Lenda Murray
American bodybuilder
Lenda Murray
Lenda Murray is a champion female bodybuilder from the United States. She is an eight-time winner of the Ms. Olympia title, the highest achievement in professional female bodybuilding.
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The 20 Most Popular Baby Names Of 2015
Huffington Post - about 1 year
As we enter the last month of 2015, BabyCenter has released its annual list of the most popular baby names. For the third year in a row, the top three names are Sophia, Emma and Olivia for girls and Jackson, Aiden and Liam for boys.  The 2015 list of popular girl names is mostly the same as last year's -- though Mia has surpassed Isabella for the number five spot, and Madison replaced Madelyn at number 10. The only change on the top 10 boys' names list is Logan's new ranking at number nine, bumping Jacob down to the bottom. Without further ado, here are the complete rankings, based on the names of over 340,000 babies born in 2015 to parents registered on the BabyCenter website. The data also combines alternative spellings of the names that sound the same. Most Popular Girl Names Sophia Emma Olivia Ava Mia Isabella Zoe Lily Emily Madison Most Popular Boy Names Jackson Aiden Liam Lucas Noah Mason Ethan Caden ...
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The 20 Most Popular Baby Names Of 2015
Huffington Post - about 1 year
As we enter the last month of 2015, BabyCenter has released its annual list of the most popular baby names. For the third year in a row, the top three names are Sophia, Emma and Olivia for girls and Jackson, Aiden and Liam for boys.  The 2015 list of popular girl names is mostly the same as last year's -- though Mia has surpassed Isabella for the number five spot, and Madison replaced Madelyn at number 10. The only change on the top 10 boys' names list is Logan's new ranking at number nine, bumping Jacob down to the bottom. Without further ado, here are the complete rankings, based on the names of over 340,000 babies born in 2015 to parents registered on the BabyCenter website. The data also combines alternative spellings of the names that sound the same. Most Popular Girl Names Sophia Emma Olivia Ava Mia Isabella Zoe Lily Emily Madison Most Popular Boy Names Jackson Aiden Liam Lucas Noah Mason Ethan Caden ...
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Linda Murray: How A 4-Cent Multivitamin Could Close China's Education Gap
Huffington Post - over 3 years
It's a deeply held notion that education is one of the greatest tools we have for lifting children out of poverty and giving them a chance to succeed in life. Nelson Mandela summed it up in his famous quote, "Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world." As mothers, we share a universal desire to give our children the best start in life, and a good education is high on most of our lists. But simply offering access to education doesn't mean our children can or will learn. Genetics, health, the environment and a host of other issues can get in the way. That's why I was so excited to learn about a program in China that's helping to close the education gap for poor children. While visiting the BabyCenter China team in Beijing last month, I met with the Rural Education Action Project (REAP). These dedicated researchers and public health advocates from Stanford University, Northwest University of Xi'an, and the Chinese government have found ...
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Latinos and Blacks Struggle in Silicon Valley Districts, Report Says
Education Week - over 3 years
A pro-charter parent advocacy group in California's high-tech epicenter says some of the highest-achieving school systems in Silicon Valley are failing when it comes to preparing Latino and African-American students for college. In a newly published report, the achievement gaps highlighted by the group known as Innovate Public Schools are stark. In the Sunnyvale Elementary district, 10 percent of Latino students are proficient in algebra by the 8th grade—a critical predictor of college success—while 82 percent of Asian students are. At 42 percent, Latinos comprise the largest share of the student body, with Asians making up the next largest group at 22 percent. Across San Mateo and Santa Clara counties—two jurisdictions that are home to technology titans and some of the highest-paying jobs in California—20 percent of Latinos and 22 percent of African-Americans graduate with passing grades in all the courses that are required to even be considered for admission to the sta ...
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Rob Brooks: I F@#%ing Love... Sexism
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
What do you know? The creative force behind science's favorite Facebook site is ... a woman. Holy mother of Christ. Just over a year ago, Elise Andrew, then a biology student at the University of Sheffield, created a Facebook page, to which she gave the catchy name "I Fucking Love Science" (IFLS). Combining interesting facts, sumptuous pictures, quotes from celebrity scientists and geeky jokes, the site took off instantly. Today it has more than 4.3 million fans. And for the many whingers who simply couldn't bring themselves to like a page with the "F-word" in its name, she mirrored it at Science is Awesome (255,000 fans). Apparently, IFLS amassed 1,000 "likes" in its first 24 hours, mocking the adoption rate of other pages (my own effort, Sex, Genes & Rock, took 18 months to amass 1,000 fans). In the whirlwind year since she started IFLS, Andrew has relocated to Canada to work with the LabX Media Group, and now has a team at her disposal to maintain her spi ...
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Century-old Glendola schoolhouse up for sale in Wall
Asbury Park Press - almost 5 years
WALL — Linda Murday-Plunkett was mixing a green play-dough recipe in a bowl for her nursery school students this past Wednesday. It's the kind of fun activity she's been doing at Willow Tree Nursery School since 1985.
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NY's Claudia Reid: Can Iris Kyle defeat the 7 X's and is it the end for Ms. O? - Examiner.com
Google News - over 5 years
2004 is when the game changed and Iris Kyle came on the scene and became Ms. Olympia and took the title from 8X Ms. Olympia Lenda Murray. Then 2005 Yaxeni Oriquen took the title and then Iris came back with a vengeance 2006 and continued snatching her
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WORKING OUT WITH: Lenda Murray; Wonder Woman In the Flesh
NYTimes - about 24 years
WHEN Lenda Murray struts into a weight-lifting room, grown men freeze in mid-grunt. Those lats! Those pecs! Those quads! Ms. Murray is Ms. Olympia, the goddess of the body-building world and a rock-hard, in-the-flesh assault on conventional assumptions about beauty, strength and femininity. "Sometimes, I think I scare people," she says, straddling
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Lenda Murray
    FORTIES
  • 2011
    Age 49
    In March 2011, she become a member of the National Fitness Hall of Fame and received the award from Arnold Schwarzenegger.
    More Details Hide Details Every year there is an NPC competition, held at Norfolk State University, called the Lenda Murray Bodybuilding, Figure and Bikini Championships, which she is a promoter and organizer for. Murray is married to Urel Timothy McGill and lives in Playa del Rey, California with her cat, TJ. She is a Christian. She is a grandmother of 11 and a stepmother of four. Murray has done many videos to help others in their pursuit of fitness, been a professional cheerleader, a physical fitness trainer, a private trainer to professional wrestlers, athletes and others, along with trying out to become a professional wrestler for the World Wrestling Federation in 1997. In November 1990, she founded Lenda Murray Inc. From June 1999 to November 2004, she oversaw the daily operations, administrative and financial activities of The Fitness Firm. From 1999 to 2005, Murray and McGill owned a gym in Virginia Beach, Virginia called The Fitness Burn.
  • 2010
    Age 48
    In 2010, Murray was inducted into the IFBB Hall of Fame.
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  • 2003
    Age 41
    Murray has won eight overall Ms. Olympia titles and has two professional wins in her weight class. She is the second most successful female bodybuilder ever, second only to Iris Kyle. From February 28, 2003 to May 31, 2003, she ranked 1st on the IFBB Women's Bodybuilding Professional Ranking List.
    More Details Hide Details Murray has previously done commentary for bodybuilding events on ESPN from 1993 to 1996.
  • THIRTIES
  • 2002
    Age 40
    However, after four years of retirement she returned to the Ms. Olympia stage, and won two more Ms. Olympia titles in 2002 and 2003.
    More Details Hide Details She finished second in the heavyweight class to Iris Kyle in 2004, and again retired from competition.
  • 1996
    Age 34
    Murray lost the Ms. Olympia title to Kim Chizevsky-Nicholls in 1996, and went into retirement after finishing second to Chizevsky-Nicholls again in December 1997.
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  • 1994
    Age 32
    At a 1994 guest appearance at the Mr. Universe competition, Murray meet her future husband, Urel McGill.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1992
    Age 30
    Afterwords she would go on to win the Ms. Olympia competition in 1992, 1993, 1994, and 1995.
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  • 1991
    Age 29
    At the 1991 Ms. Olympia, Murray won the slimmest margin of victory for any Ms. Olympia, edging out Bev Francis by a final score of 31 to 32.
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  • 1990
    Age 28
    Murray soon became a regular presence in bodybuilding magazines and a favorite subject of photographer Bill Dobbins who focused extensively on her in his books The Women and Modern Amazons. At the 1990 Ms. Olympia, Murray succeeded six-time champion Cory Everson and defeated Bev Francis to become the Ms. Olympia champion, a title Murray would hold for from 1990 to 1996.
    More Details Hide Details She appeared in such mass-market publications as Sports Illustrated, Ebony, Mademoiselle, and Vanity Fair, as well as in Annie Leibovitz’s photo essay Women. Murray’s physique became the standard against which professional female bodybuilders are now judged—an hourglass figure, with broad shoulders tapering into a V-shaped torso mirrored by a proportionally-developed lower body.
  • 1989
    Age 27
    In 1989, she earned her professional status at the IFBB North American Championships.
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  • 1985
    Age 23
    After about a year of training to just stay in shape, she decided to compete in the 1985 Ms. Michigan Championships.
    More Details Hide Details After placing 4th she was hooked to the sport. Her father didn't show up to her first bodybuilding competition, but eventually did to others. She rose quickly through the ranks, soon winning contests at the state and regional levels.
  • 1984
    Age 22
    In 1984, she joined a gym, the Powerhouse Gym, in Highland Park, Michigan.
    More Details Hide Details Within the first two days of joining the gym, Ron Love, an NPC Nationals contender told her that she had the physique to be a bodybuilder.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1982
    Age 20
    While at Western Michigan, she continued to cheerlead, and became the second African American to be chosen as the university’s homecoming queen in 1982.
    More Details Hide Details After a brief tenure cheerleading for the Michigan Panthers in the now-defunct United States Football League, she worked with the Michigan Panthers for two years and then was invited to try out for the Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders. After she auditioned for the group and made the next-to-last cut, she decided she might need to slenderize her thighs a bit.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1962
    Age 0
    Murray was born in 1962 in Detroit, Michigan, the daughter of Darcelious and Louvelle Murray.
    More Details Hide Details She began participating in organized sports at the age of 15. At Henry Ford High School, Murray was both a record-holding sprinter and varsity cheerleader. She went on to attend Western Michigan University, earning a degree in political science and intended to become a lawyer.
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