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Ms. Olympia bodybuilder dubbed ‘The Golden Panther’ unrecognizable after heartbreaking fall


SHE was once one of the most successful and glamorous female bodybuilders in the world before a tragic fall left her unrecognizable.

With her platinum blonde hair and rippling muscles, Denise Rutkowski was the poster child for the female bodybuilding community in the 1990s.

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Denise Rutkowski was once one of the most successful female bodybuilders in the worldCredit: Facebook
With her blonde hair and her bulging biceps, she was tipped for stardom

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With her blonde hair and her bulging biceps, she was tipped for stardomCredit: Facebook
In 1993, she came second in the prestigious Ms Olympia competition

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In 1993, she came second in the prestigious Ms Olympia competitionCredit: Facebook

She seemed to have the world at her feet when, in 1993, she finished second in the Ms. Olympia competition, winning $20,000 in prize money (£33,735.37 in today’s money).

Denise earned the nickname “The Golden Panther” due to her striking hair and acrobatic dance routines.

The following year, she was hotly tipped to be crowned champion of the prestigious award when, without warning, she disappeared.

Much to the shock of her friends and fans, Denise announced her retirement from bodybuilding and declared that she was a born-again Christian.

I am the oldest female bodybuilder in the world - I have been unrecognizable since my youth
Unrecognizable child bodybuilder in photos when he started crushing weights

She enrolled in Bible college and essentially disappeared from public life for many years.

But in 2012, nearly two decades after reaching the height of her fame, a new photo of Denise revealed her devastating transformation.

That year, she was arrested and her mug shot revealed a starkly different appearance from her glamorous ’90s heyday.

The long Baywatch-like blonde hair was gone, replaced by a short, sparse mouse-brown mullet.

Most shockingly, she had grown a wispy beard and matching mustache.

The following year, Denise was arrested again, apparently for evading arrest.

It was a tragic decline after such a promising start.

EARLY LIFE

Born Denise Lynn Rutkowski in 1962, she spent her early years in Reading, Pennsylvania.

In a 1992 interview, she said she started gymnastics at age seven, followed by running and competing on her high school’s swim team and cheerleading team.

After teaching aerobics, she took up bodybuilding.

Not much else is known about her childhood, but at some point she moved to Texas before uprooting her life and moving to San Diego, California in 1989.

She lived in the city’s Mission Beach neighborhood while training at the legendary Gold’s Gym Pacific Beach.

In 1991, her career took off when she won both the Orange County Muscle Classic and the California State Championships.

She then moved to Venice, Los Angeles, training at Gold’s Gym in Venice Beach, dubbed the “Mecca of bodybuilding” and made famous by stars such as Arnold Schwarzenegger.

She still wants nothing to do with her bodybuilding past

Denise Rutkowski’s Facebook group

In LA, Denise quickly became a superstar in the world of women’s bodybuilding.

With her beautiful movie star looks and remarkable physique, she quickly graced dozens of magazine covers and broadcasts.

She earned the nickname “The Golden Panther” due to the floor work she incorporated into her pageant performances, as well as the sparkling gold swimsuit she wore during her pageants.

THE GOLDEN PANTHER

Her most successful year was 1993 when she won first prize at the NPC USA Championships and the IFBB Jan Tana Classic.

She also finished second in the Ms. Olympia contest.

Besides being known for her looks and talent, Denise also had a heart of gold.

In 1993, she spent her free time taking underprivileged children from Venice on trips to WWF shows, Disneyland, and other sporting events.

In 2012, she was arrested, revealing a startling photo

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In 2012, she was arrested, revealing a startling photoCredit: YouTube
In 2013, she was again arrested

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In 2013, she was again arrested
Denise remains incredibly popular among female bodybuilding fans

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Denise remains incredibly popular among female bodybuilding fansCredit: Facebook
In 1994, she retired and went to Bible college as a born-again Christian.

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In 1994, she retired and went to Bible college as a born-again Christian.Credit: YouTube
She reportedly had mental health issues

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She reportedly had mental health issuesCredit: Facebook
She is believed to have returned to ministry in Texas in recent years

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She is believed to have returned to ministry in Texas in recent yearsCredit: Facebook

DISAPPEARANCE AND ARREST

Suddenly, at the height of her glory, Denise disappeared.

It turned out that she had made the decision to retire from bodybuilding and enroll at Calvary Cathedral International Bible College in Fort Worth, Texas.

After two years, it appeared that she was traveling across the country spreading the word of God at various religious events.

Other than a brief return to bodybuilding in 2001, Denise never spoke about her former life again.

Shortly after, it emerged that she was traveling across the country with her dog, living a semi-homeless existence, although whether or not that was by choice is unclear.

In 2019, an anonymous fan who runs Denise’s unofficial Facebook fan page said they had spoken to her family and she is now much better.

On November 30 of that year, they wrote, “Denise is now back in one of the ministries in Fort Worth.”

They added: “She still wants nothing to do with her bodybuilding past.”



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