Welcome to yet another look at the ‘mind behind the muscle’ of our favorite bodybuilders and forum members. This time around it is the turn of popular forum member ‘Sassy 69’ who has built up quite a reputation as being the ‘go to’ person when it comes to giving out great advice on many forums over the years. So what better place to begin than by discussing her rock star status in the world of muscle forums….
In my last ‘Time Capsule' interview I featured an article I did with Bev Francis revolving around the 1987 Ms Olympia. That same year I also did an interview with Bev which covered her time in power lifting and her switch to the sport of bodybuilding. So, without further ado, here is my interview from ‘Strength Athlete' magazine in its entirety...
Leigh, you've been writing for bodybuilding magazines, websites and nutritional supplement companies since 1985. You've basically followed the sport and brought it to the world through your writing for over 2 decades. What is your take on the way the sport has progressed through the years? At what point in time and in light of what major occurrence did you foresee the sport going down a road that would ultimately lead to its demise?
A former competitive gymnast, Oksana began training when she was 8 years old. She became an IFBB Fitness Pro in 2006 at the IFBB World Amateur Championships. When I attempted to interview her by phone, she asked if I would mind doing it by email. She is studying the English language right now and didn't feel that her English was good enough to participate in a lengthy interview. So, the following is an edited version of my questions and her answers.
TP: Tell us about yourself Sheila. What do you do for a living? Where do you live and how long have you been competing?
SB: Well after about 13 yrs of being a hard laborer, it seemed life sort of forced me to go on my own. Which was fine for I needed to be confident within my bodybuilding career-- to learn, to be on my own, to build business relationships in which that learning never stops. For now, it's internet business; I do work for Eric Davis of HARD CULTURE. It's a clothing line that I do a lot of the fitness designs. I'm also a spokesmodel at trade shows as well as one of his main clothing models.
Now that we are well into the 2009 contest schedule, I thought it would be interesting to travel back in time to the year 1987 when I interviewed Bev Francis following that year's Ms Olympia contest. This contest turned out to be very challenging for Bev; however, being a true champion, she not only meet the challenge head on, she went on to place a very respectable third in a great lineup. Here's her story, which begins with a look at her preparation for that year's show....