Evolution of Bodybuilding

Kike Elomaa


Kike Elomaa was born: July 25, 1956 Kike Elomaa 1

The significance of Kike Elomaa’s impact on the sport of women’s bodybuilding came by way of a relatively short but critically important career that not only elevated the sport’s popularity in her Finnish homeland, but helped introduce the fledgling activity to the entire European continent.

Stringing together a quartet of contest victories in 1981 that culminated in a win at the IFBB Ms. Olympia, Elomaa accomplished a grand slam of sorts by also winning the Finnish, European and World Games championships, which brought her immediate worldwide recognition.

During her unprecedented sweep, Elomaa defeated the likes of Carla Dunlap at the World Games and Rachel McLish at the IFBB Ms. Olympia. Until 2000, Elomaa was the only non-American to win the coveted IFBB Ms. Olympia title. Following her wildly successful contest campaign in 1981, 5’5” 117-pound Elomaa competed only three more times, placing third at the 1982 IFBB Ms. Olympia and second at the 1983 IFBB Pro Worlds, ending her career stage efforts with a fifth-place finish at the 1983 IFBB Ms. Olympia.

Far more significant than her contest placements were Elomaa’s radiant elegance and unmistakable European class and charm that ignited such notable interest in women’s bodybuilding. Elomaa’s successes in life continued after her competitive bodybuilding days, as she enjoyed a popular singing career in her homeland.

At one point, she was chosen as Finland’s most popular female. A recent recipient of the IFBB’s President’s Gold Medal for her work in supporting the sport of bodybuilding, Elomaa has also lent her name to the successful Kike Elomaa Fitness Championships held annually in Finland.
On 17 April 2011, Elomaa was elected to the Finnish parliament for 2011–2015, representing the True Finns.

Bodybuilding titlesKike Elomaa 2

1981 Finnish Championships – 1st
1981 European Championships – 1st
1981 World Games – 1st
1981 IFBB Ms. Olympia – 1st
1982 IFBB Ms. Olympia – 3rd
1983 Pro World Championship – 2nd
1983 IFBB Ms. Olympia – 5th

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