Dana Linn Bailey will be at the Olympia this year, but she won’t be competing. I’m sure it was a decision that surprised many, considering her reputation as a competitor. Happily, she made a video (below) explaining her reasons for not stepping onstage at the O. Whether or not you’re a fan of DLB, if you participate in physique competitions at any level, I encourage you to watch the video.
I’ve always respected Dana Linn Bailey as a competitor and an athlete. This video resonated with me because I know, on a MUCH, MUCH smaller scale, what she’s talking about. Contest prep is journey that gives you a lot of things, but it’s demanding on a level that you can’t understand unless you’ve gone through it. It absorbs and influences every aspect of your life. It calls for sacrifice on a daily basis, and not just from you, but from your friends and family.
I’m excited for what Dana Linn’s career will hold. I love to see her devotion and dedication to the sport, but I love this evidence of personal evolution even more. I can’t wait to see how things unfold for her.