NPC USAs in Las Vegas This Weekend
News and notes around the studio…
• It’s that time of year again as competitors begin to arrive at the NPC USAs in Las Vegas later this week. Last year’s event was the biggest on record with hundreds of athletes and more divisions than ever before. Wendy Fortino rocked the stage last time, turning pro by winning class A and then taking the figure overall title as well. Lou will be there and I’ll have a report on photo shoots from the show later on.
• Allison Taylor will be among the crowd in Nevada making her national level debut at the USAs, probably in figure after getting her start in bikini. The Californian should be feeling pretty confident after a terrific tune up at a local show in Venice Beach recently, where she was named overall champ.
• Ashley Sebera announced the launch of her new website earlier this week. The site is still in the works but already has background info, some photos and promises to feature a blog by the longtime gymnast and recently crowned IFBB fitness pro. Here’s the link to check it out.
• Monica Escalante is scheduled to be one of our newest models coming soon. The popular California-based personal trainer won her pro card in figure at the 2009 Team Universe, where she was also overall champ. Earlier this month, she gave the physique division a try and finished third at the inaugural Chicago Pro, her best IFBB placing ever. You can visit her website here.
• Julie Bilodeau is back on the site this week in her own solo shoot from this year’s Emerald Cup. Our Canadian girl next door let her short, pretty raven hair down this time and looks better than ever with her sporty purple tank, cute smile and shapely biceps that have become her signature.
• Congratulations are in order for some other pro card winners of the recent Team Universe, including Babette Mulford, who won the fitness short class; Rachel Baker, who won the physique short class; and Jersey figure girl Patty Zariello, who claimed a pro card in her home state winning class E, the most competitive of the show. Well-earned, long-awaited celebrations for these very deserving and talented women.