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2004 Show Of Strength Info.

2004 Show Of Strength Info.

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  1. Victor Martinez
  2. Darrem Charles
  3. Gustavo Badell
  4. Branch Warren
  5. Troy Alves
  6. Craig Titus
  7. Johnnie Jackson
  8. Toney Freeman
  9. Ahmad Haidar
  10. Jason Arntz
  11. Claude Groulx tied with Frank Roberson
  12. Mike Dragna
  13. Nasser El Sonbaty
  14. George Turmon
  15. Fred Bigot
  16. Aaron Maddron tied with Stan McCrary

Tied for 19th: Ken Jones, Johnny Stewart, Lawrence Marshall, Lee Apperson, Rod Ketchens, JoJo Ntiforo, Mat Duvall

Withdrew: Greg Kovacs

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Exclusive pics from the men's show...
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  1. Jenny Lynn
  2. Jamie Franklin
  3. Amber Littlejohn
  4. Christine Pomponio-Robbins
  5. Zena Collins
  6. Shannon Meteraud

Pics from the figure show...


  1. Adela Garcia-Friedmansky
  2. Kim Klein
  3. Jen Hendershott
  4. Teri Mooney
  5. Julie Palmer
  6. Debbie Czempinski

Pics from the figure show...

Women's Bodybuilding:


  1. Nancy Lewis
  2. Joanna Thomas
  3. Rosemary Jennings
  4. Gayle Moher
  5. Mary Ellen Doss
  6. Jeannie Paparone


  1. Yaxeni Oriquen*
  2. Betty Pariso
  3. Lisa Aukland
  4. Christine Roth
  5. Annie Riviecco
  6. Maria Calo

Pics from the women's bodybuilding show...

Info From Before The Show


    October 8th-10th, 2004


    Cobb Galleria Centre in Atlanta, Georgia
    Two Galleria Parkway

Ticket Prices:

    Finals: $50, $75

Host Hotel:

    Renaissance Waverly Hotel
    2450 Galleria Parkway
    Atlanta, GA 30339

Latest News

GNC Show of Strength & World Fitness Expo Flexes Its Muscle

ATLANTA, Oct. 10, 2004 - The 2004 GNC Show of Strength & World Fitness Expo has elevated health and fitness to new heights as the world's top male and female bodybuilders, strongmen, powerlifters, armwrestlers and fitness and figure athletes competed for titles, prize money and bragging rights at the Cobb Galleria Centre in Atlanta from Oct. 8-10. The leading national strength, health and fitness event annually, the 2004 GNC Show of Strength & World Fitness Expo hosted more than 30,000 attendees and 85 exhibitors.

"In just three years, the GNC Show of Strength & World Fitness Expo has blossomed into the most unique and comprehensive health and fitness event in the country," said Scott Johnson, Basic Media Group CEO. "In addition to showcasing many of the world's premier strength and fitness athletes, the show incorporates events like the TNA "Gut Check Challenge" and Lee Haney's Ultimate Teen Challenge to provide a total entertainment experience. Furthermore, the show is a resource for pushing the importance of health and fitness to people of all ages."

Victor Martinez surprised many in winning the 2004 GNC Pro Bodybuilding Championship. Martinez edged out Darrem Charles and Gustavo Badell who finished second and third respectively. Nancy Lewis won the lightweight division in 2004 GNC Pro Bodybuilding Championship, beating out Joanna Thomas and Rosemary Jennings. In the women's heavyweight division, Yaxeni Oriquen topped Betty Pariso and Lisa Aukland.

The 2004 GNC Pro Fitness Championships saw amazing action from Adela Garcia-Friedmansky (first place), Kim Klein and Jen Hendershott. In the GNC Pro Figure competition it was Jenny Lynn beating Jaime Franklin and Amber Littlejohn for top honors.

Nine new world records were set at the World Powerlifting Organization finals, highlighted by Paul Childress who set two records in the squat competition and total weight. Childress won the super heavyweight division. Other winners included Tony Conyers in the lightweight division, Travis Mash took the middleweight crown, and Jose Garcia won in the heavyweight division.

The MHP X-Treme Strongman Championship event showcased both the world's top competitors, and amateurs who were competing for a spot in the pro ranks. While many were vying for the chance to be a pro, Travis Ortmayer used the show as a personal coming out party. Out of five events, Ortmayer won four times. The 6'3" 300-pound amateur is expected to accept an invitation to join the pros.

The 2004 GNC Show of Strength Armwrestling Challenge men's division saw Ray Hennerichs take the 138 lb title, George Iszakouits the 171 lb title, Michael Todd the 209 lb title and Travis Bagent in the 209+ lb division. Andrea Paul took the 147 lb. title and Mary McConnaughey the 147+ lb. title in the women's category.

New to the show in 2004 was TRIMSPA and Total Non-stop Action's "Gut Check Challenge," which presented an open try-out to anyone who thought they had what it takes to be in the ring with some of the best wrestlers in the world. Winners received thousands of dollars in prize money, a national magazine cover shoot, and an invitation to TNA's Wrestling camp.

While many tried to get through the rigorous try-outs, two shined above the rest, Joe Bollen from South Park, Pa., and Jamie Dauncey from Windsor, Ontario. Also new to the show this year was the Physical Magazine cover model search. The contest was to find a man and woman who had the look of a cover model fit for one of the nation's top nutritional magazines. The winners, Adam Toyama of Pace, Fla. and Lisa Morton of Jacksonville, N.C., will be flown to California for the photo shoot.

Lee Haney's Ultimate Teen Challenge proved to be another success this year with high school kids from all across Georgia competing for thousands of dollars of fitness equipment for their schools. Events included a tire relay, bench press, vehicle push, farmer's walk and sled pull. Fayette High School won the 2004 Ultimate Teen Challenge, followed by Sandy Creek, Love Joy, and Collins High Schools.

Complete 2004 GNC Show of Strength & World Fitness Expo results are available at

The GNC Show of Strength is an annual weekend-long exhibition of bodybuilding, strength and fitness events. Produced by Basic Media Productions, division of the Basic Media Group, the Show of Strength weekend includes professional men's and women's bodybuilding contests; women's fitness and figure contests; strongman competitions; and a teen challenge that pits local high-schools against each other in tests of strength and agility. The World Fitness Expo also features hundreds of booths displaying products and services from top industry companies.

Physical Magazine Seeks Cover Models
One of the nation's premier nutrition magazines holds inaugural talent search

Atlanta, Sep. 2, 04 - Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone have done it. You could be next. Physical magazine announced it will hold an open model search to find one man and one woman with the mind, body and spirit to be on the cover of a national premier nutrition magazine.

The competition will take place at the Cobb Galleria Centre in Atlanta as part of the 2004 GNC Show of Strength and World Expo on Oct. 8-10. The show is back in Atlanta after a very successful 2003 campaign in which more than 20,000 people attended the three-day event.

In addition to the Physical model search, the show will include the GNC Pro Bodybuilding Championships for men and women, Total Non-stop Action's "Gut Check Challenge" Wrestling talent search, the Maximum Human Performance (MHP) Pro Strongman Invitational, Lee Haney's Ultimate Teen Challenge, the World Powerlifting Organization finals, the GNC Pro Figure and Fitness Championships and the GNC Pro Performance Armwrestling Competition.

The cover model search will be held on the final day of the show, Sunday, Oct. 10, 2004 at 1:00 on the main stage. Any man or woman interested in competing can download and complete an application on the Show of Strength Web site at The winners will be flown to California and have paid accommodations for two days to complete their cover model photo shoot.

Physical magazine started as a "special section" within Let's Live Magazine in March 1998, then grew to a stand-alone, bimonthly publication in April/May 1999. With the sports nutrition industry booming and by popular demand, Physical debuted as a monthly in January 2000, and has been reaching increasing numbers of sports nutrition and fitness enthusiasts ever since. Today, Physical is a leader in the world of sports nutrition publishing.

Competitor Lineup

Men's Bodybuilding Line-up

    Troy Alves
    Lee Apperson
    Jason Arntz
    Fred Bigot
    Mike Dragna
    Mat Duvall
    Nasser El Sonbaty
    Toney Freeman
    Claude Groulx
    Ahmad Haidar
    Johnnie Jackson
    Ken Jones
    Rod Ketchens
    Greg Kovacs
    Lawrence Marshall
    Victor Martinez
    Stan McCrary
    Jojo Ntiforo
    Frank Roberson
    Johnny Stewart
    Craig Titus
    George Turmon
    Branch Warren

Women's Bodybuilding Lineup

    Lisa Aukland
    Marie Rosa Mena Berrocal
    Maria Calo
    Michelle Davis
    Angela Debatin
    Mary Ellen Doss
    Heather Foster
    Elizabeth Mesa-Gomez
    Rosemary Jennings
    Mary Ellen Jerumbo
    Nancy Lewis
    Karen Marillier
    Monica Martin
    Jennifer McVicar
    Gayle Moher
    Helle Nielsen
    Yaxeni Oriquen
    Jeannie Paparone
    Betty Pariso
    Mily Pena
    Annie Rivieccio
    Christine Roth
    Joanna Thomas
    Mascha Tieken

Fitness 2004 Lineup

    Maria Bellando
    Julie Childs
    Peggy Sue Crawford
    Debbie Czempinski
    Sandra Delvecchio
    Carla Freda
    Adela Garcia-Friedmansky
    Angel Friend
    Sandy Grant
    Tracey Greenwood
    Jennie Hanke
    Lydia Haskell
    Jen Hendershott
    Bethany Carter Howlett
    Amy Huber
    Stacy Hylton
    Lorie Kimes
    Kim Klein
    Tammie Leady
    Anna Level
    Cathryn Lindner
    Kim Lyons
    Elizabeth Maurice
    Teri Mooney
    Bridgette Newell
    Julie Palmer
    Nicole Rollolazo
    Kelly Ryan
    Carla Sanchez
    Liane Seiwald
    Angie Monteleone-Semsch
    Tracy Traskos
    Lea Waide
    Karen Walcott
    Stacy Wig

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Previous Contest Reports And Pics

:: View our huge 2003 Olympia section here!
:: Results and pictures from the 2003 Arnold Classic Weekend last year!