New Pro Marina Lopez Enjoys Breakout Season

Rocky Mountain Hardbody: Marina capped a banner year flexing to a pro card at Nationals.

Marina Lopez nearly dominated the lightweight bodybuilding scene in 2010. Through three contests — the Jr. Nationals, USAs and Nationals — she came away with an overall title, a second-place finish, and a first-place finish earning a pro card.

Only Claire O’Connell, by edging the 42-year-old from Denver, Colorado to win the lightweight class at USAs, kept Marina from making it a clean sweep. Claire, by turns, was no fluke; she went on to claim her own pro card with a win at North Americans. Now both competitors head into their rookie campaigns seeking success and a chance to quell those critics who believe lightweights can’t stand up to the bigger women of the pro ranks.

Reason to Smile: Next stop is the IFBB stage for the Colorado lightweight.

Meanwhile, Marina showed her championship physique in a shoot from Chicago, and this highlight of the 5-foot-2, 120-pound former bodybuilder, turned figure, turned bodybuilder again tells the tale. After considering quarter turns, Marina turned back to flexing in ‘08 and has rediscovered her niche.

The mighty brunette builder and current “Goddess of the Month” at Andy’s site has been busy off stage, launching a new website with a members section, blog and more. She also has a Twitter page and a Youtube channel.

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~ by Dean Sucich on November 6, 2010.

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