2023 Tri-City Classic Bodybuilding Show Preview

The Men’s Physique and Figure divisions headline this event in Columbus, GA.

Three IFBB Pro League shows are taking place on Saturday, April 1, 2023. One of those is the 2023 Tri-City Classic at the Columbus Convention and Trade Center in Columbus, GA. Men’s Physique and Figure division competitors will face the judges and fans hoping to qualify for the 2023 Olympia Weekend, taking place on Nov. 2-5 in Orlando, FL.

In the Men’s Physique contest, seven competitors will compete. Two were in the top 15 at the 2022 Men’s Physique Olympia competition.

2023 Tri-City Classic Bodybuilding Show Roster

Below are the full rosters for both divisions, each in alphabetical order:

Men’s Physique

  • Carlos DeOliveira
  • Chance Harper
  • Emanuel Hunter
  • Melvin Keihn
  • Zach Lape
  • Kenny Privet
  • Ricky Armon Wilson

Whoever claims victory in this contest will qualify for the 2023 Men’s Physique Olympia to challenge Banks for the Olympia throne.

Figure Division

Fourteen athletes will face the judges in the Figure division at this contest. All of them are Americans, and none of them were in the 2022 Figure Olympia.

  • Chelsea Allegro
  • Candace Blau
  • Gabriela Consolomagno
  • Linda Crossley
  • Sh’Nere Mattise Deas
  • Stacie Gladwell
  • Mandy Harbin
  • Barbi Harris
  • Donya (Dee) Jackson
  • Angie LeMay
  • Shana Malcolm
  • Kiira Poux
  • Deshane Price
  • Mariana Staccioli

Whoever wins this contest will score their first pro show win and their first Olympia qualification to challenge six-time Figure Olympia champion Cydney Gillon for the crown.


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Who to Watch in Men’s Physique

Emanuel Hunter

Emanuel Hunter was 12th at the 2022 Olympia. He scored his first pro win in 2022 at the Fitworld Pro. He recently competed at the 2023 Arnold Classic Men’s Physique contest in Columbus, OH, finishing as the runner-up to Banks. This is the second competition of his sixth professional season.

Carlos DeOliveira

Brazilian competitor Carlos DeOliveira is coming off a fifth-place finish in the Arnold Classic Men’s Physique show. He’s hoping a different show in a different Columbus will yield a better result. DeOliveira was 15th in the 2022 Olympia and has four pro victories to his credit. His most recent win was the 2021 Monterrey Pro.

Kenny Privet

Privet is starting his second season as a pro with this show, but he’s been in the mix at several contests previously. He placed in the top eight of all four shows he competed in during the 2022 season. His best finish was sixth at the Sheru Classic Italian Pro. Don’t be surprised to see him reach the first callout.

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