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Emerald Cup 2018 – Claudia Diaz

Claudia Diaz – Overall Physique Champion

Claudia Diaz cleaned house at Emerald Cup 2018. Along with her sword for Overall Physique Champion, she walked away with first in Women’s Physique A and first in Women’s Physique 35+. To top that off, she grabbed a very unique prize awarded for the first time.

Courtesy of promoter Michelle Krack, she won a weekend in Vancouver with hotel and entry fees covered to compete in the 2018 Vancouver Pro/Am & Expo event taking place in Vancouver, BC over the weekend of July 6 and July 7. This show gives Claudia the opportunity to compete for her pro card in women’s physique.

A pretty fair haul for a weekend’s work at Emerald Cup 2018.

Claudia Diaz, Emerald Cup 2018 Overall Physique Champ biceps flex

Claudia Diaz, Emerald Cup 2018 Overall Physique Champ

Biggest obstacle on the road to the Emerald Cup stage and how you conquered it?

I think my biggest obstacle not only on the road for Emerald Cup, but just in the sport, has been not being able to do family things such as going out to dinner for either birthdays, anniversaries or any other special occasions. There have been so many holidays, banquets and family gatherings in the past three years that I have stayed home either because I’m in deep prep mode or had to carry my own food an eat out of a plastic container as everyone else enjoys delicious meals.

Going on vacations have been put on hold because of my goal to become an IFBB Pro. I have to stay on track with meals and training that it scares me to go anywhere and think I might be limited or not in my daily routine. My family has had to also sacrifice a lot in order to support my passion for this sport.

As a mother of two young adults that are still at home and a wife, they would like to have more “fun family time” and I can be so limited, beside the point that I’m very strict on myself and until I obtain that “pro card” I won’t lose any focus. It’s very hard to have a “social life” and most people don’t and will never understand the sport. I’m blessed that my immediate family support me 100% and want to see me succeed.

Emerald Cup highlight moment?

Most definitely when I won the overall and received my sword. I would tell people back at home that I was going to Washington to pick up my overall sword, so it was very nice to see it happen.

Claudia Diaz Facts & Figures

Age: 38

Height: 5-1

Competition weight: 118 pounds

Off-season weight: 138 pounds

Number of years competing: Three years

Occupation: Business owner. I own a coffee shop in my town that has been in business for over 23 years.

Claudia onstage Emerald Cup 2018

Claudia on Instagram 

Go here to read about Figure G Champion Amanda Caresse and her Emerald Cup weekend.

Claudia Diaz showing off her winning form with some biceps flexing

Claudia Diaz showing off her winning form

The Emerald Cup

The 2018 Emerald Cup marked the 36th edition of this venerable show. Produced by the husband and wife team of Brad and Elaine Craig and the rest of the Craig Productions crew, the show features a full slate of muscle and fitness spread over Friday and Saturday.

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Emerald Cup 2018 – Amanda Caresse

Amanda Caresse – Figure G Champion 

Biggest obstacle on the road to the Emerald Cup stage and how you conquered it?

The biggest obstacle I faced and endured was self-doubt. You want to believe you have what it takes. You want to believe you can win first place; but personally wanting to stay humble with myself, I was trying to find that balance of, “I have what it takes and I WILL WIN,” and “If I don’t make it, it wasn’t meant to be, I will be okay.”

I learned along the way that it’s okay to think highly of yourself! It is okay to tell yourself you are the best and you will win this. I believe that is the only way you can achieve what you want: to SPEAK IT TO LIFE.

Throughout this show and process I learned there is POWER in my words and there is POWER with the thoughts I choose to let obsess my mind. You either believe in yourself or you don’t. If you can be honest enough with yourself and confront those thoughts and feelings, you will see what you truly believe, and then you go from there. I believed I could. I told myself I could. I spoke OUT LOUD the things I WILL accomplish… and I did.

The law of attraction is powerful. Just make sure you are attracting the right thoughts.

Amanda Caresse Emerald Cup Figure G Champ in Posing Outfit

Amanda Caresse Emerald Cup Figure G Champ

Emerald Cup highlight moment?

Being on stage with some of the best amateur athletes in the Pacific Northwest. Of course, the placing was amazing and such a humbling moment, but the fire I felt being on stage is something I still can not explain.

Not to get too spiritual, but the best description I have tried to put into words was that the heat from the stage lights and the fire inside of me kind of meshed into one, like I BELONG there.

I had no nerves. I felt completely calm. I had a job to do and I knew how to do it, so I felt very confident. I lived this moment in my head over and over. I would see it as I woke up and see it as I went to sleep. Visioning how I wanted to FEEL at check-ins, around other competitors, from backstage, to pumping up, to lining up before stepping on stage and being on stage going through my quarter turns. I LIVED it in my mind over and over.

For new competitors, I strongly recommend this. It made all the difference to my stage presence because I felt ready.

Speaking of my stage presence, I OWE it all to the guidance of IFBB Pro Vanessa Naesheim who was the Emerald Cup 2017 guest poser. She coached me for weeks going into this show.

Amanda Caresse Facts & Figures

Age: 23

Height: 5-8

Competition Weight: 146 lbs

Off-Season Weight: 175 lbs

Number of Years Competing: This was my very first show.

Occupation: Military – Air National Guard; Civilian – Whole Foods Market Produce Team Member

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Go here to read about physique overall winner Claudia Diaz and her Emerald Cup weekend.

The Emerald Cup

The 2018 Emerald Cup marked the 36th edition of this venerable show. Produced by the husband and wife team of Brad and Elaine Craig and the rest of the Craig Productions crew, the show features a full slate of muscle and fitness spread over Friday and Saturday.

Emerald Cup on Facebook

Emerald Cup Official Site

Emerald Cup on Instagram   

Top 5 Reasons to Attend Emerald Cup 2018

Emerald Cup 2018

This year’s edition of the Emerald Cup takes place on Friday April 27 and Saturday April 28. As is the tradition, the Meydenbauer Center serves as the venue. The show includes bodybuilding, fitness, figure, physique, bikini and classic physique.

Why should you be there?

Top 5 Reasons to Attend Emerald Cup 2018

  1. The promotion team of Brad and Elaine Craig, the best promoters in the business.
  2. Kim Kong Farrison on the mic. The best master of ceremonies in the business. Never at a loss for words, he keeps the show flowing smoothly over the entire weekend.
  3. Entertainment value. You’ll see outstanding guest posers and guest entertainers along with an impressive selection of competitors in all divisions. In particular, thanks in large part to IFBB Pro Tanji Johnson, this is one show that fields a strong fitness contingent on the stage. As a bonus, the Emerald Cup Expo, held in conjunction with the show. Always lots to see at the various booths.
  4. Location, location, location. The Meydenbauer Center makes for a great venue and the city of Bellevue serves as the perfect host city for the event.
  5. The Craig Productions staff. They’ve been doing this for years and they know how to make the weekend run like a finely tuned Swiss watch.

As in previous years, we’ll be there doing show coverage. This year, we’ll be working with bikini competitor, fitness model and Emerald Cup alumna Markie Williams.  Markie will be conducting interviews, including competitor interview and “faces in the crowd” interviews.

See Markie Williams interview from the 2017 Emerald Cup.

Visit our old blog to see Emerald Cup 2017 coverage.

Keep checking back here at our new home to see coverage, photos and video from Emerald Cup 2018.

For everything show related, visit the official Craig Productions website.

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Emerald Cup 2018 – Get Ready!

Once again, it’s that time of year when the Emerald Cup rolls around. This is a “must see” if you’re in the Pacific Northwest, whether on the Canuck side of the border or the US side of the border.

This year’s edition of the Emerald Cup takes place on Friday April 27 and Saturday April 28. As is the tradition, the Meydenbauer Center serves as the venue.

The show includes bodybuilding, fitness, figure, physique, bikini and classic physique. Along with the show, a great expo to take in both Friday and Saturday.

You can find out more about the Emerald Cup and all the other outstanding Craig Production shows at the official website http://craigproductions.com

Follow on social media:

https://www.facebook.com/craigproductionsmuscleshows

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https://www.instagram.com/craigproductions

Check our old blog to see coverage of Emerald Cup 2017.