2006 Ms. Olympia Review - The Top Five.

The biggest surprise of the evening came when defending champion Yaxeni Oriquen-Garcia, who showed a dramatic drop in form... Get my review and top five of the Ms. Olympia right here!

Highlighting the hottest field of competitors seen on a women's bodybuilding stage for quite some time, the 2006 Ms. Olympia proved to be an exciting spectacle with some surprises thrown in for good measure. Aside from promoting today's greatest established women's bodybuilding champions, the 2006 event also brought to the fore some newer names with great potential.

While the biggest surprise of the evening came when defending champion Yaxeni Oriquen-Garcia, who showed a dramatic drop in form, slipped several places to seventh, beautifully proportioned newcomer Annie Rivieccio made her mark with a respectable third place finish.

As expected, top three favourites Iris Kyle and Dayana Cadeau dominated the field to land first and second respectively. Both Iris and Dayana appeared to be at their career bests, with amazing amounts of definition and round, full muscle to be seen everywhere.

Rounding out the top five was a vastly improved Bonnie Priest, who was probably the largest competitor onstage, and Lisa Aukland, who's hiatus from last years event might have given her the opportunity to pack on even more size making her a legitimate threat for the top placing's in future Olympia's.

Six and seventh were Betty Pariso and Yaxeni Oriquen-Garcia, neither of whom were at their very best. This was rather disappointing as both ladies are legitimate front runners for any show, especially Yaxeni, the 2005 Ms. Olympia winner. Overall, this years Ms. Olympia was a well run, entertaining event, which tended to favour, as did the men's show, symmetry, proportion, muscularity, and conditioning, rather than purely massive size.


The Top Five


1. Iris Kyle:

    2004 overall Ms. Olympia Iris Kyle is now truly back in the winner's circle after her great showing on the weekend. Bringing to the stage her best package ever, Iris presented the perfect combination of mass, cuts and shape to secure yet another win to position herself as the best women's bodybuilder in the world.


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Ms. Olympia Iris Kyle.
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    Not an inch on her body was underdeveloped, and her legs (especially the hamstring/glute tie ins) were truly spectacular. Her magnificently peaked biceps would also have to be the best in the business. In the end, her physique was clearly ahead of the competition and she deserved her win.


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Not An Inch Was Underdeveloped.
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2. Dayana Cadeau:

    Two weeks out from the 2006 Olympia, Dayana said she would bring to this competition the complete package, with sharp, fuller muscles and a sexy appearance. She succeeded on all counts as she went one better than last year to place second. Dayana has the type of physique that is both feminine and muscular, the ideal combination of size and shape. Clearly she is large enough to place second in the world, but she doesn't appear to have sacrificed her beauty in the process.


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Dayana Cadeau
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    Onstage this past weekend she presented her best look yet and stacked up to the larger Iris very favourably. With noticeably improvements in biceps shape and fullness, as well as the usual unsurpassed leg development, Dayana has demolished her previous best shape. Should she continue to improve, it is possible she could go one better and win next year's title.


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Dayana Has Demolished Her Previous Best Shape.
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3. Annie Rivieccio:

    In her first Olympia, Annie made the biggest impact possible with a physique that compared well to favourites Iris Kyle and Dayana Cadeau. She displayed massive size, no doubt a product of her power-lifting background (Annie has benched 347lbs, squatted 503 and dead-lifted 473 in competition).


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Dayana Cadeau, Annie Rivieccio & Iris Kyle.
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    Her stunning V-taper and flaring thighs would certainly have impressed the judges as would the level of conditioning she brought. With her benchmark of third best in the world in place, look for bigger and better things from Annie in the future.


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Look For Annie In The Future.
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4. Bonnie Priest:

    Texas Titan, Bonnie Priest, is a perennial top finisher. A seventh in 2004 and sixth in 2005 has seen her knocking on the door of the top five. She has now broken through and should prove difficult to overcome, should she bring a further improved package to future Olympia's. An energetic routine and streamlined mass gave her a massive edge on the weekend as she pushed past most of the field to land in fourth.


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Bonnie Priest.
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5. Lisa Aukland:

    With her long flowing blond locks and symmetrical physique, Lisa Aukland looked captivating. Although down on sheer muscle mass and detail compared to the top four, she did provide a good degree of size combined with great conditioning to take fifth. With this event, Lisa has gone one better compared to her 2004 showing, where she took sixth.


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Lisa Aukland & Betty Pariso.


Conclusion

After last year's Olympia, which was widely criticised as being sub-standard, many were predicting the end of women's professional bodybuilding. After witnessing what transpired on Friday it is probably safe to say that the sport is in good hands. The level of competition has certainly intensified and the women themselves seem as motivated as ever to evolve the sport. The 2006 Ms. Olympia might be remembered as one of the best ever.