Andrulla Blanchette

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Andrulla Blanchette[1]
— Bodybuilder —
Personal info
Born (1966-07-29) July 29, 1966 (age 48)[1]
Hackney, London, England[1]
Height 5 ft 3 in (1.60 m)[1]
Weight (In Season): 132-136 lbs.
(Off-Season):135-150 lbs.[2]
Professional career
Pro-debut IFBB Jan Tana Pro Classic[1], 1995[1]
Best win IFBB Ms. Olympia (Lightweight)[1], 2000[1]
Predecessor None[1]
Successor Juliette Bergmann[1]
Active Since 1986[1]

Andrulla Blanchette (born Androulla Veronica Blanchette 29 July 1966 in Hackney, London[3]) is an English professional female bodybuilder.[1]

Biography[edit]

Andrulla is a 1st Dan black belt in judo, having started out in the sport at age 11. Before that she loved to grapple with the boys in the neighborhood out on the streets near her home. She made the British junior squad and even wanted to try out for the Olympic Games.[1]

Bodybuilding career[edit]

Amateur career[edit]

She decided to start lifting weights only to help her out in her judo, but quickly realized that she was extremely strong for her size.[1]

She originally went to the gym by pure accident in the beginning. A powerlifter noticed her, and saw the potential. They eventually became friends, workout partners, and eventually lovers. He had her deadlifting 200 lb (91 kg) for reps in a few weeks. She developed her body at a prodigious rate. She won her IFBB pro card at the World Games (Netherlands) in 1993.[1]

Professional career[edit]

In 1996, Andrulla was named Women's Physique World's European Bodybuilder of the Year. She won the Ms. Olympia lightweight title in 2000, and just missed retaining the title the following year. In 2002, Blanchette was scheduled to compete Ms. International, but was disqualified on Thursday night for not signing a contract to compete.[1][4]

Legacy[edit]

Currently, she is the most successful female British bodybuilder in the world, by being the only British bodybuilder to win the Ms. Olympia.[1]

Contest history[edit]

Statistics[edit]

Bodyweight
  • 1996 - 145 lb (66 kg)[1]
  • 1999 Ms. International - (In Season): 134.2 lb (60.9 kg)[5]
  • 2000 Ms. Olympia - (In Season): 132 lb (60 kg)[2]
  • 2001 Ms. Olympia - (In Season): 132 lb (60 kg)[6]
Heaviest lifts
  • Barbell curls - 175 lb (79 kg)[1]
  • Incline dumbbell press - 100 lb (45 kg) each[1]
  • Leg press - 1,100 lb (500 kg) for reps[1]
Measurements
  • Biceps - 0 ft 16.75 in (0.43 m)[2]
  • Chest - 0 ft 43 in (1.09 m)[1]
  • Lats - 0 ft 43 in (1.09 m)[1]

Personal life[edit]

She currently lives in London, England. She is currently married to Richard Baron Cohen. She is currently an artist, photographer, design worker, chess-player, and personal trainer who owns her own gym in London. She is a Christian.[1][4][7][8]

Television appearance[edit]

In 2002, Blanchette starred in the TV show, Lexx, in the episode, Viva Lexx Vegas, as Queen of Sheba.[9]

Motion picture appearance[edit]

In 2003, Blanchette starred in the film, The Interplanetary Surplus Male and Amazon Women of Outer Space, as an Amazon.[9]

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Ms. Olympia
Preceded by:
None
First (2000) Succeeded by:
Juliette Bergmann