2006 Arnold Classic/Ms. International Contest Report
2006 - by gene x hwang
USA - With
Yaxeni Oriquen the reigning Ms. Olympia competing at the Ms. International
and with a previous Ms. Olympia, Iris Kyle both competing, you knew
it was going to be a shootout and this time around, the often overlooked
Iris Kyle was crowned the 2006 Ms. International in Columbus, OH.
a single class of female bodybuilders - one of the new changes that
took effect for the 2006 competitive season - the lineup of 14 bodybuilders
was diverse but impressive. Kyle came in looking incredible with her
crisp conditioning, incredible lines, and of course her notable
muscularity and symmetry. All of those factors came together perfectly
for her to beat Dayana Cadeau who placed an impressive
second, and current Ms. Olympia Oriquen.
that everyone was interested in was Jitka Harazimova. At the 2005 BulkNutrition.com
Charlotte Pro she looked impressive upon returning to competition,
and was much sharper this time out at the Ms. International with more
fullness, better conditioning and some of the best aesthetics
the judging criteria apparently always in flux, there was a bit of
wonder in the air if they might push Harazimova forward. Ultimately
though Kyle was a deserving champion.
Pariso followed the top four taking fifth and was sharp as she consistently
is. The oldest Ms. International competitor did not look the part as
she beat out many of the younger athletes including the trio of fine
physiques that followed her: Bonny Priest in 6th who is really a solid
pro and was looking very tight, Annie Rivieccio in 7th who looks like
she's a veteran pro and belonging in every lineup she competes in,
and Lisa Aukland in 8th who could have been a bit more crisp in her
conditioning. Aukland is one who if she just dialed in her diet a shade
more and peaks just right should be able to win a pro show.
course the offerings are thin with only four shows in total in 2006
with only two that are open competitions so hopefully we will see a
lot of fresh faces qualifying for the Olympia.
out the top ten was Kim Harris who looked very sharp and balanced just
as Antoinette Norman was. Both were the smaller (former lightweight
class when there were two weight classes in the pros) and may have
suffered from not appearing as large in the lineup while Mah-Ann Mendoza
was too soft to have placed higher.
Jennings was thick and very full, but because of the incredible shapes
in the lineup, was not able to crack the top ten.
ever popular Christine Roth was eagerly anticipated and she brought
in a new this year. Toning it down a bit and donning heels
for her evening finals routine, Roth was popular with the fans, but
without the extra mass was not able to place higher.
ever consisten Angela Debatin rounded out the field and did not in
any way look like a last place physique. That all just goes to show
that the field was incredibly deep and talented and if we can continue
to have pro lineups like this, the sport hsould continue to grow.
and Figure both drew big crowds and the athletes in each group were
impressive. There were a few debuts but one person missing was Arnold
Figure International champion Jenny Lynn who had to pull out after
check-in. As one of the favorites, that left the window open and after
prejudging, many felt that this could end up being Monica Brant's year.
comes in looking fantastic, but the judges went with Mary Elizabeth
Lado's more sleek and streamlined physique crowning her the 2006 champion
just ahead of Brant.
placed third and is already a top figure pro while Chastity Sloan came
in incredible conditioning and was looking muscular in placing fourth.
Canadian Jane Awad took fifth and has been slowly pushing up the rankings.
With some of the best calves on stage and great lines, Awad has potential
to win a show.
Pomponio-Pate kept her ever consistent top six placings streak alive
(she's never placed lower than sixth in any pro show). One of the surprises
was Valerie Waugaman. Waugaman has looked incredible and if she comes
in tight and full, she is always going to be a threat to win a show.
However, at this competition, Waugaman was looking a bit off. Her face
looked a little full and she wasn't in her best shape so keep an eye
out for her to make amends at a future show.
Flake may have been one of the more muscular competitors and was downgraded
by the judges for that. However, she looks very impressive and if she
were taller and could stretch that muscularity over a longer body would
fare better. Of course genetics don't quite work that way.
also good buzz on Danielle Hollenshade and Gina Camcho. Both have nice
shapes and should rate higher as they continue to compete.
On the fitness
side of things, Jen Hendershott was the defending champion but this
time around, the judges awarded Adela Garcia the champ and the always
rising Kim Klein took second. Klein has always been improving and this
was one of her best showings.
physique was not quite on as it has been in the past although her previous
improvements were still there, but she's had to work so hard to overcome
her structure while other athletes that have been gifted with better
genetics have had an easier time.
is one of them with good shape and she brought in an excellent physique
as always. Julie Childs looked strong as well and cracked the top five
and got her Olympia qualification wrapped up.
two placings went to veterans Tanji Johnson and Julie Palmer respectively,
while Germany's Regiana DaSilava made her pro debut in the top ten
in 8th place ahead of two great veteran competitors - Angela Monteleone-Semsh
and Stacey Simons. Mindi O'Briend also tied for tenth and Heidi Fletcher
also was making her pro debut and took 12th just ahead of Allison Daughtry
who was ripped and looked very tight.
course the competition is a big deal at the Arnold but the Expo is
almost a reason in and of itself to check out the Arnold. Each year
it grows and this year was no exception. We'll be posting our full
expo and after-party photo-report shortly so keep a lookout for that.
the meantime, check out our
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2) Dayana Cadeau*
3) Yaxeni Oriquen*
4) Jitka Harazimova*
5) Betty Pariso*
7) Annie Rivieccio*
8) Lisa Aukland*
9) Kim Harris
10) Antoinette Norman
11) Mah-Ann Mendoza
12) Rosemary Jennings
13) Christine Roth
14) Angela Debatin
qualifies for 2006 Olympia
2) Kim Klein*
3) Jenny Hendershott*
4) Tracey Greenwood*
5) Julie Childs*
6) Tanji Johnson*
7) Julie Palmer
8) Regiana DaSilva
9) Angela Monteleone-Semsch
10 tie) Stacey Simons
10 tie) Mindi O'Brien
12) Heidi Fletcher
13) Allison Daughtry
Mary Elizabeth Lado*
2) Monica Brant*
3) Amanda Savell*
4) Chastity Sloane*
5) Jane Awad*
6) Christine Pomponio-Pate*
7) Latisha Wilder
8) Valerie Waugaman
9) Monica Guerra
10) Elaine Goodlad
11) Danielle Hollenshade
12) Gina Camacho
13) Nina Luchka
14) Debby Leung
15) Michelle Flake
16) Tammy Pies
17) Ali Metkovich
DNP) Anna Larssen
DNP) Zhanna Rotar
DNP) Jenny Lynn**
qualifies for 2006 Olympia
withdrew due to Injury
updated: 3/6/2006 @ 9:07 a.m. PT