The Jackie’s Place 2011 NPC Midnight Sun was the newest event to hit the Alaska Body Building scene and it definitely started off with a bang. The Midnight Sun was the foundation of Alaska Muscle and had been in the making for over three years, long before Alaska Muscle took over the promotion of the Alaska State Championships.
From day one the promoters intended the event to be both a celebration of not only Alaska body building but the sport of fitness and they knew there would be only one choice for guest performers – two-time Olympia Runner-up Tanji Johnson. Tanji had been a friend and mentor to promoters Shawn and Cinzia Clapp and it was only fitting that she would grace the stage at the first Midnight Sun.
The crowd was also fortunate to witness what would be the final performance of Alaska born IFBB Fitness Pro Rose Hendricks, who announced her retirement from the sport of fitness on the very same stage where her career began.
Of course, no body building competition is complete without a body building guest performer and there is no one better at entertaining the crowd than IFBB Pro Tricky Jackson. Tricky elevates body building routine performance to a level seldom seen among even the top pros with moves that electrify audiences and the Midnight Sun was no exception.
The Midnight Sun saw one fitness competitor, new-comer Gretchen Quast, a member of Team 907 Muscle Girls who pleased the audience with an excellent first go at a fitness routine as well as an outstanding physique.
Junior Fitness was also on the program and the adorable eight year old Kali Larsen (who’s mother and brother also competed that night) enchanted the crowd with her Justin Bieber routine.
Figure came down to first-time competitor and mother of four Jessy Larsen against 2011 Alaska State Figure B Champion Sue Hovland (both Team 907 Muscle Girls). Sue would take the overall title with an extremely polished presentation to match her stunning physique.
Another 907 Muscle Girl and first time competitor, Venus Pimentel, captured the Bikini Overall Title in a close match with the very well put together Brittany Denevan. Both women possess excellent frames for bikini, Denevan reminiscent of Amanda Latona. Expect to see great things form both of these ladies.
Veteran Female Body Builder Heidi Hegg turned out on her way to NPC Nationals to show the crowd what a female body builder should look like with an impressive physique and a very well choreographed routine.
The boys started off with Youth Body Building, including eleven year old first timer Caleb Larsen and Sean Genanrico Clapp who is already a veteran at age nine.
The tightest match between the big boys was seen in the Light Heavy Weights between Matthew Wonchala and Mike Patino who both turned out a little bit bigger than in previous competitions. In the end the class went to Mike Patino but only by one point. It would be a treat to see these two meet again for a rematch at the 2012 NPC Alaska State Championships.
The overall pose down was particularly dynamic with some excellent athletes enjoying some good natured jostling as the judges tallied their scores to determine the first ever Midnight Sun Overall Body Building Champion. The title went to Heavy Weight Eric Willis, a fitting overall champion, with an excellent combination of size and symmetry as well as polished posing. Look for great things from Eric as he heads for the 2012 NPC Emerald Cup.
Fresh off of an overall win at the NPC Los Angeles, Alaska body builder Leo Padua rolled in to Sin City to represent the Great Land with what is surely his best physique to date and secured a solid fourth place in a tough class at what is perhaps the tightest competition in the country.
The NPC USA Body Building Championships carries the motto "Where stars are born" and for good reason. Athletes from around the country flock to Las Vegas every year to take part in the Lindsay Productions event in order to pit themselves against some of the biggest and baddest men in the country.
With his usual class and grace, Leo's comment immediately following his placing at the USAs, "Okay Everyone! I will settle for 4th Place!!"
I bet he will! Leo's fourth place ranking at the USAs is surely a sign of a bright future for this son of the Midnight Sun and you can bet that Alaska Muscle will be watching!
For more informaiton about Leo, check out Alaska Muscle's profile on him here: "Interview With Leo Padua - 2010 Washington State Middle Weight Champion"
For pics of Leo in the 2011 NPC USAs visit RxMuscle
For more information on the NPC USAs check out the Lindsay Productions website.
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Each month, body building fans and enthusiast around the country eagerly flip though their issues of Parilllo's Performance Press looking for information on, not only how some of the top amatuer athletes are training and dieting, but also hoping to see someone they know in the magazine's informative pages. It's a thrill to see yourself in the pages of one of your favorite rags but it's even more of a rush when you, or someone you know, makes the cover!
Two Alaska atheltes have had the honor of making the cover of the Performance Press - Body Builders Lindsay Knight and Kevin Creeden. Both body building icons in the Greatland who remain active in the sport after years of training and competing.
This year, at the 2011 NPC Emerald Cup in Snoqualmie, Washington, both of them graced the stage again, and were joined by fellow Performance Press cover model, Seattle trainer Dave Patterson.
Call it a piece of history if you will, but I doubt these gentlemen are anywhere near the end of their careers. I like to think of it more as an example of how Alaska atheltes have risen to the highest levels of the sport and have garnered recognition nation-wide. I have to wonder, who will be the next cover from Alaska?
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