To follow up on our post from yesterday about FISM 2012 favorite Park Eun Kyoung, we’ve tracked down exactly how many women have ever placed in open competition. And you can count almost them on one hand.
Huge credit to our resident FISM expert Tim Ellis who fished through all the winners to dig the results out for us. Here is what he found according to FISM’s official list of winners.
Valerie (1970) from England came 2nd in General Magic (Tim was not quite sure if Valerie was, in fact, a female. Can anyone confirm?)
Juliana Chen (1997) got 1st in Manipulation
Yumi (2000) from Japan got 2nd in General
Roxanne (2000) from Germany got equal 3rd in General
Sittah (2006) from the Netherlands got 1st in Stage Illusions
Ma YanYan (2009) from China got 2nd in General
What this list does not include are the winners of the “Ladies” division which from from 1976 to 1985. Notable winners there included Fee Eleisa (Germany), Karin Noemi (Netherlands) and Brigitte Varga (Austria).
It’s heartening to see the last 12 years has brought us four of the six female winners.
Could Park Eun Kyoung bring us the first female Grand Prix threat?