The first Oksana Grishina Pole Fitness Classic took place a few weeks ago, and it was a great success. It took so much work from so many people, but it was all worth it in the end, and I want to take a moment to thank all the people who helped make it happen.

Thank you to the following people for playing such a huge role in the inaugural OG Pole Fitness Classic:

Bob Lorimer: Thank you for being our very special guest and delivering such a wonderful speech.
Liz Green: Thank you for the immeasurable support.
Stuart Wilson & Simon Firsht: Thank you to the producer and director duo who allowed us to premiere their amazing film, “Winning Strength.”
Clint Hufft: Thank you for running the show so wonderfully from the stage.
Vlad Sizov, Elena Savko & Alik Tsiupa: Thanks for being such extraordinary guest performers.
Walt Grassl & Traci Lynn Cowan: You did such a great job as our daytime emcees. Thank you!
Mary Ellen, Jim Weissman, Stacey Gamble, Jennifer Kim, Kelly Maglia & Natasha Wang: Thank you for the great job as our daytime and evening judging team.
Chobi Gyorgy: Many thanks for being our pole rigger.
Lindsey Kimura & Tom Haynes: Thank you! This show wouldn’t have been such a success without you.
The El Portal theater crew and all the volunteers: Thank you for all your hard work backstage and in the theater.
Sponsors: Thank you for your contributions. You made the athletes very happy!
All my friends: Thank you so much to everyone for so much unexpected support online.

And what would this event have been without our great competitors? Congratulations to our amateur novice winner, The Knocking Bird, and to our amateur open winner, Lea Storm, who not only qualified for the evening’s invitational but also went on to get 2nd place in the pro competition. Amazing work! Congratulations to our pro winner, Jessica Anderson-Gwin, who we expect to have great success at the 2017 PCS Championship at the Arnold Classic. And congratulations to all the girls for such great work. You’re all amazing pole athletes! Thank you for being part of the very first show I produced and sponsored.

And finally, I’m so thankful to my sponsor, SAN Nutrition, for their support of the show. The girls loved the gift bags and SAN products, and they really want to learn more about how to get in shape now. For this reason, I included a “Best Physique” award at the show; congratulations to Albena Aleksandrova for bringing the best physique to the stage.

I was so excited to have my family there for my very first show and to see me perform live for the first time, and they loved the whole show so much. Now it’s time for me to get away from town with them to rest, workout, and start preparing for the 2016 Olympia. This will be a great getaway, as I love the high efficiency of mountain training combined with SAN products as a means to enhance my functionality and athletic performance in all kinds of sports.

Never stop believing in yourself; you can do more than you think!

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