Friday, April 10, 2015

Emerald Cup 2015

Once again, it's Emerald Cup time. Mark your calendars for the May 8/9 weekend. If you're anywhere in the Pacific NorthWest, whether the Canuck side of the 49th parallel or the US side, this is a "must see" event.

The event, spanning a full two days, includes an expo; standout guest performers; a powerlifting component; and the main event featuring every class of muscle on the books, from bikini to bodybuilding to fitness. For more information on this show and other Craig Production events, visit CraigProductions.com and find them on Facebook at facebook.com/EmeraldCup.

We'll be covering the show and looking for interesting competitors and "faces in the crowd" to feature as before. Click Athletic Women Magazine to see coverage from Emerald Cup 2014.

Below is a reprint of last year's coverage from our Athletic Women Magazine online publication.

Emerald Cup 2014

In 1982, Dallas and M*A*S*H ruled the TV universe. Arnold Schwarzenegger, not far removed from winning Mr. Olympia, hit the movie screens as Conan The Barbarian; fame as The Terminator had yet to begin.

In sports, a young, skinny kid named Wayne Gretzky - "The Great One" - had just started his assault on the NHL record book; an aging Reggie Jackson - "Mr. October" - was winding down his baseball career.

Email and cell phones were not part of the lexicon of the day. Tweet was something a bird did. Selfie was probably something you did when no one was looking.

And the Emerald Cup was in its infancy.

Fast forward to today and promoters Brad and Elaine Craig have built The Emerald Cup into one of the premier physique events in North America. The event runs for a jam-packed two days, including pro and amateur divisions, powerlifting and an expo. Home base is the Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue, WA.

As a testament to the longevity of the Emerald Cup, consider that many of those on stage for the 2014 version were not even born when the show debuted in the early 80's.

Rather than do a blow-by-blow review of the entire show, we decided to focus on some of the individuals competitors who graced the Emerald Cup 2014 stage combined with some faces in the crowd at the Expo.