Athena Siganakis, a Canadian female bodybuilder with quite a cult following. Give her a Google and check her out
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The 2012 Night of Champions took place August 18 with over 20 competitors taking the stage in front of a packed house at the Ruth Seaton James Auditorium.
JaVaughn Dill and Sueallen Lottimore were crowned Mr. and Ms. Bermuda, while Ms Lottimore also won the Best Artistic Poser Female title, and Jeftha Miller won the Best Artistic Male Poser title.
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Between 750 to 800 competitors are expected to turn out of the 2012 NPC USA Bodybuilding, Figure, Bikini and Physique Championships at Artemis Ham Hall in Las Vegas this Friday and Saturday – making it the biggest in the contest’s 30-year history.
A total of 53 IFBB Pro cards will be awarded over the two-day event, which begins Friday at noon with prejudging for Figure, Bikini, Women’s Physique and Women’s Bodybuilding. Men’s Bodybuilding and Men’s Physique prejudging begins at 9 am on Saturday, with the finals for all divisions set for 5:30 pm.
WHAT: NPC USA Championships
WHERE: Artemis Ham Hall at UNLV, Las Vegas NV
WHEN: Friday July 27 and Saturday July 28
FOR MORE INFO: Go here
IFBB PRO CARD BREAKDOWN
Men’s Bodybuilding All Class Winners (7 Weight Classes)
Top 2 Placers in the Overall of Women’s Bodybuilding (4 Weight Classes)
Open Figure the Top 2 in each Height Class (6 Height Classes)
Open Bikini the Top 2 in each Height Class (6 Height Classes)
Men’s Physique the Top 2 in each Height Class (6 Height Classes)
Women’s Physique the Top 2 in each Height Class (4 Height Classes)
Twenty-three female competitors earned their way into the IFBB Professional League on Friday during the women’s portion of the Teen, Collegiate and Masters National Championships in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
American Idol-style voting at an NPC bodybuilding event? It’s new, it’s innovative and it’s being done at the 2012 Tahoe Show.
“We have judging and we have voting,” said Chris Minnes, one of the promoters of the Tahoe Show.
Just like any other NPC show, there will be seven NPC judges evaluating all the competitors, but this year, the promoters have added an American Idol-style text messaging component to the show where the audience can choose their favorite athlete. It’s a form of audience-interaction that has never been done before at a NPC show.
“Essentially, the top athletes will be picked by the NPC judges, and then the top three from each weight class will come out on stage. For example, in bodybuilding you have five weight classes, so you’ll have 15 people on the stage to vote for. The audience will choose their favorite through text messaging voting,” Minnes said.
The winner of the audience text messaging votes will qualify for what promoters Chris Minnes and Bill Cambra are calling the People’s Choice Award. It’s limited to the seven open divisions which means there will be a finalist in women’s bodybuilding, figure, fitness, bikini , men’s physique and women’s physique. From there, with the help of Muscular Development Magazine, they are going to choose one male and one female athlete to be in the magazine.
Contest weight : ~150 lbs
Off season weight: 160-ish !
Best lifts (in competition): Bench press 275 lbs; squat 400 lbs; deadlift 410 lbs
Current Residence: Maryland, USA
Education: Doctorate in Pharmacy, highest honors- University of Maryland; Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy, Magna Cum Laude- Medical College of Virginia, Virginia Commonwealth University; Associate in Science Summa Cum Laude- Thomas Nelson College, Hampton, Virginia.
Occupation: Pharmacist, Certified Specialist in Poison Information.
Personality: fun-loving, energetic, multi-faceted, scholarly. Always challenging myself and others.
Favorite entertainment: Comedy in any form. I love to laugh !!
Video below shows Alina Popa at the 2008 World Championships where she won the overall to receive IFBB pro status, she does a very nice classical posing routine – beautiful to watch.
One of the new IFBB pros from 2008, Alina Popa was born in Eastern Europe and relocated to Switzerland. After winning the World Championships in 2007 of the NABBA federation, she went on to win the 2008 IFBB World Championships to get pro status. Check out Alina’s website for more on her.
Alina Popa of Romania [shown below] won the bodybuilding overall of the IFBB World Championships this past weekend in Spain. As I mentioned in my prior post, the powerhouse nations at the Worlds are the European nations and Brazil, and this held true to form with every single top 6 finalist being from either Europe or Brazil.
The USA sent Team Universe Champions Sheryln Roy, Cassandra Floyd, Nita Marquez and Kim Landry, with the highest placing being 11th by Nita in Fitness.
Beating a field of 19 contestants from 9 nations, Lisa Auckland won her third straight Atlantic City IFBB Pro title. Mah Ann Mendoza placed 2nd with Betty Viana plaing 3rd to finish up the Olympia qualifying spots.
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Jennifer Gates won the figure portion, while Tracey Greenwood won fitness.