Erin Stern Takes Over Pro Figure Throne

Stern Statement: The Sunshine State's own Erin won the 2010 Figure Olympia Saturday night. Photo credit Dan Ray.

Erin Stern made a bold statement this past spring when she finished runner-up behind reigning Figure Olympia champ Nicole Wilkins-Lee at the Arnold Classic. Over the weekend, the fancy heel was on the other foot as Erin edged Nicole to win the 2010 edition of the Big O in Las Vegas.

The 30-year-old resident of Tampa, Florida became the third different competitor to capture the crown in as many years, a sharp contrast to the current dynasties in other divisions — Adela Garcia won a second straight fitness title (fourth in the last five), and invincible Iris Kyle remained bodybuilding’s Ms. Olympia a fifth consecutive year — but that could change.

Many believed Nicole was equal to the challenge and looking perhaps better than last year — improvements to her upper body and a stylish new haircut had fans (including me) buzzing about a repeat — but, alas, it was the consistently elegant and classy Erin bringing a similarly flawless physique, remarkable poise and championship confidence that proved just enough to snatch the grand prize away from the grasp of the great Michigan competitor.

Trailing the titanic pair, Heather Mae French entered as a good sleeper pick with three wins to her credit this season but settled again for third place. The feisty 33-year-old shortie from Denver, Colorado — winner of this year’s New Zealand, Pittsburgh and California Pro shows — should remain a contender although several improving hopefuls will be eager to scramble the top three come next fall.

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~ by Dean Sucich on September 28, 2010.

One Response to “Erin Stern Takes Over Pro Figure Throne”

  1. I felt that as soon as Erin hit the stage the only job the judges had was picking who was coming in 2nd thru 16th. Erin’s incredible physique and conditioning should be the benchmark for all other Figure competitors to strive for. She would easily win based on just that criteria but when she added her poise and confidence in her stage presence she appeared to me to be the clearcut winner.

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