From wrestling champion and fitness icon to television personality and now entrepreneur, few people can claim as diverse and successful a career as Trish Stratus. A record-setting seven time World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) Women's Champion, Stratus is one of the most successful professional athletes in sports entertainment. Combining beauty and brawn, she embodied the rise of the 'WWE Diva' as a cultural phenomenon. After seven years, Stratus retired from the world of sports entertainment in 2006. As champion, she took her final bow at the Air Canada Centre in front of 20,000 hometown fans and set a Guinness World Record for most wins by a female wrestling champion.
Following her retirement, Stratus continued to work in television starring in CBS's Armed and Famous opposite Jack Osbourne and Erik Estrada; the following year, Stratus showed off her comedic talents as the host of the CBC show The Second City's Next Comedy Legend. Stratus dazzled not only the television audiences but a live audience when she hosted Canada's Walk of Fame, opening the show with a Broadway-style singing and dancing number.
In 2008, Stratus officially launched her lifestyle brand with a number of projects all under the Stratusphere banner. Stratus' on-going endeavours all reflect her brand's core philosophy of achieving wellness through balanced living.
Stratus' foray into the yoga world began with a back injury that sidelined her during her wrestling career. After using yoga as a means of rehabilitation, Stratus was able to make a full comeback to the ring. Her interest and studies continued after her retirement and eventually lead her to pursue a certification program in the Ashtanga discipline. Wanting to spread the word of the benefits of yoga, Stratus opened Stratusphere Yoga Studio which was voted Best New Business in 2009. Trish was named Top Business Woman of the Year in 2010. Her entrepreneurial achievements have been recognized in various publications as she has quickly become one of the country's most dedicated advocate of yoga.
Years before her television and WWE days, Stratus was a pre-med student, majoring in biology and kinesiology at York University with plans to become a doctor. However, a professor's strike in 1997 halted those plans. But as they say, when one door closes, another opens. Shortly thereafter Stratus was discovered by publishing mogul, Robert Kennedy, who signed her to an exclusive contract and gave Stratus her first cover. Since then, she has written for and appeared on the cover of over 100 magazines including FLARE, Oxygen, ELLE Canada, Today's Bride, TV Guide and Toronto Life.
Stratus made her feature film debut in 2012, starring in the action movie 'Bounty Hunters.' Currently, Stratus can be seen in New Balance's latest ads as the face of their Minimus campaign in Sport Chek stores across Canada. This April, Trish takes her place amongst wrestling's greats as she is inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame class of 2013 at Madison Square Garden.
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