2008 Arnold Classic Weekend
Classic - Ms International
Feb. 28 - March 2, 2008
- by gene x hwang
OH , USA - The
20th Arnold Classic was perhaps the biggest one ever with over 150,000
people checking out the expo and crowding the convention center over
the three main days of the competition. With the amateur
competition being opened up to International athletes, the figure
contingent was quite large.
fitness category was won by two Canadians - Chantal Dicaire in the tall
class and Allison Ethier who won the short class and overall titles.
There were many solid competitors in the fitness including
Brazilian Loana Muttoni and the rest of the top five in the short class.
was huge and expanded to six classes to accomodate all the competitors.
The overall went to American Candice Houston who continues to
place well and should be on track to her pro card this year. The short
class was won by Sweden's Linda Fodor-Egelstig who edged out Melissa
Froio. The B Class was Houston's and Pamela Soper won the C class and
is also primed to turn pro soon.
D class was won by Kristy McKinny, E was won by Natalie Waples and the
F Class was one by Sandy Helmig. A couple other outstanding
athletes were Jennifer Hoffman who was lean and had great delts, Casey
Jovan whos legs and shoulders were notable and presented a
very balanced overall look. Andrea Swanson may have
had the best glutes of all the competitors and Francisca Dennis'
v-shape was amazing.
bodybuilding competition was strong as well with 2007
North American champion Mary Carmen Gomez Segura again
dominating and looking like a pro - we're not sure if she decided not
to turn pro after the North American's or what. She beat out Mary Lynne
Mackenzie who was ripped as usual and looking big.
the middleweights, Alicia St. Germaine was competing for the
last time and looked awesome and finished second to Holly Nicholson who
may have presented her most balanced physique to date. Carrie
Simmons also looked the best she has and her routine really sparkled
the lightweights, it was the Jo Stewart show as she came on stage
ready, with a well-balanced physique that was crisply conditioned.
She beat out Millie Cleveland to win the class title and
Glenda Bozett was third ahead of Maryann Glasscock and Dee Lazard.
the pro side in fitness it was once again Kim Klein and Jen Hendershott
as the 1-2 finishers respectively. Julie Palmer took third followed by
the hot Julie Lohre who's been placing better and better of
late. Tracey Greenwood took fifth and Germany's top fitness
athlete Regiane da Silva rounded out the top six.
the figure side it was going to be a new Arnold champ no matter what
and this time it was Gina Aliotti taking the title just ahead of Jen
Gates. Amy Fry placed a strong third ahead of Chastity
Sloan, Sonia Adcock and Paola Americo.
bodybuilding there was a bit of controversy as when Iris Kyle was not
among the top six. The buzz going in was that it was between
her and Dayana Cadeau with Yaxeni Oriquen also looking strong.
Those three were locked in a battle for the title, but when
the top six came out sans Kyle, everyone knew something was up.
the end, it was Yaxeni's show and she set the record for the most Ms.
International victories of all time. Cadeau ended up second, and Kyle
tied with Betty Viana-Adkins for seventh place. There were rumors that
Kyle was disqualified but looking at the score sheets she just didn't
make the cut for the third round to free pose. Regardless,
people will be interested to see if there's an official word on the
results since something was definitely up
Aukland looked strong with a very balanced physique and continues to
improve while Betty Pariso was very well conditioned and took fourth.
Brenda Raganot's balance and shape make her a threat, but she
wasn't quite hard enough to place higher, while Cathy Lefrancois
presented the best physique she ever has with wicked conditioning
new pros made their debuts with Tracy Beckham and Kristy Hawkins
gracing the Arnold stage for the first time. While jumping into the big
leagues is tough, it is especially so at the Arnold. Look for
more from the new pros in future competitions and hopefully on the
Olympia stage as well!
expo was the highlight of the event for many fans, but as usual it was
so crowded that getting through was sometimes a huge pain. We
didn't cruise the expo as much as we usually do so there will be less
coverage from the floor, but there was not a lack of talent. Check
message boards to discuss and
follow the weekend live, post your thoughts and chat with the athletes!
1) Yaxeni Oriquen*
2) Dayana Cadeau*
4) Betty Pariso*
5) Brenda Raganot*
7 tie) Iris Kyle
7 tie) Betty
9) Annie Rivieccio
10) Rosemary Jennings
12) Debbie Laszewski
14) Kristy Hawkins
15) Colette Nelson
1) Gina Alioiti*
2) Jen Gates*
4) Chastity Sloan*
5) Sonia Adcock*
7) Latisha Wilder
8 tie) Catherine
8 tie) Natalie Benson
10) Kristal Richardson
12) Juliana Malacarne
13) Briana Tindall
14) Debbie Leung
1) Kim Klein*
2) Jen Hendershott*
4) Julie Lohre*
5) Tracey Greenwood*
Regiane da Silva*
7) Stacy Simons
8) Bethany Gainey
10) Oksana Grishina
11) Tina Durkin
* qualifies for 2008 Olympia
Overall: Mary Carmen Gomez Segura
2) Millie Cleveland
3) Glenda Bozet
5) Dee Lazard
1) Holly Nicholson
2) Alicia St. Germaine
4) Carrie Simmons
5) Christy Resendes
1) Mary Carmen Gomez Segura
2) Mary Lynne
3) Marcia Ferguson
4) Evy Rusted
1) Linda Fodor-Egelstig
2) Melissa Froio
4) Kandi Allen
5) Kelli Ann Correa
1) Candice Houston
2) Denise Marcus (sp?)
4) Jean Jitomir
5) Misty Schaffer
1) Pamela Soper
2) Casey Jovan
4) Daphne Bascom
5) Leah Berti
2) Kenda McAdams
3) Karen Kimura
5) Celeste Bonin - (please contact us)
2) Francisca Dennis <- (please contact us)
4) Gabriela Cioban
5) Jamie Meade
2) Jennifer Hernandez
4) Jennifer Peckham
5) JoHanna DuBose
1) Allison Ethier
2) Sylvia Tremblay
4) Loana Muttoni
Last updated: March 3, 2008 @ 12:19 p.m. PT