In just days, the greatest Women’s Bodybuilding competitors on the planet will collide in Orlando, Florida. This article breaks down and analyzes the top six contenders heading to 2023 Ms. Olympia.
Debuting back in 1980, the Ms. Olympia Bodybuilding contest quickly became one of the most talked-about attractions of the IFBB Pro League calendar. However, in 2014, the fanfare surrounding Women’s Bodybuilding was in question, which prompted the discontinuation of the contest at Olympia.
In 2020, that all changed when Rising Phoenix promoter Jake Wood assumed control of the Mr. Olympia brand and brought back the prestigious show for Women’s Bodybuilders. For the last three years, Andrea Shaw has ruled atop the division with top-tier conditioning and shape. With other standouts looming as credible threats, this year’s event isn’t one to miss.
2023 Ms. Olympia Prediction Criteria
Assessing Competitors Based on Competition Track Record
We gauge the capabilities of bodybuilders participating in the Olympia by meticulously analyzing their recent competition history, their on-stage presence, and their physical condition.
Keeping an Eye on Social Media and Training Progress
We keep a close watch on social media platforms to gain insights into the athletes’ training progress and their physical condition as they prepare for the Olympia.
Considering External Factors and Influences
Aside from that, we consider any external factors that might influence an athlete’s performance at the Olympia, including injuries, personal challenges, or health issues.
Evaluating Previous Year’s Olympia Performance
While past performance can’t guarantee success, we use an athlete’s previous Olympia results as a reference to assess their newfound potential and compare them to their competitors.
2023 Ms. Olympia Predictions — Top 6
6. Theresa Ivancik
Boasting one of the most defined V-tapers in her category, Theresa Ivancik will be in attendance eager to assert herself among the first call-out. Her capped shoulders and tight waist are some of her strongest weapons, which she’s used effectively over her latest season. Ivancik claimed third recently at the 2023 Tampa Pro and it was evident she came armed with improvements.
The Women’s Bodybuilding standout took to the 2022 Olympia stage last year where she finished seventh place. Given her consistency and shredded physique updates, we see her improving on the big stage this year.
5. Mayla Ash
Mayla Ash is back in action and ready to make a statement in Florida. She’s built considerable momentum over the past couple months. Ash took first at the 2023 Lenda Murray’s Atlanta Pro before finishing fourth at September’s Rising Phoenix event.
With muscular legs and a deeply separated midsection, Ash is a dangerous foe. While she took 11th on the Ms. Olympia stage in 2022, we see her making a significant jump in the ranks, thanks to her consistency, progress, and physique updates.
4. Michaela Aycock
Aycock will aim to lock herself into the first call-out at 2023 Olympia with her signature condition, shredded hamstrings, and stage presence. Having also maintained an active 2023 schedule, Aycock recently won the Tampa Pro in her division and took third at the Rising Phoenix Arizona Pro, the second most prestigious Women’s Bodybuilding event of the year.
Given her improvements from show to show, we anticipate Aycock improving from her sixth-place Olympia showing last year. As long as her conditioning is on point, we see her shaking up the lineup when all is said and done.
3. Helle Trevino
Winning the Rising Phoenix title on multiple occasions (2017,2019) and placing second on the Ms. Olympia stage, Helle Trevino is a proven contender among the very best in the Women’s Bodybuilding category. Her balanced package complete with feathered quads and a ripped back has always made her a leader among competitors.
Despite suffering a tendon tear that required surgery last year, Trevino still ended up competing at the Ms. Olympia competition. In the face of adversity, she inspired her fans with a third-place finish. Given her perseverance, we see her holding on to that position.
2. Angela Yeo
As one of the fiercest contenders in the Women’s Bodybuilding division, Angela Yeo only seems to improve her conditioning and detail from show to show. In her last outing, fans were blown away by the package she brought to the 2023 Rising Phoenix Pro, where she pushed the reigning and defending three-time Ms. Olympia Andrea Shaw in an epic performance.
Yeo was also at last year’s Olympia showdown and took second to Shaw after an exciting battle. Given her history of success and consistency as of late, we believe Yeo will again establish herself as a top-two contender at Ms. Olympia.
1. Andrea Shaw
It wouldn’t be a Women’s Bodybuilding slugfest without the reigning and defending three-time champ Andrea Shaw. Sporting a tight waist, balanced musculature, and deep striations, Shaw has dominated while sitting atop the throne.
She doesn’t mind testing herself outside of these title defenses either. The Ms. Olympia queen recently took to her second home, the 2023 Rising Phoenix Pro, where she battled Yeo en route to collecting another title.
Last year, Shaw cemented herself as a three-time Ms. Olympia. Her devotion to training, nutrition, and the sport of bodybuilding has turned her into a star. We believe those attributes guide her to a fourth straight Ms. Olympia title on Friday, November 3.
Honorable Mention: Chelsea Dion (5th at 2023 Rising Phoenix Pro, 9th 2022 Ms. Olympia)
2023 Ms. Olympia Competitors List
- Andrea Shaw (USA)
- Angela Yeo (USA)
- Helle Trevino (USA)
- Sherry Priami (USA)
- Natalia Kovaleva (USA)
- Julia Whitesel (USA)
- Alcione Barreto (Brazil)
- MayLa Ash (USA)
- Kristina Mendoza (USA)
- Michaela Aycock (USA)
- Reshanna Boswell (USA)
- Chelsea Dion (USA)
2023 Ms. Olympia Schedule
Friday | 11/3/2023
- Ms. Olympia Prejudging | 9:30 am
Friday | 11/3/2023
- Ms. Olympia Finals | 6:00 pm
A List of Former Ms. Olympia Champions
|Rachel McLish||1980, 1982||2|
|Corinna Everson||1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, and 1989||6|
|Lenda Murray||1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 2002, and 2003||8|
|Kim Chizevsky-Nicholls||1996, 1997, 1998, and 1999||4|
|Iris Kyle||2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014||10|
|Andrea Shaw||2020, 2021, 2022||3|
For more information on past Ms. Olympia winners, a comprehensive breakdown of the division’s history can be found below:
We are excited to welcome the sport’s most important event of the year. Fans are counting down until November 2-5, when the world’s greatest Women’s Bodybuilding competitors clash for the ultimate prize!