IFBB Profile: Dayana Cadeau – Flex ‘n’ Femme

IFBB Profile: Dayana Cadeau – Flex ‘n’ Femme – female bodybuilder

Steve Wennerstrom

In a competitive career that has spanned 11 years, Canadian Dayana Cadeau has spent much of that time shadowing a host of other competitors — all the while continuing to improve on what has now become one of bodybuilding’s elite physiques.

As a pro since 1997, she has seen her placings go from the forgettable (14th at the 1998 Ms. Olympia) to the impressive (winning the lightweight class at the 2001 Ms. International). She hasn’t finished below third at any pro event she’s entered since mid-2000. In other words, she has arrived as one of the pro division’s prominent stars.

Two reasons stand out to explain Cadeau’s rise to her current level. First, she has greatly matured as an overall competitor — both physically and mentally. second, she has taken her contest preparation more seriously – a point that relates directly to her maturation. The rest is left to a gifted physique that features muscle shapes only the strongest of genetics and years of training can provide.

In her prime now as a pro lightweight (under 135 pounds), Cadeau competed as a heavyweight through her six years as an amateur. Her only major amateur victory turned out to be the one that counted most — the 1997 Canada Cup — a win that qualified her to turn pro.

Cadeau now hopes that impeccable timing will carry over to her pro efforts and a higher placing at the Ms. Olympia in 2002.


1992 Quebec Metropolitan Heavyweight and overall winner

1993 Quebec Provincial Heavyweight and overall winner

1994 Canadian Championship Heavyweight, 3rd

1995 Canada Cup Heavyweight, 4th

1996 Canadian Championships Heavyweight, 2nd

1996 IFBB North America Heavyweight, 2nd

1997 Canada Cup Heavyweight and overall winner

1997 Jan Tana Pro Classic 11th

1998 Jan Tana Pro Classic 3rd

1998 Ms. Olympia 14th

1999 IFBB Ms. International 11th

1999 Women’s Pro Extravaganza 9th

2000 IFBB Ms. International Heavyweight, 7th

2000 Jan Tana Pro Classic Lightweight, 3rd

2001 IFBB Ms. International Lightweight winner

2001 Ms. Olympia Lightweight, 3rd

2002 IFBB Ms. International Lightweight, 2nd

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