Born in Beaufort, SC on Nov 21, 1976
Now reside in Columbia, SC
Height: 5' 1"
Weight: Off season 135-140 lbs, competing at
biceps: 14.5" pre-contest, 15 -15.5 off
waist: contest 24"; off season 27"
hips: 31" at contest; off season 35-36"
chest: 33" at contest; off season 35"
Bench max: 185 for reps
Curls dumbbells: 40’s for reps
Squats: 315 for reps (off season and also not
in a long time)
"Partying and dancing with friends, reading, playing with
my wonderful pet wolves (Conan and Nikkita)."
Background (degrees, schools, etc): "Graduated from
Thomas Heyward Academy in 1995, and started college at the University
of SC in the fall of that year, received a degree in criminal
justice pre-law, and then deciding not to attend law school in
order to pursue a career as a gym owner and in bodybuilding"
goals: "My future goals are to get my pro card in
bodybuilding and help the sport's image become more sensual and
feminine. I think after I achieve this goal that I will retire
from bodybuilding, maybe pursue a figure career.”
empowers/motivates you as an athlete? "My fans and
family actually motivate me to keep going. When I go and compete
at these shows I have so much fun and training is just 2nd nature
for me, along with the diet. I love the diet part, when I go off
my diet I do not feel as good and then I can not control binges
and wanting food all the time, it is easier to stay on my diet."
do you feel about the increasing trend of more and more women
lifting weights and changing traditionally male domains by breaking
"I think that we as women are starting to slowly break the
old-world mold of a male-dominated society."
peoples' reactions to her physique: "People as a
whole treat me with respect when it comes to being muscular. Although
they really have no idea how hard all the work is that goes into
the sport, they do know it is hard."
you always strong, even as a child? “I don't think
that I was a brutal child, but my sister and I were always fighting
and being tomboys. Growing up, I played sports and was always
very competitive. I think that genetics play a vital role in who
I have become and I think I have yet to achieve my full potential."
the impact lifting has had on her life: "I think
not only has lifting had an impact on my life now, but will continue
throughout my life by allowing me to live healthy. I think that
I have impacted others by helping them become healthier and feel
better about them being a personal trainer and owner of a 1 on
1 training center."
doing her part to win the battle of the sexes: "I
have never really tested my strength against another person, but
I have out lifted some on occasion in the gym. I do feel that
I am a strong person, but I am still a woman!”
has it been training for this upcoming show?
“I have never had such a hard experience in my whole life.
I have never felt so unsure about a show in my career. I would
have never made it through without my boyfriend, Jea Jung. I have
had a lot of battles this year, but I still managed to pull through
and look the best I ever have. And I really owe it all to him
for helping me through some very hard times and sticking with
me even through hormones ups and downs and insecurities issues.”
do you feel that you will do at the Nationals this year, 2003?
I feel that this is my year to take home the pro card. I have
had a lot of support and I have done all my homework for this
one show for the last year. I have always trained for 2 shows
a year and it makes a difference only competing at one show. But
I feel that I have looked the best ever and someone will have
to be pretty good this time around to beat me.”
Shannon's Favorite Quotes:
road to construction is always under construction."
people dream of success and others wake up and make them come
work like Shannon, if you train like Shannon, if you eat like
Shannon, you'll be like Shannon."