total $44,000

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
2013: Candice Keene
2014: Candice Keene

2015 Arnold Australia Competitor Lists Updated

2105 Arnold Australia Competitors
According to the official Arnold Australia Facebook page, these are your confirmed competitors in the 2015 Arnold Australia. The lists have change quite a bit since they were first announced the end of last year. This will be in the inaugural Arnold Classic Australia and the action is set to take place on March 13-15, 2015. Many of these competitor will head straight to Australia from the Arnold Sports Festival in Columbus, Ohio.

The Arnold Australia page confirmed that these are the “Official Pro Lineups, all signed and ready to rock!”

2015 Arnold Australia Competitor Lists Updated
New to the lists are Dana Ambrose and Genn Strobo in Figure. Jessica Arevalo and Ebony Quince are new additions to the Bikini line up. There were no new additions to the Men’s Bodybuilding competition. A few people have been removed from the original lists. Gone are Alicia Coates, Ava Cowan and Bethany Wagner-Cisterino in the Figure division. Lacey Deluca and Anna Starodubtseva have been scratched from the Bikini competition. Michael Kefalianos and Cedric McMillan’s names have been removed from the original invite list in the Men’s Bodybuilding portion.

Dana Ambrose
Heather Dees
Amanda Doherty
Maria Garcia
Candice Keene
Candice Lewis
Eliyan Lobez
Asher Prior
Tara Ramos
Larissa Reis
Camala Rodriquez-McClure
Myra Rogers
Rinnah Schmid
Gennifer Strobo
Anne Titone
Latorya Watts

Jessica Arevalo
Narmin Assria
Pollianna Batista-Moss
Summer Bernard
Barbie Heng
Ashley Kaltwasser
Janet Layug
Stephanie Mahoe
Jade MacKinnon
Sheena Martin
India Paulino
Ebony Quince
Whitney Wiser
Amy Wright

Evan Centopani
Justin Compton
Brandon Curry
Toney Freeman
Dexter Jackson
Josh Lenartowicz
Saman Mohammad
Ben Pakulski
Luke Schembri
Branch Warren
Roelly Winklaar

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Vote for Your Favorite Fitness Magazine Cover

Fitness covers

Four IFBB Pros grace the covers of popular women’s fitness magazines. It’s something that hasn’t happened in awhile as many of the magazines have been opting for “celebrities” over competitors. IFBB Bikini Pro, Dianna Dahlgren hasn’t competed in over a year but that hasn’t stopped her popularity and graces the cover of FitnessRX for Women. This is her third FitnessRX for Women cover. The 2012 Biking Olympia champ, Nathalia Melo landed her first Muscle & Fitness Hers cover but not her first cover in the industry. Reigning Figure International Champ, Candice Keene scored her first Oxygen (North American edition) and it’s good timing heading into the Arnold next week. 2x Figure Olympia Champ, Erin Stern hasn’t competed in nearly a year but that didn’t stop Oxygen Australia from using her on their cover.

Dianna Dahlgren CoverDianna Dahlgren – FitnessRX for Women Cover.

Nathalia Melo coverNathalia Melo Muscle & Fitness HERS Cover,

Candice Keene CoverCandice Keene Oxygen Cover.

Erin Stern coverErin Stern Oxygen Australia Cover.

2014 Olympia DVDs

Olympia DVDsIf you missed the 50th Anniversary of the Olympia weekend don’t worry. You can no order the events on DVD. In an email the creators shared, “Despite the incredibly long delay, the 2014 Olympia DVDs will be shipping very soon to bodybuilding fans worldwide. This year’s discs are by far the very best production ever – and you get DOUBLE DVDs with over SIX HOURS of content for either the Men’s Olympia or the Women’s Olympia sets. More content, more clarity – you can join the sold-out arena with a front-row seat at the Greatest Muscle Shows on Earth!”

The Women’s portion is described as, “Ms. Olympia, Physique Olympia, Figure Olympia, Fitness Olympia and Bikini Olympia. NINETY-FIVE fabulous female athletes appear and you get every introduction, every comparison, every pose, the dazzling Fitness routines … you get it all! 10-time Ms. Olympia Iris Kyle ends her reign with a sensational victory, and 9-time Fitness Olympia returns to make her emotional retirement speech.”


For the first time ever, you will receive TWO discs with over 6 hours of complete contest coverage! Catch all the action including the five women’s Olympia divisions.

Ms. Olympia Results: Iris Kyle (1 – and don’t miss her 10-time champion celebration and sadly, her retirement announcement!), Alina Popa (2), Debi Laszewski (3), Alana Shipp (4), Yaxeni Oriquen-Garcia (5), Anne Freitas (6), Sheila Bleck (7), Jennifer Sedia (8), Rita Bello (9), Margie Martinn (10), Christine Envall (11), Lisa Giesbrecht (12), Simone Oliveira (13). Fitness Olympia Results: Oksana Grishina (1), Regiane Da Silva (2), Tanji Johnson (3), Bethany Cisterino (4), Myriam Capes (5), Fiona Harris (6), Trish Warren (7), Whitney Jones (8), Danielle Ruban (9), Marta Aguiar (10), Amanda Hatfield (11), Somkina Lludmilla (12) – and the emotional retirement speech of nine-time Fitness Olympia Adela Garcia! Figure Olympia Results: Nicole Wilkins (1), Candice Keene (2), Candice Lewis (3), Ann Titone (4), Latonya Watts (5), Gennifer Strobo (6), Julie Mayer (7), Dana Ambrose (8), Cydney Gillon (9), Allison Frahn (10), Alicia Coates (11), Jessica Graham (12), Camala Rodriguez (13), Wendy Fortino (14), Andrea Calhoun (15), Sasha Brown (16), Krista Dunn (16), Karina Grau (16), Nathalia Lemartova (16), Zsuzsanna Toldi (16). Physique Olympia Results: Juliana Malacarne (1), Dana Linn Bailey (2), Tycie Coppett (3), Karina Nascimento (4), Sabrina Taylor (5), Mindi O’Brien (6), La’Drissa Bonivel (7), Jillian Reville (8), Jennifer Robinson (9), Frances Mendez (10), Karin Hobbs (11), Jacklyn Abrams (12), Patricia Mello (13), HJeather Grace (14), Tamee Marie (15), Rachel Baker (16), Roxie Beckles (16), Olga Bellakova (16), Nathalie Falk (16), Samantha Hill (16), Sandra Lombardo (16), Leila Thompson (16), Toni West (16). Bikini Olympia Results: Ashley Kaltwasser (1), Janet Layug (2), Stacey Alexander (3), Yeshaira Robles (4), Amanda Latona (5), India Paulino (6), Sarah LeBlanc (7), Tawna Eubanks (8), Noemi Olah (9), Stephanie Mahoe (10), Candice Conroy (11), Narmin Assria (12), Vladmira Krasova (13), Lacey DeLuca (14), Christie Marquez (15), Noy Alexander (16), Jessica Arrevalo (16), Taylor Bentson (16), Kelsie Clark (16), Christina Fjaere (16), Sandi Forsythe (16), Jenee Leger (16), Dayna Maleton (16), Angela Marquez (16), Crystal Matthews (16), Brittany Taylor (16), Nikola Welterova (16).

The Mr. Olympia is also available along with a combo pack. The individual DVDs are priced at $39.95 and the combo pack for the men and women will set you back $75.00. Get your Olympia DVDs here.

Who is Qualified for the 2015 Olympia?

2015 Olympia
The 2015 IFBB Pro League season is set to begin next week and with that continues the Olympia Point Series. See who is already qualified for the big show and who is leading the Point Series as the new season gets started. Currently, there is no Ms. Olympia bodybuilding on the schedule but that could change.

Who is Qualified for the 2015 Olympia?

Iris Kyle
Alina Popa
Debi Laszewski
Alana Shipp
Yaxeni Oriquen-Garcia

Oksana Grishina
Regiane Da Silva
Tanji Johnson
Bethany Cisternino
Myriam Capes
Sara Kovach

Danielle Ruban – 4
Whitney Jones – 4
Ryall Graber – 3
Chika Aluka – 2
Kelcie Gahley – 1

Nicole Wilkins
Candice Keene
Candice Lewis
Ann Titone
Latorya Watts
Allison Frahn
Vera Mallet
Kamla Macko
Renata Guaraciaba

Brittany Campbell – 6
Karen Noorlun – 4
Ivana Ivusic – 4
Jennifer Brown – 4
Julie Mayer – 3
Josie Zamora – 3
Carly Starling Horrell – 3
Megan Wyble – 3

Ashley Kaltwasser
Janet Layug
Stacey Alexander
Yeshaira Robles
Amanda Latona
India Paulino
Tawna Eubanks
Stephanie Mahoe
Sarah LeBlanc
Nicole Ankney
Narmin Assria
Janelle Saitone-McGuire

Christina Fjaere – 11
Noemi Olah – 8
Christie Marquez – 7
Bianca Berry (USA), 6
Tatiana Koshman (USA), 6
Lindsey Waters (USA), 6
Vladimira Krasova – 5
Breena Martinez – 5
Francesca Lauren – 4
Jessica Arevalo – 4
Katherine Ampolini – 4
Jade Carroll – 4

Juliana Malacarne
Dana Linn Bailey
Tycie Coppett
Karina Nascimento
Sabrina Taylor
Tamee Marie
Teresita Morales
Heather Grace
Jamie Postill

Candrea Judd Adams – 8
Leonie Rose – 5
Katerina Kyptova – 4
Loana Paula Muttoni – 4
Desunka Dawson – 3
Marnie Holley – 2
Jane Santos – 2

Phil Heath
Kai Greene
Shawn Rhoden
Dennis Wolf
Dexter Jackson
Roelly Winklaar
Essa Obaid
Mo Bannout
William Bona
Ronny Rockel
Abdelaziz Jellali (Overall Winner Amateur Olympia)

Steve Kuclo – 11
Johnnie Jackson – 7
Robert Piotrkowicz – 7
Brad Rowe – 7
Victor Martinez – 5
Dalibor Hajek – 5
Juan Morel – 3
Daniel Toth – 3

Flex Lewis
Eduardo Correa
Jose Raymond
Hidetada Yamagishi
Baito Abbaspour

Ahmad Ahmad – 9
Guy Cisternino – 6
Mark Dugdale – 4
Sami Al Haddad – 2
Tricky Jackson – 2

Jeremy Buendia
Sadik Hadzovic
Jason Poston
Matthew Acton
Steve Cook
Xavisus Gayden
Anton Antipov
Dean Balabis
Michael Anderson
Rodney Razor
Andre Adams

Michael Ferguson – 8
Jake Alvarez – 8
Joseph Lee – 6
James Hurst – 5
Emmanuel Banks – 4
Arya Saffaie – 4
Paul Batrony – 4
John Nguyen – 4

The next IFBB pro show will be held on January 10, 2015 in California.

Inaugural Arnold Australia Competitor Lists Announced

2014 Arnold Australia
The inaugural Arnold Classic Australia will be held in Melbourne, Australia on March 13-15, 2015. The official list of invited athletes was announced today and the first Arnold Australia looks to be a star-studded event. The IFBB Pro League event will feature the Men’s Open bodybuilding, Women’s Figure and Bikini divisions. There will be a number of other events held in conjunction with the pro show along with an expo. Get your tickets and more information at

2015 Arnold Australia Competitor Lists

Many of the competitors will be on stage at the Arnold in Columbus the week prior to this event. Look for Candice Keene and Candice Lewis to lead the Figure competition with Bethany Wagner-Cisternino potentially shaking things up. Anne Titone is sure to be a top six contender and if Camala nails her conditioning she should be in the mix for a top spot. Latorya Watts is also one who could sneak up into the top spots as she showed tremendous potential throughout the 2014 season. Add in Coates, Cowan and Dees and the top spots will be highly competitive at this show. Keene will be tough to beat but it’s anyone’s show when a long flight is involved.

Alicia Coates
Ava Cowan
Heather Dees
Amanda Doherty
Maria Garcia
Candice Keene
Candice Lewis
Eliyan Lobez
Asher Prior
Tara Ramos
Larissa Reis
Carmala Rodriguez-McClure
Myra Rogers
Rinnah Schmid
Anne Titone
Bethany Wagner-Cisternino
Latorya Watts

You have to figure it will be a bikini battle between Janet Layug and Ashley Kaltwasser for the top spot. After that look for Paulino and Mahoe to be in the top spots. Again, a long flight can throw a competitor’s game off so you never know who will benefit and who won’t from it.

Narmin Assria
Pollianna Batista-Moss
Summer Bernard
Lacey Deluca
Barbie Heng
Ashley Kaltwasser
Janet Layug
Stephanie Mahoe
Jade MacKinnon
Sheena Martin
India Paulino
Anna Starodubtseva
Whitney Wiser
Amy Wright

The Men’s show is pretty close to the Arnold Classic line up in Columbus. Watch how things play out there and look for them to be pretty close to the same in Australia. The smart money is on the seasoned vet, Dexter Jackson but young bucks like Compton and a hungry Curry could be nipping at his heels.

Evan Centopani
Justin Compton
Brandon Curry
Toney Freeman
Dexter Jackson
Michael Kefalianos
Josh Lenartowicz
Cedric McMillan
Sam Mohammad
Ben Pakulski
Luke Schembri
Branch Warren
Roelly Winklaar

Get your tickets and more information at


Arnold Australia 2015

2015 Arnold Athlete Invite List Announced

2015 Arnold Invite
The 2015 Arnold Athlete invite list has been released courtsey of New to the Arnold Classic Festival this year are the Men and Women’s Physique divisions. Oksana Grishina will be back to defend her Fitness International Title as will Ashley Kaltwasser in Bikini and Candice Keene in Figure. We’ll see the first two Women’s Physique Olympia champs face off once again with Dana Linn Bailey and Juliana Malacarne both on the invited list.


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Felipe de Franco was added to Men’s Physique and Nathalie Falk added to Women’s Physique.

2015 Fitness International (14)
Michelle Blank
Myriam Capes
Bethany Cisternino
Regiane Da Silva
Ryall Graber
Oksana Grishina
Fiona Harris
Tanji Johnson
Whitney Jones
Sara Kovach
Ashley Sebera
Melinda Szabo
Aurika Tyrgale
Trish Warren

2015 Fitness International

2015 Figure International (15)

Dana Ambrose
Ava Cowan
Heather Dees
Amanda Doherty
Cydney Gillon
Candice Keene
Candice Lewis
Vera Mallet
Julie Mayer
Andressa Ribeiro
Camala Rodriguez-McClure
Myra Rogers
Gennifer Strobo
Ann Titone
Latorya Watts

2015 Figure Internationals

2015 Bikini International (15)
Noy Alexander
Nicole Ankney
Narmin Assria
Sara Back
Bianca Berry
Christina Strom Fjaere
Ashley Kaltwasser
Janet Layug
Sarah Elizabeth LeBlanc
Stephanie Mahoe
Justine Munro
Noemi Olah
India Paulino
Anna Starodubteseva
Kenea Yancy

bikini international 2015

2015 Women’s Physique International (11)
Dana Linn Bailey
LaDrissa Bonivel
Tycie Coppett
Nathalie Falk
Heather Grace
Juliana Malacarne
Karina Nascimento
Mindi O’Brien
Jillian Reville
Jennifer Robinson
Sabrina Taylor

2015 Women's Physique Arnold

2015 Arnold Classic (14)
Mohamad Ali Bannout
Lionel Beyeke
Evan Centopani
Justin Compton
Brandon Curry
Marius Dohne
Vitaley Fateev
Toney Freeman
Dexter Jackson
Michael Kefalianos
Cedric McMillan
Ben Pakulski
Branch Warren
Roelly Winklaar

2015 Arnold Classic 212 (10)

Aaron Clark
Eduardo Correa
Charles Dixon
Eduard Duque
Shawn Joseph-Tavernier
Cory Mathews
Jose Raymond
Marco Rivera
Angel Manuel Rangel Vargas
Hidetada Yamagishi

2015 Arnold Men’s Physique (11)
Mathew Acton
Andre Adams
Michael Anderson
Mark Anthony
Anton Antipov
George Brown
Felipe de Franco
Xavisus Gayden
Sadik Hadzovic
Jason Poston
Rodney Razor

2014 Figure Olympia Results & Scores

2014 Figure Olympia

Nicole Wilkins won her 4th Figure Olympia title on Saturday night, something no other woman in the history of the division has done. She had been tied with Davana Medina, the inaugural champ, with three. Wilkins was the unanimous winner on the judges scoresheet with Candice Keene in second. Complete report coming but until then check out the photos from the show and complete results below.

2014 Figure Olympia Results
Las Vegas, Nevada
1. Nicole Wilkins – 10
2. Candice Keene – 20
3. Candice Lewis – 30
4. Ann Titone – 42
5. Latorya Watts – 43
6. Gennifer Strobo – 61
7. Julie Mayer – 68
8. Dana Ambrose – 82
9. Cydney Gillon – 93
10. Allison Frahn – 110
11. Alicia Coates – 114
12. Jessica Graham – 115
13. Camala Rodriguez – 117
14. Wendy Fortino – 136
15. Andrea Calhoun – 153
16. Krista Dunn – 158
17. Sasha Brown – 160
17. Karina Grau – 160
17. Natalia Revajova Lenartova – 160
17. Zsuzsanna Toldi – 160

2014 Figure Olympia Poll, Preview and Predictions

Figure Olympia

The 2014 Figure Olympia is upon us and 20 women will compete for the coveted crown of Figure Olympia champion. Nicole Wilkins will look to make history with a record-setting 4th win. Nicole won her first Olympia title in 2009, finished second in 2010 and reclaimed the title once again in 2011. In 2012 she was relegated to second once again and bounced back last year to claim her third title. The only other woman to win three titles was Davana Medina, so Nicole is in elite company as it is. Candice Keene will look for her first Olympia and is in the best position to upset the champ. Erin Stern was Nicole’s biggest nemesis but she has opted out of competing in this year’s event. There are a number of other women who could give Nicole a run for her money but can beat the champ? We’ll find out soon… Check out the preview of the show on and cast your vote for who you want to see win the Figure Olympia title.

2014 Official Olympia Competitor Lists

2014 Olympia Competitors

The final lists are out for the 2014 Olympia and a few names are absent from the line-ups despite qualifying. The most surprising to fans will be 8x Fitness Olympia champ, Adela Garcia. Adela will not be competing for the first time in years. Nathalia Melo shared her reasons for sitting out earlier this month and in the Figure competition we knew Heather Dees, Mallory Haldeman and Erin Stern would not be in the show.

The official lists and their competitor numbers are listed below.

2014 Ms. Olympia
1. Rita Bello
2. Sheila Bleck
3. Christine Envall
4. Anne Freitas
5. Yaxeni Oriquen-Garcia
6. Lisa Giesbrecht
7. Debi Laszewski
8. Margie Martin
9. Simone Oliveira
10. Alina Popa
11. Jennifer Sedia
12. Alana Shipp
13. Iris Kyle

2014 Fitness Olympia
1. Marta Aquiar
2. Myriam Capes
3. Bethany Cisternino
4. Regiane Da Silva
5. Fiona Harris
6. Amanda Hatfield
7. Tanji Johnson
8. Whitney Jones
9. Somkina Liudmila
10. Danielle Ruban
11. Trish Warren
12. Oksana Grishina

2014 Figure Olympia
1. Dana Ambrose
2. Sasha Brown
3. Andrea Calhoun
4. Alicia Coates
5. Krista Dunn
6. Allison Frahn
7. Wendy Fortino
8. Cydney Gillon
9. Jessica Graham
10. Karina Grau
11. Candice Keene
12. Natalia Lenartova
13. Candice Lewis
14. Julie Mayer
15. Camala Rodriguez
16. Gennifer Strobo
17. Ann Titone
18. Zsuzsanna Toldi
19. Latorya Watts
20. Nicole Wilkins

2014 Bikini Olympia
1. Noy Alexander
2. Stacey Alexander
3. Jessica Arevalo
4. Narmin Assria
5. Taylor Bentson
6. Kelsie Clark
7. Candice Conroy
8. Lacey DeLuca
9. Tawna Eubanks
10. Christina Fjaere
11. Sandi Forsythe
12. Vladmira Krasova
13. Amanda Latona
14. Janet Layug
15. Sarah LeBlanc
16. Jenee Leger
17. Stephanie Mahoe
18. Dayna Maleton
19. Angela Marquez
20. Christie Marquez
21. Crystal Matthews
22. Noemi Olah
23. India Paulino
24. Yeshaira Robles
25. Brittany Taylor
26. Nikola Weiterova
27. Ashley Kaltwasser

2014 Olympia Women’s Physique Showdown
1. Jacklyn Abrams
2. Rachel Baker
3. Roxie Beckles
4. Olga Beliakova
5. La’Drissa Bonivel
6. Tycie Coppett
7. Nathalie Falk
8. Heather Grace
9. Samantha Hill
10. Karin Hobbs
11. Sandra Lombardo
12. Juliana Malacarne
13. Tamee Marie
14. Patricia Mello
15. Frances Mendez
16. Karina Nascimento
17. Mindi O’Brien
18. Jillian Reville
19. Jennifer Robinson
20. Sabrina Taylor
21. Leila Thompson
22. Toni West
23. Dana Linn Bailey

2014 Mr. Olympia
1. Branch Warren
2. Victor Martinez
3. Fred Smalls
4. Shawn Rhoden
5. Ibrahim Fahim
6. Steve Kuclo
7. Dexter Jackson
8. Johnnie Jackson
9. Jonathan DeLaRosa
10. Roelly Winklaar
11. William Bonac
12. Jojo Ntiforo
13. Mamdouh “Big Ramy” Elssbiay
14. Juan Morel
15. Dennis Wolf
16. Kai Greene
17. Phil Heath

2014 Olympia 212 Showdown
1. Baito Abbaspour
2. Ahmad Ahmad
3. Raul Carrasco
4. Guy Cisternino
5. Aaron Clark
6. Eduardo Correa
7. Charles Dixon
8. Mark Dugdale
9. Mboya Edwards
10. Sami Al Haddad
11. David Henry
12. Jose Raymond
13. Hidetada Yamagishi
14. Flex Lewis

2014 Olympia Men’s Showdown
1. Matthew Acton
2. Michael Anderson
3. Tyler Anderson
4. Anton Antipov
5. Jeremy Buendia
6. Matt Christianer
7. Steve Cook
8. Felipe Franco
9. Xavisus Gayden
10. Sadik Hadzovic
11. German Pacheco
12. Jason Poston
13. Tonnell Rodrigue
14. Ayra Saffaie
15. Jonathan Sebastian
16. Jeff Seid
17. Tory Woodward
18. Mark Anthony Wingson

Candice Lewis-Carter Olympia Training

hardbody olympia

We’re just over two weeks out from the Figure Olympia and 7x IFBB Figure Champ Candice Lewis-Carter (she wed in July) gives us a sneak peek. Some “fans” and critics wondered if Candice would be ready because of the wedding and traveling. One look at this video and you’ll see she’s clearly on track. She knows 3 of the top six from last year are sitting out the 2014 Figure Olympia and this is her opportunity to give Nicole Wilkins and Candice Keene a run for their money.

Follow along on social media using #50thOlympia and check back for more Olympia coverage.

Find Out Who Qualified for The 2014 Olympia

who qualified Olympia

The 50th Olympia is quickly approaching and it promises to be one of the biggest and best yet. The best of the best will compete for the coveted Olympia title on September 18-21, in Las Vegas. This year’s contest has a number of seasoned veterans and a few rookies looking to shake things up. The lists below are for who qualified to compete in the 2014 Olympia but not necessarily who will compete. Look for a couple BIG names to NOT be competing this year. The final lists won’t be out until the week of the Olympia, so check back to see who will be stepping on stage.

Iris Kyle, USA
Alina Popa, Romania
Debi Laszewski, USA
Yaxeni Oriquen-Garcia, Venezuela
Brigita Brezovac, Slovenia
Simone Oliveira, Brazil
Anne Freitas, Brazil
Rita Bello, Argentina
Sheila Bleck, USA

Margie Martin, USA, 6
Christine Envall, Australia, 6
Alana Shipp, USA, 5
Lisa Giesbrecht, Canada, 5
Jennifer Sedia, USA, 4

Adela Garcia, USA
Oksana Grishina, Russia
Tanji Johnson, USA
Myriam Capes, Canada
Bethany Cisternino, USA
Marta Aquiar, Uruguay
Fiona Harris, Canada

Regiane Da Silva, Germany, 18
Danielle Ruban, Canada, 12
Whitney Jones, USA, 9
Trish Warren, USA, 8
Amanda Hatfield, USA, 5
Somkina Liudmila, Russia, 5

Nicole Wilkins, USA
Erin Stern, USA
Candice Keene, USA
Heather Dees, USA
Mallory Haldeman, USA
Camala Rodriguez, USA
Alicia Coates, USA
Candice Lewis, USA
Jessica Graham, USA
Dana Ambrose, USA
Natalia Revajova Lenartova, Slovakia
Ann Titone, USA
Zsuzsanna Toldi, Hungary
Gennifer Strobo, USA
Cydney Gillon, USA
Karina Grau, Paraguay
Latorya Watts, USA
Julie Mayer, USA

Allison Frahn, USA, 17
Andrea Calhoun, USA, 13
Sasha Brown, USA, 12
Wendy Fortino, USA, 12
Krista Dunn, USA, 11

Ashley Kaltwasser, USA
Yeshaira Robles, USA
Stacey Alexander, USA
Nathalia Melo, Brazil
India Paulino, USA
Lacey DeLuca, USA
Vladmira Krasova, Czech Republic
Jennifer Andrews, USA
Narmin Assria, USA
Amanda Latona, USA
Taylor Methany Bentson, USA
Crystal Matthews, USA
Christie Marquez, USA
Sarah LeBlanc, USA
Noy Alexander, USA
Janet Layug, USA
Sandi Forsythe, USA
Christina Strom Fjaere, Norway
Jenee Leger, USA
Angela Marquez, USA
Stephanie Mahoe, USA
Tawna Eubanks, USA
Brittany Taylor, USA

Jessica Arevalo, USA, 17
Dayna Maleton, USA, 14
Candice Conroy, USA, 13
Kelsie Clark, USA, 12
Nicola Weiterova, Slovakia, 11
Noemi Olah, USA, 11

Dana Linn Bailey, USA
Tycie Coppett, USA
Sara Hurrle, USA
Toni West, USA
Patricia Mello, Brazil
Sabrina Taylor, USA
Jennifer Robinson, USA
Frances Mendez, USA
Nathalie Falk, Germany
Juliana Malacarne, Brazil
Samantha Hill, USA
Mindi O’Brien, Canada
Tamee Marie, USA
Leila Thompson, USA
La’Drissa Bonivel, USA
Karin Hobbs, USA
Heather Grace, USA

Rachel Baker, USA, 11
Karina Nascimento, USA, 10
Olga Beliakova, Russia, 8
Roxie Beckles, USA, 7
Jacklyn Sutton-Abrams, USA, 7
Sandra Lombardo, USA, 7
Jillian Reville, USA, 7

Phil Heath, USA
Kai Greene, USA
Dennis Wolf, Germany
Shawn Rhoden, USA
Dexter Jackson, USA
Ibrahim Sami Fahim, Egypt
Justin Compton, USA
Steve Kuclo, USA
Branch Warren, USA
Mamdouh Elssbiay, Egypt
Juan Morel, USA
Roelly Winklaar, Curacao
William Bonac, Netherlands
Victor Martinez, Dominican Republic

Jonathan Delarosa, USA, 16
Evan Centopani, USA, 8
Lionel Beyeke, France, 8
Cedric McMillan, USA, 7
Fred Smalls, USA, 7
Johnnie Jackson, USA, 7
Jojo Ntiforo, USA, 7
Essa Obaid, UAE, 7

James Lewis, UK
David Henry, USA
Kevin English, USA
Jose Raymond, USA
Eduardo Correa, Brazil
Sami Al Haddad, Bahrain
Guy Cisternino, USA
Aaron Clark, USA
Charles Dixon, USA
Hidetada Yamagishi, Japan

Mark Dugdale, USA, 12
Raul Carrasco Jimenez, Spain, 11
Ahmad Ahmad, Sweden, 9
Baito Abbaspour, Iran, 8
Mboya Edwards, Canada, 7

Mark Anthony Wingson, USA
Jeremy Buendia, USA
Matthew Acton, USA
Sadik Hadzovic, USA
Jason Poston, USA
Tyler Anderson, USA
Tory Woodward, USA
Michael Anderson, USA
German Pacheco, USA
Arya Saffaie, USA
Anton Antipov, USA
Steve Cook, USA

Jonathan Sebastian, USA, 15
Xavisus Gayden, USA, 12
Felipe Franco, Brazil, 10
Jeff Seid, USA, 10
Matt Christianer, USA, 7
Tonnell Rodrigue, USA, 7

2014 Figure Olympia – Find Out Who Qualified

2014 Figure Olympia
The 2014 Figure Olympia is quickly approaching and we now know who is qualified to compete in the upcoming event. The Tahoe Pro sent Julie Mayer to the Olympia via her win and finalized who would get in via the Olympia Point Series. It came down to the final show before we knew who made it in via points but now, we’re set.

Nicole Wilkins will be looking for her fourth Olympia title, something no other woman has done. Candice Keene has won two Arnold Figure International titles but has yet to add Olympia champ to her resume. We know Erin Stern is not competing this year. Heather Dees and Mallory Haldeman will also be opting out of the show despite qualifying. That leaves a huge opportunity for the women qualified to end up in the top five spots.

Nicole Wilkins
Erin Stern
Candice Keene
Heather Dees
Mallory Haldeman

Camala Rodriguez
Alicia Coates
Candice Lewis
Jessica Graham
Dana Ambros
Natalia Revajova Lenartova
Ann Titone
Zsuzsanna Toldi
Gennifer Strobo
Cydney Gillon
Karina Grau
Latorya Watts
Julie Mayer

Qualified Via the Olympia Point Series
Allison Frahn
Andrea Calhoun
Sasha Brown
Wendy Fortino
Krista Dunn

Visit for more information on the #50thOlympia and purchase your tickets to watch the Figure Olympia live and in person.

Fitness Magazine Covers Feature Popular Figure Trio

magazine poll

Nicole Wilkins, Candice Keene and Erin Stern are arguably the top three IFBB Figure Pros on the planet. Popular fitness magazines Muscle & Fitness Hers, FitnessRX for Women and Oxygen decided to feature the trio on their respective magazine covers. Nicole and Candice will be competing next month at the Figure Olympia in Las Vegas. Nicole will be looking for the record-setting 4th Figure Olympia title and Keene will be after her first Olympia win. Keene has won the Arnold twice and played second fiddle to Stern and Wilkins at the Olympia the past two years. Erin Stern will not be competing in this year’s Olympia.

The online response has been positive to the magazines. Three strong women on the covers appears to be inspiring more females than a celebrity, at least when it comes to these magazines.

Which magazine cover do you like the best? Each has their strengths and weaknesses but you decide which is your favorite in our HARDBODY POLL.

candice keene hers Candice Keene, Muscle & Fitness HERSErin Stern OxygenErin Stern, Oxygen

Nicole Wilkins FitnessRXNicole Wilkins, FitnessRX for Women

Discuss the Fitness Magazine Covers Feature Popular Figure Trio on Facebook and twitter. You can also PIN your favorite cover on Pinterest.

Female Fitness Stars Take the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

ice bucket challenge

You’ve probably seen it at least once. A video of someone getting a bucket of ice or water dumped over them. What is this ice bucket challenge and why are people doing it?

It’s called the ALS ICE BUCKET CHALLENGE. ALS stands for Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and is often referred to as “Lou Gehrig’s Disease. The official website describes ALS as, “a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. Motor neurons reach from the brain to the spinal cord and from the spinal cord to the muscles throughout the body.”

Currently, there is only one drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat ALS, which only modestly extends survival by two to three months. Consequently, ALS is 100 percent fatal. In addition to acclimating to the challenges that come with losing control of voluntary muscle movement, people with the disease progressively lose their ability to eat, speak, walk, and eventually breathe.

How the challenge typically works is a participant dumps a bucket of ice or ice cold water over their head and donates money to ALS. If you accept the challenge the suggested donation is $10. If you opt out of dumped ice water over your head the suggested donation is $100. Obviously it’s up to each individual whether they take the challenge and donate or not. Those who accept the challenge are then asked to nominate three friends to do the same. reports, “As of Monday, August 18, The ALS Association has received $15.6 million in donations compared to $1.8 million during the same time period last year (July 29 to August 18).”

Of course, there are going to be people complaining about the videos. If you’re on Facebook or twitter you’ve likely seen people say things like “we’re in a drought” and “stop wasting water” as a response to the videos. I’m fairly certain people are being far more wasteful than dumping a bucket of ice water over their heads and creating awareness for a good cause. Instead of bitching about the videos and people “making it all about themselves” educate others on what it’s about and why it’s worthwhile. Even if you don’t participate it’s part of a great good and there’s nothing wrong with sharing positivity.

Before you complain about raising awareness for ALS watch this video of Steve Saling who suffers from ALS.

Here’s an on-going collection of some Fitness Stars who have taken the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. See more on youtube and use #icebucketChallenge throughout your social media to help raise awareness for this devastating disease. You can donate here.

Jennie Finch, Olympic Gold Medalist

Ronda Rousey, UFC Champion

Gabrielle Reece, Pro Volleyball Player

Celeste Bonin, Former WWE Champ aka Kaitlyn

Dana Linn Bailey, Women’s Physique Olympia Showdown Winner

Nicole Wilkins, 3x Figure Olympia Champion

Candice Keene, 2x Arnold Figure Champion

Jen Hendershott, Arnold & Olympia Fitness Champ

Jamie Eason Middleton, Cover Model / Fitness Spokesmodel

Whitney Jones, Fitness Olympia Competitor

Candice Lewis-Carter, Figure Champ and her husband

Valerie Haines, Figure Pro

About The ALS Association
The ALS Association is the only national non-profit organization fighting Lou Gehrig’s Disease on every front. By leading the way in global research, providing assistance for people with ALS through a nationwide network of chapters, coordinating multidisciplinary care through Certified Treatment Centers of Excellence, and fostering government partnerships, The Association builds hope and enhances quality of life while aggressively searching for new treatments and a cure. For more information about The ALS Association, visit our website at

2014 Olympia Lineups – Find Out Who Qualified

olympia lineups

The 2014 Olympia is quickly approaching and we’re beginning to see who will qualify for the big show in Las Vegas. Over the weekend, most of the fields were set. The Bikini, Men’s Physique and Figure still have a handful of shows remaining on the schedule to qualify but for the most part we know who will be qualified for the Olympia.

Keep in mind these lists are for those who qualified, it doesn’t mean they will actually compete. We know Erin Stern, Mallory Haldeman and Heather Dees are are officially out of the Figure lineup. A couple of top competitors in other divisions will not be competing but have asked not to be mentioned just yet as they haven’t made things “official”. Stay tuned on that front as it will definitely get people talking when their absence is announced.

Fitness Olympia
Adela Garcia
Oksana Grishina
Tanji Johnson
Myriam Capes
Bethany Cisternino
Marta Aquiar
Fiona Harris

Via the Olympia Point Series:
Regiane Da Silva
Danielle Ruban
Whitney Jones
Trish Warren
Amanda Hatfield
Somkina Liudmila

Ms. Olympia
Iris Kyle
Alina Popa
Debi Laszewski
Yaxeni Oriquen-Garcia
Brigita Brezovac
Simone Oliveira
Anne Freitas
Rita Bello
Sheila Bleck

Via the Olympia Point Series:
Margie Martin
Christine Envall
Alana Shipp
Lisa Giesbrecht
Jennifer Sedia

Women’s Physique Showdown
Dana Linn Bailey
Tycie Coppett
Sara Hurrle
Toni West
Patricia Melo
Sabrina Taylor
Jennifer Robinson
Frances Mendez
Nathalie Falk
Juliana Malacarne
Samantha Hill
Mindi O’Brien
Tamee Marie
Leila Thompson
La’Drissa Bonivel
Karin Hobbs
Heather Grace

Via the Olympia Point Series:
Rachel Baker
Karina Nascimento
Olga Beliakova
Roxie Beckles
Jacklyn Sutton Abrams
Sandra Lombardo
Jillian Reville

Mr. Olympia
Phil Heath
Kai Greene
Dennis Wolf
Shawn Rhoden
Dexter Jackson
Ibrahim Fahim
Justin Compton
Steve Kuclo
Branch Warren
Mamdouh Elssbiay
Juan Morel
Roelly winklaar
William Bonac
Victor Martinez

Via the Olympia Point Series:
Jonathan Delarosa
Evan Centopani
Lionel Beyeke
Cedric McMillan
Johnnie Jackson
Jojo Ntiforo
Essa Obaid
Fred Smalls

212 Olympia Showdown
Flex Lewis
David Henry
Kevin English
Jose Raymond
Eduardo Correa
Sami Al Haddad
Guy Cisternino
Aaron Clark
Charles Dixon
Hidetada Yamagishi

Via the Olympia Point Series:
Mark Dugdale
Raul Carrasco
Ahmad Ahmad
Baito Abbaspour
Mboya Edwards

The following divisions are not final and still have shows remaining however this is how the lineups look as of Monday August 11, 2014.

Figure Olympia Qualified
Nicole Wilkins
Erin Stern
Candice Keene
Heather Dees
Mallory Haldeman
Camala Rodriguez
Alicia Coates
Candice Lewis
Jessica Graham
Dana Ambrose
Natalia Revajova Lenartova
Ann Titone
Zsuzsanna Toldi
Gennifer Strobo
Cydney Gillon
Karina Grau
Latorya Watts

There’s just one qualifying show to go in the Figure division (Tahoe Pro). It’s safe to call Allison Frahn and Sasha Brown qualified for the Olympia. There are a number of scenarios that could change the remaining lineup after the Tahoe Pro but here’s the leading contenders with a chance to qualify via the points series. The magic number is 10 anything less than that and there’s not chance to qualify via the points system. Three women have ten points and four have mathematical chances to get in with a top finish in Tahoe.

Leading the Olympia Point Series:
Allison Frahn, 15
Sasha Brown, 12
Krista Dunn, 10
Andrea Calhoun, 10
Julie Mayer, 10

Wendy Fortino, 8
Laurie Green, 7
Monica Labriola, 6
Amanda Doherty, 6

Bikini Olympia Qualified
Ashley Kaltwasser
Yeshaira Robles
Stacey Alexander
Nathalia Melo
India Paulino
Lacey DeLuca
Vladmiria Krasova
Jennifer Andrews
Narmin Assria
Amanda Latona
Taylor Methany Bentson
Crystal Matthews
Christie Marquez
Sarah LeBlanc
Noy Alexander
Janet Layug
Sandi Forsythe
Christina Strom Fjaere
Jenee Leger
Angela Marquez
Stephanie Mahoe
Tawna Eubanks

There are two IFBB Pro Bikini shows remaining on the schedule. The Dallas Pro and the St. Louis Pro will determine who is in the Bikini Olympia lineup. In order to make the Olympia via the point system a competitor needs at least 10 points. Anything less than ten and they are on the outside looking in. It’s a safe bet to call Jessica Arevalo and Dayna Maleton in the Olympia but not it’s not set in stone. Kelsie Clark, Nicola and Michelle Lewin are likely in but not a sure thing. A number of scenarios could play out given two remaining shows. There will be a clearer scenario after the Dallas Pro. This one could come down to the wire to see who gets in.

Leading the Olympia Point Series:
Jessica Arevalo, 17
Dayna Maleton, 14
Kelsie Clark, 12
Nicola Weiterova, 11
Michelle Lewin, 10

Noemi Olah, 9
Anna Virmajoki, 7
Candice Conroy, 6
Callie Bundy, 5

Men’s Physique Olympia Showdown
Mark Anthony Wingson
Jeremy Buendia
Matthew Acton
Sadik Hadzovic
Jason Poston
Tyler Anderson
Tory Woodward
Michael Anderson
German Pacheco
Arya Saffaie
Anton Antipov

There’s just one qualifying show to go in the Men’s Physique division (Dallas Pro). It’s safe to call the top two gentleman qualified for the Olympia. There are a number of scenarios that could change the remaining lineup after this weekend.

Leading the Olympia Point Series:
Jonathan Sebastian, 15
Xavisus Gayden, 12
Felipe Franco, 8
Jeff Seid, 7
Matt Christianer, 6
Sheridan Hause, 6

Opportunity Knocks at The 2014 Figure Olympia

Figure Olympia

The 2014 Figure Olympia presents a huge opportunity for the women qualified and entering the event. This will be the 11th year the IFBB Pro Figure competition has been held during the Olympia Weekend. The final competitor list has yet to be finalized but with three shows to go it’s getting close. Three of the women who finished in last year’s top six will not be returning. Last month, Heather Dees announced she was sitting out this year’s event. Heather placed fourth at the 2012 and 2013 Figure Olympia.

Two-time Figure Olympia champion, Erin Stern made her official announcement regarding this year’s competition. She made the following post in conjunction with Oxygen magazine’s “exclusive announcement”.

“It’s official – I won’t be competing in the 2014 Figure Olympia. For the last 5 years, I’ve done upwards of 6 shows a year. I have always trained/prepped myself for shows, which can make it difficult to know when to take time off. But, I want to focus more on helping others achieve their goals, do more seminars, and finish my book. I’m also looking forward to just training! As we all know, quality improvements to the physique can’t be made overnight! The stage will be there next year Thank you….and train hard, y’all!!!”

In the Oxygen story Erin shared, “It’s not that I feel that my body won’t respond, it’s just that my bones ache!” Despite the aching bones Stern shared, “I’m toying with the idea of doing some powerlifting competitions.”

Erin had finished in the top six in each of her five Olympia appearances. Her first Olympia, in 2009 she finished in sixth and after that it was a battle between her and Nicole Wilkins for the top spot. The two went head to head with Erin winning two times and Nicole winning three.

Fitness Management Group (FMG), Mallory’s management has exclusively confirmed that Mallory Haldeman will be sitting out the Olympia. She’s finished in fifth place in 2012 and 2013. In 2012 she was awarded “rookie of the year” by Flex Magazine. Mallory skipped the Figure International the and struggled at the California’s Governor’s Cup earlier his year. She finished in sixth at the 2014 Governor’s Cup, the lowest finish of her pro figure career. FMG shared that she will look at competing later this Fall and hopes to be invited back to the 2015 Figure International.

It looks like this year’s competition could spark a new rivalry between three-time champ Nicole Wilkins and Candice Keene. Keene has yet to finish higher than third at the Olympia but you have to figure (like that unintentional pun?) this is her opportunity to move up and make a run for the top spot. Candice did beat Nicole at the 2013 New York Pro but that wasn’t the best version of Wilkins we’ve seen. Nicole was off at that show and bounced back to win her third Olympia title. If you’re gambling in Vegas this September the smart money is on the 2014 Figure Olympia title going to one of these two women.

No one is unbeatable and with half of last year’s top six sitting out, opportunity knocks for those who are qualified. If there were an Olympia Figure pecking order we could look to Ann Titone, Camala Rodriquez, Genn Strobo and Candice Lewis to be the most likely candidates to finish in the top spots. You can rule out Alicia Coates who will be competing in her first Olympia and the other women who have earned their spot in this year’s competition.

Nicole Wilkins
Candice Keene
Erin Stern
Heather Dees
Mallory Haldeman

Camala Rodriguez
Alicia Coates
Candice Lewis
Jessica Graham
Dana Ambrose
Natalia Revajova Lenartova
Ann Titone
Zsuzsanna Toldi
Gennifer Strobo
Cydney Gillon

Read more on who is in the hunt for a qualifying spot via the Olympia Point Series.

STORY UPDATED on July 9th to reflect FMG’s exclusive statement.

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