2009 MS OLYMPIA PREVIEW

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Kyle, Laszewski and Armbrust speak out

By Zack Zeigler

September 25, 2009

FLEXONLINE.COM

Defending her title this year as Ms O won’t be easy for Iris Kyle. The four-time winner and reigning champ faces fierce competition in a pool of contenders that’s deeper than ever before, adding even more excitement to what’s already being billed as the greatest Olympia in the event’s illustrious history.

WHAT: Ms Olympia
WHERE: Las Vegas, Nevada
WHEN: Friday, September 25
PREJUDGING: 11 a.m. PST, Las Vegas Convention Center, South Hall
FINALS: 7:00 p.m. PST, Orleans Arena
FOR MORE INFO: CLICK HERE

Kyle, the runaway favorite, will have her work cut out for her as she faces former champ Yaxeni Oriquen-Garcia, who beat Kyle in 2005, last year's runner-up Betty Viana-Adkins and a field of cotenders determined to keep Kyle from leaving Las Vegas with her fifth championship.

We caught up with Kyle and challengers Debi Laszewski and Heather Armbrust - who placed second and fourth, respectively, earlier this year at the Ms. International - to get their take on this year's big O.

IRIS KYLE
Age 35
Height 5'6"
Weight 160 pounds
Country of birth United States
Current Residence Cypress, Texas
Olympia History 1999, 4th; 2000, 5th (heavyweight); 2001, winner (heavyweight); 2002 2nd (heavyweight); 2003, 2nd (heavyweight); 2004, winner (heavyweight and overall); 2005, 2nd; 2006-2007, 1st; 2008, 1st

FLEX: On a scale of 1-10, how confident are you going into this year’s competition?

KYLE: "I'd love to give myself a 10 but I think remaining optimistic is a better approach; therefore, an 8.5 is sufficient. Have you ever heard the expression: “If it isn't broken, don't try to fix it?” Well, look it up in the dictionary, it reads Iris Kyle."

FLEX: Who will be in the first callout?



KYLE: In no particular order: myself, Yaxeni Oriquen-Garcia, Dayana Cadeau, Betty Viana, and Heather Armbrust or Lisa Aukland - maybe Debbie Laszewski if she can display her same Ms. International physique.



FLEX: If you could issue a warning to your fellow competitors, what would it be?



KYLE: Iris will not go down without a fight. Iris will be dialed in and ready for battle. Title number six is calling my name. [At the 2001 Ms. Olympia, Kyle won the heavyweight class but lost the overall to Juliette Bergman]



FLEX: This year at the Olympia, I want to be compared to…



KYLE: If I have it my way, I'd like to be compared to only the top deserving physique. No one in particular, but that means receiving one callout. After that, it's a wrap.



FLEX: Who will be your biggest threat this year and why? (Please don’t say “myself.”)


KYLE: Now, now, now, what happened to being able to respond to the questions as I see fit? Anyhow, since Yaxeni has beaten me in the past, she will always cross my mind as a threat. Other than that, you have the best athletes in the world on the Olympia stage, therefore I consider everyone a threat.



FLEX: Do you feel any added pressure in your preparation to defend your title?



KYLE: Of course. I have no room for error. It's totally different when you're the under dog; being the champ intensifies the pressure one thousand times more.

CLICK HERE FOR HEATHER ARMBRUST
CLICK HERE FOR DEBI LASZEWSKI

Kyle, Laszewski and Armbrust speak out

By Zack Zeigler

September 25, 2009

FLEXONLINE.COM

Defending her title this year as Ms O won’t be easy for Iris Kyle. The four-time winner and reigning champ faces fierce competition in a pool of contenders that’s deeper than ever before, adding even more excitement to what’s already being billed as the greatest Olympia in the event’s illustrious history.

WHAT: Ms Olympia
WHERE: Las Vegas, Nevada
WHEN: Friday, September 25
PREJUDGING: 11 a.m. PST, Las Vegas Convention Center, South Hall
FINALS: 7:00 p.m. PST, Orleans Arena
FOR MORE INFO: CLICK HERE

Kyle, the runaway favorite, will have her work cut out for her as she faces former champ Yaxeni Oriquen-Garcia, who beat Kyle in 2005, last year's runner-up Betty Viana-Adkins and a field of cotenders determined to keep Kyle from leaving Las Vegas with her fifth championship.

We caught up with Kyle and challengers Debi Laszewski and Heather Armbrust - who placed second and fourth, respectively, earlier this year at the Ms. International - to get their take on this year's big O.

HEATHER ARMBRUST
Age 32
Height 5'6½"
Weight 168 pounds
Country of Birth United States
Current Residence Wheat Ridge, Colorado Olympia History 2007, 5th; 2008, 14th

FLEX: On a scale of 1-10, how confident are you going into this year’s competition?

ARMBRUST: Confidence is better than last year. It can vary from day to day, so between 7-9.

FLEX: Who will be in the first callout?

ARMBRUST: First call out is completely up to the judges. It can go so many different ways with this line up.

FLEX: If you could issue a warning to your fellow competitors, what would it be?

ARMBRUST: Nothing they don’t already know: be as ready as possible 'cause this is the best line up in years.

FLEX: This year at the Olympia, I want to be compared to...

ARMBRUST: The woman in the first call out.

FLEX: When the final placing is announced, where will you be and why?

ARMBRUST: I don’t want to jinx myself with a prediction on placing.

CLICK HERE FOR IRIS KYLE
CLICK HERE FOR DEBI LASZEWSKI

Kyle, Laszewski and Armbrust speak out

By Zack Zeigler

September 25, 2009

FLEXONLINE.COM

Defending her title this year as Ms O won’t be easy for Iris Kyle. The four-time winner and reigning champ faces fierce competition in a pool of contenders that’s deeper than ever before, adding even more excitement to what’s already being billed as the greatest Olympia in the event’s illustrious history.

WHAT: Ms Olympia
WHERE: Las Vegas, Nevada
WHEN: Friday, September 25
PREJUDGING: 11 a.m. PST, Las Vegas Convention Center, South Hall
FINALS: 7:00 p.m. PST, Orleans Arena
FOR MORE INFO: CLICK HERE

Kyle, the runaway favorite, will have her work cut out for her as she faces former champ Yaxeni Oriquen-Garcia, who beat Kyle in 2005, last year's runner-up Betty Viana-Adkins and a field of cotenders determined to keep Kyle from leaving Las Vegas with her fifth championship.

We caught up with Kyle and challengers Debi Laszewski and Heather Armbrust - who placed second and fourth, respectively, earlier this year at the Ms. International - to get their take on this year's big O.

DEBI LASZEWSKI
Age 40
Height 5'3"
Weight 143 pounds
Country of Birth United States
Current Residence Jupiter, Florida
Olympia History Rookie

FLEX: On a scale of 1-10, how confident are you going into this year’s competition?

LASZEWSKI: I am very confident in this year’s competition; I would rate it a 10.

FLEX: Who will be in the first callout?

LASZEWSKI: I believe, myself, Iris, Lisa Aukland, Yaxeni, Heather Armbrust

FLEX: If you could issue a warning to your fellow competitors, what would it be?

LASZEWSKI: All I can say is that I have been training for this since the Arnold and have made many gains.

FLEX: This year at the Olympia, I want to be compared to...

LASZEWSKI: My last competition and beat that preparation.

FLEX: When the final placing is announced, where will you be and why?

LASZEWSKI: I feel I will be in the top three, and hopefully first. If so, I will have earned it through my sacrifice and hard work this year.

CLICK HERE FOR IRIS KYLE
CLICK HERE FOR HEATHER ARMBRUST

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