ANDREW OYE'S PRO ATHLETES ROUNDUP: SPORTS STARS FILL GERMANY'S FIBO POWER EXPO MINUS PRO SHOW AT FIBO IFBB PRO BODYBUILDING CHAMPIONSHIPS
By Admin | Monday, April 7, 2014 7:52:30 AM America/New_York
The Scoop: It's April, which means ordinarily "Andrew Oye's Pro-Muscle Report" would report results of the IFBB FIBO Power Pro Bodybuilding Championships; however, this year, the 20.000 fitness fans that flooded the FIBO Power Health and Fitness Expo in Cologne, Germany -- one of Europe's largest fitness events -- were not treated to the IFBB professional bodybuilding contest held in conjunction with the expo because promoters elected not to stage the pro competition in 2014. However, as usual, the expo was packed with sports stars.
The "So What?": Despite being unable to defend the title he won at the 2013 FIBO Pro Bodybuilding Championships, IFBB Pro Cedric McMiIlan joined a cast of "Andrew Oye's Pro Athletes Roundup" regulars and a mega lineup from the bodybuilding, weight-training and martial arts communities at the expo, including: 8-time Mr. Olympia IFBB Pro Ronnie Coleman, reigning 3-time Mr. Olympia IFBB Pro Phil Heath, 6-time Mr. Olympia IFBB Pro Dorian Yates, 4-time Mr. Olympia IFBB Pro Jay Cutler, Arnold Classic 212 Division and 2-time Olympia 212 Showdown Winner IFBB Pro Flex Lewis, 2-time Arnold Classic Champ IFBB Pro Branch Warren, 2012 Arnold Classic Europe Champion IFBB Pro Shawn Rhoden, 2011 Arnold Classic Europe and 2007 Arnold Classic Winner IFBB Pro Victor Martinez, and Germany's IFBB Pro Dennis Wolf, recent winner of the Arnold Sports Festival's 2014 IFBB Pro Arnold Schwarzenegger Classic Bodybuilding Championships.
Masters Olympia Winner, 4-time Arnold Classic Champion and 2008 Mr. Olympia IFBB Pro Dexter Jackson guest-posed, along with Germany's own IFBB Pro Ronny Rockel. "The German Beast" IFBB Pro Markus Ruhl made an appearance, as well as 1989 Arnold Classic Winner IFBB Pro Rich Gaspari, Arnold Classic Ms. Fitness International IFBB Pro Oksana Grishina, 2014 Arnold Classic Ms. Bikini International and 2013 Ms. Bikini Olympia IFBB Pro Ashley Kaltwasser, and 2013 Arnold Classic Ms. Bikini International IFBB Pro India Paulino.
Add to that more IFBB Pro League athletes: Germany's IFBB Pro Dennis James, IFBB Pro Roelly Winklaar, Powerlifter IFBB Pro Johnnie Jackson, IFBB Pro Ben Pakulski, IFBB Pro Daniel Toth, IFBB Pro Marius Dohne, IFBB Pro Guy Cisternino, retired IFBB Pro Roland Cziurlok, IFBB Pro Zsuzsanna Toldi, IFBB Pro Fouad Abiad, IFBB Pro Andy Haman, IFBB Pro Jeff Long, IFBB Pro Troy Alves, IFBB Pro Zack Khan, IFBB Pro Larissa Reis, IFBB Pro Ed Nunn, IFBB Pro Candice Lewis, IFBB Pro Matthias Botthof, IFBB Pro Ari Kokkonen, IFBB Pro Omar Deckard, IFBB Pro Alexey Lesukov, and IFBB Pro Markus Becht.
Andrew Oye's Verdict: While it's disappointing to lose an IFBB Pro Olympia Qualification Series contest like the FIBO show, it was probably due to the many other new contests popping up on the crowded IFBB Pro League schedule of events leading to Joe Weider's Olympia Weekend in Las Vegas. Again, the FIBO Expo seemingly made up for its cancelled pro-bodybuilding contest with an array other stuff and more stars: Ms. FIBO Power Beauty contest, an acrobatics performance, grappling, arm wrestling, Krav Maga, Crossfit, powerlifting, the FIBO Strongman ClassX Challenge with Heinz Ollesch, newly crowned 2014 WSM World's Strongest Man Zydrunas Savickas, KSW MMA Fighter and 5-time WSM Mariusz Pudzianowski, WBC and WBA Pro Boxing Heavyweight Champion Lennox Lewis, Pro Boxer Arthur Abraham, Pro Boxer Robert Stieglitz, UFC Fighter Dennis Siver, Guinness World Records feats, and...wait for it...a posedown between bodybuilders dressed as "Terminator" and "Conan The Barbarian," movie characters made famous, of course, by actor and 7-time Mr. Olympia Arnold Schwarzenegger.
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