Friday, September 24, 2010

2010 Olympia Predictions

The 2010 Olympia is going on in Las Vegas this weekend. For those of you who need a bit of background information, the Olympia is like the World Series of bodybuilding. The elite of the elite earn the right to stand on the Olympia stage by placing in the top 1-3 at pro shows throughout the year.

J and I, along with our friend, Osheen, discussed our Olympia predictions last night. I added a bit more commentary below the video.



Bikini

This year is the inaugural Bikini Olympia. The IFBB Bikini division was created last year, and this year, it's being brought to the Olympia stage. Several former Figure competitors have switched to Bikini this year, with stellar results. Look for former Figure ladies Sonia Gonzalez, Sherlyn Roy, and Jessica Paxon-Putnam to rock the Bikini stage. Also look for the return of Dina Al-Sabah. She's done very well in her last two shows, and will be a major contender this weekend.

My top 5 picks:
  1. Amanda Latona
  2. Nathalia Melo
  3. Sonia Gonzalez
  4. Jessica Paxson-Putnam
  5. Dina  Al-Sabah

Figure

With Gina Aliotti out of the competition circle this year, I'm betting on an Arnold repeat showdown between Nicole Wilkins-Lee and Erin Stern. Both ladies present beautiful, stream-lined physiques in different ways. Erin usually brings a much harder package than Nicole, but the judges continually place Nicole in the front spot. Heather Mae French has won several shows this year, but I don't see her taking the #1 spot away from Nicole. One of my favorite ladies is Kristi Tauti. She continually brings a well-balanced physique to every show. I competed with her at the 2006 Emerald Cup (the year she turned pro), and can say first-hand that she's an absolute sweetheart.

My top 5 picks:
  1. Nicole Wilkins-Lee
  2. Erin Stern
  3. Heather Mae French
  4. Monica Escalante
  5. Cheryl Brown
Fitness

This is usually the most entertaining division because of the fitness routines. I see another Arnold repeat showdown between the incumbent, Adela Garcia, and the front-runner, Tanji Johnson. Tanji has done very well this year, and I hear she's bringing a completely new and different routine to the Olympia. Back in 2006, she taught me how to pose, and I credit her with helping me present a graceful and comfortable presence on stage.

My top 5 picks:
  1. Adela Garcia
  2. Tanji Johnson
  3. Trish Warren
  4. Camala Rodriquez
  5. Myriam Capes or Bethany Wagner
Female Bodybuilding

I think we're going to see the best FBB division thus far. These ladies are continually improving from year to year. Iris Kyle is the current Ms. Olympia, and I don't see her giving up her place this year. A couple of the other ladies will be vying for top placings.

My top 5 picks:
  1. Iris Kyle
  2. Yaxeni Oriquen-Garcia
  3. Dayana Cadeau
  4. Cathy LeFrancois
  5. Helen Bouchard
Best of luck to everyone competing!! You've all worked hard and deserve to be standing on the Olympia stage.

4 comments:

  1. Oh my god Kari why are you so cute? And why is J/Lucian so cute? And why don't you make some cute muscley babies right now!?

    I haven't been following so I can't comment on the picks, but good luck to allllll!!!

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  2. You are too cute :)

    I am liking Nicole for winner again in figure...I have so many girls that i love in figure though..i love erin, heather, candice, Terry...so many!!

    I dont know bb at all but for bikini i want Amanda Latona to win :) I just love her!

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  3. oh and Cheryl Brown...love her too! Cause she is old like me ;) LOL!

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  4. I wish I could watch the Olympia this weekend!

    My pick for figure is Nicole Wilkins Lee! I am not familiar with the bikini gals, so I don't have a pick there.

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