2006 Qualified Competitors
Lisa Aukland
Dayana Cadeau
Jitka Harazimova
Iris Kyle
Yaxeni Oriquen
Betty Pariso
Bonny Priest
Brenda Raganot
Annie Rivieccio

Friday, September 29, 7 PM, Orleans Arena

In the late 1970s women began working out — something that previously had been a male domain — and so in the 1980s the IFBB decided to give the women an arena of their own to flex their muscles.

The first female bodybuilder to become Ms. Olympia and bring women’s bodybuilding to the masses was Rachel McLish, crowned in Philadelphia, PA. Rachel would win her second and final Olympia title in 1982, with Kike Elomaa becoming the second Ms. Olympia in 1981. The third woman to take the prize was Carla Dunlap in 1983.

It was in 1984 that the first reign began—the reign of Cory Everson. Cory quickly became the most popular women’s bodybuilder ever, a title that still holds true today. After six consecutive wins, Cory Everson retired in 1989, paving the way for the next reigning Queen, Lenda Murray.

Lenda also won six consecutive titles. Her blend of shapely muscles and great lines seemed unbeatable.

However, in 1986, Kim Chizevsky arrived with a hard and dry look that hitherto was unprecedented. This strong build was enough to dethrone Lenda that year, but not permanently. Though Kim went on to win four consecutive titles, Lenda would be back.

The year 2000 marked the first and only time weight divisions were incorporated into the competition, giving us a lightweight winner, Andrulla Blanchette, and a heavyweight winner, Valentina Chepiga.
In an amazing comeback, a top bodybuilding competitor from the 1980s, Juliette Bergmann, returned to the scene to win her one and only Ms. Olympia title in 2001.

Lenda Murray would offer yet another astounding comeback to take two more titles before losing out to a super muscular Iris Kyle in 2004.
For aesthetics and health reasons the IFBB Professional Division announced its request that female athletes in Bodybuilding, Fitness and Figure decrease the amount of muscularity by a factor of 20%, just in time for the 2005 Olympia.

It was the year of this new “20% Solution” that Iris herself was defeated by Yaxeni Oriquen, the 2005 Ms. Olympia.

MS. OLYMPIA WINNERS

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Yaxeni Oriquen
Iris Kyle
Lenda Murray
Lenda Murray
Juliette Bermann
Valentina Chepiga (HW)
Andrulla Blanchette (LW) 
Kim Chizevsky
Kim Chizevsky 
Kim Chizevsky
Kim Chizevsky
Lenda Murray
Lenda Murray
Lenda Murray
Lenda Murray
Lenda Murray
Lenda Murray
Cory Everson      
Cory Everson
Cory Everson
Cory Everson
Cory Everson
Cory Everson
Carla Dunlap
Rachel McLish
Kike Elomaa
Rachel McLish

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