|— Bodybuilder —|
April 27, 1962 |
Kharkiv, Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic
|Height||5 ft 5 in (1.65 m)|
|Weight||(In Season): 126–128 lb (57–58 kg)
(Off-Season): 135–143 lb (61–65 kg)
|Pro-debut||IFBB Ms. Olympia, 1998|
|Best win||IFBB Ms. Olympia Champion (Heavyweight), 2000|
Valentina graduated from the College of Engineering and Building with a degree in Gas Heating, Ventilation and Air-Conditioning. Between 1979 and 1992 she worked first as a technician, and then was promoted to engineer.
Valentina began bodybuilding in 1988, and in 1992 she changed careers and became a personal trainer. Valentina won the European and World Amateur title in 1997 and won her IFBB pro card.
She then made her professional debut at the 1998 Ms. Olympia contest, finishing in 12th place. Her greatest success as a professional has been winning the heavyweight class at the 2000 Ms. Olympia. No overall winner was named for that show, so she was essentially co-Ms. Olympia with lightweight class winner Andrulla Blanchette. In 2002, she took part in Ms. International, where she won the lightweight class. After a three-year break from competition, Chepiga returned to the stage at the 2007 Ms. Olympia, placing eleventh.
Currently, she is the most successful Ukrainian bodybuilder in the world, by being the only Ukrainian to win the Ms. Olympia. From October 22, 2000 to October 26, 2001 she ranked 1st on the IFBB Women's Bodybuilding Professional Ranking List.
- 1993 European Championships - 3rd (MW)
- 1994 European Championships - 2nd (MW)
- 1994 World Amateur Championships - 7th (MW)
- 1995 World Amateur Championships - 7th (MW)
- 1997 European Championships - 1st (MW)
- 1997 World Amateur Championships - 1st (MW and Overall)
- 1998 IFBB Ms. Olympia - 12th
- 1999 Jan Tana Classic - 3rd
- 1999 IFBB Ms. Olympia - 12th
- 2000 Jan Tana Classic - 1st (MW)
- 2000 IFBB Ms. Olympia - 1st (HW)
- 2001 IFBB Ms. Olympia - 4th (HW)
- 2002 Ms. International - 1st (LW)
- 2002 IFBB Ms. Olympia - 2nd (LW)
- 2002 GNC Show of Strength - 1st (LW)
- 2003 Ms. International - 5th (LW)
- 2004 IFBB Ms. Olympia - 8th (LW)
- 2007 IFBB Ms. Olympia - 11th
|New title||Heavyweight Champion
|First (2002)||Succeeded by: