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||January 4, 1959 , Deerfield, Illinois
||(In Season): 150-153 lbs.
||IFBB North American, 1982
||Undefeated in professional competition
Ms. Olympia six consecutive times, 1984-1989
Corinna Kneuer (born January 4, 1959), best known by her stage name Cory (or Corey) Everson, is an American female bodybuilding champion and actress. She won the Ms. Olympia contest six years in a row from 1984 to 1989.
Corinna Kneuer was born in Deerfield, Illinois. She attended the University of Wisconsin–Madison, where she was a multi-sport standout (gymnastics, track & field and badminton).
While attending the University of Wisconsin–Madison, she met Jeff Everson, a competitive bodybuilder who worked there as a strength coach. They married in 1982. While they were married, the Everson's built a successful mail-order clothing business called Sampson and Delilah.
Everson, who adopted a Romanian child, is active with Nightlight Christian Adoptions, a charity that brings orphans from Russia and Belarus to the US to stay with families looking to adopt a child.
Cory Everson began to train seriously as a bodybuilder after her graduation, and made rapid progress. In the early years, she and Jeff trained at Ernie's Gym on Sherman Avenue in Madison.
- 1980 Ms. Mid America - 1st (Tall and Overall)
- 1980 American Couples - 3rd
- 1981 Ms. Midwest Open - 1st (Tall & Overall)
- 1981 Ms. Central USA - 1st (HW and Overall)
- 1981 Couples America - 1st
- 1981 American Championships - 11th (MW)
- 1982 Ms. East Coast - 1st (MW)
- 1982 Bodybuilding Expo III - 2nd (MW)
- 1982 Bodybuilding Expo Couples - 2nd
- 1982 AFWB American Championships - 5th (HW)
- 1982 IFBB North American - 1st (MW and Overall)
- 1982 IFBB North American Mixed Pairs - 1st
- 1983 Bodybuilding Expo IV - 1st (MW and Overall)
- 1983 Bodybuilding Expo Mixed Pairs - 1st
- 1983 U.S. Bodybuilding Championships Couples - 1st
- 1983 AFWB American Championships - 8th (HW)
- 1983 NPC Nationals - 2nd (HW)
- 1984 American Women's Championships - 1st (HW and Overall)
- 1984 NPC Nationals - 1st (HW and Overall)
- 1984 IFBB Ms. Olympia - 1st
- 1985 IFBB Ms. Olympia - 1st
- 1986 IFBB Ms. Olympia - 1st
- 1987 IFBB Ms. Olympia - 1st
- 1988 IFBB Ms. Olympia - 1st
- 1989 IFBB Ms. Olympia - 1st
Everson is unique in having never lost a Ms. Olympia contest.
Awards and honors
In January 1999, Everson was inducted into the IFBB Hall of Fame, as part of the inaugural group. She was inducted into the Muscle Beach Venice Body Building Hall of Fame on September 5, 2005.
At the 2007 Arnold Classic she became the first woman to be presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2008, Everson was inducted into the National Fitness Hall of Fame.
Film and television career
After retiring from competition, Everson entered acting. Her first major movie appearance was in Double Impact (1991) alongside Jean-Claude Van Damme. In it she plays Kara, bone-crushing assassin to the main badguy. This involves a number of impressive fight scenes, most notably a final one with Van Damme. She took a minor role in Natural Born Killers (1994). Then in Ballistic (1995), (known in some countries as Fist of Justice) she reprises the evil musclewoman role with bravado. This time she loses the final epic fight to Marjean Holden playing an undercover cop.
Everson has made a number of TV guest appearances, most notably playing Atalanta on Hercules: The Legendary Journeys.
Everson was the original host of the fitness show BodyShaping, which she also produced. She also hosted her own exercise show on ESPN, Cory Everson's Gotta Sweat, for seven years.
||Episode: "Hulkus Pocus" as Corey Everson
||Hercules: The Legendary Journeys
||Episode: "If I Had a Hammer"
||Episode: "Pump You Up"
||Hercules: The Legendary Journeys
||Episode: "Let the Games Begin"
||Episode: "Goode Sport"
|Tarzan: The Epic Adventures
||Episodes: "Tarzan's Return: Part 1" and "Part 2"
||Episode: "Wrong Number"
||Hercules: The Legendary Journeys
||Episode: "Muscle Beach"
|Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman
||Amazon Woman #1
||Episode: "Wall of Sound"
||The Adventures of Brisco County Jr.
||Episodes: "No Man's Land" and "Steel Horses"
Cory and Jeff Everson divorced in 1996; however, she kept 'Everson' as her stage name. She married Dr. Steve Donia, a cosmetic dentist, in 1998; they have two children that they adopted from Russia. Everson's sister, Cameo Kneuer, is a two-time Ms. National Fitness champion.
- Strength Training for Beauty Volume 3 - Number 1Runner's World Magazine Company (1986)
- Superflex: Ms. Olympia's Guide to Building a Strong & Sexy Body Contemporary Books (1987) ISBN 0809248654 with Jeff Everson
- Back in Shape Houghton Mifflin Company (1991) ISBN 0395562724 with Stephen Hochschuler
- Cory Everson's Workout Perigee Trade (1991) ISBN 0399516840 with Jeff Everson
- Cory Everson's Fat-Free & Fit Perigee Trade (1994) ISBN 0399518584 with Carole Jacobs
- Cory Everson's Lifebalance Perigee Trade (1998) ISBN 0399524444
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