The Ruthless Report: Sonia’s Surge and Unintended Consequences and More
Time-warp note: Speaking of how our lives travel at the speed of sound,after I turned in this column and before it was posted, the IFBB Pro League took steps to correct the situation discussed in the first item—much more quickly than my source had indicated. So, in case you’re wondering why the Pro League and Olympia promoters just added a points system to their recent rule change for Olympia qualifications…

Sonia’s Surge and Unintended Consequences
Sonia Gonzales might not have signed up to do the MuscleContest Pro Bikini on March 10 if she’d known she was going to win the Bikini International the week before. Having dropped to fifth at the Olympia last fall—and not qualified for 2012 due to the new rules—she sensibly booked some insurance in case she didn’t make top three at the earlier show. The result in Torrance, California, at the MuscleContest was no surprise to anyone: Sonia looked just fine and nailed an easy win. Also no surprise: no one new earned an Olympia invite there.