Photoshoots Recap—2013 NPC USAs

Young Guns: Olivia Moschetti poses during her debut shoot at NPC USAs.

Young Guns: Olivia Moschetti poses during her debut shoot at NPC USAs.

Post revised to include picture from new gallery posted today.

The theme of this year’s NPC USAs could be quality above quantity. Not as many shoots as in the past but some new ones that we think you’ll like. Let’s start out with a couple of familiar faces, new IFBB pros Rikki Smead and Stephanie Willes.

Rikki, the former bikini girl turned physique phenom, won the tall class at this year’s Emerald Cup and two weeks later the overall at the Oregon Ironman. The 27-year-old made it three-for-three with a win in Las Vegas, snatching a pro card in her national debut. We’ve got a new shoot, actually it’s a Sisters in Arms combo, with the popular physique model from Portland, Oregon. Joining Rikki will be the aforementioned Stephanie, another pro of recent vintage after winning a tough class at this year’s Jr. Nationals.

Next comes four new models, including bodybuilder Susanna Hand, who finished fourth in the heavyweight class; and Stacey Naito, a 47-year-old IFBB pro bikini competitor. We also have two young figure competitors capable of generating serious buzz in Olivia Moschetti and Michelle Lin.

Olivia adds to an impressive mix of new talent coming out of the state of Colorado. The 22-year-old is a recent graduate of Colorado State University where she studied health and nutrition. She competed and placed in the top ten of class E, one of the biggest classes of the show (32 women). The blonde beauty looks like another great discovery, sporting tremendous biceps and sweeping quads.

Michelle is a bright, engaging 23-year-old former gymnast and swimmer from Seattle, Washington. She has her own YouTube channel where she posts excellent training videos as well as candid, thoughtful journals exploring her competitive journey. The USAs represented the national-level debut for the soft-spoken and pretty 5-foot-tall, 119-pound brunette. Even though she didn’t place in class A, competing is less about where you finish and more about enjoying the experience, exuding confidence, and being the best you can—part of Michelle’s own philosophy and good advice for just about every new competitor.

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~ by Dean Sucich on August 9, 2013.

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