Danielle Kifer Headlines Pro Card Winners at Team Universe

Danielle Kifer

New IFBB figure pro Danielle Kifer

She might have been some thirteen-hundred miles away from home, but Danielle Kifer was in a New York state of mind — and flawless state of body — at Team Universe last night.

The 33-year-old figure competitor from just outside New Orleans won the D-class Saturday in Manhattan, turning pro in her first show since taking fourth at last year’s Nationals.

Joining the always striking Danielle were Yenny Polanco, fitness short class champ, and Ann Titone, who claimed the second pro card from figure class C.

It was the second consecutive year the studio turned a triple play at Team U with NPC hopefuls becoming new IFBB stars. Last year, our own Jo Marriner and Rose Hendricks earned a pair of fitness pro cards and Jennifer Toth one for figure.

New IFBB pro Ann Titone

New IFBB figure pro Ann Titone

Some other highlights included medium class fitness winner Lauren DeNapoli, a last-minute crossover from figure whose smashing debut in the division comes sans a lengthy gymnastics resume; Ariel Khadr, who finished second in the short class and quickly usurps fellow teenager and friend Victoria Larvie as the youngest-ever IFBB pro; overall fitness winner Kayde Puckett, a red-headed firecracker who stole the show with her signature routine, an athletic and inventive homage to the movie “Kill Bill”; and finally, in perhaps the strangest and funniest twist of the night, there were two bikini competitors who earned pro cards just for showing up.

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~ by Dean Sucich on September 20, 2009.

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