Prejudging report, photos and video from women’s prejudging

September 26, 2008

by George DePirro


Competition at the 2008 Olympia Weekend got off to a rousing start as the three women’s Olympia events concluded prejudging Friday afternoon at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Finals for the Ms. Olympia and Fitness Olympia arrive tonight at 7 PM at the Orleans Arena.

Three-time Ms. Olympia Iris Kyle looks on track to capture her third consecutive title. She promised to be ready and she was. Her side-triceps shot was exemplary, and her definition could be her best yet. Dayana Cadeau and Lisa Aukland are battling for the runner-up position, with 2005 Ms. Olympia Yaxeni Oriquen-Garcia and late qualifier Betty Viana-Adkins also making the first callout.

Gina Aliotti, who was the runner-up in last year’s contest, has the inside track at becoming the third Figure Olympia champion. Jenn Gates and Zivile Raudoniene have distinctly different bodytypes, so it will be up to the judges which they prefer or if they change what seemed like a clear choice for Aliotti in the prejudging. Reigning champ Jenny Lynn, Mary Lado and Sonia Adcock are also in the running for the top five in the finals to be held Saturday night before the Mr. Olympia finals.

Jen Hendershott, Tracey Greenwood, Julie Palmer and Kim Scheideler (formerly Klein) scored well in the physique-comparison rounds. Greenwood had exceptional definition and Hendershott was quite shredded and displayed her abs in sharp relief. Scheideler was fuller than she was last year, and it’s going to come down to how much the judges like to see separation as to who is going to come out on top from these rounds. All four of these women are known for solid exciting routines, so they all should get the crowd rocking at Orleans Arena tonight. A nice touch came when reigning champ Adela Garcia presented he participation medals to her peers along with plenty of hugs.


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Betty Pariso
Betty Viana-Adkins
Brenda Raganot
Cathy LeFrancois
Dayana Cadeau
Deborah Bramwell
Heather Armbrust
Iris Kyle
Jeannie Paparone
Jennifer Sedia
Klaudia Larson
Lisa Aukland
Mahann Mendoza
Nicole Ball
Rosemary Jennings
Sherry Smith
Yaxeni Oriquen-Garcia
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Amy Fry
Bernadette Galvan
Brenda Marie Smith
Chastity Slone
Darlina Brown
Felicia Romero
Gina Aliotti
Hazal Nelson
Heather Mae French
Huong Arcinas
Jane Awad
Jelena Abbou
Jennifer Gates
Jenny Lynn
Jessica Paxson-Putnam
Julie Ann Kulla
Kristal Richardson
Kristi Tauti
Latisha Wilder
Lenay Hernandez
Mary Elizabeth Lado
Nicole Wilkins
Paola Almerico
Sonia Adcock
Teresa Anthony
Zivile Raudoniene
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Erin Riley
Heidi Fletcher
Jen Hendershott
Julie Lohre
Julie Palmer
Kim Scheideler
Laticia Jackson
Mindi O’Brien
Nicole Duncan
Regiana Da Silva
Stacy Simons
Tanji Johnson
Tracey Greenwood
Trish Warren
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