A Retrospective on Women Bodybuilding Events of the Early 1980's

The period ranged from the early to late 1980s was very eventful for women body building. It was marked by phenomenal growth in both popularity and progress than in any other previous decade. This decade is referred fondly as the decade during which female body building gained form and acceptance, as a truly professional sport that it is today. The following are just but several of the significant events of these decade, that were definitive to the female body building industry.

Rachel McLish survives today as a heroic body builder of the glorious 80's. She rose to become not only a pioneer female body builder but also the single most successful body building competitor in the early 80s. She however lost her Ms. Olympia title to Kike Elomaa in the summer of 1981. She was not deterred in her steady rise though, for she regained it in 1982.

Professional female body building also stepped a notch higher following the successful launch of the Women's Pro World Championship in 1981. Lynn Conkwright won the inaugural contest. The contest was successfully held each year from 1981 to 1989, dominating the headlines as the second most prestigious body building contest at the time. The indomitable McLish, conquered this title and added it to her collection in the very year she regained her. Olympia title.

In 1982, George Snyder bitterly lost her rights to Ms. Olympia title. It was during this year that the titles contestants stopped being hand-picked as previously done. From then on, contestants had to qualified for the title through the competitive placings resulting from less female professional body building contests.

Female body building gained in popularity, fans increased, media coverage became sensational and the competitors increased. The women body building sport height phenomenally such that, competition became fierce. So to do the training. The level of the body builder's training increased comparatively from that of many competitors in earlier contests where very little training was required. Increased prowess in weight training in turn saw the sport gradually evolving towards perfection of muscular physiques. Physiques form, definition and mass became a significant measure of competitive female body building emerged as a trend in 1983.

This is when McLish begin disappearing from the competitive field. Her absence in conscision big shows, brave way to Carla Dunlap who ever took over the Pro World title and that of Ms.. Olympia. Objective reflection not misguided by media's fancy of McLish reveals that Dunlap actually possessed far more of a muscular physique than did her predecessors, McLish or Elomaa. Due to reasons unknown until today, Dunlap never repeated her debut success of the year 1983. She still remained very competitive for the entire 80's decade.

Then came the year 1984 and a brand new force in Female body building emerged. The enthusiast Cory Everson came into the picture, winning the NPC Nationals. She then wretched the Ms. Olympia title from the indomitable McLish. Standing at 5'9 "tall and weighing 150 pounds plus, the young Everson's physique and muscle definition set a paced new standard.

Today, this young, mature, composed and thrilling performer still remains in the fond memories of those who adore female body builders. Her class and mature is unequaled without question. She retired on her peak, as an undefeated professional female body builder. No other woman has ever completed such a feat.


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