This year the Ms. Olympia, Fitness Olympia and Mr. Olympia were all brought together in Las Vegas at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino. The venue was a perfect setting for a new era in Women's Bodybuilding with Kim Chizevsky stepping down and not competing after earlier in the year announcing that she would move to fitness. Some rumors were about that she would compete this year in the Fitness Olympia, but proved unfounded. However, Chizevsky did promise to make her Pro Fitness debut at the 2001 Arnold Classic/Fitness International weekend.
This year there were 13 women in the Fitness Olympia competition. The last person to qualify was Jennifer Hendershott who also was competitor number one and the first one out to begin the weekend's events.
This year there was no prejudging event separated out for the Fitness or Ms. Olympia competitions and both started off the evening with what is traditionally the "finals" evening round. However, all rounds of judging were reserved for the evening show, and it actually worked fairly well, because of the limited number of competitors.
As usual, the first mandatory routine round kicked things off. The competitors came out in the black bodysuits and it was somewhat hard to judge this round, although, the competitors who weren't as good were easier to note than the differentiation between the top routines.
Hendershott known for her routines started things off impressively, and Jenny Worth and Kelly Ryan followed successively with impressive routines as well. Other notables included Susan Curry, Adela Friedmansky, and Shannon Meteraud.
The second round of prejuding let the audience and judges see a lot more of the athletes, as the two-piece round commenced. The first callout had Timea Majorova, Jenny Worth, and Lena Johannesen.
Johannesen, Susan Curry, and Shannon Meteraud followed with Kelly Ryan getting in on the third callout as well. The round ended with a callout of Meteraud, Friedmandsky and Curry, indicating to most that Majorova had won the round.
The third round of prejudging, the full routine round, was the most popular with the crowd. Monica Brandt joined Mike Adamle to co-MC this part of the competition and it was off with a bang with Hendershott, who had a high-energy routine with great energy. However she did stumble slightly, but made a good recovery.
Worth followed up with a similar routine to hers at the Jan Tana using black lights to illuminate her flourescent outfit which this time was pink. Very popular with the crowd, and it set the stage for Kelly Ryan, who's routine was next.
Ryan had the crowd anticipating something amazing and she didn't fail. Great tumbling moves, and strong presses along with crystal clean presentation helped secure the round, but the competition was intense as usual here.
Majorova had the hard task of following Ryan up, and with the routine being one of her weaker events, she seemed slightly off and didn't seem like she was fully on like Ryan.
The next several routines were good but with the competition level so high, a routine had to be amazing to be in the top five. Shena Forkner showed impressive strength with some of the highest presses and largest number of reps during the round. Melissa Frabielle's timing was slightly off, but Lisa Lowe followed up with a nice solid routine.
Johannesen's routine didn't help her placement up to that point in the competition, as it seemed to be a little too slowly paced. Klaudia Kinska had a very creative routine, and Susan Curry followed with another amazing routine.
One very cool move incorporated a standing back flip that instead of landing up standing, was twisted at the top of the flip so that Curry could land in a pushup position horizontal on the floor (see image at right). Because the ending to her routine was not as strong as the rest of the routine, it let Ryan win the round.
Friedmansky, Meteraud and Stacy Simons all followed with very strong routines. Friedmansky's routine was very well rounded, while Meteraud's may have been a little too sexy for the judges. It also may have suffered from not having as many crowd-wowwing gymnastics tumbling moves. Simons wrapped things up with her trademark flexibility.
That left the 1-piece round to wrap things up, and this time the first callouts had Majorova, Curry and Worth, followed by Meteraud, Friedmansky and Ryan. After all nine callouts were made, it looked as if it was going to be very close to see who would be the 2000 Fitness Olympia Champion.
As the top five were announced, it was very fair, and it seemed most agreed with the judges decisions. Susan Curry, although she didn't win any of the individual rounds, came out on top, edging Kelly Ryan and Jenny Worth as the new Fitness Olympia.