If you follow what's been happening in the IFBB women's physique division, then the inaugural Women's Physique International in Columbus, Ohio, should look familiar. Fan favorite Dana Linn Bailey will be competing again against Juliana Malacarne, who nabbed DLB's Olympia crown last year. These talented women will likely be the last two standing once again.
The prejudging and finals will be held on the Arnold Fitness Expo stage at noon on Friday, March 6. This is a great opportunity for fans to witness eleven of the best physiques in the world without any cost outside of an expo ticket. So, if you're at the Arnold Expo, go cheer on your favorite competitor!
2015 Women's Physique International Competitors
Dana Linn Bailey
Dana Linn Bailey has undoubtedly become one of the most popular competitors in the entire IFBB Pro League, managing to turn her average amateur figure body into one of the best pro women's physiques. DLB knows how to pose in order to play to her strengths and hide her weaknesses—something every smart pro should do. She doesn't have the best symmetry, and her quads lack the detail that others in the division have, but if she brings her usual amazing package, she'll be in the comparison for the win.
Dana Linn Bailey
LaDrissa Bonivel took the top spot at the 2011 NPC USAs and is one of the women who must lose a little mass to compete well. She's one of the taller competitors, and, with too much muscle, just looks too big for the division. If she brings a streamlined physique similar to what she brought to the 2014 Olympia, she'll have a chance for a top spot.
Tycie Coppett will be one of the tallest—if not thet tallest—women on stage, so she needs to bring more muscle in order to fill out her 5-foot-9 frame. She was third at the Olympia, and I think that's where she'll likely finish again at the Arnold. However, I wouldn't argue with her being in the top two. She has the balance, symmetry, and muscle to represent the division well.
Nathalie Falk is one of the women who downsized from her bodybuilding days to become a physique competitor. She's coming off a 16th-place finish at the Physique Olympia, but she won the 2014 Mozolani Pro. She'll have her work cut out for her in this field.
Heather Grace made the switch to women's physique from the figure division. She has steadily improved her physique and moved up in the placings. She has a tremendous upper body, but will need a bit more detail and size in her legs, specifically her hamstrings, to move up into the top spots. She could crack the top six in this lineup, but it won't be easy.
Juliana Malacarne was a figure competitor who was told she had "too much muscle," and never placed well because of it. When women's physique was formed, many felt she had the ideal body for the division. She added some size in 2013, but it hurt her at the inaugural Olympia show. She went back to a sleeker physique and beat DLB for the top spot at the 2014 Olympia Showdown. If she brings that same look to the Arnold stage, she'll likely be your winner.
Karina Nascimento competed as a bodybuilder for a number of years. She even competed in the Ms. International in 2003 where she placed third. Karina took nearly a decade off from competition, but returned to win the first-ever pro women's physique show at the 2012 Desert Muscle Classic. She always brings tremendous energy to her routines. Look for her to be in the top six.
Mindi O'Brien was a fitness competitor who switched to women's physique. She was plagued with injuries, but after some time off in 2012, she returned to make an immediate impact in the division. She's competed in both of the Olympia physique contests, and earned first place at the 2014 Toronto Supershow. Mindi will definitely be a contender for one of the money spots.
Jillian Reville is another competitor who made the switch from figure. She has long, lean muscle, and has to come into her shows looking full. Jillian made a strong comeback last year and wants to improve even more. She should be in the mix for the top spots.
Jennifer Robinson moved to physique from figure in 2011. She was consistently in the top five in 2012, and in 2014 she took home her first pro win at the St. Louis Pro. If she comes in conditioned, she could be a threat for the top five. I'd like to see her improve her presentation, and pose a bit more slowly.
Sabrina Taylor competed in bodybuilding, fitness, and figure. But she's found a home in the physique division, and has continued to excel in it. She has all the tools to be a top five competitor in this show, so I think she'll land in the money.