Every once in a while, I’ll take a look at other competitors who aren’t on the site yet to highlight their accomplishments and clue you in as to who’s on my radar. Today on the “wish-list” is Victoria Adelus of Oregon.
This has been a memorable year for Victoria, who earned an IFBB pro card after placing second in figure class D at Team Universe over the summer. It was a dream-come-true moment for the versatile, lifelong athlete from the Northwest, who had competed in the fitness division and put together a solid, fifth-place routine at the 2011 Team Universe.
Even more impressive is Victoria’s background. Unlike most competitors, the pretty 5-foot-5, 127-pound blonde was used to being in the spotlight even before stepping on stage. She started her professional career in broadcast media, first as a news anchor for an NBC affiliate in San Diego before moving closer to home as an anchor and reporter for a station in Bane, Oregon.
She was delighted whenever the chance came to cover stories about health and fitness, but her own passion for the industry and drive to compete was pulling her away from television cameras. “I dreamed of getting in front of a different set of bright lights,” she writes on her website.
Now, as both a figure competitor and one of the newest IFBB pros, Victoria’s beyond reporting the headlines—she’s making them. Fitness also runs in the family; Victoria’s cute sister, Maria, is also a promising young figure competitor and in 2011 won her class at the San Francisco Championships.
As for Victoria, she hasn’t made plans for her pro debut yet, but you can be sure she has a great team behind her for when the times comes—led by her coach, the sensational IFBB figure pro, mom and Olympia contender Kristi Tauti; plus good friends like national level figure girl, fellow Oregonian and our own bubbly Marissa Hein, who competed alongside her at Team Universe and appears in her behind the scenes video of the show.
Victoria narrates several additional videos on her YouTube channel—including more behind the scenes, training footage, interviews and recipes—and the smart, bright and charming host clearly hasn’t lost her touch as a reporter. It’s great having her in the sport.