It’s almost showtime. Only nine more days until the Junior Nationals and everyone is excited about the first pro qualifier of the year. For many seasoned competitors, the trendy Chicago show is a regular date on their calendars; for others making national debuts, it will be an exciting and rewarding adventure filled with hopefully positive lessons and maybe big surprises; and for a select cast of genuine contenders, it will be another chance to seize a coveted pro card.
Like the future itself, complete competitor lists are always veiled in a mist until the end, but here’s a quick look at a few of the fabulous females from our site already “booked” to take the stage on June 18th. All of these beautiful and talented girls are more than capable of bringing back some hardware from the Windy City.
Cinzia Clapp will soon travel all the way from the great Northwest to showcase her fitness tricks to the crowd. The Alaska native has been frequently discussing contest prep in her training diary — a thoroughly insightful and eloquent section on her newly revamped website — where she recently wrote, “I am feeling strong and have a whole lot of energy for being this close to competing. I am very satisfied with the way my body is looking at this stage of preparation; I have been getting leaner and retaining a full overall look, and things are happening slowly as they should.”
Here’s the charming Cinzia chatting and flexing in a clip from her studio shoot.
The Tanji Johnson protégée and 2009 Emerald Cup overall fitness champ has had a taste of winning before and looks to grab the big prize this time. Cinzia’s very enthusiastic about hitting the stage — note the countdown clock on her page winking down hours and minutes until show time — and just weeks after celebrating her 41st birthday could be partying once again very shortly.
On her blog, Stacy Wright was beaming with pride about her bodybuilding hubby’s overall win at his contest this past weekend. Talk about momentum, that it has only seemed to motivate the already determined fitness competitor even more is a scary thought for the competition. “This is only the beginning of a VERY good summer,” she raves.
She could be right — or should I say Wright — because this West Virginia girl can “bring it” as they say. Stacy already has a win at the recent Pittsburgh Championships and was good enough to win in Chi-town last year before taking fourth. Bet she won’t leave empty-handed this time.
Juggling a new job with contest prep are among the challenges Joanne Murphy discusses in her journal over on Siouxcountry. The perennial pro card contender returns to the figure stage for the first time in more than a year looking to finally take the next step. “The diet is coming along and the training is going good,” she wrote recently. “I should be on track and ready for show date. My coach is pretty pleased with the transformation I have made in the last six months.”
The 31-year-old Floridian has good reason to be confident as she’s excelled against top competition before, finishing second in her class at both the ‘09 Jr. USAs and ‘08 Nationals. “JoJo” should be in the mix yet again.
Last but certainly not least, there’s Heather Dees, making her way to Chicago fresh off a win at the California State Championships. And if you’re wondering why you can’t find her anywhere on the site, it’s because she hasn’t premiered yet — that’s right, I slipped in a little sneak preview as a bonus!
Check out the powerfully built Heather working out in this clip courtesy of her sponsor, TopForm.
Heather’s no stranger to the national spotlight, placing 10th in her class at last year’s USAs. The statuesque 26-year-old figure girl from Salt Lake City, Utah outshined over 40 competitors less than two weeks ago in taking the overall in Culver City. Just over a week from now, she’ll be one to keep an eye on.
Pro Card Pick Em Poll
For the latest poll, vote for which competitor you believe is most likely to turn pro at the Jr. Nats from the names I’ve discussed. Note that all the women will be in different classes and divisions and possibly two or more could potentially turn pro, but select just one to keep things simple. As always, the poll is up on the top right corner of the sidebar.