Name: Rachel McLish
Ms Olympia 1980, 1982
Name on the birth record: Raquel Livia Elizondo
Born: June 21, 1955, Harlingen, Texas
McLish is a true queen of women's bodybuilding, the lady who literally
put the sport on the map. Rachel defined bodybuilding,
but she was bigger than the whole sport. She pushed the envelope as to
what constituted the ultimate expression of beauty. It was Rachel's exquisite
example that allowed the culture to move beyond the vulnerability of Marilyn
Monroe and toward the kick-ass era of Lucy Lawless. "Empowerment" was only
a word until Rachel McLish put the soul into it. Beauty and sensuality
count for a lot, but Rachel's life also touches the heart in unexpected
and deep ways. An architect of the future, she is also very much part of
a better day the like of which we'll not see again.
Tenacity, discipline, commitment,
dignity and integrity have made Rachel McLish an
icon for female athletes of all types, not just bodybuilders.
She married John P. McLish on Feb. 3 1979. Rachel was 23 and
John was 26 on their wedding date.
Married now to film producer Ron Samuels. They raise Doberman dogs. They have a doberman named Princess Olympia the First. Also had two Arabian horses.
Flex Appeal DVD
"Muscle & Curves"
has been in a few movies, includes:
Iron 2: The Women, Aces: Iron Eagle III, Ravenhawk
a bodybuilding competitive career that lasted only four years, Rachel won
the inaugural United States Bodybuilding Championships, and the first ever
Ms. Olympia. She was in the movie 'Pumping Iron II'. In January 1999, Rachel
was inducted into the Joe Weider's Bodybuilding Hall of Fame.
1984 Ms. Olympia - 2nd
1983 World Cup Caesars - 3rd
1982 Ms. Olympia - 1st
1982 Pro World - 1st
1981 Ms. Olympia - 2nd
1980 Ms. Olympia - 1st
1980 Frank Zane Invitational - 2nd
1980 United States Bodybuilding
Championships - 1st
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