Casie Shepherd Wins Pro Card at Jr. Nationals
Casie Leigh Shepherd has never had any trouble standing out among fellow competitors. That’s the easy part when you happen to be 6-foot-2 even before slipping on a pair of heels. Harder was what she accomplished Saturday night, when she stood out for a much more satisfying reason after winning a pro card in the physique division at Jr. Nationals.
The breakthrough win was a surprise to many, including the former figure competitor herself, who later wrote on Facebook, “Never have I ever gone into any competition expecting to win but to only do my very best.”
This time, her very best was good enough to make her the tall class champ. And she didn’t even need heels during the routine round.
Since starting in 2008, Casie had some success in smaller shows but was never quite able to find the next level in figure. That all changed when she decided to switch to physique. The transition was a huge challenge, but the result proves she has found her niche.
The dream-come-true moment left Casie in a whirl of unexpected excitement and happiness. “This weekend was by far one of the most crazy and emotional of my life,” she wrote, “and one that I will never forget.”
Neither will her fans. We’ve got Casie in a new shoot coming soon and you’ll see the IFBB pro showing off her contest shape, championship look fresh from her unforgettable win.
Jr. Nationals Photoshoots
More shoots from the weekend include six brand new models. Jill Dearmin, physique competitor out of Scotland; figure competitor Nicole Logan; Tracy Pruitt, figure girl from Texas; Ashley Sebera, former gymnast now fitness competitor out of Cleveland (and a training partner of new pro Amanda Hatfield); Marissa Hein, former softball player from Oregon; and Melissa Shuster, figure competitor from Minnesota who could switch to physique.