The Item: IFBB Pro League News, Contest Schedule, Andrew Oye's IFBB Pro Athletes Roundup

The Scoop:
Just Announced: The IFBB Professional League (International Federation of Bodybuilding and Fitness) released its 2014 schedule of professional bodybuilding championships and events.   

The "So What?": As reported in "Andrew Oye's Pro Muscle Report," the IFBB Pro Olympia Qualification Series Point System: (1st automatic qualification, 2nd - 4 Points, 3rd - 3 Points, 4th - 2 Points, 5th - 1 Point) applies to IFBB Pro League athletes' eligibility to compete at the 2014 Olympia Weekend in Las Vegas, to face reigning 3-time Mr. Olympia IFBB Pro Phil Heath, 2-time Olympia 212 Showdown Champ IFBB Pro Flex Lewis, 9-time Ms. Olympia IFBB Pro Iris Kyle, 3-time Ms. Figure Olympia IFBB Pro Nicole Wilkins, 8-time Ms. Fitness Olympia IFBB Pro Adela Garcia, Men's Physique Olympia Champ IFBB Pro Mark Anthony Wingson, Women's Physique Olympia Champ IFBB Pro Dana Linn Bailey, and Ms. Bikini Olympia IFBB Pro Ashley Kaltwasser. Automatic Olympia qualification goes to only the 1st place winners of most contests (except Arnold Classic -- Top 3; New York Pro -- Top 2; previous year's Olympia -- Top 4).  

The IFBB Pro League schedule of events: Arnold Sports Festival Arnold Classic (February 28-March 1), Australian Pro Grand Prix XII (March 7-8), New Zealand Pro (March 15), Orlando Pro - Europa Show of Champions (April 11-12), Arnold Classic Brasil (April 25-26), Mr. Europe Pro (May), Slovakian Pro -- Mozolani Classic (May 3-4), Dallas Pro (May 9-10), BodyPower Pro UK (May16-17), New York Pro (May 17), Toronto Pro SuperShow (May 30-May 31), Chicago Pro (July 4-5), Sacramento Pro -- Golden State Grand Prix (August 2), Tampa Pro (August 8-9), Pittsburgh Masters Pro (August 30), Joe Weider's Olympia Weekend (Sept 19-20), Arnold Classic Europe (September 26-27), Korean Pro (September 27), Dubai Pro (October 1), Prague Pro (October 4), Nordic Pro (October 11), Asian Pro (October 18), Arnold Classic Asia - China (October 25), Phoenix Pro (October 25-26), Tijuana Pro (November 14-15), Ferrigno Legacy (November 26-29).

Andrew Oye's Verdict:
IFBB Pro Dexter Jackson won the Masters Olympia in 2012, but the event has yet to return to the schedule. New additions: the IFBB Pro Arnold Schwarzenegger Classic Championships adds a 212 Division contest, and new international competitions will be staged in China, Slovakia, Dubai, UK and Korea. TV's "Incredible Hulk" and Mr. Universe IFBB Pro Lou Ferrigno hosts his inaugural large-scale fitness event in California.  Will American bodybuilders "step up their game" now that international pros are gaining more opportunities to win contests and eventually migrate to the U.S. to contend for Olympia Sandow trophies  (which have been collected by the likes of IFBB Pro Lee Haney, IFBB Pro Ronnie Coleman, IFBB Pro Jay Cutler, IFBB Pro Dorian Yates, IFBB Pro Frank Zane, IFBB Pro Sergio Oliva, IFBB Pro Larry Scott, IFBB Pro Samir Bannout, IFBB Pro Franco Columbu and others).

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