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6/25/2013 11:45:00 AM
Olsen all set to compete in Chicago
Olsen poses during last year’s Night of Champions in Spokane. Photo by Mark Mason -
Olsen poses during last year’s Night of Champions in Spokane. Photo by Mark Mason -
Erik Pague

Meghan Olsen, 21, a realtor with Sun Basin Properties, will finally get to put months of dedication and hard work to the test this weekend when she competes in the National Physique Committee's Junior Nationals Bodybuilding Championships in Chicago. This will be her third show overall and earned this trip to the championship by placing third at a show last July in Auburn.
She had only trained for two months for the show and said this was more of just a practice run to see where she was at relative to the competition. Olsen had no idea she would find so much success.
"I just wanted to go and get my feet wet," Olsen said. "I ended up placing third ... to go to nationals. That was a relief because I wasn't expecting it, but it happened. It was awesome to get there with just a practice run."
She went on to place second in the Night of Champions the following September in Spokane and realized she was quickly gaining momentum in her sport.
"I went in and we reevaluated what I needed to work on for going to a national show because the girls are top level," Olsen said. "People who do local shows are all really great, but if you want to take that next step, you definitely have to up your training."
With that motivation pushing her, Olsen trained hard all through the winter and this spring while receiving guidance and direction from long time bodybuilder Todd Scott since May 2012. With his help, Olsen has been strictly dieting, working out almost every day and staying focused to reach her goal of earning a Pro Card from the International Federation of BodyBuilders.
"You have to win your class in order to get your pro card, so that's what I'm struggling for," Olsen said.
Part of her journey has involved a 16-week diet that requires her to eat six times a day. She said there's a lot of sacrifice and discipline required to keep up with it with work responsibilities and unfortunately, it tends to cut into her social life.
"I just really want to succeed and that's motivation," Olsen said. "It has to come from yourself ... the diet does get hard and some days you're just like 'man, I'd kill for a piece of pizza.'"
To keep her eye on the prize, Olsen watches videos of pros and reads articles about their pursuit of becoming recognized as a professional.
In her last few weeks of preparations before the show, she said Scott and her change a few things about her diet plan, work on poses and basically puts on the finishing touches to the months of training. Olsen said a lot of these changes have to come at the last second since people's bodies react differently at every competition.
"It's different every show and I just listen to what Scott tells me to do," she said. "He's very knowledgeable ... and we just have to play it by ear."
Once it's show time, Olsen said she uses her background as an athlete at Othello High School to keep her head on straight.
"You have to be kind of like in a golfer's mentality," she said. "You don't want to worry about anybody else or what they're doing because it can screw you up."
With support from her family and boyfriend Jacob Johnston, she hopes to find even more success after this show. Once the curtains close, she's hoping to reward herself with a Reese's Peanut Butter Cup - something that unlike most of us, she hasn't eaten in almost a year. But until then, she plans on staying focused on getting that pro card.

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