Someone just sent me this clip from the Ms Olympia 1995. My Olympia debut!
Hard to believe I’ve never seen a video from this show – 23 years ago
28 years old, I’d been in the US less than 2 years and was trying to decide if I wanted to stay.
At this point I had been competing for 11 years and I had one goal – to make it onto the Olympia stage.
The sport was a little different back then. To get your Pro card you had to win as an overall champion for your country. In the UK only two people a year got their pro cards. I got mine in 1991. Then as a pro you had to place top 3 in a major show to qualify for the Olympia. The problem being that the top 3 places were always taken by the the top 3 girls who qualified over and over in the same year. To get to the Olympia stage you had to hope that someone turned up out of shape or you had to knock someone out of the running.
The sport was incredibly fun, very supportive and the federation treat us like true professional athletes.
Such an honor to compete at this level during the golden era of the sport.