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When looks can thrill

Doneker "Pixie" King poses after a workout. King finished eighth in the National Figure Competition.
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SUMMIT COUNTY – To live up to the nickname “Pixie,” one must, by definition, be a “mischevious sprite.” And, while Doneker “Pixie” King is a small, petite woman, she also stirs up trouble when she walks around the gym wearing high heels.

King returned in August from her first trip to New York City, where she placed eighth in the National Figure Championships. Judged on shape and form of her body, King spent the previous eight weeks eating chicken and rice every three hours, working out every day and practicing her walk through the gym.

“People looked at me and asked, “What are you doing?'” she said.



In actuality, King was following orders from her coach, Dave Fujii, a former body builder who forgot that women in the mountains have little use for high heels.

It’s all part of the sport of figure building, which, King says, people don’t understand.



“They think you’re starving yourself,” King said. “They think, “What’s next, a wet T-shirt contest?’ It’s hard training. It’s a really strict regimen. It turns into a lifestyle.”

In figure competitions, judges look for a well-proportioned and balanced physique from top to bottom. The winners will have a small waist, good abdominal separation, a lean lower body and a nice taper from the back to the waistline.

Competitors are also judged on confidence, walking and turning, makeup and hair and on the choice of bathing suit. The first round, the women wear bikinis and perform quarter-turns. In the second, they wear one-piece suits and pose. All the while, they’re flexing while looking comfortable.

“I started tap dancing when I was 3,” King said. “I always loved to be on stage. Being athletic growing up, I was always in the gym.”

A total of 167 women competed on stage in different height classes. King competed in Class B, and beat the majority of the 23 competitors.

“The girls are always pretty friendly,” she said. “They don’t steal your suits and cut the heels off your shoes.”

A number of competitors came from Colorado, and Summit County is the home of a dozen or so amateurs. They got together last year and came up with a name for their club.

“The BMW,” King said. “Buff Mountain Women.”

King, who grew up in Maine, has spent the last eight years as Queen of the Lifties at Breckenridge Ski Resort. She enjoys competing, and her performance this summer earned her an automatic invitation to the national competition in New York next year. Until then, she’ll continue training. A former fitness competitor, King is working on getting back into that sport, as well.

And, she said, she’s not that far away from becoming a professional.

“It’s a matter of how long you want to do it,” she said. “It’s a matter of how long you want to eat chicken and rice, and how long you want to skip the cake on your birthday.”

But, for now, she can relax a little. After the competition, King had some time to kill. So, she walked into the Reese’s Candy Shop and indulged herself.


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