Ms. International

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The Ms. International female bodybuilding contest was considered to be the second-most prestigious competition for female bodybuilders (second only to the Ms. Olympia competition), from its inception in 1986 through 2013. It was first held in 1986 by the International Federation of BodyBuilders (IFBB.). In 1987 the IFBB allowed the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) to sanction the Ms. International as an amateur event. In 1988 the contest was again sanctioned by the IFBB. From 1989 on, the contest was part of the Arnold Sports Festival.

The top all-time winners are Iris Kyle with seven titles and followed by Yaxeni Oriquen-Garcia with five titles. The only amateur to win the overall title was Kathy Segal.

In 2013, it was announced that IFBB would drop the Ms. International from 2014 IFBB Pro Schedule.[1]

History[edit]

1986–1988[edit]

The first Ms. International was held in 1986, and was sanctioned by the International Federation of BodyBuilders (I.F.B.B.). The contest was held in conjunction with the men’s event, which was called the IFBB Pro World Championship. Ben Weider proclaimed that the top six finishers would qualify for IFBB pro status, and be invited to compete at the 1986 IFBB Pro World in Toronto. The 1986 and 1988 Ms. Internationals were designated as pro-am contests, and top amateurs were also invited to compete. In 1987, the Ms. International was an amateur event sanctioned by the AAU. In 1988, Jim Lorimer and Arnold Schwarzenegger felt the women’s competition should become a regular event along with the men’s.[2]

1989–1999[edit]

Since 1989, the men’s Pro World Championship was renamed the Arnold Schwarzenegger Classic and the Ms. International become part of The Arnold Classic Weekend. That same year Tonya Knight had to forfeit both her placing and prize money from the 1988 and 1989 Ms. International when it was found out that she used someone else to take her drug test at the 1989 Ms. Olympia. The first most narrowest victory came in 1991 when Tonya Knight topped Anja Schreiner by a score of 30 to 32.[2] There has been some controversy at the 1992 Ms. International. Anja Schreiner and Paula Bircumshaw both had the same body height, however Paula had much more muscle and weight (162 lbs). The judges regulated her to eighth place and the judges did not, as custom, called out out the top ten competitors on stage before announcing the winners. However this time, they only announced the top six competitors on stage in order to prevent Paula back on stage. The audience rioted over this decision and changed Paula's name. Paula did come back on stage only to give the judges the middle finger. Because of this she was given a year's suspension. In 1996, Kim Chizevsky-Nicholls became the first to win both Ms. International and Ms. Olympia in the same year.

2000–2005[edit]

The 2000 contest saw the introduction of weight classes, with a posedown between the two class winners to decide the overall championship. In 2004, Iris Kyle won her first heavyweight and overall Ms. Intentional. In 2005, Iris skipped the Ms. International, and focused defending her Olympia title, allowing Yaxeni Oriquen-Garcia to win.

2006–2013[edit]

The contest reverted to the single, open-class format in 2006. In 2006 and 2007, Iris won both Ms. Internationals. In 2007, the NPC Arnold Amateur was created as part of the Arnold Classic Weekend, which contained amateur women's bodybuilding. The Arnold Amateur Ms. International, unlike Arnold Classic Ms. International, contains weight classes. From 2007 to 2010 the Arnold Amateur Ms. International contained three weight classes, lightweight, middleweight, and heavyweight. The overall winner of the Amateur Ms. International win an IFBB pro card. In 2011, the middleweight was removed.

There was a bit of a controversy in the 2008 Ms. International. Iris was placed 7th due to "bumps" on her gluts which according to head IFBB judge, Sandy Ranalli, “distortions in her physique.”,[3] The second most narrowest victory in Ms. International history came at the 2008 Ms. International, when Yaxeni Oriquen-Garcia edged runner-up Dayana Cadeau, by the score of 30 to 32.[2] Iris Kyle rebounded at the 2009 Ms. International, which she won. Iris went on to win both the 2010 and 2011 Ms. International. Due to a leg injury Iris could not compete in the 2012 Ms. International, which was won by Yaxeni Oriquen-Garcia. In 2013, Iris Kyle won back her Ms. International title.

On June 7, 2013, event promoter of the Arnold Sports Festival, Jim Lorimer, announced that in 2014, the Arnold Classic 212 professional men’s bodybuilding division would replace the Ms. International women’s bodybuilding competition at the 2014 Arnold Sports Festival. Lorimer, in a statement, said “The Arnold Sports Festival was proud to support women’s bodybuilding through the Ms. International for the past quarter century, but in keeping with demands of our fans, the time has come to introduce the Arnold Classic 212 beginning in 2014. We are excited to create a professional competitive platform for some of the IFBB Pro League’s most popular competitors.”[4]

Winners[edit]

Ms. International Overall Winner, by Year[edit]

Year Overall Champion
1986 Australia Erika Geisen
1987 United States Kathy Segal
1988 United States Cathey Palyo
1989 United States Jackie Paisley
1990 Canada Laura Creavalle
1991 United States Tonya Knight
1992 Germany Anja Schreiner
1993 United States Kim Chizevsky-Nicholls
1994 Canada Laura Creavall
1995 Canada Laura Creavalle
1996 United States Kim Chizevsky-Nicholls
1997 United States Yolanda Hughes-Heying
1998 United States Yolanda Hughes-Heying
1999 United States Ondrea Gates
2000 United States Ondrea Gates
2001 United States Ondrea Gates
2002 Venezuela Yaxeni Oriquen-Garcia|-
2003 Venezuela Yaxeni Oriquen-Garcia
2004 United States Iris Kyle
2005 Venezuela Yaxeni Oriquen-Garcia
2006 United States Iris Kyle
2007 United States Iris Kyle
2008 Venezuela Yaxeni Oriquen-Garcia
2009 United States Iris Kyle
2010 United States Iris Kyle
2011 United States Iris Kyle
2012 United States Yaxeni Oriquen-Garcia
2013 United States Iris Kyle

Professional Bodybuilding (IFBB)[edit]

Year Overall Heavyweight Lightweight Venue
1986 Australia Erika Geisen
1988 United States Cathey Palyo
1989 United States Jackie Paisley1 Greater Columbus Convention Center, Columbus, Ohio, U.S.
Franklin County Veterans Memorial, Columbus, Ohio, U.S.
1990 Canada Laura Creavalle Greater Columbus Convention Center, Columbus, Ohio, U.S.
Franklin County Veterans Memorial, Columbus, Ohio, U.S.
1991 United States Tonya Knight Greater Columbus Convention Center, Columbus, Ohio, U.S.
Franklin County Veterans Memorial, Columbus, Ohio, U.S.
1992 Germany Anja Schreiner Greater Columbus Convention Center, Columbus, Ohio, U.S.
Franklin County Veterans Memorial, Columbus, Ohio, U.S.
1993 United States Kim Chizevsky-Nicholls Greater Columbus Convention Center, Columbus, Ohio, U.S.
Franklin County Veterans Memorial, Columbus, Ohio, U.S.
1994 Canada Laura Creavalle Greater Columbus Convention Center, Columbus, Ohio, U.S.
Franklin County Veterans Memorial, Columbus, Ohio, U.S.
1995 Canada Laura Creavalle Greater Columbus Convention Center, Columbus, Ohio, U.S.
Franklin County Veterans Memorial, Columbus, Ohio, U.S.
1996 United States Kim Chizevsky-Nicholls Greater Columbus Convention Center, Columbus, Ohio, U.S.
Franklin County Veterans Memorial, Columbus, Ohio, U.S.
1997 United States Yolanda Hughes-Heying Greater Columbus Convention Center, Columbus, Ohio, U.S.
Franklin County Veterans Memorial, Columbus, Ohio, U.S.
1998 United States Yolanda Hughes-Heying Greater Columbus Convention Center, Columbus, Ohio, U.S.
Franklin County Veterans Memorial, Columbus, Ohio, U.S.
1999 United States Ondrea Gates Greater Columbus Convention Center, Columbus, Ohio, U.S.
Franklin County Veterans Memorial, Columbus, Ohio, U.S.
2000 United States Ondrea Gates United States Ondrea Gates United States Brenda Raganot Greater Columbus Convention Center, Columbus, Ohio, U.S.
Franklin County Veterans Memorial, Columbus, Ohio, U.S.
2001 United States Ondrea Gates United States Ondrea Gates Canada Dayana Cadeau Greater Columbus Convention Center, Columbus, Ohio, U.S.
Franklin County Veterans Memorial, Columbus, Ohio, U.S.
2002 Venezuela Yaxeni Oriquen-Garcia Venezuela Yaxeni Oriquen-Garcia Ukraine Valentina Chepiga Greater Columbus Convention Center, Columbus, Ohio, U.S.
Franklin County Veterans Memorial, Columbus, Ohio, U.S.
2003 Venezuela Yaxeni Oriquen-Garcia Venezuela Yaxeni Oriquen-Garcia Canada Catherine LeFrançois Greater Columbus Convention Center, Columbus, Ohio, U.S.
Franklin County Veterans Memorial, Columbus, Ohio, U.S.
2004 United States Iris Kyle United States Iris Kyle Canada Dayana Cadeau Greater Columbus Convention Center, Columbus, Ohio, U.S.
Franklin County Veterans Memorial, Columbus, Ohio, U.S.
2005 Venezuela Yaxeni Oriquen-Garcia Venezuela Yaxeni Oriquen-Garcia United States Brenda Raganot Greater Columbus Convention Center, Columbus, Ohio, U.S.
Franklin County Veterans Memorial, Columbus, Ohio, U.S.
2006 United States Iris Kyle Heavyweight category not held. Lightweight category not held. Greater Columbus Convention Center, Columbus, Ohio, U.S.
Franklin County Veterans Memorial, Columbus, Ohio, U.S.
2007 United States Iris Kyle Greater Columbus Convention Center, Columbus, Ohio, U.S.
Franklin County Veterans Memorial, Columbus, Ohio, U.S.
2008 Venezuela Yaxeni Oriquen-Garcia Greater Columbus Convention Center, Columbus, Ohio, U.S.
Franklin County Veterans Memorial, Columbus, Ohio, U.S.
2009 United States Iris Kyle Greater Columbus Convention Center, Columbus, Ohio, U.S.
Franklin County Veterans Memorial, Columbus, Ohio, U.S.
2010 United States Iris Kyle Greater Columbus Convention Center, Columbus, Ohio, U.S.
Franklin County Veterans Memorial, Columbus, Ohio, U.S.
2011 United States Iris Kyle Greater Columbus Convention Center, Columbus, Ohio, U.S.
Franklin County Veterans Memorial, Columbus, Ohio, U.S.
2012 United States Yaxeni Oriquen-Garcia Greater Columbus Convention Center, Columbus, Ohio, U.S.
Franklin County Veterans Memorial, Columbus, Ohio, U.S.
2013 United States Iris Kyle Greater Columbus Convention Center, Columbus, Ohio, U.S.
Franklin County Veterans Memorial, Columbus, Ohio, U.S.

Notes:

  • 1 Tonya Knight had to forfeit both her placing and prize money when it was found out that she used someone else to take her drug test at the 1988 Ms. Olympia.

Amateur Bodybuilding (AAU)[edit]

Year Overall Tall Medium Short Masters 35+ MiddleWeight Masters 45+ Venue
1987 United States Kathy Segal United States Kathy Segal Melissa Croft Trump Castle Casino and Hotel
Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
1988 United States Cathy Butler United States Jodi Osborne United States Cathy Butler Lisa Morrone Josette Gish Carol Verrono Greater Columbus Convention Center, Columbus, Ohio, U.S.

Franklin County Veterans Memorial, Columbus, Ohio, U.S.

Amateur Bodybuilding (NPC)[edit]

Year Overall Lightweight Middleweight Heavyweight Venue
2007 United States Dianne Brown United States Dianne Brown United States Shar Courtney United States Marcia Ferguson Greater Columbus Convention Center, Columbus, Ohio, U.S.
Franklin County Veterans Memorial, Columbus, Ohio, U.S.
2008 Mexico Maria Segura Australia Joanne Stewart United States Holly Nicholson Mexico Maria Segura Greater Columbus Convention Center, Columbus, Ohio, U.S.
Franklin County Veterans Memorial, Columbus, Ohio, U.S.
2009 Russia Elena Shportun-Willemer Canada Johanna Dejager Russia Elena Shportun-Willemer Argentina Maria Rita Bello Greater Columbus Convention Center, Columbus, Ohio, U.S.
Franklin County Veterans Memorial, Columbus, Ohio, U.S.
2010 Argentina Maria Rito Bello United States Lisa Aranda Russia Marina Lemenovskaya Argentina Maria Rito Bello Greater Columbus Convention Center, Columbus, Ohio, U.S.
Franklin County Veterans Memorial, Columbus, Ohio, U.S.
2011 Russia Alevtina Goroshinskaya Russia Marina Lemenovskaya Middleweight category not held. Russia Alevtina Goroshinskaya Greater Columbus Convention Center, Columbus, Ohio, U.S.
Franklin County Veterans Memorial, Columbus, Ohio, U.S.
2012 Russia Olga Puzanova Hong Kong Lo Kit Ming Russia Olga Puzanova Greater Columbus Convention Center, Columbus, Ohio, U.S.
Franklin County Veterans Memorial, Columbus, Ohio, U.S.
2013 Croatia Branka Njegovec Croatia Branka Njegovec United States Virgin Islands Kashma Siana Maharaj Greater Columbus Convention Center, Columbus, Ohio, U.S.
Franklin County Veterans Memorial, Columbus, Ohio, U.S.

Ranking of Ms. International Champions[edit]

Ranking Ms. International champion Year(s) Number of wins
Overall Heavyweight Lightweight
1st United States Iris Kyle 2004 (heavyweight & overall), 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2013 7 1 0
2nd Venezuela Yaxeni Oriquen-Garcia 2002 (heavyweight & overall), 2003 (heavyweight & overall), 2005 (heavyweight & overall), 2008, and 2012 5 3 0
3rd United States Ondrea Gates 1999, 2000 (heavyweight & overall), and 2001 (heavyweight & overall) 3 2 0
4th Canada Laura Creavalle 1990, 1994, and 1995 3 0 0
5th United States Kim Chizevsky-Nicholls 1993 and 1996 2 0 0
5th United States Yolanda Hughes-Heying 1997 and 1998 2 0 0
6th Australia Erika Geisen 1986 1 0 0
6th United States Kathy Segal 1987 1 0 0
6th United States Cathey Palyo 1988 1 0 0
6th United States Jackie Paisley 1989 1 0 0
6th United States Tonya Knight 1991 1 0 0
6th Germany Anja Schreiner 1992 1 0 0
7th United States Brenda Raganot 2000 (lightweight) and 2005 (lightweight) 0 0 2
7th Canada Dayana Cadeau 2001 (lightweight) and 2004 (lightweight) 0 0 2
8th Ukraine Valentina Chepiga 2002 (lightweight) 0 0 1
8th Canada Catherine LeFrançois 2003 (lightweight) 0 0 1


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References[edit]

  1. ^ "2014 IFBB Pro Schedule" (PDF). musculardevelopment. November 27, 2013. Archived from the original on May 27, 2014. Retrieved December 4, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c "The Ms. International" (PDF). Archived from the original on May 27, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Iris Kyle Discusses Ms International Results with Pro Bodybuilding Weekly". MESO-Rx. 
  4. ^ "Ms. International Dropped from 2014 Arnold Sports Festival". Hard Body News. June 7, 2013. Retrieved December 4, 2013. 

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