Lauralie Chapados has won the Women’s Bikini International division at the 2023 Arnold Classic, which took place Mar. 4 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center in Columbus, Ohio. She managed to beat Maureen Blanquisco, who placed runner-up ahead of Jennifer Dorie in third.
The Women’s Bikini is one of the most popular divisions in the sport. Athletes work on presenting a small and tight midsection with strong round glutes. They focus on building the best blend of muscularity, shape, condition, and balance. It often features impeccable posing routines and on-stage presentations beyond the physique element.
This edition featured one of the most competitive lineups in the history of the show as four former Arnold Classic queens and three former Bikini Olympia winners took to the stage to battle it out for the top prize. Defending champion Lauralie Chapados was back in hopes of a successful title defense. While she brought a stellar package, there were three names in the lineup who defeated her at the latest Olympia.
Maureen Blanquisco went into the show after coming out on top of the 2022 Bikini Olympia last December. Having won the most prestigious show, Blanquisco believed the Arnold Classic title was hers for the taking. She posed a tough challenge with her remarkable confidence and symmetry. Legendary Bikini competitor Ashley Kaltwasser continued her impressive run on stage. The three-time Olympia winner was also joined by fellow Olympia winner Jennifer Dorie. Both Kaltwasser and Dorie had placed ahead of Chapados in Las Vegas three months ago.
When it was time for action, four athletes found themselves in the mix of title contention after the prejudging callouts for the star-studded division. Chapados led the race along with Blanquisco, Dorie, and the ever-consistent Kaltwasser.
Lauralie Chapados emerged as the champion of the Women’s Bikini Arnold Classic. Her impeccable aesthetic look proved to be too much for any other participant to challenge.
2023 Arnold Classic Bikini Results:
- Winner — Lauralie Chapados ($10,000)
- Second Place — Maureen Blanquisco ($6,000)
- Third Place — Jennifer Dorie ($4,000)
- Fourth Place — Ashley Kaltwasser ($3,000)
- Fifth Place — Romina Basualdo ($1,500)
- Sixth Place — Ivanna Escandar ($1,500)
- Seventh Place — Eli Fernandez
- Eight Place — Ukachi Onyejiaka
- Ninth Place — Alessia Fachin
Past Bikini International Winners
- 2022: Lauralie Chapados
- 2021: Jennifer Dorie
- 2020: Elisa Pecini
- 2019: Janet Layug
- 2018: Angelica Teixeira
- 2017: Angelica Teixeira
- 2016: India Paulino
- 2015: Ashley Kaltwasser
- 2014: Ashley Kaltwasser
- 2013: India Paulino
- 2012: Sonia Gonzalez
- 2011: Nicole Nagrani