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The Ruthless Report

Brunettes Have More Fun—and Other Ruthless Observations From the Olympia and Beyond

The 2014 Olympia Weekend has come and gone, along with the myriad predictions made by handicappers amateur and professional that dot the media landscape before the show. It's like one of those How-Much-Do-You-Know-About (fillruth in the blank) quizzes your Facebook friends are getting 100 percent on, except no one gets scored—and no one is called to account for not getting it right. My own picks in the women's divisions were immortalized on the "The Fitness View," on September 10, and in the October ’14 Iron Man. Plus, I ’fessed up to some things during our live Olympia play-by-play on Friday night—with Dave Palumbo, Chris Aceto and Lonnie Teper—at RxMuscle.com, so I can't hide.

 

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Female Flexers and Women's Physique—Is It a Good Fit?

The question: What's the difference wpbetween a women's bodybuilding physique and a women's physique body? The answer recalls a famous Supreme Court quote about pornography: I can’t exactly define it, “but I know it when I see it."

The fortunes of so-called smaller women bodybuilders have been inconsistent over the years. Juliette Bergmann's reign in the early 2000s, in which she won the lightweight title at the Olympia three times and beat Iris Kyle for the overall in 2001, is a notable exception, but it's been a while since a smaller flexer made it into the top five at the O.

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The Ruthless Report 22: Bods to Keep an Eye On—and Catching Up With Colette

 

The months of April and May broughrutht an astonishingly fine set of champs and almost champs in the women's physique sports. With shows in multiple cities almost every weekend, it's sometimes tough to remember last week's golden girl or promising newcomer. Here are a few who caught my eye this spring from the hundreds of promising contenders who hit the stage. See if you don't agree that they're worth keeping on your radar as the 2014 Olympia season rolls on.

 

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Ruth's Thoughts on Bikini

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And in case you think those words are mutually exclusive—“thoughts” and “bikini”—think again. With six pro shows in the books for the month of March alone, there’s plenty to report.

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The Ruthless Report 20: Meandering Through Memory Lane

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Meandering Through Memory Lane

I was searching my photo files for a shot of Scotty Peckham, who passed away just before Christmas, and before you could say, ‘Cheese!’ I was so deep into back-in-the-day, I almost forgot what I was looking for. Scott was the nice guy who married Monica Brant about a decade ago, and I’ll come back to his story in a bit. 

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The Ruthless Report 19: Ms. O and the Outlaw: A Pair of Movers and Shakers

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Ms. O and the Outlaw: A Pair of Movers and Shakers


Two very different enterprising ladies have my attention this month. One is a rising bikini star; the other is Ms. Olympia. What could these two women—poles apart in terms of physique development—possibly have in common (besides the gym, of course)? For one thing they've both got spunk, a.k.a. grit, moxie, determination. For another, they don't let grass grow under their feet. Let's start with the newcomer.

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TAMEE MARIE RETURNS TO THE TITAN GRAND PRIX TO TAKE PRO WPD VICTORY
TAMEE MARIE RETURNS TO THE TITAN GRAND PRIX TO TAKE PRO WPD VICTORY

Promoter Jon Lindsay kicked off the first of the 2015 O [ ... ]

AN IFBB PRO WPD RETROSPECTIVE: 2014 WAS A WINNER!
AN IFBB PRO WPD RETROSPECTIVE: 2014 WAS A WINNER!

Progress. Growth. Looking to the future. The 2014 compe [ ... ]

JULIETTE BERGMANN: A TRANSFORMATION FOR THE AGES
JULIETTE BERGMANN: A TRANSFORMATION FOR THE AGES

That Juliette Bergmann was a pioneering personage in th [ ... ]

Juliana Malacarne is the Anatomic Bomb – Wins Physique Olympia!
Juliana Malacarne is the Anatomic Bomb – Wins Physique Olympia!

With little question, this year's second edition of the [ ... ]

IRIS KYLE; THE PERFECT 10TH AT THE OLYMPIA
IRIS KYLE; THE PERFECT 10TH AT THE OLYMPIA

The huge Olympia Weekend on September 18-21 is now a pa [ ... ]

The IFBB North American WPD Spells Mega-Growth
The IFBB North American WPD Spells Mega-Growth

Just ask IFBB North American promoter Gary Udit if he h [ ... ]

Canadians Dominate IFBB North American Overall Women's Bodybuilding Titles
Canadians Dominate IFBB North American Overall Women's Bodybuilding Titles

While Americans have dominated the overall women's body [ ... ]

Kim Buck Two, and More in Pittsburgh, Too!
Kim Buck Two, and More in Pittsburgh, Too!

In just about any way imaginable when describing the pr [ ... ]

FROM TAMPA TO OLYMPIA – AMAZING GRACE!
FROM TAMPA TO OLYMPIA – AMAZING GRACE!

The Wings of Strength held each year in Tampa has becom [ ... ]

The ‘Bleck Factor’ is the Real Deal at the Tampa Pro
The ‘Bleck Factor’ is the Real Deal at the Tampa Pro

Promoter Tim Gardner may be unique in all of bodybuildi [ ... ]

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