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2014 IFBB St. Louis Pro Bikini – Last Chance to Qualify


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The 2014 IFBB St. Louis Pro Bikini is the last opportunity for the women in the pro bikini division to qualify for the Olympia. The Olympia is a week earlier this year and the St. Louis Pro moved up in the schedule as a result. The winner will automatically get in the Bikini Olympia and those finishing in the second through fifth places will earn points in the Olympia Point Series. The women with the five highest point totals get in the Olympia.

The magic number is 10 to get into the Olympia via points. A woman will need at least ten points to have a chance at qualifying. This show will be very interesting to watch as three women are currently tied with 10 points for the fifth and final spot. Candice Conroy is the only one of them currently on the list. If she places anywhere in the top five she’ll break the tie and bump Michelle Lewin and Nomei Olah out of the mix. Mathematically she’s the only one on the list with a chance to qualify via points. Everyone else will need a win to get in. Brittany Taylor is the one who could shake things up in this line-up and don’t be shocked if Candice and Brittany are being compared for the own here.

*Update – Jessica Arevalo, Justine Munro and Noemi Olah have been added to the lists which changes the game.*

2014 IFBB St. Louis Pro Bikini Competitors (as of August 18, 2014) *UPDATED*
Jessica Arevalo
Candice Conroy
Svetlana Eregina
Janet Ann Harding
Shawn Hecktor-Lewis
Solmay Hernandez
Justine Munro
Noemi Olah
Caryn Paolini
Kamilah Powell
Tanya Rachan
Brittany Taylor

For more information on the show and how to purchase tickets visit npcmidwest.com.

WHEN:
August 23, 2014

TIME:
PREJUDGING: 10am CST
FINALS: 6PM CST

WHERE:
Rickman Auditorium
747 Jeffco Boulevard
Arnold, MO 63010



2014 IFBB TAHOE PRO Figure – Last Chance to Qualify


tahoe-pro figure

The Tahoe Pro is the last chance for the women of the IFBB Pro Figure division to qualify for the 2014 Olympia. Currently, ten women are slated to in Lake Tahoe, Nevada. The winner will automatically punch their ticket to the big show and those finishing in 2-5th will collect points towards the Olympia Point Series.

It’s a tight race in the point series. Allison Frahn is leading the point series with fifteen. If she were to win this show everyone moves up in the point series. If she doesn’t win, she’ll still be in as 15 points are enough to qualify her for the Olympia. Second place Sasha Brown is in with 12 points as well. That leaves Krista Dunn, Andrea Calhoun, Julie Mayer are all tied for the remaining three spots with 10 points. Wendy Fortino is on the outside looking in but if she places fourth or higher she’ll be in with enough points.

Beckie Boddie and Bojana Vasiljevic are mathematically out of the top five points. They’ll need to win to get in. Same holds true for Jami DeBernard, Sarah Dominguez and Kartina Tarbox.

2014 IFBB TAHOE PRO FIGURE COMPETITORS (as of Monday August 18, 2014)**
Beckie Boddie
Shalako Bradberry
Andrea Calhoun
Jami DeBernard
Sarah Dominguez
Krista Dunn
Wendy Fortino
Allison Frahn
Julie Mayer
Michelle Shepherd
Katrina Tarbox
Bojana Vasiljevic

**Alicia Coates was on the original list but confirmed she is NOT doing the show. Added are Shalako Bradberry, Andrea Calhoun and Michelle Shepherd



2014 IFBB Golden State Pro Competitor Lists


This weekend in Sacramento, California marks one of the last remaining shows before the Olympia. The winner of each division will qualify for the 2014 Olympia and those placing second through fifth will collect points towards the Olympia Point Series. The show will take place on Saturday, August 2, 2014 at the Sacramento Memorial Auditorium.

THE HARDBODY 411
There are a number of women looking to not only win but place high enough to collect points and punch their ticket to the Olympia. Look for Roxie Beckles, Loan Leonard, Karin Hobbs, Heather Grace, Jennifer Robinson and Carrie Simmons to be your likely top six. Jillian Reville is returning to the stage for the first time since heart surgery. Jennifer Robinson is the only woman qualified for the Olympia in this lineup.

2014 IFBB Golden State Pro Competitor Lists

2014 IFBB Golden State Pro Women’s Physique Competitors
1. Roxie Beckles
2. Heather Grace
3. Karin Hobbs
4. Leah Johnson
5. Candrea Judd Adams
6. Loan Leonard
7. Jodi Marchuck
8. Akane Nigro-Ismeal
9. Claire O’Connell
10. Jillian Reville
11. Jennifer Robinson
12. Carrie Simmons
13. Patriciia Wood

2014 IFBB Golden State Pro Master’s Women’s Physique Competitors
1. Karin Hobbs
2. Cathy Jackson
3. Candrea Judd Adams
4. Claire O’Connell

Toney Freeman, Johnnie Jackson, Essa Obaid are your likely top three in the men’s division. Look for William Bonac, An Nguyen, Akin Williams and JoJo Ntiforo to be in the mix for the top spots. While the lineup isn’t the deepest we’ve seen it will be competitive for the top spots.

2014 IFBB Golden State Pro Men’s Bodybuilding Competitors
1. Santana Anderson
2. Mohamed Ali Bannout
3. William Bonac
4. Toney Freeman
5. Johnnie Jackson
6. Kenneth Jackson
7. Manuel Lomeli
8. An Nguyen
9. Jojo Ntiforo
10. Essa Obaid
11. Manuel Romero
12. Akim Williams
13. Brian Yerskey

More info: spectrumfitnessproductions.com



2014 IFBB Prestige Crystal Cup Pro Competitors


olympia qualifier

The women of the IFBB Pro Bikini division are back in competition this weekend at the 2014 IFBB Prestige Crystal Cup Pro. This is one of the few remaining shows for the women to qualify for the Bikini Olympia. The Men’s Physique Pro competitors will also be on stage along with a NPC competition. The show will take place this Saturday, July 19th in Boca Raton, Florida.

THE HARDBODY 411
Lacy DeLuca is the only woman currently in the lineup who is qualified for the Olympia. Stephanie Mahoe is the current leader in the Olympia Point Series with 19 points. A win here would lock in her spot in the Olympia lineup but anything in the top five would help her stay in the mix via the point series. Dayna Maleton is sitting in third place with 13 points and a top five finish would help her stay in the Olympia hunt. Currently, the magic number to get in via the point series is 11. The winner gets an automatic invite, something everyone on this list is shooting for and the top five will be competitive.

2014 IFBB Prestige Crystal Cup Pro Competitors:
• Ashlee Adams
• Stefanie Bambrough
• Callie Bundy
• Lacy DeLuca
• Aly Garcia
• Lauren Hoskins
• Michelle Lewin
• Stephanie Mahoe
• Dayna Maleton
• Asia Mendoza
• Raphaela Milagres
• Noemi Olah
• Amanda Otero
• Jessica Renee

LOCATION:
LYNN UNIVERSITY PERFORMING ARTS CENTER
661 NW 53rd Street
Boca Raton, Florida, 33487

Visit prestigecrystalcup.com for more information.



2014 IFBB Tournament of Champions Pro Figure Competitor Lists


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The 2014 IFBB Tournament of Champions, held in San Diego, CA is one of the last chances for women in Pro Figure to qualify for the Olympia. The event will be held on July 12th with 25 women slated to compete. There’s also a pro master’s figure competition and a NPC National Qualifying event held in conjunction with the Pro Figure competition.

THE HARDBODY 411
Ones to watch in this line-up as they are in the hunt for a top five finish in the Olympia Point Series. The winner of this show will automatically qualify for the Figure Olympia held in September. The 2-5 finishers will collect points. Sasha Brown is currently in 4th place with 8 points. If she finishes in the top five it will definitely help earn her a spot in the Olympia. Right behind her and in this show is Julie Mayer. Julie is currently tied for 5th in the point series so anything in the top five would give her a bump in the Point standings. Canty, Bodie, Watts and Vasiljevic are currently sitting with three points each. If one of them can snag the second place spot they’ll be in the hunt. Anything below second and they’ll still be on the outside of the top five Point Series.

There could be more women added before Saturday’s event but as of now here’s the line-up.

2014 IFBB Tournament of Champions Pro Figure Competitors:
• Marie Allegro
• Beckie Boddie
• Sasha Brown
• Jessica Canty
• Dawn Fernandez
• Karina Grau
• Elizabeth Jenkins
• Meg Kruse
• Crystal Lowery
• Elizabeth Maurice
• Julie Mayer
• Lisandra McGrath
• Bruna Miyagui
• Asher Prio
• Susana Ramirez
• Lisa Rapoza
• Tamara Ribeiro Bailey
• Sheryln Roy
• Lacy Smith
• Tamen Stuvve
• Katrina Tarbox
• Jennifer Taylor
• Mavis Tozzi
• Bojana Vasiljevic
• Latorya Watts

2014 IFBB Tournament of Champions Pro Masters Figure Competitors:
• Marie Allegro
• Dawn Fernandez
• Meg Kruse
• Elizabeth Maurice
• Lisandra McGrath
• Lisa Rapoza
• Sherlyn Roy
• Katrina Tarbox
• Jennifer Taylor
• Mavis Tozzi

Venue:
Scottish Rite Event Center
1895 Camino Del Rio S.
San Diego, California 92108

Schedule of Events:
Saturday, July 12t
10:00am pst – Prejudging
6:00pm pst – Finals

More info visit: lindsayproductions.com



2014 IFBB Patriots Pro Bikini Competitors & Preview – UPDATED


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The first annual IFBB Patriots Pro Bikini show will take place this weekend in Las Vegas, Nevada. When the lineup was first announced there were only eight women on the list but that has since changed. Currently, 20 women are slated to compete. Despite the twelve additions only one competitor appears to be a threat to the big two. Anything can happen on game day but if history repeats itself it’ll come down to Stacey Alexander, Angela Marquez and Justine Munro for the top spots.

THE HARDBODY 411:
Angela Marquez has won three shows in a row and will look for her fourth this weekend. She’ll face her toughest test of the year when she meets up with hometown girl Stacey Alexander. Stacey was third at last year’s Olympia and won’t have to worry about hotels or travel since she calls Vegas home. Stacey and Angela will likely finish in the top spots unless they’ve camped out at an In-N-Out Burger. We saw Justine on stage earlier this year where she finished 10th at the Bikini International. Look for her to be compared to Stacey and Angela for the win.

There’s no clear cut favorites to round out the top five. Yarishna has a good look but her legs have yet to come down and tend to be a bit too muscular compared to her upper body. Marcela has a good look and if she can come in with a fuller look to her physique has a good chance at that third place spot. Mary Dent will blow people’s minds when they see her and find out she’s over 50. Can she finish in the top spots? Don’t bet against her. Jennifer Dietrick hasn’t competed much this year and has been all over the board with her placings in previous shows. Liana Hamilton has yet to dial it in this year but has the tools to nail a top spot. If she comes in tighter than her last two shows she’ll be in the hunt.

2014 IFBB Patriots Pro Bikini – UPDATED JULY 2, 2014
1. Stacey Alexander
2. Lisa Asuncion
3. Yarishna Ayala
4. Lorena Bucio
5. Marcela Cabral
6. Iveth Carreon
7. Kelsie Clark
8. Rachelle Dejean
9. Mary Dent
10. Jennifer Dietrick
11. Liana Hamilton
12. Lisa Kelly
13. Sandie Kight
14. Angela Marquez
15. Michelle Mein
16. Justine Munro
17. Maysa Quy
18. Lisa Roy
19. Lynn Sambuco
20. Nissan Weaver
21. Lindsey Wells
22. Jacklyn Wilson

2014 IFBB Patriots Pro Master Bikini  – UPDATED JULY 1, 2014
1. Iveth Carreon
2. Mary Dent
3. Liana Hamilton
4. Diana Harbot
5. Sandie Kight
6. Lisa Roy
7. Lynn Sambuco

The IFBB Pro show is held in conjunction with a National Qualifying NPC show. For more information visit: lindsayproductions.com.

 UPDATE 07.01.14: 12 women have been added to the official line up. Preview article changed based on new additions.

 UPDATE 06.30.14: Not on the list but told will be competing are Justine Munro, Jaclyn Wilson and Lisa Asuncion. This could definitely shake things up, especially if Justine Munro is on point.



2014 NPC / IFBB Greater Gulf Preview


Things will be heating up in Metairie, Louisiana this weekend for the 2014 NPC / IFBB Greater Gulf. The show, promoted by Luke and Robin Tesvich, has become one of the favorite events for pros and amateurs. The venue is close to the airport and it’s a very laid back, well run event. Once you’re done with the competition you take a short drive into New Orleans and enjoy some of the best food in the world.

greater gulf states

This will be the third year for the pro competition of the Greater Gulf and the 21st year for the NPC Greater Gulf States. Luke and Robin are expecting over 250 NPC competitors and 67 pros to compete over the course of two days. Yes, the show has grown so large that they’ve split it into two days. Competitors love this set up as the prejudging and finals are on the same day. Women are up first and the men’s competition is held the following day. It’s also one of the few events with a wheelchair bodybuilding competition.

THE HARDBODY 411:

BIKINI
Favorites:
I expected a few more competitors to be in this show from the bikini division but perhaps learning of who was in it scared some of the women away. Amanda Latona will be back to defend her Greater Gulf title but she’ll have a little tougher time this year. On paper, Amanda has to be considered the favorite for the win but it’s not a sure thing. Last year’s overall NPC bikini winner at this show, Jenee Leger will be competing as a pro this time around. She made an immediate impact in her pro debut with a win at the Dallas Europa. She has a similar look to Latona and don’t be shocked if you see the two of them standing next to one another being compared for the win. Amanda is at her best when she doesn’t stage on stage trying to hit too many poses and doing the weird leg cocked to one side pose. It was her stage presence early on in her pro bikini career that stands out. No need to over due things when you have looks and a body that do the talking.

Contenders:
Rounding out the top spots will likely be Sara LeBlanc, Desiree Niemann, Aly Garcia and Michelle Lewin. Sarah found success on stage earlier this year and I see her being in the mix once again at this show. Desiree Niemann is coming off a third place finish last week, in her pro debut, and will undoubtedly be in the mix for the top five. Michelle Lewin is wildly popular on social media but still trying to find her groove on the pro competition stage. Aly Garcia, who went by Aly Veneno in the past, should also be a top contender. She’s toned down posing and if she brings the same look and presentation to this competition she’ll finish in the top spots.

Long shots:
Liana Hamilton has the potential to be in the mix but needs, in my opinion, to go back to the look that worked for her last year. She’s been a bit fuller and too soft in her competitions this year. I like the look of Marcela Cabral from San Antonio, Texas and she could sneak into the first callout but it will be tough.

2014 IFBB Greater Gulf Pro Bikini Competitors
1. Lisa Asuncion
2. Marcela Cabral
3. Jade Carroll
4. Adrienne Crenshaw
5. Aly Garcia
6. Liana Hamilton
7. Sarah LeBlanc
8. Jenee Leger
9. Michelle Lewin
10. Meredith Mack
11. Desiree Niemann

WOMEN’S PHYSIQUE
This is one of the larger turnouts for the women’s physique division. Last year’s champ, Tycie Coppett will not be back to defend her title and is focused on the Olympia. Tamee Marie will be looking for her second victory in a row and could do it. She just has to nail the little details like her tanning. The heat in Louisiana can often be a challenge for tanning and hair due to the heat and humidity. She’ll have her work cut out for her to take top honors. Roxie Beckles, Sheena Ohlig, Leonie Rose, Mascha Tieken and Karina Nascimento are all names that jump out as contenders. There are a variety of physiques in this competition but look for the women with long and lean muscle to rise to the top.

2014 IFBB Greater Gulf Pro Women’s Physique Competitors
1. Alisa Alday
2. Heather Barbee
3. Roxie Beckles
4. Evangeline Belton
5. Jeni Briscoe
6. Gloria Faulls
7. Hannah Hallman
8. Kari Hartman
9. Joy Henderson
10. Rosella Joseph
11. Candrea Judd Adams
12. Anne Marie Kam
13. Marina Lopez
14. Tamee Marie
15. Karina Nascimento
16. Sheena Ohlig
17. Tammy Patnode
18. Dona Pohl
19. Leonie Rose
20. Elizabeth Schneider
21. Tish Shelton
22. Sabrina Sonner
23. Leila Thompson
24. Mascha Tieken
25. Tracy Weller
26. Shelly Yakimchuk

The women’s competition takes place on Friday, June 20, 2014. The men will compete on Saturday. This is the case for both pro and amateur competitions.

PREJUDGING: 9:30 am
FINALS: 6:30 pm

Best Western Landmark Hotel
2601 Severn Ave
Metairie, LA

For tickets and more info visit npcggs.com.



2014 IFBB Southern California Pro Bikini Competitor Lists & Preview


The women of the IFBB Pro Bikini division will be back in action at the 2014 IFBB Southern California Pro. The event will take place on Saturday, June 14th in San Diego, California. Thirteen women are slated to compete in the open and just three have thrown their heels in the mix for the Masters division.

2014 IFBB Southern California Pro Bikini

THE HARDBODY 411:
Angela Marquez will look to make it three wins in a row. She’ll be coming off back to back victories in Arizona and Northern California. Making her IFBB Pro debut will be Desiree Niemann. Desiree has the potential to make an immediate impact in the pro ranks is she brings a similar look to her amateur days. She achieved IFBB Pro status by winning her class at the 2012 NPC Nationals. Narmin Assria always seems to fair well in the Southern California shows and has to be considered a contender in this lineup. She’s coming off a 6th place finish at the New York Pro. Christie Marquez will look to stay in the top spots after her third place finish at the Northern California Pro. Janelle Saitone-McGuire finished just behind Christie last weekend and should be in the hunt for the top five once again. Others who have potential to break into the top five are Lisette Howard and Amy Updike. Amy continues to move up in her placings and will look to move up from her 7th place finish last week.

2014 IFBB Southern California Pro Bikini Competitors
1. Narmin Assria
2. Lisa Asuncion
3. Sandy Avelar
4. Iveth Carreon
5. Rachelle DeJean
6. Lisette Howard
7. Lisa Kelly
8. Angela Marquez
9. Christie Marquez
10. Desiree Niemann
11. Marissa Rivero
12. Janelle Saitone-McGuire
13. Amy Updike

2014 IFBB Southern California Pro Masters Bikini Competitors:
1. Iveth Carreon
2. Diana Harbort
3. Lisa Kelly



2014 IFBB Northern California Pro Bikini Competitors & Preview


Twelve women are slated to compete this weekend at the 2014 IFBB Nothern California Pro Bikini contest. A quick look at the list and it could be anyone’s show to win but there are a few names you have to figure will be in the hunt. Jessica Arevalo, Janelle Saitone-McGuire and Christie Marquez have faired the best out of this line up but don’t count out Krissy Chin, Liana Hamilton and Amy Updike. Amy continues to improve with each show and I look for her to crack the top five at this competition. Jessica Arevalo could win this show if she smiles and gives off some positive energy instead of scowling on stage. Christie Marquez will likely be standing next to Jessica and it will come down to the two of them if they are in condition. If Liana Hamilton brings a similar to this stage as she did as an amateur she’ll give them a run for their money and could be your winner.

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There’s also a master’s pro bikini event which I look for it to be between Krissy Chin and Liana Hamilton for the win. Krissy has to watch not to come in too hard with her conditioning and Liana has to make sure she’s not too soft with hers.

2014 IFBB Northern California Pro Bikini Competitor Lists

2014 IFBB Northern California Pro Bikini Competitors:
1. Jessica Arevalo
2. Lisa Asuncion
3. Sandy Avelar
4. Krissy Chin
5. Liana Hamilton
6. Christie Marquez
7. Stacey Naito
8. Janelle Saitone-McGuire
9. Amy Updike
10. Rosemary Valenzuela
11. Nissan Weaver
12. Katherin William

2014 IFBB Northern California Pro Bikini Competitors:
1. Sandy Avelar
2. Krissy Chin
3. Liana Hamilton
4. Stacey Naito
5. Rosemary Valenzuela

For more information visit: spectrumfitnessproductions.com.



Saturday Showdown – Hardbody Preview of Toronto, Denver & Phoenix Pro


This weekend nearly 300 IFBB Pro competitors will be competing across North America. The Toronto Pro will showcase the largest field and every IFBB Pro League division. The Mile High Pro, held just outside of Denver, will feature the Men and Women’s Physique division. Last but certainly not least, the Dennis James Classic will take place in Phoenix and features the Pro Bikini division.

show preview

If you’re looking to connect on social media use… #TOPRO for Toronto, #MILEHIGHPRO for Denver’s show and #AZPRO for Phoenix coverage.

THE 2014 TORONTO PRO PREVIEW:
This is one of the biggest shows of the year for the IFBB PRO LEAGUE and the first women’s bodybuilding event of the year. It will be interesting to see how the women show up. You have a variety of physiques ranging from the large and in charge to those who could be women’s physique competitors. Familiar names to the line up are Emery Miller, Tonia Moore, Nancy Clark and Melody Spetko. The winner goes to the Olympia so look for the women to be at their best in hopes of snagging the qualification.

2014 IFBB Toronto Pro Women’s Bodybuilding Competitors
1. Nancy Clark
2. Roxanne Edwards
3. Christine Envall
4. Lisa Giesbrecht
5. Sherri Gray
6. Aurelia Grozajova
7. Margie Martin
8. Wendy McCready
9. Tananarive McGowan
10. Emery Miller
11. Tonia Moore
12. Simone Oliveria
13. Virginia Sanchez
14. Alana Shipp
15. Melody Spetko
16. Joanne Williams

If you’re going with conventional wisdom based on past events you’d most likely put your money on Trish Warren, Kizzy Vaines or Ryall Graber. All three have competed at the Olympia and done well. Kizzy always has a crazy good routine with insane flexibility. Ryall can bring a high energy, fast paced routine but we haven’t see that just yet this year. Trish has improved not only her routine but also her physique over the years.

Diana Monteiro won’t be in the top spots for the physique round but will have a routine that moves her up. Three women to watch for that could shake things up in the top spots… Vanda Hadarean is a world class athlete. When you see her routine you’ll know what I am talking about. She’s an Olympic Gymnast, yes those Olympics, and her skills are out of this world. She doesn’t tend to place as high as she should simply based on her physique round. Danielle Ruban continues to bring her routines to a higher level and has improved her physique. Look for her to finish in the top 5 and she’s always very happy on stage, which is nice. No one wants to see ANGRY FACES. The dark horse is Darrian Tissenbaum. She will have a routine that leaves people saying, “WOW”! Look for her to bring an improved physique from her last competition and a routine that puts her on the map.

2014 IFBB Toronto Pro Fitness Competitors
1. Marta Aguiar
2. Ryall Graber
3. Natalie Graziano
4. Vanda Hadarean
5. Amanda Hatfield
6. Nita Marquez
7. Dominique Matthews
8. Diana Monteiro
9. Kary Odiatu
10. Shelly Paton
11. Danielle Ruban
12. Shannon Siemer
13. Lovena Stamatiou-Tuley
14. Darrian Tissenbaum
15. Kizzy Vaines
16. Trish Warren

The Figure competition will likely be a two woman race. Ann Titone will be back to defend her title and Genn Strobo will likely be standing next to her looking for the win. Smart money is on Ann as she’s coming off a win in Dallas and had time to tweak things. Strobo is coming off the New York Pro and will likely be Ann’s biggest threat for an upset. Look for Andrea Calhoun to be in the mix and I really like Elissa Martis’ potential. If Elissa can pose her back just a bit better I think it will help her. I’d like to see her in that first callout if she shows up like she did in New York. Those are my picks for your top spots but as we all know anything can happen.

2014 IFBB Toronto Pro Figure Competitors
1. Leah Berti
2. Chaya Boone
3. Jennifer Brown
4. Andrea Calhoun
5. Maggy Cambronero
6. Linda Crossley
7. Laura Davies
8. Angela Doucette
9. Jolene Fonseca
10. Cydney Gillon
11. Erin Harding
12. Shawn Hecktor Lewis
13. Vera Mallet
14. Elissa Martis
15. Christina Mehling
16. Annette Mendez
17. Emi Perez Custodio
18. Samantha Rioux
19. Jill St. Laurent
20. Roshanda Schmitt
21. Giada Simari
22. Gennifer Strobo
23. Katerina Tarbox
24. Ann Titone
25. Zsuzsanna Toldi
26. Madgalena Wilk
27. Emily Zelinka

The defending champ, Ashley Kaltwasser will be back to defend her title. She’s shown that she’s not unbeatable. Ashley is coming off a second place finish at the New York Pro but don’t look for her to be out of the winner’s circle. I like Belinda Kiriakou’s physique and if she doesn’t “over pose” she should be in the mix. Gigi Amurao could be in the top five if her legs aren’t too muscular. Stephanie Mahoe finished in third in New York and will likely be in the top spots again this weekend. Noemi Olah is looking to get back to the Olympia but hasn’t found the winning look as of late. Sabrina Nicole will have some of the best abs on stage but it could cost her for being “too muscular”. Canada’s own Natalie Waples will have a large cheering section as she competes in Bikini again. Nat has the personality for the division but needs a little more booty to finish in the top spots.

2014 IFBB Toronto Pro Bikini Competitors
1. Gigi Amurao
2. Maria Annunziata
3. Yarisna Ayala
4. Cynthia Benoit
5. Callie Bundy
6. Valerie Cantin
7. Danielle Carr
8. Denita Clark
9. Becky Clawson
10. Jennifer Dawn
11. Dana French
12. Breanne Hensman
13. Joanne Holden
14. Ashley Kaltwasser
15. Belinda Kiriakou
16. Natalie Mack
17. Stephanie Mahoe
18. Jana Majernikova
19. Nathalie Mur
20. Sabrina Nicole
21. Noemi Olah
22. Marissa Rivero
23. Francine Slobodnik
24. Anna Starodubtseva
25. Natalie Waples
26. Nissan Weaver

Look for Mindi O’Brien and CeAnna Kerr to be your top women in the Women’s Physique portion of the show. There are a number of women who have the potential to be in the top spots but my money is on it coming down to those two for the win.

2014 Toronto Pro Women’s Physique Competitors
1. Olandina Balan
2. Fabiola Boulanger
3. Jessica Bowman
4. Nathalie Foreau
5. Amie Francisco
6. Aurelia Grozajova
7. Leah Johnson
8. CeaAnna Kerr
9. Michelle Krack
10. Sandra Lombardo
11. Terista Morales
12. Colette Nelson
13. Nkechi Nwafor Robinson
14. Mindi O’Brien
15. Jill Rudison
16. Ida Sefland
17. Lise Thexton
18. Tracy Weller

THE 2014 IFBB MILE HIGH WOMEN’S PHYSIQUE PREVIEW

The judges will have their hands full with a variety of physiques taking the stage at the Mile High Pro. Look for Rachel Baker and Samantha Jo Hill to be in the mix for the top spots. They’re coming off the Optimum Classic last weekend and unless they did something crazy in between then could be your top two again. Roxie Beckles has long, lean muscle but should make her presence known. If Carrie Simmons brings in a tight physique she could be in the top spots. Jacklyn Sutton Abrams won’t be the biggest competitor on stage but will hold her own in her hometown. Jen Louwagie could find herself in the mix if she brings her best. The 2013 Champ, Sara Hurrle will not be competing but will be on stage as the emcee. Sara is expecting her first child later this year.

2014 IFBB MILE HIGH PRO Women’s Physique
1. Rachel Baker
2. Roxie Beckles
3. Rose Brunner
4. Cinzia Clapp
5. Jill Dearmin
6. Jessica Gaines
7. Susan Graham
8. Samantha Jo Hill
9. Cathy Jackson
10. Candrea Judd Adams
11. Anna Marie Kam
12. Marina Lopez
13. Jen Louwagie
14. Meredith Mack
15. Delia McNeil
16. Marga Lee Overby
17. Antonia Perdikakis
18. Rita Rae
19. Drorit Silverman
20. Carrie Simmons
21. Stacy Simons McDowell
22. Jacklyn Sutton Abrams
23. Shelly Yamchuck

2014 IFBB DENNIS JAMES CLASSIC – PRO BIKINI PREVIEW
This weekend’s Phoenix Pro could go a number of ways but you have to look to Lacey DeLuca as the favorite. If Lacey brings in a tight booty without looking too drawn in she could leave the champ. I like Ashriel Osgood’s look and would put her up in the top spots but I’m not judging. I also like the look Amy Updike brings to the stage and she rocks the tats like no other bikini pro. If she’s more relaxed with her back posing she’ll be up there. Angela Marquez may not sound familiar and that’s because she competed as Angela Skeels. She recently married and will look to return to the top spots. Angela has struggled to find her groove since winning the 2012 Overall NPC Nationals title. Nikola Weiterova has a great look and gets the award for longest travel, making the trip all the way from Slovakia. No, it’s not a mistake that Krissy Chin’s name is in the Bikini line-up. This is Krissy’s first time on stage since having her baby and don’t be surprised if she brings a completely new physique and holds her own. Debora Goodman deserves a standing ovation for the rock’n body she brings to the stage. She is a mother of not just one, not two but SIX children. Yes, SIX! I like what she brings to the stage and how can you not cheer for a mom of six bringing a hardbody like hers to the stage? Karey Grabow has a good look for the division and has steadily improved. I like her chances for a top five finish.

2014 IFBB Dennis James Pro Bikini Competitor List
1. Sandy Avelar
2. Krissy Chin
3. Kelsie Clark
4. My Coustels
5. Lacey DeLuca
6. Deborah Goodman
7. Karey Grabow
8. Lisa Kelly
9. Angela Marquez
10. Stacey Naito
11. Ashriel Osgood
12. Caryn Paolini
13. Amy Updike
14. Nikola Weiterova



2014 IFBB NEW YORK PRO Competitor Lists


The IFBB Pros will be back in action this weekend (May 17th) at the 2014 IFBB New York Pro in New York, New York. The top three from last year’s Figure competition will not be in the show so we’ll see a new top three in that division. In Bikini, Yeshaira Robles will be back to defend her title and reigning Bikini Olympia Champ Ashley Kaltwasser will look to leave with another title. Defending champ in the women’s physique, Juliana Malacarne will look to leave with the title again and is coming off a win at the Dallas Europa.

2014 New York Pro competitor lists

Note there will likely be more names added to this list before show time so check back for updates. *Updated 3:45pm – May 12, 2014

2014 IFBB NEW YORK PRO Competitor Lists:

2014 IFBB NEW YORK PRO FIGURE
1. Marie Allegro
2. Julie Aragon
3. Laurel Bickford
4. Beckie Boddie
5. Andrea Cantone
6. Tara Chandler
7. Kim Clark
8. Laura Davies
9. Heather Dees
10. Erin Ehlrich
11. Laurie Green
12. Kelly Keiser
13. Elissa Martis
14. Elizabeth Maurice
15. Lisandra McGrath
16. Christina Mehling
17. Camala Rodriquez
18. Jill S. Laurent
19. Rinnah Schmid
20. Diana Schnaidt
21. Tamara Sedlack
22. Gennifer Strobo
23. Tamen Stuve
24. Katerina Tarbox
25. Magdalena Wilk
26. Patty Zariello
27. Andrea Calhoun
28. Georgina Lona
29. Annette Mendez
30. Magdalena Wilk

2014 IFBB NEW YORK PRO BIKINI
1. Stacey Alexander
2. Maria Annunziata
3. Narmin Assria
4. Yarishna Ayala
5. Chaundra Bagwell
6. Callie Bundy
7. Marcela Cabral
8. Danielle Carr
9. Taylor Jade Carroll
10. Rachelle DeJean
11. Lacey DeLuca
12. Diana Graham
13. Breanne Hensman
14. Joanne Holden
15. Ashley Kaltwasser
16. Sidibe Khoudiedji
17. Belinda Kiriakou
18. Vladimira Krasova
19. Stephanie Mahoe
20. Jane Majernikova
21. Jessica Renee
22. Yeshaira Robles
23. Francine Slobodnik
24. Anna Starodubtseva
25. Amy Updike
26. Angeles Burke
27. Becky Clawson
28. Amira Lamb
29. Antanique Landry
30. Nissan Weaver

2014 IFBB NEW YORK PRO WOMEN’S PHYSIQUE
1. Orlandina Balan
2. Olga Beliakova
3. Nahiany Berbet Nery
4. Fabiola Boulanger
5. Gloria Faulls
6. Amie Grancisco
7. Teresita Morales
8. Eva Pogcnik
9. Shawna Pringle
10. Jill Rudison
11. Ida Sefland
12. Alicia Spearman
13. Mascha Tieken
14. Tracy Weller
15. Juliana Malacarne
16. Karen Gatto
17. Sheena Ohlig

2014 IFBB NEW YORK PRO MEN’S PHYSIQUE
1. Andre Adams
2. Anton Antipov
3. Mike Balan
4. Murat Demir
5. Brian Upstein
6. Vincent Fiore
7. Chris Gurunlian
8. Sadik Hadzovic
9. Shawn Lebega
10. Nick Olsen
11. German Pacheco
12. Jason Poston
13. Sharif Reid
14. Sean Sapera
15. Jonathan Sebastian
16. A.J. Shukoori
17. Rich Tuma
18. David Valezquez
19. Derrick Wade
20. Derrick Yuvienco
21. Matt Acton
22. Nate Baumbick
23. Jonathan Cetera
24. Chad Demchik
25. Robert Ortiz
26. Pierre Vuala

2014 IFBB NEW YORK PRO MEN’S 212 BODYBUILDING
1. Breon Ansley
2. Thomas Benagli
3. Curtis Bryant
4. Marco Cardona
5. Aaron Clark
6. Guy Cisternino
7. Shaun Clarida
8. Guy Ducasse
9. Abiu Feliz
10. Milton Holloway
11. Lukas Osladil
12. Bryan Pazdzierz
13. Craig Richardson
14. Marco Rivera
15. Amit Sapir
16. Steve Silverman
17. Gregory Ulysse
18. Marvin Ward
19. Mike Yablon
20. Baito Abbaspour
21. Stan McQuay
22. Baito Abbaspour

2014 IFBB NEW YORK PRO MEN’S BODYBUILDING
1. Fouad Abiad
2. Henri Pierre Ano
3. Max Charles
4. Jon Delarosa
5. Constaninos Demetrio
6. Michael Kefalianos
7. Juan Morel
8. Sergey Shelestov
9. Salid Tejan Kamara
10. Daniel Toth
11. Akim Williams
12. Eboni Wilson
13. Jeff Beckham
14. Lionel Beyeke
15. Marius Dohne

For tickets and more information on the show visit: http://www.bevfrancis.com/npcnortheast/ifbb-ny-pro

ORDER OF EVENTS – PREJUDGING at 11am PST
– Women’s Physique
– Men’s Physique
– 212 Men’s Bodybuilding
– Open Men’s Bodybuilding
– Figure
– Bikini

FINALS – 6pm EST (Same Order – with top five posedown for men at the end followed by awards)

CONTEST VENUE:
Tribeca Performing Arts Center
199 Chambers Street
New York, NY



2014 IFBB Europa Supershow Pro Competitor Lists


2014 IFBB Europa Supershow Pro competitor lists have been released and this show has lived up to the saying, “everything is bigger in Texas”. Currently, 135 IFBB pros are slated to competed and look for a few more to be added before showtime. This event is typically held in August but due to scheduling conflicts with the venue it has been moved up to May. The show is held in conjunction with a NPC event, huge expo and a variety of other sports and activities in Dallas, Texas.

Dallas Europa

2014 IFBB Europa Supershow Pro Competitor Lists *Updated May 7th

2014 IFBB Europa Supershow Pro Figure
1. MayLa Ash
2. Viviana Baca Servin
3. Michelle Beck
4. Laura Belew
5. Shalako Bradberry
6. Tammy Bravomalo
7. Sasha Brown
8. Jessica Canty
9. Clarissa Castaneda
10. Kim Clark
11. Vicki Counts
12. Jessica Curry
13. Kimberly Dickson
14. Krista Dunn
15. Allison Frahn
16. Angie Garcia
17. Ryan Hays
18. Monica Labriola
19. Alissa Parker
20. Marcee Renee
21. Rinnah Schmid
22. Diana Schnaidt
23. Danielle Sereluca
24. Katerina Tarbox
25. Jennifer Taylor
26. Ann Titone
27. Megan Wyble
28. Stephanie McDonald
29. Elvimar Sanchez

2014 IFBB Europa Supershow Pro Women’s Physique
1. Heather Barbe
2. Olga Beliakova
3. Erica Blockman
4. La’Drissa Bonivel
5. Jessica Bowman
6. Beni Bueno Lopez
7. Ayanna Carroll
8. Desunka Dawson
9. Gloria Faulls
10. Cassandra Floyd
11. Jessica Gaines
12. Susan Graham
13. Hannah Hallman
14. Cathy Jackson
15. Juliana Malacarne
16. LaDawn McDay
17. Nuria Novoa
18. Minna Pajulahti
19. Dona Pohl
20. Elizabeth Schneider
21. Ida Sefland
22. Tish Shelton
23. Sabrina Taylor
24. Stephanie Willes
25. Rita Rae

2014 IFBB Europa Supershow Pro Bikini
1. Jessica Arevalo
2. Kelsie Burgin
3. Michelle Lynn Capraru
4. Jennifer Dawn
5. Karey Grabow
6. Crystal Green
7. Michelle Johnson
8. Belinda Kieriakou
9. Vladka Krasova
10. Anna Larsson
11. Jenee Leger
12. Michelle Lewin
13. Dayna Maleton
14. Michelle Mein
15. Ashriel Osgood
16. Cara Ovis
17. Lindsay Oxford
18. Caryn Paolini
19. Kamilah Powell
20. Monique Ricardo
21. Jessica Renee
22. Aly Veneno
23. Natalie Waples
24. Amy Updike

2014 IFBB Europa Supershow Pro Men’s Bodybuilding
1. Baito Abbaspour
2. Fouad Abiad
3. Timmy Gaillard
4. Johnnie Jackson
5. Malcolm Marshall
6. Zaher Moukahal
7. An Nguyen
8. Butch Rolle
9. Sergey Shelestov
10. Vladimir Sizov
11. Daniel Toth
12. Branch Warren
13. Eddy Wilson

2014 IFBB Europa Supershow Pro Men’s 212
1. Thomas Benagli
2. Guy Cisternino
3. Guy Ducasse
4. Moba Edwards
5. Derik Farnsworth
6. Wendell Floyd
7. Shavis Higa
8. Milton Holloway, Jr.
9. Janos Kubik
10. Cory Mathews
11. Kevin Ofurum
12. Amit Sapir
13. Bleu Taylor
14. Lornezo Jones
15. Jojo Ntiforo

2014 IFBB Europa Supershow Pro Men’s Physique
1. Todd Abrams
2. Fawad Ahadi
3. Ron Alexander
4. Michael Anderson
5. John Arterberry
6. Mike Balan
7. Robin Balogh
8. Charles Chester
9. Shane Eslahi
10. Negus Ferguson
11. Denis Gusev
12. Sheridan Hause
13. Eric Hedelberg
14. Jim Holcomb
15. Greg Jones
16. Jacques Lewis
17. Tone Martin
18. Stephen Mass
19. Steve Mousharbash
20. John Nguyen
21. Robert Ortiz
22. Matt Pattison
23. Reynaldo Pickwoad
24. Jason Poston
25. Rodney Razor
26. Arya Saffaie
27. Jonathan Sebastian
28. Willie Spencer
29. Tyler Stines
30. Jason Tessler
31. Ryan Terry
32. Tony Torres
33. Rich Tuma
34. Jeffrey Velazquez
35. James Hodges

For more information on the show and to purchase tickets visit: www.europaexpo.com/dallas-2014.



2014 IFBB Pittsburgh Pro Preview & Competitor Lists


Nearly 100 IFBB pros will compete this weekend at the 2014 IFBB Pittsburgh Pro. The women will compete in pro bikini and figure divisions at this event. The men’s physique competitors will also take the stage. Along with the pro competition is the NPC portion of the event, which always showcases some of top amateur physiques. Many of the top male bodybuilders will also take the stage on Saturday night for the annual guest posing.

pittsburgh pro

THE HARDBODY 411:

PRO FIGURE PREVIEW
The 2014 IFBB Pittsburgh Pro Bikini is going to be a very competitive competition and the top five could go a number of ways. Currently, 27 women are slated to compete but a few favorites should rise to the top. Look for the defending champ, Yeshaira Robles be the one to beat here. Yeshaira has the looks, the body and posing down. She’s my pick for the win as she can go from sassy and sexy to cute in a blink of an eye. She’ll be put to the test with always improving Stacey Alexander. Stacey is polished and poised on stage and continues to bring a better look each time she competes. She could be in the winner’s circle is Yeshaira isn’t at her best.

Amanda Latona will undoubtedly be in the top five but where. She’s won a number of competitions in her career but has placed behind Yeshaira and Stacey in previous outings. She’ll have to be at her best to leave Pittsburgh with the win. I see her in the 3-5 spot but hey you never know. Rising star, Janet Layug has the looks and could be the one to shake things up if she’s on her A-game. Janet continues to improve her physique with time and while she’ll have a tough time with this line up she should be in the mix for a top five spot. Sarah LeBlanc will look to make it three in a row after winning in St. Louis and Orlando. She also continues to improve with each show and this will be her toughest competition to date.

Narmin Assria will try to hang with the big dogs on the East. She typically competes on the West Coast and fairs well but will it carry over to the East? She’ll have her work cut out for her to be in the top five. Callie Bundy continues to improve and could be one in the mix. Lacey Deluca always finds her way into the top 10 but will she be able to be in the top 5? She continues to bring in a tighter physique and if her booty is tight she could be in the mix. Stephanie Mahoe is a bubble girl who is sometimes in the top spots and other times on the outside looking in. Little details like her posing and tan will make a difference here. I like the look Pollianna Moss brings to the stage. A native of Brazil and now living in Hawaii she always brings a tight and toned physique. She should be in the mix for the top callout or two. If Jessica Renee brings the look she has in the past two shows, she could also be a contender for the top spots.

Anyone could bring their best and be in the hunt but based on prior showings that’s how I see things shaking out at the 2014 Pittsburgh Pro Bikini

2014 Pittsburgh Pro Bikini Competitors
1. Natalie Abrhiem
2. Stacey Alexander
3. Narmin Assria
4. Yarishna Ayala
5. Paula Lorena Bucio Moran
6. Callie Bundy
7. Alexis Burke
8. Angeles Burke
9. Taylor Jade Carroll
10. Maria Chase
11. Lacey DeLuca
12. Breanne Hensman
13. Joanne Holden
14. Belinda Kiriakou
15. Amanda Latona
16. Janet Layug
17. Sarah LeBlanc
18. Stephanie Mahoe
19. Pollianna Moss
20. Mylien Nguyen
21. Sabrina Nicole
22. Ashley Pfaff
23. Jessica Renee
24. Satrice Rigsby
25. Yeshaira Robles
26. Lisa Schmkat
27. Francine Slobodnik

PRO FIGURE PREVIEW
The Pro Figure competition has nearly 30 competitors listed but you have to figure it’s Camala Rodriquez’s show to lose. Since she made the switch from Fitness to Figure she’s held her own in nearly every competition she’s entered. If Camala brings the physique she has in recent shows, she will leave your champ. Allison Frahn should be in the mix but will need to be on point with her conditioning to be compared next to Camala. I like Elissa Martis for a top callout in this competition. She has a nice look and if she’s on the money with her conditioning she could be in the mix for a top spot. Monica Labriola and Laurie Green are likely candidates for the top five callout but would need to be at their all-time best to leave with the top spot. Look for Andrea Calhoun to be in in the hunt, again if her conditioning is on point. Julie Mayer has found success in her last couple of shows an could be another name you see at the top of this group.

2014 Pittsburgh Pro Figure Competitors
1. Mayla Ash
2. Laura Belew
3. Laurel Bickford
4. Tammy Bravomalo
5. Jennifer Brown
6. Andrea Calhoun
7. Maggy Cambronero
8. Andrea Cantone
9. Jessica Canty
10. Edith Driver
11. Allison Frahn
12. Susana Garcia
13. Karina Grau
14. Laurie Green
15. Ryan Hays
16. Monica Labriola
17. Georgina Lona
18. Elissa Martis
19. Julie Mayer
20. Annette Mendez
21. Alissa Parker
22. Amy Puglise
23. Camala Rodriquez
24. Rinnah Schmid
25. Danielle Sereluca
26. Melissa Smith
27. Tamen Stuve
28. Katerina Tarabox
29. Patty Zariello

Visit GaryUdit.com and NPCNEWSonline.com for more information on this event.



2014 IFBB Mozolani Pro Competitors


The 2014 IFBB Mozolani Pro will take place this weekend in Zilina, Slovakia. The event will feature women’s pro figure, bikini and men’s 212 bodybuilding. This will be the first time the pros and amateurs share the stage in Slovakia.

2014 IFBB Mozolani Pro Figure Competitors:
1. Kati Alander
2. Ekaterina Gamagina
3. Olga Karavayeva
4. Christina Mehling
5. Ann Pratt
6. Natalia Revagova Lenartova
7. Louise Rogers
8. Giada Simari
9. Zsuzsann Toldi
10. Mette Ulseth

2014 IFBB Mozolani Pro Bikini Competitors:
1. Michelle Brennan
2. My Coustels
3. Christina Strom Fjaere
4. Margret Gnaar
5. Jana Majernikova
6. Eregina Svetlana
7. Anna Virmajoki
8. Nikola Weiterova

2014 IFBB Mozolani Pro Men’s 212 Competitors
1. Sami Al Haddad
2. Khalid Almohsinawi
3. Robert Belisle
4. Marian Cambal
5. Raul Carrasco Jimenez
6. Pierre Chamoun
7. Dobromir Delev
8. Mark Dugdale
9. Jan Kubik
10. Lukas Osladil
11. Amit Sapir
12. Vicente Santamaria Martinez
13. Petr Vanis

For more info visit: www.mozolani.com



2014 IFBB Orlando Pro Europa Show of Champions Bikini Preview


The 2014 IFBB Orlando Pro Europa Show of Champions Bikini competition has a solid line-up with no clear cut winner. Despite there not being any one odds-on favorite to take top honors there are a few likely candidates to be in the mix for the win. Last year, Courtney King was the winner and the year before that went to Nathalia Melo. It’s safe to say the winner of this show will be in good company with the Orlando Pro title to her competitive resume.

bikini preview

THE HARDBODY 411:
Sarah LeBlanc is coming off her first win as a pro. She took top honors at the St. Louis Pro last month and could likely be the one to beat in this contest. She brings a nicely balanced physique and presents with confidence which has consistently put her in the top five throughout her pro career. Stephanie Mahoe will look to upset LeBlanc’s run at two in a row. She’s coming off a second place finish at the Battle on the Beach. Dayna Maleton has one of my favorite physiques in the division as it has a nice balance of muscle without being too much. When she doesn’t over think her posing and actually smiles, she lights up the stage. She should be in the top callout if she doesn’t scowl at the judges. Lacey Deluca will compete for the first time this year and has been consistently in the top spots her last few shows. Once she changed up her training and nutrition she presented a more balanced physique. If her booty is in check and she brings a tighter lower half she’ll be in the top spots.

Jessica Arevalo will travel across the country for this show and if the long flight doesn’t get to her she’ll be in the mix for the top five. She tends to fair a bit better outside of her home stage of California so she’ll be one to watch. Yarishna has a nice look but will likely be too muscular in her legs compared to the others in this group. Jennifer Dawn found success early in the division and fought to get back into the mix her last few outings. We’ll have to see how she stacked up in this line-up. Candyce Graham has a great physique but we haven’t seen her on stage in over a year. How will the time off effect her? If she’s in shape she could be in the hunt. She just can’t “angry pose” when she takes the stage. Lisette Howard could also be in the mix for the top spots as she was in the mix at her pro debut just a couple weeks ago. Michelle Lewin wasn’t at her best at the Battle on the Beach and dropped to 9th. She’ll look to get back into the top five at this show. This will be her third show as a pro. Ashley Pfaff has a good look and if she comes in a bit tighter than she was in Cali she’ll move up. Jessica Renee also has a good look and just needs a bit tighter conditioning in the lower body to hang in the top three.

Taylor Gallagher will be making her pro debut and it will be interesting to see what she brings to the stage. She’s been wrestling in Tampa and the last time she was on a bikini stage was at the 2009 Nationals. Jade Carroll will also be making her pro debut after achieving pro status at last year’s NPC Nationals.

2014 IFBB Orlando Europa Show of Champions Bikini:
1. Jessica Arevalo
2. Yarishna Ayala
3. Stefanie Bambrough
4. Taylor Jade Carroll
5. Nicole Coleman
6. Jennifer Dawn
7. Lacey Deluca
8. Taylor Gallagher
9. Candyce Graham
10. Lisette Howard
11. Sarah LeBlanc
12. Michelle Lewin
13. Stephanie Mahoe
14. Dayna Maleton
15. Bernadett Matassa
16. Ashley Pfaff
18. Jessica Renee

PRIZE MONEY:
Total Purse – $8,000
1st – $4,000
2nd – $2,500
3rd – $1,500

SCHEDULE:
Thursday
Pro Meeting / check-in
7pm – Host hotel

Friday
Prejudging

2:30pm – Main Stage – Convention Center South Hall A

Saturday
Finals

3:30pm – Main Stage – Convention Center South Hall A

Host Hotel:
ROSEN CENTRE HOTEL ORLANDO
9840 International Drive
Orlando, FL 32819

Venue:
Orange County Convention Center – South Hall A
9800 International Drive
Orlando, FL 32810
(across the street from the official contest hotel)

For more information visit EuropaExpo.com. Use #ORLANDOPRO for all your social media related to this event.



2014 IFBB Orlando Europa Show of Champions Competitor Lists


The IFBB Pros are back in action this weekend in Orlando, Florida. The 2014 IFBB Orlando Pro Europa Show of Champions will showcase a competitive group of women in the Bikini and Women’s Physique divisions. There will also be an open Men’s Bodybuilding and Men’s Physique competition. Ed and Betty Pariso continue to produce great events throughout the year that have grown to include more than an IFBB pro show and an expo. There are health and wellness seminars, powerlifting, grappling, obstacle courses and more over the span of two days.

2014 europa competitor lists

2014 IFBB Orlando Europa Show of Champions Bikini:
1. Jessica Arevalo
2. Yarishna Ayala
3. Stefanie Bambrough
4. Taylor Jade Carroll
5. Nicole Coleman
6. Jennifer Dawn
7. Lacey Deluca
8. Taylor Gallagher
9. Candyce Graham
10. Lisette Howard
11. Sarah LeBlanc
12. Michelle Lewin
13. Stephanie Mahoe
14. Dayna Maleton
15. Bernadett Matassa
16. Ashley Pfaff
18. Jessica Renee

2014 IFBB Orlando Europa Show of Champions Women’s Physique:
1. Danielle Balbino
2. Jessica Bowman
3. Jennea Burritt
4. Rose Duvigneaud
5. Gloria Faulls
6. Lisa Grasso
7. Sherri Gray
8. Hannah Hallman
9. Catherin Hernon-Schaumleffel
10. Frances Mendez
11. Leonie Rose
12. Joele Smith
13. Tracy Weller

2014 IFBB Orlando Europa Show of Champions Men’s Physique:
1. Andre Adams
2. Michael Anderson
3. Anton Antipov
4. John Arterberry
5. Travales Blount
6. Josh Bowmar
7. David Breaux
8. Duane Brickhouse
9. Anthony Brigman
10. George Brown
11. Justin Busiere
12. Victor Clark
13. Victor Ricardo Delgado Ruiz
14. Murat Demir
15. Deniz Duygulu
16. Michael Ferguson
17. Reuben Gordon
18. Sheridan hause
19. Brian Hay
20. Jim Holcomb
21. Burton Hughes
22. Stephen Mass
23. Steve Mousharbash
24. Aaron O’Connell
25. Geobanny Paula
26. Douglas Peaney
27. Kevin Perod
28. Reynoldo Pickwoad
29. Jason Poston
30. Jeff Seid
31. Ken Settepani
32. William Sullivan
33. David Valazquez
34. Jermaine Ward

2014 IFBB Orlando Europa Show of Champions Men’s Bodybuilding:
1. Justin Compton
2. Clarence Devis
3. Jon Delarosa
4. Lloyd Dollar
5. Malcolm Marshall
6. Capriese Murray
7. An Nguyen
8. Fred Smalls
9. Saiid Tejan Kamara
10. Daniel Toth
11. Keith Williams
12. Eddy Wilson
13. Nathan Wonsley



2014 IFBB Governors Cup Competitor List & Preview


The 2014 IFBB Governors Cup will showcase an open and master’s pro figure competition. The event will be held in Sacramento, California on March 28-29 in conjunction with a NPC event. There are currently 27 women slated to compete in the open pro figure with one Olympia qualification up for grabs. The Master’s figure has nearly 20 women entered despite there being no Olympia qualification for the win.

2014 Governors cup

THE HARDBODY 411
The odds on favorite has to be Mallory Haldeman for the win. Mallory opted out of competing in the Figure International earlier this month and this will be her first time on stage this year. She’s a top six Olympia competitor and the one to beat. If she’s brought her back up a bit and can remain calm while posing she’ll be your winner. Mallory tends to shake and look nervous while on stage but has continued to improve with each show. Look for local California girl, Wendy Fortino to be compared for the win as well. Wendy brought a great look to this stage last year and should compare well to Mallory. The two squared off last year but Heather Dees took top honors. Heather will not be competing this year so look for the two of them to be the ones to beat.

Allison Frahn will likely find herself in the top callout but won’t have quiet the same amount of muscle in her lower body as Mallory and Wendy. Julie Mayer, Monica Labriola and Patty Zariello could also be contenders for the top callout. Krista Dunn will look to get back in the mix and had a great season in 2013. There are a number of women who could shake things up for the top five but Mallory Haldeman will have to be way off her game to lose this show.

2014 IFBB Governors Cup Pro Figure
1. Linda Andrew
2. Beckie Boddie
3. Nancy Bowlin
4. Tina Bozman
5. Jennifer Brown
6. Kim Clark
7. Vickie Dowel
8. Krista Dunn
9. Dawn Frenandez
10. Wendy Fortino
11. Allison Frahn
12. Jessica Graham
13. Mallory Haldeman
14. Danielle Kifer
15. Monica Labriola
16. Vera Mallet
17. Julie Mayer
18. Lisandra McGrath
19. Alessandra Pinherio
20. Christina Reed
21. Marcee Renee
22. Tamara Sedlack
23. Kim Seeley
24. Michelle Shepard
25. Bojana Vasijevic
26. Patty Zeriello
27. Emily Zelinka

The Master’s Figure competition will be a competitive group. Master’s Figure has proven far more popular than Master’s bikini. Many of the women in this line-up can and do hold their own in open events.

2014 IFBB Governors Cup Pro Figure – Masters
1. Linda Andrew
2. Nancy Bowlin
3. Tina Bozman
4. Jennifer Brown
5. Kim Clark
6. Kimberley Doehnert
7. Vickie Dowell
8. Krista Dunn
9. Dawn Fernandez
10. Danielle Kifer
11. Vera Mallet
12. Julie Mayer
13. Lisandra McGrath
14. Alessandra Pinherio
15. Christina Reed
16. Marcee Renee
17. Kim Seeley
18. Michelle Shepherd
19. Patty Zariello

For more information visit spectrumfitnessproductions.com.



2014 IFBB Battle on The Beach Competitor Lists & Preview


The second annual IFBB Battle on the Beach is a women’s only event held in Daytona Beach, Florida. The IFBB portion of the event will feature bikini and master’s bikini. The amateur portion will showcase fitness, figure, bikini and physique. There are 15 women slated to compete in the pro bikini and just four in the master’s bikini competition.

battle on the beach

THE HARDBODY 411:
The match-up to watch has to be between Michelle Lewin and Janet Layug. Last year, the two women squared off as amateurs in the NPC Florida Cup. They both won their height class and Michelle went on to win the overall title at that show. Michelle successfully petitioned her country of Venezuela for her pro card after the win. Janet went on to win the overall title at the NPC Nationals and made her pro debut at the Bikini International earlier this month. Michelle has more muscle on her frame than most of the other women in this show but she carries it well and it’s not over the top. If her legs are a bit smaller than last year she could win this show. Janet will be one of the tallest women in the group. She’ll need to come in with a fuller look than we saw at the Arnold. I look for it to be a rematch between the two of them for the win but this time an Olympia qualification is on the line.

Gigi Amurao will likely be in the first callout and if her legs are down in size she’ll be in the hunt for a top spot. Jessica Renee has a good look and if she can nail the little details with her hair and makeup she could be in that first callout. Look for Stephanie Mahoe to also make a run for the top three if she too has the little details right specifically with her tanning. Making her pro debut, Callie Bundy will be one to watch as a top five contender. Don’t sleep on the blonde beauty, Noemi Olah. She relocated to Florida last year and will be a contender here.

2014 IFBB Battle on The Beach Pro Bikini
1. Gigi Amurao
2. Stefanie Bambrough
3. Callie Bundy
4. Angeles Burke
5. Alexa Hotaling
6. Amira Lamb
7. Janet Layug
8. Michon Leddy
9. Michelle Lewin
10. Stephanie Mahoe
11. Bernadett Matassa
12. Asia Mendoza
13. Nathalia Mur
14. Noemi Olah
15. Kamilah Powell
16. Jessica Renee

The master’s bikini division has yet to pick up momentum in the pro ranks. There’s no Olympia qualification on the line but it does give the women another opportunity to compete. This will be the third Master’s pro bikini competition of the year and the previous two
shows only had one competitor.

2014 IFBB Battle on The Beach Pro Bikini Pro – Masters
1. Amira Lamb
2. Michon Leddy
3. Nathalie Mur
4. Janet Lynn West

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2014 St. Louis Pro Competitor Lists & Show Preview


The 2014 St. Louis Pro takes place on Saturday, March 8th and it has a very competitive line-up in every division. The IFBB Pro portion will feature Bikini, Figure and Women’s Physique. The event is held in conjunction with a NPC competition that is sure to highlight some up-and-coming competitors in the amateur ranks. Jack and Ann Titone always put their heart and soul into promoting this event and look for the athletes to be well taken care of throughout the weekend.

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Twenty four women are signed up to compete in the Figure division. Candice Lewis has to be the one to beat in this line-up coming off from her fifth place finish at the Figure International. Look for Dana Ambrose, Victoria Adelus, Krista Dunn, Allison Frahn, Natalia Waples and Monica Lebriola to be in the mix for the top spots. This is a very deep line-up in just the second pro figure show of the year.

2014 IFBB St. Louis Pro Figure
1. Victoria Adelus
2. Dana Ambrose
3. Leah Berti
4. Kim Clark
5. Angela Coleman
6. Vicki Counts
7. Jill Dearmin
8. Krista Dunn
9. Allison Frahn
10. Maria Garcia Sanchez
11. Dawn Hinz-Pugh
12. Jennifer Iratano
13. Monica Labriola
14. Candice Lewis
15. Gretchen Lichtenstein
16. Very Mallet
17. Samantha Maycock
18. Julie Mayer
19. Linda Potter
20. Christina Reed
21. Marcee Renee
22. Agnese Russo
23. Kim Seely
24. Natalie Waples

The IFBB Bikini competition will also be very competitive. Look for Jessica Arevalo, Sarah LeBlanc, Ashriel Osgood and Sandi Fortsythe to be your top contenders. There’s no clear cut favorite so the top five could be anyone’s game. The winner qualifies for the Olympia while the remaining top five collect Olympia Points in the ongoing Point Series, where the leader at the end of the year gets a ticket to compete at the big show. Jennifer Andrews is not slated to compete and defend her title.

2014 IFBB St. Louis Pro Bikini
1. Jessica Arevalo
2. Alexis Burke
3. Sandi Forsythe
4. Dana French
5. Janet Harding
6. Terri Krevitz
7. Jessica Landry
8. Sara LeBlanc
9. Linda McKown
10. Raphaela Milagres
11. Ashriel Osgood
12. Caryn Paolini
13. Kamilah Powell
14. Kristie Trasey
15. Michelle Trasey
16. Katherine Williams

The Women’s Physique competition get started with a solid turn out for 2014. The winner will head to the Olympia Showdown and the top four will collect points towards the Olympia series. There’s no odds-on favorite to win the show and the top five could go a number of ways. There’s a mix of physiques and depending on what look is presented, the judges could have their hands full with deciphering this line-up. Great to see a good turn out for the division to kick things off.

2014 IFBB St. Louis Pro Women’s Physique
1. Lisette Acevedo
2. Misty Ali
3. Shannon Byers
4. Ana Paula Da Silva
5. Danielle Deck
6. Marnie Holley
7. Anna Marie Kam
8. Anne Marie Lasserre
9. Jayla McDermott
10. Delia McNeil
11. Frida Palmell
12. Danielle Reardon
13. Jennifer Robinson
14. Leonie Rose
15. Lise Thexton
16. Tracy Weller

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2014 Bikini International Preview, Poll and Predictions


The 2014 Bikini International showcases a competitive field and you’d have better luck picking the lotto numbers than correctly predicting the top ten in exact order. The line-up has defending champion India Paulino in it along with Bikini Olympians Nathalia Melo and Ashley Kaltwasser. Rookie Janet Layug has caught the attention of fans online and hopes to do the same with the judges in her pro debut. Seasoned vets like Amanda Latona, Yeshaira Robles and Justine Munro will be looking to get into the top spots as well. Don’t count out third place at the Olympia, Stacey Alexander who came on strong at the end of 2013.

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If history repeats itself, we’ll see a new Bikini International champion. Nicole Nagrani won the inaugural event and Sonia Gonzales took top honors the second time around. India Paulino edged out Nathalia Melo for the win last year. Read the skinny on all the competitors at Bodybuilding.com. The preview breaks down each competitor and what we might expect from the women next week in Ohio. One woman to watch who isn’t getting any attention but should is Margret Gnarr. She is Iceland’s only IFBB Pro and not only that but she’s a blackbelt in Taekwondo. Keep your eye on her, she’s good.

Cast your vote for who you think will win the 2014 Bikini International. The event takes place in Columbus, Ohio with the prejudging on Saturday, March 1, 2014 at 2pm and the finals to follow later that night. For tickets visit arnoldsportsfestival.com.

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2014 Figure International Preview, Poll & Predictions


The 2014 Figure International is one week away and defending champ, Candice Keene is looking to make it two wins in a row. Erin Stern didn’t submit for an invite and three-time Figure International Champ Nicole Wilkins withdrew due to an injury. One might think that would put Keene squarely in the driver’s seat for the victory however a few other women are looking to put the brakes on that.

2014 Arnold Figure International Preview, Poll & Predictions
Heather Dees was the runner-up last year and will bring a fuller look to the stage this year in hopes of moving up into the winner’s circle. Ann Titone has been putting in the work to continue to move up in the ranks and could be in the hunt for the top spot. She’s coming off her best year as a pro and hungry to keep the ball rolling. You can’t count out Camala Rodriquez who made the successful switch from Fitness to Figure and has more than held her own in every Figure competition she’s entered. How will Candice Lewis look? Will she come in conditioned enough in her legs to show off her incredible shape or will she be off the mark like she was at the 2013 Olympia? Those are questions we’ll have answered next week in Columbus.

You can’t overlook rookie Elissa Martis who won the 2013 Overall NPC Figure Nationals title and will be making her pro debut. A confident Alicia Coates has gone undefeated as a pro racking up two wins in her first two shows. Will she be able to hang with a deeper, more competitive line-up and make it three in a row?  Don’t bet against her but it’s far from a sure thing on that wager for another win. Dana Ambrose has quietly positioned herself as a top six contender. These women and others are in pursuit of one goal… shaking Arnold’s hand and being named the 2014 Figure International Champion.

For a full review of every competitor and my top 10 predictions (which are all in good fun and not to be taken personally) visit Bodybuilding.com. Follow HardbodyNews on twitter for more Arnold related news and be sure to use the hashtag #ASF2014 in all your social media posts.

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Hardbody Poll & Preview: 2013 Tijuana Pro Bikini


The 2013 IFBB Tijuana Pro Bikini contest is the last pro competition of the year. The event will host a Pro Men’s Bodybuilding competition in conjunction with the Pro Bikini event. The men’s turn out is dismal with only five competitors. The women’s line up is a bit stronger and there’s no clear cut winner, at least not on paper. No one in the line up has won a pro show this year and who ever takes top honors will qualify for the 2014 Olympia.

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If I were a gambling man I’d put my money on Dayna Maleton winning this show. She has the physique and the looks to be a leading lady in the division. When she relaxes and SMILES she projects a positive vibe and you’re drawn to her physique. When she takes the stage looking pissed and like she wants to stab someone you’re not as drawn to her physique. Sounds silly but if you’ve seen it in person you know what I’m talking about. So Dayna if you read this SMILE! She’s come a long way in her posing and should be the leading lady at this show.

Look for Crystal Matthews to make a run at the top spot if she is in shape on the lower half. She’s been as high as third as a pro but as low as 15th. I look for her to be in the top spots at this show. Deborah Goodman will be making her pro debut and could quietly make her presence known straight out of the gate. She achieved pro status at the NPC USA contest earlier this year and one to watch.

One woman most of these competitors won’t see coming is Cristy Mendivil. She has the looks and even competed on the Olympia stage despite most people not having a clue who she is. She was second at the 2011 Tijuana Pro and headed to the Olympia in just her second pro show. If she worked on her posing and presentation don’t be shocked if she’s in the first callout at this show.

Another dark horse to watch for is Ashriel Osgood. She was fifth in her pro debut at the Houston Pro and has the potential to win this show. I’d be shocked if she doesn’t finish in the top five and would make a case for her to be compared for the win. It will come down to how she presents herself and if she can showcase her physique with confidence. Since she’s ditched the first time jitters, I’d say watch out Tijuana this brunette beauty from Chandler, Arizona is coming.

Long shots but could be in the hunt… Simone Sinclaire and Nikola Weiterova. Simone posted online that she was going to make the switch to Figure so I’m a bit surprised to see her name in the lineup. Nikola has the looks but needs to come in tighter in her lower half and ditch the bright red lipstick she showcased last week in California. If she can come in tighter with more attention to the little details like her makeup she’ll move up. I like Jessica James look but she continues to struggle in her first two pro shows. Maybe the third time will be the charm for her.

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2013 IFBB TIJUANA PRO WOMEN’S BIKNI COMPETITORS
• Christy Cook
• Brittany Gaylord
• Deborah Goodman
• Jessica James
• Belinda Kiriakou
• Marisol Lara
• Dayna Maleton
• Crystal Matthews
• Michelle Mein
• Cristy Mendivil
• Ashriel Osgood
• Ronda Porter
• Simone Sinclaire
• Nikola Weiterova

2013 IFBB TIJUANA PRO MEN’s BODYBUILDING COMPETITORS
• Gigori Atoyan
• Dexter Jackson
• Martin Kjellstrom
• Manuel Lomeli
• Kevin Ofurum

 



Hardbody Preview & Poll: 2013 IFBB Felicia Romero Pro Figure Classic – UPDATED


The final stop on the IFBB Pro League schedule is the first annual Felicia Romero Pro Classic. The even will be held in conjunction with a National Qualifying NPC show on Nov. 15 & 16, in Mesa, Arizona. Felicia joins the growing number of IFBB pros who are putting their competition suits on hold and putting a promoter’s hat on. Fifteen women will take the stage in hopes of snagging not only a win but also a spot on the 2014 Olympia stage.

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The odds-on favorite for this show is rookie Alicia Coates. Coates burned through the competition last week in her pro debut at the Kentucky Muscle. Unless she’s spent the last week throwing down in-and-out burgers she will collect her second title in as many shows. Alicia has the looks, a tiny waist and shape that puts her in elite company despite only having a few shows under her competitive suit. In the off-season she’ll need to add a little more width to her back but in this line-up she’ll rise to the top. She’s also one of the few women who can sport short hair and do so with style and a little edge. Her biggest competition will come from Francine Sablan. Sablan finished in third last week at the Kentucky Muscle Pro and if she tightened up a bit from last week she’ll stand next to Coates for the first callout of comparisons. I don’t see her beating Coates unless Alicia is off.

The more competitive spots will be third through fifth. Look for Krista Dunn and Brooke Erickson to be leading contenders for these spots. Krista has finished in the top five in her last two shows and should do so again here. She was fifth in Kentucky last week and collected a career high third at the Houston Pro. She’s in second for the Olympia point series and if she can finish in the top five again, she’ll end the calendar year on a high note. Brooke was 6th at the Houston Pro and brought one of her best looks as a pro to the stage. If she brings a similar look to Arizona this weekend she’ll be a contender.

Chris Kramer will make the move back to the Figure division after trying her hand at the Women’s Physique Division earlier this year. Masters pros Kimberly Dickson and Robyne Roveccio will try to crack the top spots. This will be Dickson’s second show and Roveccio’s first. Crystal Lowery will return to the stage after a few years away. We last saw her at the 2009 California Pro where she finished 14th.

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This will be the last IFBB Pro Figure show until the Figure International held in Columbus, Ohio the first weekend of March.  Visit www.npcmilesproductions.com for more info on this weekend’s show.

2013 IFBB FELICIA ROMERO PRO FIGURE CLASSIC
• Sasha Brown
• Alicia Coates
• Kimberly Dickson
• Krista Dunn
• Brooke Erickson
• Dawn Fernandez
• Devin Hockensmith
• Veronica Jackson
• Chris Kramer
• Crystal Lowery
• Lisandra McGrath
• Tarah Mitchell
• Karen Noorlun
• Allesandra Pinherio
• Cinderella Richardson
• Robyne Roveccio
• Francine Sablan



2013 IFBB Kentucky Pro Figure Preview & Competitor List


The 2013 IFBB Kentucky Pro is the second-to-last show on the calendar for the Pro Figure division. The winner will head to the 2014 Olympia and those finishing in second through fifth will collect points in the ongoing Olympia Point Series. The judges will have their hands full with a variety of physiques in this year’s Kentucky line up. There’s no clear cut favorite heading into the show and it sets things up to be a bit more interesting to watch play out.

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Dana Ambrose has found success since turning pro and a perennial top five finisher. She’ll likely be in the coveted first callout and looking to return to the Olympia stage. Krista Dunn continues to refine and streamline her physique in the pro ranks. She’s coming off a third place finish at 2013 Houston Pro and will undoubtedly bring a better look than her 2012 version at this contest. Francine Sablan will be one to watch in the line up. She found success straight out of the gate in her pro debut by winning the 2012 Tournament of Champions. She hit a wall against the big dogs at the Olympia and was relegated to 16th. She bounced back with a fifth place finish at the 2013 California State. If she’s on point with her conditioning look for her to be in the top spots. Chelsey Morgenstern always seems to fair well at this show and it’s one of the few shows she competes in each year. She’s coming off a 10th place finish at the Chicago Pro earlier this year. She’s finished in second at this contest the last two years. Natalie Waples has been up and down in her placings and tends to fair better in shows like the Kentucky Pro. She’s coming off a 16th place finish at the Olympia but don’t be too surprised if she’s in the first callout at Saturday’s prejudging.

My sleeper pick to shake things up in this show is Vera Mallet. She’ll be making her pro debut after taking top honors at the 2013 NPC Jr Nationals. She has incredible shape and if she added just a bit of width to her back from June she could be compared for a top spot. Remember her name because she’ll have a physique you remember from this show.

Newly added to the list (darn rookies always late to the game) is Alicia Coates. Alicia turned pro at the 2013 NPC Jr Nationals and should have a solid pro debut this weekend. She has a nice look and if she comes in tight in her lower half should be a top contender.

2013 IFBB Kentucky Pro Figure Competitor List:
• Dana Ambrose
• Jennifer Brown
• Alicia Coates
• Krista Dunn
• Tiana Gonzalez
• Devin Hockensmith
• Candice Houston
• Sandie Kight
• Monica Labriola
• Georgina Lona
• Vera Mallet
• Kaylen Manier
• Kimberly Moore
• Chelsey Morgenstern
• Melanise Pettee
• Tracy Redding
• Francine Sablan
• Shala Singer
• Laura Sutter
• Bojana Vasiljevic
• Natalie Waples



2013 IFBB IRON GAMES Pro Bikini Preview & Competitor List


The 2013 IFBB Iron Games Pro Bikini is one of the last remaining shows on the calendar. The competitors are looking to punch their ticket to the 2014 Olympia with a win and the odds are improved for them at this show. The show has just 11 women in the line up, this after thirty women competed in Sacramento. It makes you wonder why more from that show aren’t jumping at the opportunity to compete in this one.

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THE HARDBODY 411:
If we’re playing the odds on this contest you have to go with Jessica Arevalo and Noy Alexander as your leading ladies in this contest. They both finished in the top spots last week at the Sacramento Pro and should be in the top spots again this weekend. Jessica has a nice look but her posing can often hinder it. If she’s relaxed, smiles and is poised she’ll be a top three contender. Noy has found a winning look for her and if she brings the same look she did from last week, it will come down to judges’ preference. Look for her to be compared for the win. Candice Conroy might have something to say about that though. She’s always found success in Souther California shows and don’t bet against her doing well once again. Candice, Jessica and Noy are your odds-on favorites for the top three in this show. Unless they come in way off or someone else brings their best you can look for this trio to pose it out for the win.

Jessica James made her pro debut last weekend with a lackluster placing and finished in the dreaded tied for 16th. If she comes in just a bit tighter and wears a different colored sued from the yellow, she’ll be a contender. I like her look and she has faired well in California shows as an amateur. Nikola Weiterova will make the trip from Slovakia in hopes of cracking the top spots. She’s steadily improved but has yet to crack the top five in the USA since winning at the Arnold Amateur in 2012. Belinda Kiriakou quietly made her pro debut last week at the Iowa Pro and finished in sixth. The lone representative of Canada has a great physique and should be a top five contender.

2013 IFBB IRON GAMES PRO BIKINI COMPETITORS
1. Noy Alexander
2. Jessica Arevalo
3. Candice Conroy
4. Jennifer Dietrick
5. Karey Grabow
6. Jennifer Hohnbaum
7. Jessica James
8. Belinda Kiriakou
9. Stacey Naito
10. Ronda Porter
11. Nikola Weiterova

*Narmin Assria, Lisa Kelly Valdez, Taylor Matheny Bentson, Janelle Saitone-McGuire were added after the initial preview. Narmin is coming off a win at the Iowa Pro and certainly could shake things up in the top spots.

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SHOW INFO:
TIME:
Prejudging – 11am
Finals – 6:30pm

PLACE:
Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium – Culver City, CA

DATE:
Saturday, November 9, 2013

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2013 IFBB / NPC Fort Lauderdale Cup Preview


The 2013 IFBB / NPC Fort Lauderdale Cup takes place this weekend in Florida. This show has served as the launching pad into the big leagues for a number of NPC competitors. Nathalia Melo made her NPC debut at this show in 2009 and went on to win the Olympia. India Paulino made her presence known at this event and took top honors at the 2013 Arnold. History will likely repeat itself in the NPC portion of the show.

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The 2013 Flex Bikini model search winner, Janet Layug has been on a winning streak and gone two for two in the NPC Bikini. She’ll look to make it three in a row and I wouldn’t bet against. Every year or so there’s a woman who has the “it factor” and stands out head and shoulders above the rest. Janet is one of those women who just has “it”. She’s a natural on stage and has tight, toned physique with stunning good looks. This will be her toughest competition yet as there are always many top quality competitors at this show.

The IFBB Pro Bikini has a wide variety of physiques in the show and no clear cut winner, at least on paper, heading into the show. A few of these women competed on the Olympia stage and it will be interesting to see how they look compared to last month’s event. The winner of the contest will qualify for the 2014 Olympia. Second through fifth will collect points in the ongoing Olympia Point Series.

Gigi Amurao could be in the mix if her legs are down in size and she comes in tight mainly in her lower body. Jennifer Andrews will hold her own and the former beauty queen will look to get back into the winner’s circle again. Jennifer will have to be way off not to be in the mix here. Ashley Cronley-LeBlanc continues to gain more confidence and present with more poise, look for her to be a top five contender. Diana Becker brought a new, tighter, healthier look to the St. Louis stage a few weeks ago and if she presents a similar look here she’ll be in the hunt. Jennifer Dawn has been looking to find her groove again and Florida shows tend to favor her look.

Stephanie Mahoe found success straight out of the gate in the pro ranks after a hard fought road in the amateur ranks. She’s had a few weeks away from competition and will look to get back into the top 5 again here. If she brings a tight lower body she’ll be a contender. Noemi Olah will be one of the few blondes in the lineup and if her lower half is tight she’ll be in the mix. She has the looks and the presentation it will come down to her conditioning and how toned her backside is. Jessica Renee is a competitor who has the potential to be in the winner’s circle, it comes down to little details with her. Suit choice, makeup, hair and conditioning are hit or miss for her sometimes. If she brings it all together she could be top five. I like her look and she’s one who could crack the top spots every time if she puts it all together. Simone Sinclair didn’t fair as well as she’d hope in Houston but should move up into the top ten and make a case for the top five here. Angela Skeels won the NPC Nationals to achieve pro status and continues to claw her way back into the top spots as a pro. She’ll have her work cut out for her in this field but if she brings a relaxed, controlled presentation she could be a contender.

As I mentioned, there’s no clear-cut winner heading into the show so anyone could strike gold at the Ft. Lauderdale Cup today. If you’re following the coverage online search for #FLCUP and use that hashtag in your posts on twitter, instagram and facebook. It will help others follow along and see what’s happening at the event. Prejudging kicks off at 10am EST and the finals kick off with a red carpet event at 5pm. The event will also have IFBB Pro Men this year for the first time. For more info visit npcftlauderdalecup.com and check out photos on NPCNEWSonline.com throughout the weekend.

2013 IFBB Ft. LAUDERDALE PRO BIKINI COMPETITORS:
1. Gigi Amurao
2. Jennifer Andrews
3. Angeles Burke
4. Denita Clark
5. Ashley Cronley-LeBlanc
6. Jennifer Dawn
7. Maureen Doherty
8. Barbara Gonzalez
9. Diana Becker
10. Joanna Holden
11. Michon Leddy
12. Stephanie Mahoe
13. Bernadett Matassa
14. Noemi Olah
15. Jessica Renee
16. Satrice Rigsby
17. Erika Rivera
18. Simone Sinclair
19. Angela Skeels



2013 IFBB Tournament of Champions Preview – Last Chance For the Big Dance


The Tournament of Champions better known as the TOC is the last chance for the women of the IFBB Figure division to qualify for the Olympia. Win and you’re in. Those who finish in second through fifth collect points but for most women the points won’t matter however for a few they will should they come up just short of winning. The action takes place on Saturday, September 7th in Culver City, California.

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The HARDBODY 411:

The top four spots are set for through the Olympia point series. Kamla Macko is the top seed in the points and is in the Olympia. There’s a three-way tie for second between Natalie Waples, Swann Cardot and Allison Frahn. Those three women are also in the Olympia because mathematically no one else can tie them (13 points). Aleisha Hart is currently in fifth place with 9 points, reports are that she will not be competing in the TOC or the Olympia should she remain in 5th place. That leaves a few women with the opportunity to head to the Olympia should they not win but finish in the top spots.

Victoria Adelus, Candice John and Kim Sheppard are all tied for 6th place with seven points. They need to finish in fourth place (2 points) or higher in order to knock Hart out of the fifth spot. Which ever woman finishes higher, if in the top four, will qualify and head to the Olympia. Julie Mayer-Hyman has entered the TOC and is a long shot but could get in should she finish in second but only in second because she’s sitting with five points heading into the show. Other women have the points however are not entered in the contest and unless they do between now and Saturday, will not be a factor.

Contenders:

Latorya Watts has two fourth place finishes to her credit since winning the overall NPC USA Figure title. She has a tiny waist, broad shoulders however her hips are a bit narrow which can throw her symmetry off. As a rookie pro, she’s lighting the stage up and becoming a fan favorite. You have to figure she’ll be in the mix. Victoria Adelus has been on a bit of a steak herself. She’s coming off a carer best as a pro with a third place finish at the Tahoe Pro. She landed in fourth a week prior to that at the Dallas Europa. If Victoria can bring a similar look as she has to those shows she’ll be in the mix. Candice John has also been moving up in her placings as the season progresses. She was outside the pack against some of these women in Tahoe but moved up into third behind Macko and Stern last week at the Valenti Gold Cup. Candice has the potential and could be a top contender here. Julie Mayer-Hyman was second at the Europa pro show and dropped slightly to fifth at the Tahoe Pro. Julie will need a win or a second place finish in order to head to Vegas for the Olympia. She’ll have her work cur out for her but it’s not impossible. Kim Sheppard is another top threat and if her conditioning is on point could a contender.

Dark Horses:
Vicki Dowell debuted in Tahoe with a 13th place finish. If she brings better conditioning she could move up into the top five mix. She has the structure to hold her own in this line-up. Alissa Parker has the muscle and the structure to shake things up in her pro debut. She was second at the NPC Jr. Nationals and took top honors at this year’s Team Universe contest in July.

2013 IFBB Tournament of Champions Pro Figure Line-up:
1. Victoria Adelus
2. Beckie Boddie
3. Sasha Brown
4. Vicki Dowell
5. Karina Grau
6. Candice John
7. Julie Mayer-Hyman
8. Olga Morales
9. Alissa Parker
10. Donna Lisa Rapoza
11. Kim Sheppard
12. Bojana Vasiljevic
13. Latorya Watts

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2013 IFBB Valenti Gold Cup Pro Preview


The 2013 Valenti Gold Cup is in its second year. The Sarosta IFBB Pro event marks the last opportunity for many of these competitors to qualify for the Olympia in Las Vegas. Last year’s champion, Erin Stern will be back to defend her title and the Bikini division will be a competitive show to follow. The even will also play host to the Pro Men’s Physique division and a NPC competition.

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Erin Stern is the obvious one to beat. She’s the reining Figure Olympia Champion and took top honors at this show last year. It will be a good warm up show for her heading into her title defense in Vegas. It’s not to say this show will be a walk in the park. Last year, we saw Kamla Macko match up fairly well to Erin and will likely be compared to her again this year. Kamla’s biggest challenge is posing with confidence but not coming across as arrogant. She fixed her shoulder poses from the back earlier this year when she competed in Tampa but came across a bit smug in her posing. If she can convey confidence without appearing arrogant it will help her. Seems silly but if you’ve seen it in person you know what I mean. She has a good chance of being in the top spots once again. Kim Sheppard, Candice John and Bernita Stuckey have all been in the mix before and could once again. Heather Nappi switched from bikini to figure and it’s paying off well for her. Holly Beck also continues to improve and if she can come in full and not stringy she could be in the mix. Agnese Russo has potential and if she can hit her posing from the back and lift her shoulder up when she does, she’ll be up there.

I don’t see Erin losing this one and Macko coming in a solid second. Who can round out those coveted top five spots and secure Olympia points, we’ll see. If Bernita or Kim are able to finish in second they’d lock in an Olympia top five, with one show to go. Bernita could also tie for a spot if she finishes in third. Beyond that no one would move up high enough after this show and be in the Olympia Point Series top five. They’d then have to go to the Tournament of Champions and finish in the top five.


2013 IFBB Valenti Gold Cup Pro Figure

• Holly Beck
• Jennifer Brown
• Margarita Charaim
• Candice John
• Eleni Kritkopaulou
• Kamla Macko
• Heather Nappi
• Kiana Phi
• Kat Ramirez
• Kristina Rojas
• Agnese Russo
• Rebecca Schubeck
• Danielle Sereluca
• Kim Sheppard
• Melissa Smith
• Erin Stern
• Bernita Stuckey
• Jennifer Taylor

This is the last show to qualify for the Bikini Olympia. Gigi Amaurao sits in fifth place in the Olympia Point Series with 10. That’s a tie with Tawna Eubanks who is competing across the pond in Finland. Gigi’s biggest challenge is bringing her legs in small and tight enough. She wasn’t at her best in St. Louis and will need to tighten up a bit to be a contender in this line-up. Noemi Olah is currently in 4th place in the point standings and will need to have a strong showing here to stand in the top five. She’s improved her physique since last year and matches up well with this line-up. Yarisha from Puerto Rico has a great look and I would have placed her higher in Tampa, if she brings a similar look to the Sarasota stage she should be a top finisher. Sara LeBlanc finished in the top five last week in Sarasota and I wouldn’t be surprised if she does again here. She has a more athletic physique and it’s one that is a healthy, fit look. Stephanie Mahoe found success in her first pro show and will look to match it again. She’s been competing quite a bit this year and the big question will be how her body holds up after so many shows.

Brittany Tacy could be in the winner’s circle or she could be fighting for a top five spot. She was solid in St. Louis and wouldn’t have argued with her finishing as high as second there but she’ll need to be at her best to be in the mix once again. She too has an athletic physique and one that represents the division well. The x-factor will be Carolina Silva. She was second in her pro debut behind Courtney King. She’s a beautiful girl but was a bit softer than others when she competed in Tampa. I wouldn’t have placed her in second but I’m not a judge. I look for her to be in the top callout and for her to win this show she’ll need to be much tighter in her conditioning than in Tampa.


2013 IFBB Valenti Gold Cup Pro Bikini

• Gigi Amurao
• Yarisha Ayala Otero
• Angeles Burke
• Danielle Carr
• Maria Chase
• Joanne Holden
• Sarah LeBlanc
• Stephanie Mahoe
• Bernadett Matassa
• Noemi Olah
• Kamilah Powell
• Sana Shah
• Carolina Silva
• Simone Sinclaire
• Brittany Tacy

Prize Money:

Men’s Physique
1st Place $2,000
2nd Place $1,000
3rd Place $500

Pro Bikini
1st Place $3,000
2nd Place $2,000
3rd Place $1,000

Pro Figure
1st Place $3,000
2nd Place $2,000
3rd Place $1,000

For more information on this show visit: valentigoldcup.com.



2013 IFBB Nordic Pro Championships Preview


This weekend in Lahti, Finland the IFBB pro figure and bikini competitors will hope to lock in their spot at next month’s Olympia. This is the last chance for the Bikini pros to head to Vegas and the next to last stop for the Figure Pros. The Figure competitors last stop will be the Tournament of Champions next week.

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The Figure line-up will be interesting to watch. There’s no “big name” competitor in the mix and the majority of the women are from outside the USA. There’s a variety of shapes and sizes in the group with some women being a bit more muscular than others. The winner will qualify for the Olympia and is the one spot that will make the biggest impact on the Olympia. The 2-5 place finishers will get points however none of the women in this line-up are in the hunt with the Olympia qualification series.

2013 IFBB Nordic Pro Championships Figure
• Nicole Acker
• Katie Alander
• Lynsey Beattie
• Krista Dunn
• Ekaterina Gamagina
• Maria Jose Garcia Sanchez
• Candice Houston
• Inga Neverauskaite
• Natalia Revejova Leanrtova
• Kara Rogers
• Rahel Michele Ruch
• Elvimar Sanchez
• Giada Simari
• Heidi Sorsa

The Bikini competition is a bit more interesting to follow, at least in my opinion. Michelle Brannan is already qualified for the Olympia so the pressure is off her heading into this show. She’s one of the top bikini competitors in Europe so even though she’s already qualified don’t expect her to be anything less than her best.

Lacey DeLuca is tied for first in the point Series. If she places in the top five she’ll secure a spot in the Olympia. Even if she’s outside the top five, her 13 points should be enough to get in. Tawna Eubanks is tied for 5th in the point series with 10 points. If she places in the top four she’s in, fifth she might get in but no guarantee. Aly Veneno is tied for 7th in the point series. She was in the dreaded tied for 16th spot at last week’s St. Louis Pro and unless she had a miraculous change in her physique she’ll have a hard time cracking the top spots here. She needs to finish in the top four to have any chance of heading to the Olympia via the point series.

Jessica Renee has a good look and if she’s a tad tighter than last week could be a top contender however this line-up will be tough. Katie Chung Hua is one of the smaller competitors in the pro ranks in terms of muscle and will need to come in with a bigger booty and more muscle than we saw her last year. Amanda Otero is also in the deep waters with this line up and if she crack the top five it would be a win for her.

The dark horse in this mix is Anna Virmajoki. She’s a curvaceous blonde with a tight midsection but a bit more muscular legs than the other women in this line-up. She could be in the top three or the bottom of the pack depending what she presents on stage.

Don’t be surprised if the blondes take over this show and lock in your top three spots. Michelle, Tawna and Anna – the blonde trio would be my pre-show picks for the top spots. Anything can happen especially traveling overseas and in front of different judges.

2013 IFBB Nordic Pro Championships Bikini
• Michelle Brennan
• Katie Chung Hua
• Lacey DeLuca
• Tawna Eubanks
• Amanda Otero
• Jessica Renee
• Aly Veneno
• Anna Virmajoki

For more information visit: nordicfitnessexpo.com.



2013 IFBB St. Louis Pro Bikini Preview


The Olympia is quickly approaching and that means there are only a handful of shows left for IFBB Pros to qualify for the event. The ultimate stage is the Olympia and you have to win a show to get there or finish in the top five in the Olympia Point Series. There are a number of women in this show who are in the hunt for an Olympia spot through the point series.

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As you can see the points are all very close and only the top five will head to Vegas next month. Leading the point total is Lacey Deluca with 13 points. Noemi Olah is a close second with 11 and from there it gets even closer. Jessica Arevalo and Gig Amurao are both in the top spots with 10 points. Currently on the outside looking in is Tiffany Boydston and Aly Veneno. If they finish in the top five the could get in but keep in mind there are still more shows left after this one. Christie Marquez could get into the top five mix if she lands in the top four.

OLYMPIA POINT STANDINGS:
1. Lacey DeLuca – 13
2. Noemi Olah – 11
3. Jessica Arevalo – 10
3. Gigi Amurao – 10
3. Tawna Eubanks – 10
6. Tiffany Marie Boydston – 9
6. Aly Veneno – 9
8. Jessica Paxson – 8
8. Christie Marquez – 8

This is a VERY competitive line-up and the top five could go to a number of competitors. It all depends on who shows up at their best and who stands next to who. One thing I hope we don’t see is tacky posing. There’s no need for it at this level and in my opinion if you pose without class you should be knocked down no matter how good your physique might look.

Justine Munro is back to defend her title and she wowed everyone last year at this show with one of the best backsides in the biz. If she brings a similar look this year she’ll defend her title. Noemi Olah was on the outside of the top five in Tampa but she has a look that is appealing for the division. If I’m a judge, and let’s be clear I’m not, she’s in my top call-out if she looks like she did in Tampa. Sarah LeBlanc has a good bikini body and if she can pose with positive energy and a smile, she’ll catch the judges attention. When Jessica Renee shows up in condition she’s one who could move up into a higher spot. She has a good look but doesn’t always get in the mix as I think she could. Diana Becker (formerly Graham) is making a return to the stage and from the looks of things on her instagram account she means business. Diana could be in the top five without much argument if she’s in shape, which I believe she will. Brittany Tacy has a more athletic look to her physique and it’s one that’s appealing for the division. She wasn’t in the mix at the Orange County but she could be here. Amay Allen, Gigi and Jessica could be in the top five or fighting for a top ten spot and only because of how deep this line-up is.

The 2013 NPC USA overall champ Hunnika Villa will try her hand at the pro ranks and will get tested right out of the gate. This is one of the tougher shows of the year. I like Anna Starodubtseva’s look and if she’s a bit tighter in the lower half she could be in the hunt with her unique look. Kristal Martin will return to the stage and as one of the taller competitors her biggest challenge will be who she stands next to. She will tower over some of the women in this line-up however if she’s conditioned she’ll hold her own. Tiffany Bodyston and Aly Veneno are both in the mix for points but they’ll have a tough time finishing in the top five with this group of women. Sandi Forsythe and Crystal Green have good physiques but the little details like presentation and tanning have held them back in the past, we’ll see if they can nail it this time.

Lacey Deluca could be the x-factor in this show. Since she’s changed up her training she’s come in a bit tighter. She genetically has larger legs and a rounder rump than others in this show. If she comes in tighter and smaller in the lower half than some of her previous shows she’ll be in the top spots.

The judges will have their work cut out for them as there is no clear cut top five and will all depend who is at their best come Saturday’s prejudging. This year’s line-up is more than doubled that of last years. The show is held in conjunction with the NPC Midwest Naturals.

2013 IFBB St. Louis Pro Bikini Competitors
Amy Allen
Gigi Amurao
Jessica Arevalo
Diana Becker
Tiffany Boydston
Maria Chase
Jennifer Dawn
Rachelle DeJean
Lacey Deluca
Jennifer Elliott
Sandi Forsythe
Crystal Green
Michelle Johnson
Sarah LeBlanc
Michon Leddy
Christie Marquez
Kristal Martin
Justine Munro
Noemi Olah
Cecile Palacios
Jessica Renee
Angela Skeels
Anna Starodubtseva
Brittany Tacy
Hunnika Villa
Ashley Wade
Katherin Williams

Schedule
Athlete Check-in

FRIDAY at the Host Hotel
PROS 5pm
AMATEURS 6pm

Saturday:
Prejudging – 10am
Finals – 6pm

VENUE
Rickman Auditorium
747 Jeffco Boulevard Arnold, MO 63010

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