|The Champ is back again!|
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Let's be honest, people love a good, old-fashioned friendly rivalry. It's not about catfights or bickering, it's about clean competition sportsmanship in regards of who's the better person. I dare for anyone to find a better rivalry today than Erin Stern vs Nicole Wilkins. Erin represents the athletic, toned side of the sport while Nicole represents the beauty and structure side (don't get it twisted, though, as Erin is very beautiful as well). Both ladies have traded wins over the course of the last few years. Whenever one enters the show, everyone else is fighting for 2nd place. When BOTH enter, it's just a matter of which one will win and who will be runner-up. Erin fought long and hard to bring one of her best looks to date in 2012 and it paid off in dividends, as she ended up beating Nicole (who entered the 2012 Figure Olympia as champion) to become Ms. Figure Olympia for the 2nd time in her career. While other figure competitors are bound to step up their game in 2013, fans are already anticipating Erin and Nicole getting it one at next year's Olympia.
Runner-up: Juliana Malacarne winning her 1st IFBB contest (New York Pro Women's Physique)
Others nominated include Nathalia Melo winning 2012 Bikini Olympia, Fleur De Kine turned pro, and Karina Nacimento becoming the 1st IFBB Women's Physique Champion in history.