South Korea’s Jang Mi-ran clinched her fourth consecutive title at the world weight lifting championships. She set a world record and claimed two gold medals in the women’s super heavyweight division. Her final lift on the clean and jerk was an amazing 412.2 pounds, 2.2 pounds heavier than the record set in the Beijing Olympics, a record she set. Jang was out snatched by Tatiana Kashirina. Tatiana hit 304 pounds, a mere 4 more than Jang. However, Jang did win another gold for her combined total of 712 pounds.
Podobedova Svetlana, 23 year-old, of Kazakhstan was busy breaking records today in Goyang, South Korea, at the weightlifting championships. Podobedova was in the 75-kg class and hit 132 kg in the snatch, and 160 kg in the clean and jerk to finish with a combined lift of 292 kg. She now holds the record in the snatch and the clean and jerk giving her a record in the combined lifts in her class too! Her world records were rewarded with gold medals…an accomplishment well deserved.
Before getting into bodybuilding, Crooks had considered a career in aeronautical engineering but chose to go into the Air Force, where she spent two years in Germany.
As a bodybuilder, Crooks won the Ms. Sunshine State competition in 1992 and placed well in several other bodybuilding events through 1998, finishing as high as 2nd place in the 1994 National Physique Committee (NPC) Nationals (heavyweights).
World Championship Wrestling
In 1999, she began a short career in with World Championship Wrestling, wrestling under the name Midnight. She acted as the valet and storyline sibling of Harlem Heat’s Booker T and Stevie Ray. She trained at the WCW Power Plant. During her time with WCW, she made appearances at both Starrcade 1999 and Souled Out 2000. Her last match was in 2001 against Nicole Bass.
She currently owns a boutique near Fort Lauderdale, Florida. It features mid-century modern furnishings. Besides running a furniture boutique, she’s also a licensed Realtor. She is married to Michael Valerie.
Contest history (bodybuilding)
* 1992 Ms. Sunshine State – 1st
* 1993 Ms. Florida – 1st
* 1993 NPC Nationals – 4th (HW)
* 1993 IFBB North American Championship – 2nd (HW)
* 1994 NPC Nationals – 2nd (HW)
* 1996 NPC Nationals – 3rd (HW)
* 1998 NPC USA Championship – 4th (HW)
* 1998 NPC Nationals – 8th (HW)
Creavalle was born on January 25, 1959 in Essequibo, Guyana. Laura was one of the most successful female bodybuilders of the 1990s. Creavalle earned her pro card by winning the heavyweight class at the 1988 IFBB World Amateur Championships in Puerto Rico. She made her pro debut six weeks later at the 1988 Ms. Olympia contest. She was the first woman to win the Ms. International title three times (since matched by Vickie Gates, Yaxeni Oriquen, and Iris Kyle), and was twice runner-up in the Ms. Olympia contest. She holds the record for the most consecutive Ms. Olympia appearances with twelve (from 1988 to 1999), finishing below sixth place only in her first appearance. Creavalle was inducted into the IFBB Hall of Fame in 2007.
Now retired from competition, she operates Club Creavalle, offering personal training, nutrition training, and related services. Laura has written two cook books, A Taste of Club Creavalle (ISBN 0-9669168-1-6) and The Lite Lifestyle: 150 Ultra Low Calorie Recipes for Rapid Weight Loss! (ISBN 0-9669168-8-3). She also co-authored The Health Handbook (ISBN 0-9669168-5-9) with former husband Chris Aceto. Laura has been a feature editor for Muscle & Fitness magazine on low fat cooking in the Muscle Fare column.
Creavalle now lives in Toronto with her husband Colin Maragh, whom she married in 2000. They operate a company called Healthy Gourmet Express, which provides customers with weekly deliveries of ten meals.
* 1983 Novice Canada – 1st
* 1983 Toronto Championships – 1st
* 1983 Ontario Canadian Championships novice – 1st
* 1985 Toronto Championships – 1st
* 1985 The Choice of Champions – 1st
* 1986 NPC Southern California – 1st (HW)
* 1986 NPC California State – 2nd (HW)
* 1986 NPC Nationals – 4th (MW)
* 1986 NPC USA Championship – 1st (LHW and Overall)
* 1986 NPC USA Mixed Pairs – 1st
* 1988 IFBB Caribbean Championships – 1st (HW)
* 1988 IFBB World Amateur Championships – 1st (HW)
* 1988 IFBB Ms. Olympia – 11th
* 1989 Pro World – 8th
* 1989 IFBB Ms. Olympia – 6th
* 1990 Ms. International – 1st
* 1990 IFBB Ms. Olympia – 4th
* 1991 IFBB Ms. Olympia – 3rd
* 1992 Ms. International – 3rd
* 1992 IFBB Ms. Olympia – 2nd
* 1993 IFBB Ms. Olympia – 3rd
* 1994 Ms. International – 1st
* 1994 IFBB Ms. Olympia – 2nd
* 1995 Ms. International – 1st
* 1995 IFBB Ms. Olympia – 5th
* 1996 Ms. International – 2nd
* 1996 IFBB Ms. Olympia – 4th
* 1997 IFBB Ms. Olympia – 4th
* 1998 IFBB Ms. Olympia – 5th
* 1999 Pro Extravaganza – 1st
* 1999 IFBB Ms. Olympia – 3rd
* 2002 IFBB Ms. Olympia – 6th (LW)
Lynn was born on May 30, 1954 in Norfolk, Virginia. Conkwright trained for eight years in gymnastics, and won the Virginia State Gymnastics Championships. She began weight training to improve her gymnastics.
Despite her small stature (5′ tall and just over 100 pounds), she was one of the top professional competitors in the early 1980s. During her competitive career she became known for her incrededible flexibility during her performances. Her greatest success was winning the 1981 Pro World Championship. She also won the couples competition with Chris Dickerson in the same contest. Lynn competed in the first six Ms. Olympia contests (the only other woman to do so was Carolyn Cheshire), twice finishing as high as third.
Lynn was selected by ABC to represent women’s bodybuilding in the women’s Superstars competition in 1982, where she finished tenth in a field of twelve competitors. Conkwright placed first in rowing, third in basketball shooting, third in swimming, fifth in the bicycle race, fifth in golf, and seventh in the obstacle course. After retiring in 1988, Lynn continued to be active in the fitness industry. In the late 1988 and early 1989 at the age of 34 she became the first United States academy student to be certified as a bodybuilding coach after the United States Sports Academy began offering a Masters of Sport Science in Fitness Management. This suited Lynn very well since at one time she was the weight training coach for tennis superstar Martina Navratilova.
Currently, Conkwright works as the director of Weider Athlete Promotions and manages Weider contracted athletes. Lynn was inducted into the IFBB Hall of Fame in 2003.
* 1980 NPC Miss Virginia Beach – 1st
* 1980 NPC USA Championship – 5th
* 1980 NPC Frank Zane Invitational – 3rd
* 1980 IFBB Ms. Olympia – 3rd
* 1981 IFBB Pro World Championships – 1st
* 1981 IFBB World Couples (with Chris Dickerson) – 1st
* 1981 IFBB Ms. Olympia – 3rd
* 1982 IFBB Ms. Olympia – 4th
* 1983 IFBB Ms. Olympia – 4th
* 1984 IFBB Ms. Olympia – 8th
* 1985 IFBB Ms. Olympia – 16th
* 1988 IFBB Pro World Championship – 14th
* 1981 August Muscle & Fitness
* 1982 September Body & Power
The controversy over the 800-meter world champion, Caster Semenya, has flooded the media for weeks now. Her gold medal remains hers and apologies have been made, but the damage is done. Her family has spoken out and the words remain sound and honest. Her father speaks about his “little girl:”
”I raised her and I have never doubted her gender. She is a woman and I can repeat that a million times. For the first time South Africans have someone to be proud of and detractors are already shouting wolf. It is unfair. I wish they would leave my daughter alone.”
Caster’s father wasn’t the only voice of defense, her grandmother spoke out too:
”[The controversy] doesn’t bother me that much because I know she’s a woman – I raised her myself,” she said in her rural village in northern Limpopo province. She called me after [the heats] and told me that they think she’s a man. What can I do when they call her a man, when she’s really not a man? It is God who made her look that way.”
Her country is behind her and rallying for her continued involvement in the sport. It will be up to Caster if she competes again.
Mayra Conde (born January 28, 1969 in Guatemala City, Guatemala) is a professional Personal Trainer and mixed martial artist, who has also competed in bodybuilding, kickboxing and brazilian jiu-jitsu.
Conde hails from Guatemala City, where she grew up on her grandparents’ farm. She has spoken fondly of her time there in interviews, as well as citing her grandfather as “my source of strength”. However, at the age of nine when her younger brother was born, Conde moved with her parents to Toronto, Canada, hoping for a better education.
Her early years as an immigrant were tough; “I was constantly picked on because I couldn’t speak English and was very small”. Conde proved up to the challenge, never failing a grade, and is now bilingual, speaking both her native Spanish and adopted English. While still at school, Conde got into sports drinks and nutrition through her father, which led to her becoming a bodybuilder at the age of 16. Her muscular physique proved useful when she moved into construction work after high school. Earning a living as a welder, she would later become a foreman. Meanwhile, she continued to attend fitness seminars and read any health-related books she could get her hands on.
In summer of 1996, Conde moved to Los Angeles for the love of Personal Fitness Training, and in search for something bigger and more challenging. California brought Conde her first taste of Brazilian jiu-jitsu, training at the Beverly Hills Jiu Jitsu Club with such luminaries as Mark Kerr and Bas Rutten. Learning from them and another trainer, Marcus Vinicius, she would later fight in the US, Brazil and Greece, Japan, and was a part of the groundbreaking all-female “Hook N Shoot” Revolution promotion.
She was asked her to represent Team Canada at the 1st World Wide Pankration Championships on 11 November 2000, in Lamia, Greece. Despite a last minute notice and traveling at her own expense, she earned two gold medals. She was later invited to train with Coach Scott Miller and the Women’s Wrestling Team at Pacific University in late 2002 and March 2003. Conde is a Purple Belt Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Instructor, having studied under 4th Degree Black Belt Master Marcus Vinicius and Bas Rutten at The Beverly Hills Jiu Jitsu Club.
Conde is now living and working in Frankfurt am Main, Germany as a professional Personal Trainer. According to German authorities (in Frankfurt), she is the only foreign Self-Employed Personal Trainer authorized to live and work in Germany, without the need of an employer at first, due to the fact she is a high level Certified Martial Artist/Instructor/Personal Trainer.
* 1st Place at the 3rd American International Championships, Grappling (148-160lbs) Light Weight Division, Carson, CA, 9 December 2001
* 1st Place at the 3rd American International Championships, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Women’s Open Division, Carson, CA, 8 December 2001
* 1st Place in the US Open Brazilian Jiu Jitsu CHAMPIONSHIPS, October 2001
* 2001 Bronze Medalist in the World Wide Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Championships in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (July 26-29 )
* Double GOLD Medalist in 1st World Wide Pankration Championships on 11 November 2000, Lamia, Greece
* 1st place winner in the Heavy weight & Open Division in the U.S. Open Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Championships in Santa Cruz, 5 November 2000
* Winner in NHB Bout at the Mark “The Cobra” Hall’s Cobra Challenge Federation, in Anza CA on 3 June 2000
* 1st Place winner in the California State Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Championships, 26 March 2000
* U.S. Open Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Heavy Weight and Overall Winner, Santa Cruz (White Belt), 5 November 2000
* Won Cobra Challenge NHB fight, 6 March 2000
* Women’s Kick-Boxing Division Winner, September 1999
* Women’s Heavy Weight Grappler’s Challenge Champion, August 1999
* Winner by technical K.O. in Kick-Boxing Bout at the Bas Rutten Invitational in Littleton CO, 26 June 1999
* Winner in NHB/Vale Tudo Bout at the 1st Bas Rutten Invitational, 6 February 1999
* 1st Place Women’s Heavyweight Winner at the Grapplers Challenge in Toronto, Canada on 8 August 1998
* Nite Magic Flexmania Ladies Overall (Bodybuilding), July 1996
The NPC had its first National Bikini competition in Hollywood Fl. last weekend. The turn out for the first year was great! Six girls went home as new IFBB Pro’s and Jessica Anderson (pictured) took the first ever National Bikini Overall Champion title. Here are your top five from each class:
1. Trina Goosby (IFBB PRO)
2. Kelly Gonzalez
3. Cher Nicolas
4. Janice Gunderson
5. Ronda Sundermeier
1. Erica Reder(IFBB PRO)
2. Keva Matovina
3. Andrea Carpinelli
4. Michelle Cagle
5. Toniann Rotante
1. Alea Suarez (IFBB PRO)
2. Vanessa Prebyl
3. Megan Zumpano
4. Christina Giese
5. Ami Seier
1. Tianna Ta (IFBB PRO)
2. Brittany OConner
3. Tisha Des-Marteau
4. Chelsie Beanblossom
5. Shannon Rockweiler
1. Jessica Anderson (OVERALL & IFBB PRO)
2. Michelle Maxwell
3. Ellen Beckner
4. Alison Rosen
5. Shina Mitchell
1. Stephanie Lindsey (IFBB PRO)
2. Meredith Long
3. Rhiannon Genov
4. Lisa Bockwell
5. Cynthia Kidd