Former Ms Olympia Juliette Bergmann has been inducted into the IFBB Hall of Fame. The Dutch bodybuilder made a comeback after over a decade away from competition to win the 2001 Olympia. She was also the Ms. Olympia lightweight class winner in 2002 and 2003, losing the overall title to Lenda Murray both years.
The ultimate late bloomer in bodybuilding, Juliette Bergmann actually had two careers in the IFBB. In the Ms. Olympia, between 1985 and 1988, her best showing was sixth in ‘86, and between 2001 and 2003, she stunningly came out of retirement to win the lightweight and overall in ‘01, followed by lightweight victories in 2002 and 2003. Her 2001 triumph at age 42, backed up by her having one of the most symmetrical female physiques of all time, more than secured her Hall of Fame status.
Throughout her career, she personified what many fans see as the ideal female form – just the right combination of curves and muscle, a stunning example of what can be achieved in female bodybuilding when artistry takes precedence over the relentless pursuit of size.