Why Dana Linn Bailey Is Not Competing at the Olympia This Year

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.

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