Flex Flex UK - January 2018 - Page 90

FITNESS OLYMPIA GRISHINA LOCKS UP FITNESS OKSANA GRISHINA SECURES HER FITNESS OLYMPIA LEGACY WITH VICTORY NO. 4. 88 FLEX | JANUARY 2018 ■ When eight-time Fitness O winner Adela Garcia retired in 2013, the division that she had dominated suddenly seemed a wide-open field. Veterans and rookies alike saw opportunity and a title up for grabs, despite the presence of the woman who had placed runner-up behind Garcia in her final two showings, Oksana Grishina. When the Russian-born Grishina did in fact take the fitness crown, having pushed her physique to new heights, still few imagined that the Garcia years would be followed by a new dynastic conqueror taking the top spot. But Grishina went and did just that, securing her legacy with a fourth win this year and tying her with legendary fitness champ Suzie Curry (2000–03) for Fitness O wins. Whether or not Grishina could match Garcia’s O record is fated to remain an unanswered question—last March, after winning her record fourth consecutive Fitness International title, Grishina announced she would be retiring after the 2017 Fitness Olympia. She exits having made her mark in the record books. Myriam Capes, appearing in her ninth Fitness Olympia since 2007, reached her highest placing yet, finishing runner-up ahead of Regiane Da Silva, another longtime contender, who in her 12th Fitness O earned her best placing. Ryall Graber, in fourth, also improved on the seventh she earned in 2015, while Bethany Wagner finished in fifth for the third time in as many years.