January 23rd, 2008
According to FLEX correspondent Isaac Hinds of hardbody.com, the biggest name in figure has withdrawn from the Figure International. According to Hinds, "Monica Brant confirmed with me today that she is in fact out of the line up. Monica has agreed to do an interview at a later date where she will share more details."
The 37-year--old Brant last competed in the Figure International in 2006, placing second behind eventual champion Mary Lado. The runner-up finish was Brant's fourth consecutive. Brant is the second high-profile figure athlete to withdraw from the Figure International in the last week. Valerie Waugaman, a gladiator on the NBC hit show American Gladiators, officially withdrew earlier in the week.
Brant's withdrawal leaves her competitive future in doubt, as rumors were abound that the past Olympia (2007) could be her last. Those rumors intensified after Brant fell to 7th place, placing out of the top three for the first time in her career. If she chooses to give the Figure Olympia stage another try, Brant first will have to qualify at another contest.
Check hardbody.com for a more extensive interview with Brant in the coming weeks.