Tanya Merryman Will Always be Championship Class

Fans of the pioneering Fitness America Pageant surely remember one of its greatest competitors, raven-haired Tanya Merryman, who won the crown in 1998. It’s hard to believe a decade has past, but Tanya — having taken a lengthy respite from stage spotlights that alluded to retirement — is back and competing again.

Her website, too, is back with a new look, new updates, new photos and new links for Tanya’s adoring admirers to catch up with the prestigious veteran. Not surprisingly, she’s still got it. In fact, at 34, she looks better than ever!

Indeed, leg enthusiasts have always pointed to Tanya’s calves as being the gold standard — and it’s foolish to argue — but her startlingly etched abs and muscular back are nothing to sneeze at; she was in breathtaking shape for the studio.

But while her physique continues to grow more polished throughout the years, nothing seems likely to compare with Tanya’s irrefutable character and integrity. One needs to look no further than at her poised reaction to a flummoxing last-place finish at this year’s Arnold.

A lesser competitor may have scoffed at the insulting snub to a former champion, especially coming off an injury. Not Tanya. “That was fine,” she said in a candid interview with Bodysport. “When I hurt my hamstring again and had to alter my routine I knew I wasn’t going to be my best so I just rolled with it.”

She always will — win or lose. That’s class. That’s Tanya Merryman. Welcome back, girl.


Last Reps: We know you can never get enough Angela Terlesky, so here’s a super photo of her thanks to the good folks at FitSights. Nice quads, Ang!

Speaking of the Fitness America, stroll over to their homepage and follow the link to “Free Videos” to watch some great routines from the shows — including our very own Abby Marie (aka Abby Wolf). My favorite ranked 13th? Blasphemy!


~ by Dean Sucich on May 20, 2008.

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