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Vickie vs. Valentina – Vickie Gates and Valentina Chepiga, bodybuilders compete for the Ms. International title

Vickie vs. Valentina – Vickie Gates and Valentina Chepiga, bodybuilders compete for the Ms. International title – Interview

Jim Rosenthal

VICKIE GATES and VALENTINA CHEPIGA are gearing up for a head-to-head showdown at the Ms. International on February 22 at the Arnold Fitness Weekend. Gates, the defending overall champion, is pleased as punch with the new, improved and sexier version of her 2001 physique that was good enough to win the Ms. International title but not quite good enough to get it done at the 2001 Ms. O in Vegas.

“I’ve looked at the photos from the recently completed Ms. O and I thought I looked really good — I’m baffled that the judges placed IRIS KYLE ahead of me in the heavyweight class,” said Gates. “My physique is more in line with the shapelier-is-better message that the new Ms. Olympia JULIETTE BERGMANN sent to the fans of women’s bodybuilding -and I don’t understand why Iris beat me, but I plan on giving Valentina, Iris and the rest of these women a run for their money.”

Chepiga, the sultry and sexy 2000 Ms. Olympia heavyweight champ who dropped to fourth place in that bracket at the 2001 contest, plans a harder-is-better comeback to top status at the Ms. International. “I’m getting much leaner and tighter for this contest, but I don’t plan to turn my back on the sexy allure that put me on the map,” said Chepiga. “If I have to compete at a lighter bodyweight and drop down a class to win, then that is what I will do.”

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