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Women's overall champion Monique Gourdine-Shaw does a side-chest flex pose.
"After all, Monique Gourdine-Shaw had been on Okinawa for only six weeks, having just gone through the rigors of a transfer from Parris Island, S.C., which interrupted her usual workout regimen.
Yet there she was, holding a samurai sword emblematic of winning the women's overall championship.
"I didn't think I was going to win," said the 36-year-old Navy lieutenant assigned to Camp Lester.
Before a standing-room-only crowd of almost 1,000 at Butler Theater, she outflexed and outposed two other women to win the women's heavyweight (125½ pounds or more) competition, then was voted the women's overall winner by a panel of eight judges.
Gourdine-Shaw credited a former Parris Island colleague, Chief Warrant Officer Third Class John Meyers, for inspiring her."