Born January 25, 1959
Maybe the best female bodybuilder never to win the Ms. Olympia, Laura Creavalle brought class and energy to the sport she continues to be involved in through her contributions to MUSCLE & FITNESS.
It’s somewhat fitting that Creavalle, who has lived in three different countries, was inspired to become a bodybuilder while on vacation.
During a 1982 trip to Kingston, Jamaica, Creavalle happened upon a women’s bodybuilding contest and was impressed that the competitor who placed third had a body type similar to hers – a lower body proportionally larger than the upper body. Upon returning to her home in Toronto, Ontario, 5’4”, 140-pound Creavalle began training to become a bodybuilder.
Six months later, she entered her first contest, the Novice Ontario Championships, and won the lightweight title. In 1983, she and training partner Tony Melville joined poses and took second place at the Canadian Couples Championships. In 1986, she won the NPC USA Championships.
Creavalle earned her pro card by winning the heavyweight class at the 1988 IFBB World Amateur Championships in Puerto Rico. Six weeks later, she placed 11th in her debut at the Ms. Olympia, a contest to which she would return 12 more times before her retirement after the 2002 rendition. She was runner-up twice at the O (1992, 1994) and won three Ms. International titles (1990, 1994-95).
For the past decade, Creavalle, who has her own personal-training business, has written a food column for MUSCLE & FITNESS. She has been married since December 2000 to Colin Maragh, and the couple, now living in Maine, sells healthy meals through their company, Healthy Gourmet Express, which provides customers with weekly deliveries of 10 meals.
Creavalle still trains three times per week for health purposes and estimates that she is “two years” away from contest shape – even though she has no plan of returning to the stage.
Hall of Fame Inductees for 2007