Denise Rutkowski
Personal info
NicknameThe Golden Panther, Raven[1]
Reading, Pennsylvania, U.S.[2]
Height5 ft 5 in (1.65 m)[2]
Weight140–155 lb (64–70 kg)[2]
Professional career
Best win
  • IFBB Jan Tana Classic champion[2]
  • 1993[2]
PredecessorNikki Fuller[2]
SuccessorSue Price[2]
ActiveRetired 2001[2]

Denise Lynn Rutkowski is a former American professional female bodybuilder.[2]

Bodybuilding career

Her professional bodybuilding career was brief, and ended shortly after finishing 2nd in the Ms. Olympia contest in 1993. Her sudden retirement shocked the sport, as she was seen as an easy contender for the Ms. Olympia in 1994.[2]

Contest history

Personal life

During her bodybuilding career she arrived in San Diego, CA in 1989 from Texas and lived at Mission Beach while training at Gold's Gym Pacific Beach. She lived in San Diego until 1991, when she won the Orange County Muscle Classic and California State Championships, and thereafter moved to Venice, CA to train at Gold's Gym, Venice Beach, California, and had an interest in improving the quality of life for underprivileged children in the neighborhood. She spent time traveling with youth from Venice, California to WWF shows, Disneyland, and sporting events.[2]

In 1994, she went back home to Fort Worth, Texas and she entered Calvary Cathedral International Bible College for two years. By 1996, Denise was going around the country spreading the word of God at various religious revivals. In 2001, Denise started training again, and returned to a better physical condition.[4]

In 2012 and 2013, she was arrested for evading arrest in Tarrant County, Texas.[5][6]

Television appearance

In 1994, she had a brief appearance on the show Dream On, in the episode Blinded by the Cheese.[7]


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  6. ^ "Tarrant County Sheriff's Office". Archived from the original on 2014-04-24. Retrieved 2014-04-23.
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