Valentina Chepiga

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Valentina Chepiga
— Bodybuilder —
Personal info
Born (1962-04-27) April 27, 1962 (age 60)
Kharkiv, Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic
Height 5 ft 5 in (1.65 m)
Weight (In Season): 126–128 lb (57–58 kg)
(Off-Season): 135–143 lb (61–65 kg)
Professional career
Pro-debut IFBB Ms. Olympia, 1998
Best win IFBB Ms. Olympia Champion (Heavyweight), 2000
Predecessor None
Successor Iris Kyle
Active Since 1993

Valentina Chepiga (Ukrainian: Валентина Чепіга; born April 27, 1962) is a professional female bodybuilder.


Valentina graduated from the College of Engineering and Building with a degree in Gas Heating, Ventilation and Air-Conditioning. Between 1979 and 1992 she worked first as a technician, and then was promoted to engineer.

Bodybuilding career


Valentina began bodybuilding in 1988, and in 1992 she changed careers and became a personal trainer. Valentina won the European and World Amateur title in 1997 and won her IFBB pro card.


She then made her professional debut at the 1998 Ms. Olympia contest, finishing in 12th place. Her greatest success as a professional has been winning the heavyweight class at the 2000 Ms. Olympia. No overall winner was named for that show, so she was essentially co-Ms. Olympia with lightweight class winner Andrulla Blanchette. In 2002 she took part in Ms. International, where she won the lightweight class. After a three year break from competition, Chepiga returned to the stage at the 2007 Ms. Olympia, placing eleventh.


Currently, she is the most successful Ukrainian bodybuilder in the world, by being the only Ukrainian to win the Ms. Olympia. From October 22, 2000 to October 26, 2001 she ranked 1st on the IFBB Women's Bodybuilding Professional Ranking List.[1][2]

Contest history

Personal life

She moved to Kiev, Ukraine in 1993, and then to the United States in 1999, settling in Seattle, Washington. Valentina now lives in Anchorage, Alaska, where she is engaged to Timothy Kirby.[3]


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Ms. Olympia
New title Heavyweight Champion
Succeeded by
Iris Kyle
Ms. International
Preceded by:
Dayana Cadeau
First (2002) Succeeded by:
Cathy LeFrançois