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The Wennerstrom Report

Jennifer's Unique Journey to the Ms. Olympia

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By Steve Wennerstrom, IFBB Women's Historian


In any gathering of the very best female bodybuilders in the world, the discussion of  what it was like to enter a major contest for the first time brings a wide variety of answers. Most admit there was a level of high anxiety that was difficult to control.  But virtually all agreed that they didn't always realize how important it was to make a strong first impression.

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History in The Making? Will Iris Kyle Win Her Ninth Olympia?

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Will Iris Kyle Win Her Ninth Olympia?

By Steve Wennerstrom, IFBB Women's Historian


The 2013 Olympia Weekend is upon us and no contest stirs more interest among fans and the cognoscenti of the sport than this multifaceted event.  Bodies are on display at every turn, but none arouse more excitement than those who compete in the various men's and women's Olympia divisions.

 

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Dana Linn Bailey Scores Big Europa Super Show Victory!

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By Steve Wennerstrom, IFBB Women's Historian

 

What promoters Ed and Betty Pariso along with Scott Templeton have done with this annual contest extravaganza over the last few years is impressive, to say the least. Staged this year at the Dallas Hyatt Regency Convention Center and billed as 'A True Weekend Warriors Event', there was something for everyone who ventured onto the premises for the Europa Supershow on this August 16-17 weekend. 

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Tammy Jones Marches to Ms. Olympia with Tampa Pro Victory!

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By Steve Wennerstrom, IFBB Women's Historian

The women's Bodybuilding division at this year's  PBW Tampa Pro Championships was HUGE.  How big was it?  How about the second largest IFBB pro women's bodybuilding contest ever. Thirty competitors made their way to Florida for this August 9-10 weekend to compete in the final qualifier for the upcoming Ms. Olympia in late September.

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Valerie Gangi is Tops in Tampa Pro Physique

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By Steve Wennerstrom, IFBB Women's Historian

A total of 10 IFBB Women's Physique division qualifiers were scheduled this year with the winners of each earning an invitation to the inaugural Olympia Women’s Physique Showdown in Las Vegas next month.  So it was of little surprise that the PBW Tampa Pro Championships (the ninth of the 10 qualifying events) would draw considerable interest from aspiring Women’s Physique division competitors.  

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2013 NPC USA Physique Wennerstrom Report: Penteado Pins Down Overall Physique Title At USA

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Penteado  Pins  Down  Overall  Physique  Title  At  USA

By Steve Wennerstrom, IFBB Women's Historian

As always, the  NPC USA  brings multiple levels of curiosity and anticipation for fans interested in every division, and the Women's Physique division – now in its third year – creates its own level of notice with the inevitable evolution that comes with a new criteria for assessing the female physique.  In this case it's the judging dilemma that exists with a division that fits somewhere between Figure and Bodybuilding and the look competitors are bringing to the stage changing with each passing year.

 

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Margie Martin and Shannon Courtney Earn Bodybuilding Pro Status at the USA!

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By Steve Wennerstrom, IFBB Women's Historian

When it comes to contest promotion, Jon Lindsay is Mr. Consistency, and he has found a surefire way to hone that consistency that dates back many years.  In fact, since 2000, which is now 13 years ago, Lindsay has made Las Vegas the home of the NPC USA and everyone knows what to expect in terms of the where, when and how of this huge event.  Lindsay sees to that.  

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2013 Wings of Strength Jones And Pinder Earn FlightsTo Olympia On The Wings Of Strength

 

 

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Jones And Pinder Earn FlightsTo Olympia On The Wings Of Strength



by Steve Wennerstrom, IFBB Women's Historian

 

Chicago, Illinois, July 6:   Promoter Tim Gardner staged his second annual Wings of Strength, this time at the Tinley Park Convention Center and the women's bodybuilding and women's physique divisions were once again very competitive with 15 bodybuilding contestants competing for a qualifying spot in the Ms. Olympia, while 23 competitors flexed for a qualifying position in the inaugural Ms. Olympia Physique Showdown. 

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