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The Item: Career Updates, Andrew Oye's IFBB Pro Athletes Roundup

The Scoop: Just Announced: IFBB Pro Roelly Winklaar signs a new exclusive sponsorship contract with a large sports nutrition brand. "Roelly's mix of size, conditioning and an undeniably freaky aesthetic made a lot of people around the sport take notice, and [our brand] was no exception," reads the company's announcement. "With his immense promise and relentless dedication to improve and take his physique to even greater heights, Roelly will make an excellent ambassador."

The "So What?": A resident of the Netherlands, Winklaar racked up a surprising rookie victory at the 2010 IFBB New York Pro Bodybuilding Championships, surpassing IFBB Pro Hidetada Yamagishi, IFBB Pro Dennis Wolf, IFBB Pro Toney Freeman and IFBB Pro Erik Fankhouser in the Top 5, which qualified him to compete at Joe Weider's Olympia Weekend for the first time. (As reported in "Andrew Oye's Pro-Muscle Report," 4-time Mr. Olympia IFBB Pro Jay Cutler won that contest.) "With a passion for competition and some valuable Mr. Olympia experience now under his belt, the future looks very bright for Roelly in 2011," says his new sponsor.

Andrew Oye's Verdict: Roelly Winklaar was the winner of the 2009 Arnold Amateur Bodybuilding Championships and, in his pro debut, placed 7th at the 2010 Arnold Classic. Winklaar's next stop will be the Arnold Sports Festival's 2011 IFBB Pro Arnold Schwarzenegger Classic Bodybuilding Championships (March 5), which will be a "homecoming" of sorts, since it is where he burst onto the international scene. 2011 will be the year when Roelly Winklaar proves if he can live up to expectations that he'll threaten even more veteran IFBB Pro league athletes in his early professional bodybuilding journey.

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