Congratulations to India Paulino, who capped a huge competition year with two big wins, including her unanimous victory at the Florida Pro Bikini in Miami on Saturday, December 10. Earning her pro card at the Junior Nationals in June, Paulino has been pretty consistent all season. Once again she was sporting just the right combination of conditioning and sass—not to much, not too little on the former; playful and plentiful on the latter—and she was the clear winner from the time the contestants took the stage.
Held in conjunction with the World Pro Masters Championship, the very last contest of the year attracted a lively lineup of 15 hoping to score big in what may have been the last top-three Olympia qualifier ever thanks to stricter rules going into effect in 2012. Getting the nod were runner-up Tianna Ta and third-placer Julianna Danielle, both of whom were thrilled that they’d decided to do the show, which took place at the Fillmore at the Jackie Gleason Theater, the scene of the recent ’11 NPC Nationals.
Returning to that stage after earning her card at the Nationals—and looking spectacular—was Jennifer Chapman, who pulled a fourth-place finish in her pro debut, while Heather Nappi stride ‘n’ snappied her way into fifth.
Interesting note: Neither Chapman nor Nappi made the first callout, but by the end of the judging, the judges had moved them into the top group. That meant that a couple of gals who did make the first round of comparisons, Yeshaira Robles and Brittany Tacy, had to settle for sixth and seventh, respectively.
Thanks to promoter Jarka Lorie Schneider, who pulled off a fabulous weekend anchored by the Return of the Legends-Pro World Masters event. The festivities also included a press conference, meet the athletes and a wonderful postcontest banquet. I was glad I got to make trip to work with BODTV.
Photo (from left): Jennifer Chapman, Tianna Ta, Jarka Lorie Schneider, India Paulino, Julianna Danielle and Heather Nappi.
Find the complete results below:
IFBB Florida Pro Bikini
1) India Paulino*
2) Tianna Ta*
3) Juliana Daniell*
4) Jennifer Chapman
5) Heather Nappi
6) Yeshaira Robles
7) Brittany Tacy
8) Missy Coles
9) Kim DeArcangelis
10) Brittany Gaylord
11) Theresa Byrne
12) Figen Oezdemir
13) Bernadett Matassa
13) Yenny Polanco
15) Khanh Nguyen
*Qualifies for the ’12 Bikini Olympia.