Tonight was absolutely incredible for IFBB Figure. It was an epic battle between two amazing champions. The title has bounced back and forth between two stunning athletes—Erin Stern and Nicole Wilkins—and tonight it was Erin Stern's turn to wear the crown. Erin Stern is the new Ms. Figure Olympia!
Erin looked flawless. She had great symmetry, perfect conditioning, and amazing aesthetics. She was graceful and elegant. She nailed her presentation and showed superb stage presence. The judges chose their 2012 Figure champion well.
Nicole Wilkins was tonight's runner-up. The previous champion was a tad smoother and smaller than usual. She rushed during her presentation round, which is completely uncharacteristic. Nonetheless, I am sure she will be back again next year, fighting to regain her title.
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The beautiful Candice Keene grabbed third place. She may have the best symmetry on the pro circuit right now. Her tiny waist and round delts are complemented by her full quad sweep. Tonight, Candice stood out and managed to grab the bronze medal.
Heather Dees has made some staggering jumps in the pro ranks this year. She was the fourth place winner this evening. The judges like her improving and increasingly defined physique.
For her Olympia debut, Mallory Haldeman made a huge impression on the judges. She was awarded fifth place. Her physique was tight and balanced. I look forward to seeing Mallory in the future as she continues to improve.
Teresa Anthony was awarded sixth place. She is very consistent with her physique and presentation rounds. She looked beautiful, as always, and was awarded accordingly.