FIGURE OLYMPIA GILLON FIRES UP A WIN IN HER FOURTH FIGURE OLYMPIA, CYDNEY GILLON RISES TO THE TOP. 82 FLEX | JANUARY 2018 ■ When Cydney Gillon was a contestant on the reality series Survivor, she made it to the final four before a loss in a fire-making tiebreaker sent her to the jury. She was already a rising star in figure when she signed on to the series, having taken ninth in her first Olympia in 2014, a mere two years after earning her pro card at the NPC Nationals. Gillon has said that she emerged from the reality series experience more determined to make progress toward her goal of winning the O. The reigning Figure Olympia winner, Latorya Watts, having been on a wild and winning trajectory of her own, also made her O debut in 2014, finishing in fifth, four spots ahead of Gillon, then wrestled the title from four-time Figure O winner Nicole Wilkins a year later in 2015. In 2016, Gillon finished third, closing the gap again, behind winner Watts, with only the able-bodied Candice Lewis-Carter standing between them. When it came time for the final callout this time around, it was last year’s top three standing onstage—Watts, Gillon, and Lewis-Carter having edged Heather Dees and Wilkins into fourth and fifth, respectively. Shortly thereafter, it was Watts landing in second, having failed to ignite a third win, and it was Gillon who finally emerged with the jury’s votes.