Surprise Winner Mindi Smith Dazzles in Phoenix Season Opener

Rookie Revelation: Undefeated Mindi Smith gets her biggest win yet at the Phoenix Pro. Photo credit: Jeff Binns, MD.com.

Finally, there’s reason to believe February in Arizona isn’t reserved chiefly for Cactus League baseball. Out in Mesa last night, the cleats and pine tar of spring training gave way to high heels and pro tan as the first-ever Phoenix Pro came to the desert, raising the curtain on the new season with an electric event dominated by fresh faces, exciting surprises and bold statements.

The boldest statement of all was made by Mindi Smith from Los Angeles, who sent shock waves through the figure world by winning the overall in what was her initial pro competition. The streaking 26-year-old phenom originally out of Michigan has won each time she’s stepped on stage — prior to Saturday’s romp in Phoenix, she won the NPC Sacramento and the NPC Nationals in a three week blitz last November — and finds herself not only headed to the Figure Olympia later this year, but a sudden contender for the crown.

Moreover, Mindi’s surprise win adds another element of intrigue to the upcoming Figure International, where she’s slated to compete in two weeks. If the flawlessly sculpted platinum blonde angel (Mindi’s trainer is fitness guru Kim Oddo, zenmaster of Oddo’s Angels) remains unbeaten after rubbing elbows with the best of the best in Columbus, look out.

For more, check out this interview with Mindi for Hardbody News and some great videos on the increasingly popular new star on her Youtube channel.

Angela's Best: The Phoenix native was solid in her hometown, earning sixth-place.

Meanwhile, Amy O’Neil and Rose Maria-Romero are also Olympia bound for finishing second and third, respectively. Jodie Minear, another new pro after winning her class at Junior Nationals, finished a strong fifth. And our own Angela Terlesky, a Phoenix native, took advantage of the home crowd and claimed sixth — her best finish as a pro.

Elsewhere in figure, the competitors list read like a who’s-who of newly-minted pros, making it seem only fitting that this was the inaugural IFBB event in the Grand Canyon State. Along with Mindi, several of the fresh faces — such as Jennifer Hernandez, Taylor Waldrop, Jamie Meade and Monica Mark — joined the elite ranks just last year.

Plus, Kathleen Tesori from Salt Lake City, Utah and Listy Allen from Denver, Colorado were two of the youngest new pros. Listy, the overall winner at the ‘09 USAs, is just 21; and Kathleen, the class B winner of the ‘09 Nationals — who nearly competed in bikini instead of figure — made her debut at 22.

Click here to visit Muscular Development.com for more pictures and results from the Phoenix Pro.

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~ by Dean Sucich on February 21, 2010.

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