Almanac of
Women's Bodybuilding
By Ron Avidan

The most complete information on women's bodybuilding available.

  • Cadeau, Dayana
    Born in Haiti, on June 2nd. Raised in Quebec, Canada. Currently living in Florida. Besides being a bodybuilder, Dayana works as an esthetician. Height is 5' 4 1/2", and her eyes are light brown. Dayana like Italian food, and ice cream.

    Contests include the 1992 Quebec City Contest Overall; 1993 Canada Montreal Rovincial HW 1st & Overall; 1994 Canadian HW 2nd; 1995 Canadian HW 3rd; 1996 IFBB Canadian HW 2nd; 1997 Jan Tana 11th; 1997 Canadian HW 1st & overall; 1998 Jan Tana Pro 3rd; 1998 Ms. Olympia 14th; 1999 Ms. International 11th; 1999 Jan Tana Pro 9th; 1999 Pro Extravaganza 9th; 2000 Ms. International HW 9th; 2000 Jan Tana Pro LW 3rd; 2001 Ms. International LW 1st; 2001 Ms. Olympia LW 3rd; 2002 Ms. International LW 2nd; 2002 Ms. Olympia HW 5th; 2003 Ms. International LW 4th;

  • Caez, Vilma
    1998 NPC Nationals MW 2nd; 2000 Jan Tana Pro MW 5th; 2001 Pro Extravaganza MW 3rd;

  • Calo-Wallace, Maria
    Argentina. Height 5'5". Contests include the 1996 Jan Tana Pro 16th; 1999 Jan Tana Pro 20th; 1999 Pro World 12th; 2000 Jan Tana Pro 9th; 2001 Jan Tana Pro HW 9th;

  • Canady, Sharon
    1989 NPC USA LW 1st; 1990 Ms. International 12th;

  • Campo, Mary Ellen
    1990 NPC USA LW 1st;

  • Canepa, Kathie
    1997 NPC USA LW 3rd;

  • Casella, Renee
    2000 Jan Tana Pro LW 1st; 2000 Ms. Olympia LW 3rd; 2001 Ms. Olympia LW 6th;

  • Carolan, Laura
    From Ontario, Canada. Contests include the 1992 IFBB Canadian overall; 1994 Ms. International 12th; 1993 Jan Tana Pro 5th;

  • Carter, Sara Jane
    From Ontario, Canada. Contests include the 1993 IFBB Canadian overall;

  • Casella, Renee
    USA. 1988 World Pro 7th; 1988 Ms. Olympia 12th; 1989 World Pro 11th; 1997 Jan Tana 14th; 1998 Jan Tana Pro 7th;

  • Chang, Cathy
    1982 Ms. Olympia 19th;

  • Chapman, Patsy
    1980 Ms. Olympia 7th; 1982 Ms. Olympia 19th; 1983 Ms. Olympia 17th;

  • Checkley, Tracey
    From Manitoba, Canada. Contests include the 1984 IFBB Canadian MW 1st; 1985 IFBB Canadian MW 1st;

  • Cheeseman, Rosemary
    1998 NPC Nationals MW 14th;

  • Cheng, Lydia
    1984 Pro World 10th; 1984 Ms. Olympia 16th; 1985 Pro World 18th; 1985 Ms. Olympia 23rd;

  • Chepiga, Valentina
    Valentina Chepiga was born April 27th, 1962 in Kharkov, Ukraine. She graduated from the College of Engineering and Building with a degree in Gas Heating, Ventilation and Air-Conditioning. From 1979 until 1992 she worked as technician and was promoted to engineer while working for the Bureau. Chepiga started bodybuilding in 1988 because she wanted to create a more proportionately correct physique. In 1992, after 4 years of being training, she decided to quit her engineering career and became a personal trainer. In 1993 she moved to Kiev and continued her work as a personal trainer. In 1999 she moved to the U.S. and settled in Seattle, WA. Currently, she works in the Gold's Gym of Down Town Seattle as a personal trainer.

    Contests include the 1993 European Championships MW 3rd; 1994 European Championships MW 2nd; 1994 World Amateur Championships MW 7th; 1997 European Championships MW 1st; 1997 World Amatuer Championships MW 1st & Overall; 1998 Ms. Olympia 12th; 1999 Jan Tana Pro 3rd; 1999 Ms. Olympia 12th; 2000 Jan Tana Pro MW 1st; 2000 Ms. Olympia HW 1st; 2001 Ms. Olympia HW 4th; 2002 Ms. International LW 1st; 2002 Ms. Olympia LW 2nd; 2002 Show of Strength LW 1st; 2003 Ms. International LW 5th;

  • Cheshire, Carolyn
    1980 Ms. Olympia 13th; 1981 Pro World 13th; 1981 Ms. Olympia 17th; 1982 Pro World 12th; 1982 Ms. Olympia 14th; 1983 Ms. Olympia 7th; 1984 Ms. Olympia 16th; 1985 Pro World 12th; 1985 Ms. Olympia 20th;

  • Chyna
    Real name is Joanie Laurer, born in Rochester, New York. Chyna was in the World Wrestling Federation. Joanie was one older brother and one older sister. Joannie went to the University of Tampa, majored in Spanish Literature.

  • Chizevsky, Kimberly Ann
    Born April 23, 1968 at Mattoon, Illinois. Raised in Decatur, Illinois. Height 5'8". She is half-Italian. Her father was a football coach at Stephen Decatur High School, one time being drafted by the Los Angeles Rams. Went to Southern Illinois University, studying to be a paralegel. Kim is married to Chad Nicholls. They have a tiger-striped cat named Tigger. They currently live in Springfield, Missouri. In 2000, Kim is appearing in a movie titled 'The Cell' with Jennifer Lopez.

    In the year 2000, Kim decided to retire from bodybuilding due to various reasons, including the downsizing of the prize money in women's bodybuilding, and the psychological stress of wondering if her efforts were going to be in vain. For the year 2001, Kim is going to concentrate on fitness competitions.

    Contests include the 1989 Tri-State Bodybuilding (Ilinois) 2nd; 1989 AAU Illinois 1st; 1989 AAU Central USA 1st; 1990 NPC Tri-State 1st; 1990 AAU Southern Illinois 1st; 1990 AAU Illinois 1st; 1990 NPC Illinois 1st; 1990 NPC Central USA 1st; 1991 NPC Continental USA 1st; 1991 MPC Midwest Grand Prix 1st; 1992 NPC Junior Nationals 1st; 1992 North American 1st; 1993 Ms. International 1st; 1993 Ms. Olympia 5th; 1994 Ms. International 5th; 1995 Ms. International 2nd; 1995 Ms. Olympia 2nd; 1996 Ms. International 1st; 1996 Ms. Olympia 1st; 1997 Ms. Olympia 1st; 1998 Ms. Olympia 1st; 1999 Ms. Olympia 1st;

  • Clark, Lenore
    1980 Ms. Olympia 17th;

  • Coates, Melissa
    Born in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada on June 18, 1971. Middle name is Lavinia. Height 5'5". Has a sister, Mary Beth (a professor at Lakehead University), and two brothers, David (a doctor and cornoner) and J.R (a doctor). Her dad is a psychiatrist. Mother (who was a nurse) passed away from complications arising of a car accident. Graduated from Lakehead University in 1991. Played tennis seriously for three year, and in 1984, was a finalist at the Mid-Canada Junior Girl's competition. Her first film part was in Nemesis III. Loves to read Anne Rice books. Currently single, has been engaged twice.

    Contests include 1991 Windsor Physique 1st LW & Overall; 1992 Eastern Ontario 1st MW & Overall; 1993 Ontario 1st MW & Overall; 1994 Canadian Nationals 1st MW (Received her IFBB Pro card); 1996 Jan Tana Pro 1st; 1996 Ms. Olympia 9th; 1997 Ms. International 6th; 1997 Ms. Olympia 11th; 1999 Ms. International 13th;

  • Cole, Kathy
    1989 Ms. International 16th

  • Colomb, Tazzie
    1992 NPC USA Overall & HW 1st; 1993 Jan Tana Pro 11th; 1994 Jan Tana Pro 3rd; 1996 Jan Tana Pro 3rd; 1997 Ms. International 3rd; 1997 Ms. Olympia 17th; 1999 Ms. International 4th; 1999 Ms. Olympia 6th; 2000 Ms. International HW 5th; 2001 Ms. International HW 7th;

  • Combes, Laura
    From Florida, USA. Contests include the 1980 NPC National overall; 1981 Pro World 6th; 1981 Ms. Olympia 4th; 1982 Ms. Olympia 6th;

  • Conkwright, Lynn
    Contests include the 1980 Frank Zane Invitational 3rd; 1980 Ms. Olympia 3rd; 1981 World Pro 1st; 1981 Ms. Olympia 3rd; 1982 Ms. Olympia 4th; 1983 Ms. Olympia 4th; 1984 Ms. Olympia 8th; 1985 Ms. Olympia 16th; 1988 World Pro 14th;

  • Comprindo, Juliana
    Height 5'7" ... Loved to play basketball, including all-state in high school, and received a basketball scholarship to Chicago State University ... Was drafted by the Chicago Spirit of the Women's American Basketball League (WABL) ... Contests include the 1988 NPC Eastern Seaboard 1st;

  • Connors, Kathryn
    1997 NPC Junior USA MW 1st & Overall; 1998 NPC Nationals MW 10th;

  • Connors, Sandy
    1980 Ms. Olympia 14th;

  • Corolan, Laura
    1993 Jan Tana Pro 5th ; 1994 Ms. International 12th

  • Cotter, Carmen
    From Christchurch, New Zealand. Height 5'5". Contests include the 1997 New Zealand HW 1st & Overall; 2000 Jan Tana Pro HW 3rd; 2001 Ms. International HW 11th;

  • Coulter, Clifta
    1991 NPC USA LW 1st; 1995 NPC Nationals 3rd LW; 1996 Jan Tana Pro 10th;

  • Cowan, Sylvia
    1998 NPC Nationals HW 13th;

  • Crabtree, Mickey
    Contests include the 1989 NPC California Overall;

  • Creavalle, Laura
    Middle name is Cordelia. Born January 25th, 1959 in Guyana. Height 5'4". She lives with husband Chris Aceto in Old Orchard Beach, Maine in the summer, and Fort Lauderdale, Florida, in the winter. Laura has written a cooking book titled 'Taste of Club Creavalle'.

    Contests include the 1983 Ontario Canadian Championships noice 1st; 1986 NPC Nationals (she was suspended for competing in this show without a U.S. citizenship), 1988 World Amateur Championships MW 1st; 1988 Ms. Olympia 11th; 1989 Pro World 8th; 1989 Ms. Olympia 6th; 1990 Ms. International 1st; 1990 Ms. Olympia 4th; 1991 Ms. Olympia 3rd; 1992 Ms. International 3rd; 1992 Ms. Olympia 2nd; 1993 Ms. Olympia 3rd; 1994 Ms. International 1st; 1994 Ms. Olympia 2nd; 1995 Ms. International 1st; 1995 Ms. Olympia 5th; 1996 Ms. International 2nd; 1996 Ms. Olympia 4th; 1997 Ms. Olympia 4th; 1998 Ms. Olympia 5th;

  • Crooks, Ann-Marie
    1994 NPC Nationals HW 2nds; 1998 NPC Nationals HW 8th; 1999 Pro Extravaganza 1st; 1999 Ms. Olympia 3rd;

  • Csencsits, Candy
    Born December 29, 1955. Contests include the 1981 Ms. Olympia 6th; 1982 Pro World 2nd; 1982 Ms. Olympia 7th; 1983 Pro World 5th; 1983 Ms. Olympia 2nd; 1984 Ms. Olympia 12th;

  • Cunningham, Kathy
    First mother and daughter team to compete at the NPC Nationals together in 1997. Daughter is Buffy Lawrence, who competed in th NPC Nationals Fitness. Contests include the 1986 NPC North Taxes 1st overall; 1997 NPC Nationals 10th LW;

  • Cureton, Carmella
    1994 NPC Nationals MW 1st; 1996 Jan Tana Pro 5th; 1997 Jan Tana disq; 1998 Jan Tana Pro 9th;