Since the first World Games in 1981, this event comes around only every four years. This time, the president of the International Olympic Commottee, Juan Antonio Samaranch, attended the event, along with IFBB President Ben Weider.
|(over 125 pounds)||2||Paulina Kosola||Finland|
|(under 125 pounds)||2||Rita Rinner||Liechtenstein|
|(under 114 pounds)||2||Katja Rydstrom||Finland|
It was held at Santa Clara University, the official World Games headquarters. The World Game hosted international contests in 19 sports, including bodybuilding. Since each country was only allowed 6 contestants, and the United States had 18, 6 were chosen to be on the 'A' team, and 12 on the 'B' team. The 'B' team was not allowed to win individual places nor help contribute to the team. They were chosen by a pre-prejudging of the USA Women only.
Other lightweight contestants included: Dagmar Zuso (Switzerland), Claudine Turin (Switzerland), Shelley Gruwel (USA), Milda Graham (Canada), Wendy Daniel (Canada), Michele Tennier (Canada), Kathy Tuite (USA), Carla York (USA), Terry Miladinovich (USA), Chris Roberts (USA), Kathy Cosentino (USA), Stella Martinez (USA), Sue Tonks (England), and Terry Buhne (Australia),
Other middleweight contestants included: Carole Bennet, Linda McCreary, JoAnne Cameron, Marlene Fuhrer (Switzerland), Monika Chevalley (Switzerland), Lynne Bergmame (Canada), Lei Kawaii (USA), and Gail Schroater.
The AFWB (American Federation of Women Bodybuilders) President is Doris Barrilleaux.