In 1981, Kike defeated Rachel McLish at the IFBB Ms. Olympia. Following her wildly successful contest campaign in 1981, she competed only three more times, placing third at the 1982 IFBB Ms. Olympia and second at the 1983 IFBB Pro Worlds.
Currently Kike is the most successful Finnish bodybuilder of all time. She was the only non-American to win the Ms. Olympia title until 2000. She was inducted into the IFBB Hall of Fame in 2001. She has also been awarded the IFBB’s President’s Gold Medal for her work in supporting the sport of bodybuilding. A fitness contest, the Kike Elomaa Fitness Championship, is held annually in Finland.