Mary Elizabeth Lado is a figure competitor from the United States. She progress through the amateur ranks in 2003 and soon soon found herself competing in the professional figure competitions in 2004 after by winning the NPC National Figure Championships.
Mary Elizabeth Lado Biography
Mary Elizabeth Lado was born on September 16, 1978 and she is a figure competitor from the United States. Mary quickly moved up the amateur ranks in 2003 and soon became a professional figure competitor in 2004 by winning NPC National Figure Championships. Today Lado is one of the top figure competitors in the Industry, winning the Ms. Figure International on two consecutive occasions and placing in the top-five at the Ms. Figure Olympia on two different occasions.
Mary Lado was born in New Orleans, Louisiana. She was raised amid Spanish culture; her mother, Marianela, was born in Cuba and her father, Jose, in Spain. Mary has two younger brothers, Jose and Carlos and they were all raised to be active, well-mannered individuals, who go after their dreams and work hard to achieve them. Mary still lives at her home state of Louisiana near her friends in a close-knit family. At an early age her parents encouraged her to get involved in sports. Even as a child she was a naturally competitive child in different fields such as sports. In high school, she was on the volleyball, basketball, softball and track teams. This competitive fire helped her in her education; excelling in volleyball and softball, she received a full four year scholarship to attend Chipola Junior College in Marianna, Florida as a pitcher, and then to Georgia Southwestern State University to play Volleyball and Softball. There she majored in sociology, and while she treasured her education, she felt uncomfortable studying and having to do homework was not a very enjoyable activity for her during her college years.
After graduation Mary felt that she needed something to do, in order to deal with her competitive energy since school was over and she had no sports nor people to play sports with. She toyed with free weights to stay active, when she was encouraged by relatives in the gym to compete in figure competitions. In 2003, after six months of hard training, she entered her first NPC figure contest, the New Orleans Figure Championships, and won her height class. In 2004, she came in second in the NPC Junior Nationals in her height class and won the figure overall title at the Nationals, catapulting her into the pros. In 2005, Lado entered five pro figure contests, winning the Pittsburgh Pro Figure Championships and the California Pro Figure Championships. Everything was going well at the professional level for Mary, but soon she would find herself with some personal issues that began to take their toll on her competitive career. While visiting family in Spain her hometown was hit by Hurricane Katrina. Unable to community with her family members in Louisiana for more than a week after her the disaster, Mary was in a serious emotional turmoil and for sometime thought of not attending the 2005 Ms. Figure Olympia contest (her first Olympia). But she then decided to compete in the Olympia after been able to talk to her family in Louisiana.
Unable to find adeuate gyms in Spain, and only relying on Theraband excersises and outdoor cardio sessions to prepare for the Olympia contest. After returning to Louisiana, she stayed with some friends and continued her last few preparations for the contest. And while she was not in her best condition she managed to place 4th at the Sacramento Pro Figure, and 5th Figure Olympia (her last two competitions of 2005). During this time Lado asked some of the judges and professional figure competitors about what she needed to do to improve her performance on stage as well as other areas that she needed work on in order to be more competitive at the pro level. She was told that she needed more stage presence and needed to work at her conditioning as well. Mary put her new found knowledge to work and began her preparations for the 2006 Arnold Classic, where she placed 1st. Her crowning achievement to date came at this year’s Arnold Fitness Weekend, she became the only athlete besides Jenny Lynn to hold the Figure International title, in total Mary has won the title twice.
2003 NPC New Orleans Championships – 1st (Tall)
2003 NPC Louisiana State Figure Championships – 2nd (Tall)
2003 NPC New Orleans Figure Championships – 1st (Tall)
2003 NPC Greater Gulf States Figure Championships – 1st
2004 NPC Junior National Figure Championships – 2nd (Class D)
2004 NPC National Figure Championships – 1st (Tall)
2005 IFBB Figure International – 3rd
2005 IFBB Pittsburgh Pro Figure – 1st (Tall)
2005 IFBB Californaia Pro Figure – 1st (Tall)
2005 IFBB Sacramento Pro Figure – 4th
2005 IFBB Figure Olympia – 5th
2006 IFBB Figure International – 1st
2006 IFBB Figure Olympia – 5th
2007 IFBB Figure International – 1st
2007 IFBB Figure Olympia – 10th
2008 IFBB Jacksonville Pro-Figure – 1st