Every Winner of the Fitness Division at Olympia

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Here’s a complete list of all the Fitness Olympia winners.
The Fitness division was the second category offered for all professional female bodybuilders who competed at Mr. Olympia. Initially, women Olympia competitors competed in the Ms. Olympia division from 1980-1994, as that was their only option to compete. Then in 1995, the Fitness Olympia division launched. In this post, we’ve put together a complete list of winners for the Women’s Fitness Olympia division from 1995 to the present day to see which of these athletes have won the top prize.
Of course, this helped female bodybuilding grow in the International Federation of BodyBuilding and Fitness (IFBB) Pro league. The IFBB Pro saw more female contenders with fierce physiques, ramping up the competition. Moreover, the Fitness division made some room for smaller athletes compared to the Ms. Olympia competitors.
Former gymnasts, cheerleaders, and dancers flocked to this class. That’s because besides having a muscular and toned physique, this division has posing. And contenders’ performances are crucial in this division.
In 1995, Mia Finnegan became the first woman to claim the Fitness Olympia division title. Since then, ten more competitors have won, with Whitney Jones being the reigning champion. Here are all the Fitness Olympia winners.
Fitness Division Winners

Winner 
Year (s)

Mia Finnegan
1995

Saryn Muldrow
1996

Carol Semple-Marzetta
1997

Monica Brant
1998

Mary Yockey
1999

Susan Curry 
2000-2003

Adela Garcia-Friedmansky
2004, 2006-2007, 2009-2013

Jen Hendershott
2005, 2008

Oksana Grishina
2014-2017, 2023

Whitney Jones
2018-2019, 2021

Missy Truscott 
2020, 2022

 
Mia Finnegan (1995)

Mia Finnegan was the first winner of the Fitness division. She won in 1995 in Atlanta, Georgia. The future winners, Carol Semple-Marzetta and Saryn Muldrow came close behind, finishing second (Semple-Marzetta) and third (Muldrow). 
Saryn Muldrow (1996)

Saryn Muldrow improved her placing from the first Fitness Olympia division competition claiming the top spot the following year in Chicago, Illinois. (Mia Finnegan got second place.)
Carol Semple-Marzetta (1997)

After hovering close to the top spot the last couple of years, it was Carol Semple-Marzetta who shined in 1997 after she overtook Saryn Muldrow for first place. 
Monica Bryant (1998)
In 1998, the competition moved to France (the only time the Fitness division was held outside the US). And it was Monica Bryant that brought the gold medal back from overseas. 
Mary Yockey (1999)

The competitors were held in different locations in the first few years, but they found a home in Vegas in 1999. This was the year Mary Yockey won the Fitness division. 
Susan Curry (2000-2003)
Besides the competition now consistently being held in Vegas, in 2000, the show found its first champion to defend her title, Susan Curry. This didn’t come without fierce contenders, though. She had to ward off Kelly Ryan and Jennifer Worth, who finished in the top three through most of this period. Nevertheless, Curry dominated in the early 2000s and won from 2000-2003. She could have possibly won for a fifth straight year. But she decided not to compete after 2003. 
Adela Garcia-Friedmansky (2004, 2006-2007, 2009-2013)

Adela Garcia-Friedmansky was a top-five contender for years before breaking through to the title in 2004 after Susan Curry’s retirement. She went on to succeed Susan Curry’s record and has won the most Fitness division titles. She came back to claim her title in 2006 after failing to defend it in 2005 and won back-to-back, winning in 2007 as well. Unfortunately, she had to miss the show in 2008. But she won five years in a row from 2009-2013. Could she have won more? Maybe. But like Curry, she retired to end her streak. 
Jen Hendershott (2005, 2008)
Jen Hendershott prevented Adela Garcia-Friedmansky from winning back-to-back titles in 2005. But to avenge her downfall, Garcia-Friedmansky short-circuited her chance to win consecutive titles as well, which is why there was a winning gap from 2006-2007 for Jen Hendershott. Fortunately, Hendershott won in 2008 when Garcia-Friedmansky couldn’t compete. 
Oksana Grishina (2014-2017, 2023)

Oksana Grishina won her maiden Fitness Olympia trophy after receiving second place for consecutive years. She went on to join the list of back-to-back winners winning from 2014-2017. After 2017, like other straight champs, she paused competing. Her hiatus was brief, but she failed to win again upon coming back in 2020 and 2021. 
However, at the 2023 Olympia Grishina came in and took the title back like it was nothing.
Whitney Jones (2018-2019, 2021)

After a neck injury interfered with Jones’ plans to become a Fitness Olympia champ in 2017, she returned with a burning desire and won in 2018. Despite not being seen as a heavy favorite, respectably after her 2017 absence. Whitney Jones is the reigning champ of the Fitness division at Olympia. And she’s one of the few athletes to regain their title after losing it. 
Missy Truscott (2020, 2022)

Because of the pandemic COVID-19 in 2020, the competition moved to Orlando, Florida. And Missy Truscott became the first Canadian to win the Fitness division. And she interrupted Whitney Jones’ win streak for a short period. 
Fitness Olympia Final Word
The Fitness division was the second installment for women’s categories at Olympia. And it’s helped shine more light on IFBB Pro female bodybuilding and has played a part in its continued growth. 
This category gave other women bodybuilders a fighting chance who may not have as much muscle mass as the Ms. Olympia competitors. In addition, this division doesn’t only look at the athlete’s physique; their posing and performance are critical. That’s why you’ll find many competitors with a dance, cheerleading, and gymnastics background in this class. 
The Fitness division’s onset was in 1995, and since then, it’s seen 11 great champions thus far. Whitney Jones is the reigning champion. And she could very well win again, with many multi-title and back-to-back winners making up the champion list. But history has shown us that a winning streak can stop anytime. 
Of course, as the reigning champ, Jones’ poses a serious threat to the division. And she’s looking to be the fourth athlete to have at least four Fitness Olympia wins. But with only one win under her belt, Missy Truscott is hungry for more and looks to become the sixth champ to have multiple Fitness Olympia titles. 
The Olympia takes place this week from December 15-18, 2022, at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, NV. 
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