2006 Emerald Cup Review.

The Emerald Cup was not only spectacular; it is dear to my heart... Get my latest review on one of the most prestigious NPC shows in the country. Find out who was there and more...

The Emerald Cup held in the beautiful Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue Washington features some of the very best NPC Bodybuilding, Fitness and Figure athletes in the country; all competing for the coveted Emerald Cup titles.

News Flash!

The website www.craigproductions.com says the top place winners from last year's championships all turned pro! Helloww!

For a show that spans two days and nights where Bodybuilding, Fitness and Figure celebrity Pro athletes are guest posing, signing autographs, taking pictures with fans and giving seminars non-stop, is making the Emerald Cup a competitor and fan favorite year after year.

There are big screen videos focused on the stage the entire time along with a concert sound system so you can see and hear everything at a high quality level throughout the venue. It is easy to see why it is sold out every year after you experience one Emerald Cup.

The Emerald Cup is not only spectacular, it is dear to my own heart since it was my hometown stage for 3 years until I turned Pro and moved from the Seattle area to LA. It is a family run show with Brad Craig and his beautiful wife Elaine Craig as the promoter team extraordinaire.

Ever since I heard of the Emerald Cup, I had heard about the superior quality of physiques the Northwest has turned out. Legendary physiques such as; Dianna Dennis, Skip Lacour and Dale Tomita.

Fun BB Trivia:
Mike O'Hearn and I went to the same High School right in the area. Juanita High in Kirkland, WA to be exact. I actually went there with his older sister Terry. He came in after. We sing the fight song to each other when we see each other at shows. Yes. It is obnoxious.

This will be the twenty-fourth year of the largest regional NPC Championships in the United States. The event started on Friday April 21, at 12:00 noon with the Fitness and Figure Judging along with the full tilt Fitness Expo.


Emerald Cup Expo

There were over 80 expo booths displaying the latest in fitness and workout needs.

The Bodybuilding.com booth featured IFBB Pro Bob Cicherillo and hot cover model and IFBB Fitness Pro Timea Majorova. Bob was doing dual duty as a guest poser representing both Bodybuilding.com and Weider along side with Troy Alves who was a special surprise guest poser for the Saturday night finals.

Seen mingling with the crowd were: IFBB Pro's Toney Freeman, Valentina Chepiga, Mark Dugdale and Shawn Ray who is partnering with Jeff Taylor to promote the Denver IFBB Pro/NPC show on, May 12-13. Log in and see it live on Bodybuilding.com!

Bodybuilding legends Lee Labrada and Rich Gaspari were at their booths. Lee Labrada offered an Emerald Cup show special consisting of a box of his delicious Labrada bars, a Labrada shirt and an autographed picture of himself for only $25.00.

Most of the major sports nutrition companies participated at the show again this year such as:

Not only did these companies have samples, show specials and give-aways, they also had celebrities working at their booths such as IFBB Fitness Pros Julie Childs at MET Rx and Cynthia Bridges-Satalowich at the Egg Whites International booth.

I spoke with Cynthia after the show and she was very impressed with the high quality of the competitors' levels of fitness and the high caliber of the guest posers. She particularly liked the set up for the venders because all of the booths are set up in such a way that the celebrities representing products and being featured at sponsor booths can see the stage and feel a part of the electric atmosphere throughout the entire weekend.

Cynthia thought it was one of the most organized shows she has attended aside from the Arnold Classic. The Craig's indeed did an excellent job. Cynthia loved the city and of course it rained in the morning and there was sun in the afternoon, a typical spring day in the Northwest.

These Pros love to socialize with the crowd. You can ask them for on the spot advice and they actually know the answers!


Friday Night

The Fitness and Figure Finals for the Friday Night festivities featured Guest posers who were both good friends of mine - IFBB Fitness Pro's Tanji Johnson and Sandy Grant.

Sandy and I trained and competed together for fitness competitions. We both started out as beginners with the same choreography and gymnastics coaches in 1999. When you are in the trenches like that with your teammates you are friends for life. We have kept in touch since I moved to LA after turning pro in 2000 in the Fitness Universe organization.

Tanji and I have been friends for years as well. We met at a Fitness America National Pageant and on the NPC stages in 1999 and have been E-mailing and seeing each other each year at shows around the nation ever since.

It is great to see both of these beautiful, talented athletes representing the Fitness/Figure category with such feminine grace and strength!

Congratulations To:

  • Overall Figure Winner: Sonia Adcock
  • Figure Master Overall: Sheila Bratten
  • Men's Fitness winner: Tim Taylor
  • Sonia Adcock Sheila Bratten Tim
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    Sonia Adcock, Sheila Bratten, Tim Taylor.

    Congratulations also to my friend from Alaska, Karen Patten, the Overall Fitness winner! Great job!

    Karen Patten
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    Karen Patten.

    Congratulations to my friend and sister in fitness from Boise, Idaho - Home of Bodybuilding.com - Becca Slatt! First place in Figure (5-05 to 5-06) I am so proud of you Becca! Way to train and focus. Keep your eyes on Becca to get her IFBB Pro Figure Card sooner than later. She has what it takes.

    Rebecca Slatt
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    Rebecca Slatt.

    The Friday women's event featured some of the most beautiful, athletic women in America. The Men's Fitness event is one of only a few held in the nation and a real crowd pleaser.


Saturday Night

The grand finale was the Bodybuilding finals on Saturday night. There was a guest posing battle royal with IFBB bodybuilders: 8-time Mr. Olympia Ronnie Coleman - Ronnie won his eighth Mr. Olympia title in 2005 in his forties.


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8-Time Mr. Olympia Ronnie Coleman.
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Ronnie has secured his position as one of the greatest bodybuilders of all time. Ronnie was also appearing at the BSN booth to greet fans with photos and DVDs for sale during the bodybuilding judging on Saturday morning and the finals Saturday night.

Also taking the stage were, Jay "Cuts" Cutler, Gunter Schlierkamp, Troy Alves and newly crowned Masters World Champion Bob Cicherillo. All did their own signature routine and then went into a group pose down for a grand finale at the end.

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Word from Chick was Ronnie refused to come back out with the rest since he was a touch off season - or was it just to keep us guessing at his improvements? I suspect Ronnie wants to do his talking on stage at the 2006 Mr. Olympia.

Congratulations To:

  • Matthew Lowden - Men's Bodybuilding Overall winner
  • Candy Canary - Women's Bodybuilding Overall Winner
  • Twayne Rawls - Men's Bodybuilding Masters Winner
  • Kay Friend - Women's Bodybuilding Masters Winner
  • Mathew Lowden Candy Canary
    Twayne Rawls Kay Friend
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    Matthew Lowden, Candy Canary, Twayne Rawls, Kay Friend.


Some Of The Cool Things At The Emerald Cup

Photographers:

    Several top photographers were there - covering the event for the NPC News and other magazines.

Jan Tana:

    The one and only Jan Tana flew in to the show with her professional tanning system and products. Jan Tana provided the official color for the 2005 Olympia Championships, the 2006 Iron Man, 2006 Arnold Classic and now the Emerald Cup.


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    Jan Tana.

    Bob Chick said her team sprayed all of the male guest posers right before they went on stage. He was really happy with the results and the best part was they took only 5 minutes to cover all of those muscles of his!

Gifts:

    The open Men's and Women's Bodybuilding Overall winners received a leather embroidered jacket with 2006 Overall Emerald Cup Champion embroidered on them courtesy of MC Bodywear in addition to the Excalibur Swords.

    Overall winners from the Fitness and Figure also received a custom suit from MC Bodywear as well. Thanks Merry!

    All Emerald Cup competitors received commemorative Emerald Cup gym bags for entering the show. The gym bags contained sponsor samples and product along with two event T-shirts.

Make-up Artists:

    IFBB Professional Figure Champion Elaine Goodlad was available for private, professional makeup sessions to all competitors for a fee. Elaine lives in Vegas and is excellent. Book her whenever you can get her. She knows her stuff (email her at: elainemakeup@hotmail.com).

    Professional Make up artist & Esthetician Marisa Carew was provided to all fitness and figure competitors April 21 for basic face makeup and hair touch ups complimentary from Craig Productions before prejudging and evening finals. She is the make up artist they call for Washington Beauty Pageants, Miss Seafair, elite weddings and fashion shows. (email her at: marisacarew@hotmail.com)

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2007 Ms. Desert Sun Calendar Model Search:

    As an added attraction the 2007 Ms. Desert Sun Calendar Model Search contest was held in between functions. The 2006 Winners will receive their very own page of the 2007 Desert Sun Calendar! The Miss Desert Sun first place winner will be the cover model on the 2007 Desert Sun Calendar, and was also be the recipient of a $2,000 cash prize!

    For more information about becoming the next Miss Desert Sun, please visit them online at www.missdesertsun.com or call (425) 433-1900.


Conclusion

The Emerald Cup rocks. The Emerald Cup rolls. There have been so many Emerald Cup champions that have turned pro after winning this show, there are too many to keep track of. Word on the street is if you can make it there... you can make it anywhere. Sing a few bars of New York New York, add some high quality tanned, slick hard body muscle and you'll get the feel of the Emerald Cup.

Congratulations to all of the winners and all of the athletes. Brad and Elaine, you have done it once again. Thank you for setting the bar and following through with such class for our sport. See you again next year!

Stay focused and take care of yourself. You're worth it.

Brenda Kelly
www.Brendakelly.com