Monday, June 25, 2007

Carla Dunlap - Female Bodybuilder

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Carla Dunlap is a professional female bodybuilder from the United States.

Carla was born in Newark, New Jersey on October 22, 1954. She started competing in sports with gymnastics at age 10. She later competed in swimming, both speed and synchronized. Carla attended the Newark School of Fine and Industrial Arts on a full scholarship, earning a degree in Advertising Design. She won the gold medal in synchronized swimming in the 1977 Junior National Team Championships, and a bronze medal at the inaugural National Sports Festival in 1978.

In 1979, Carla decided to enter the "Best in the World" bodybuilding contest at the suggestion of Steve Wennerstrom. She had never trained for bodybuilding, but still placed fifth among 45 entrants. She started training seriously for bodybuilding the following March, and was soon competing successfully in top level amateur contests. She won the NPC Nationals in 1981 and 1982. Her most successful year of competition was 1983 when she won three pro shows, including the Ms. Olympia contest (she had lost the Ms. Olympia to Rachel McLish by two points in 1982). In addition to her individual accomplishments, Carla won the World Professional Mixed Pairs title in 1984 and 1988 with Tony Pearson. Carla is the only female bodybuilder to have competed in the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s. In January, 1999, Carla was inducted into the IFBB Hall of Fame.

Away from the contest stage, Carla appeared in the bodybuilding documentaries Women Of Iron (1984, with fellow competitor Deborah Diana) and Pumping Iron II: The Women (1985). She was selected by ABC to represent women's bodybuilding in the women's Superstars competition in 1984, where she finished seventh in a field of eleven competitors. Carla was a regular on ESPN's BodyShaping series from 1990 to 1995. She has also appeared as a color commentator on bodybuilding and fitness telecasts for NBC, USA, and ESPN. Carla is married (Kaan), and currently runs a private personal training business called Flexfit.

1979 IFBB Best In The World - 5th
1980 AAU Ms. America #1 - 1st
1980 Eastern Cup - 1st
1980 Ms. Atlantic Shore - 2nd
1980 Bodybuilding Expo I - 1st
1980 NPC USA Championship - 9th
1980 NPC Nationals - 3rd
1981 World Games I - 4th (HW)
1981 NPC USA Championship - 2nd (HW)
1981 NPC Nationals - 1st (HW and Overall)
1981 Pro World Championship - 4th
1982 Superbowl of Bodybuilding I - 1st
1982 Night of Champions - 1st
1982 AFWB American Championships - 1st (HW and Overall)
1982 Swedish Grand Prix - 1st
1982 NPC USA Championship - 2nd (HW)
1982 NPC Nationals - 1st (HW and Overall)
1982 IFBB Ms. Olympia - 2nd
1983 Pro World Championship - 1st
1983 IFBB Ms. Olympia - 1st
1983 IFBB Caesars World Cup (Grand Prix Las Vegas) - 1st
1984 Pro World Championship - 2nd
1984 IFBB Ms. Olympia - 4th
1985 IFBB Ms. Olympia - 4th
1986 IFBB Ms. Olympia - 9th
1987 IFBB Ms. Olympia - 12th
1988 Pro World Championship - 10th
1988 IFBB Ms. Olympia - 10th
1993 Ms. International - 13th

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