Career Updates, Contest Preparation, Andrew Oye's IFBB Pro Athletes Roundup
Recently Announced: IFBB Pro Roelly Winklaar announced that he will withdraw from competing for the remainder of the 2011 IFBB Pro League contest season, which means he will not compete at Joe Weider's Olympia Weekend in Las Vegas (September 16). Winklaar's decision is based on a reported jaw injury and, some say, was partially influenced by his disappointing 9th place finish at the 2011 New York Pro Bodybuilding Championships last month.
The "So What?":
As reported in "Andrew Oye's Pro-Muscle Report," Roelly Winklaar won the 2010 New York Pro, and perhaps he felt compelled to return to defend his title, despite having competed at four previous contests this year and qualifying for the 2011 Olympia at three of them. The 2009 Arnold Amateur Bodybuilding Championships winner placed 8th at the Arnold Sports Festival's 2011 IFBB
Pro Arnold Schwarzenegger Classic Bodybuilding Championships (won by IFBB Pro Branch Warren) then fared better at three subsequent contests with Top 3 finishes at the British Grand Prix (won by Warren), Mr. Europe (won by IFBB Pro Ronny Rockel) and FIBO Germany (won by IFBB Pro Dexter Jackson) before hitting a snag in New York.
"New York was not my best show this year," admits Winklaar. "I fought for the top-spot lineup. I came in with a lot of hype around me, and I tried to do my best to live up to the hype in the show...for the fans and the sport. But the last couple of months, my body took a hard beating. My team said 'time out.' I'm going to have surgery, take some time off, start over, and be bigger in 2012. Roelly Winklaar will be better in 2012. I will return to the stage and fight my way back to the Olympia stage in 2012."
Andrew Oye's Verdict:
Ironically, IFBB Pro Evan Centopani, winner of the 2009 New York Pro Bodybuilding Championships, also just announced that he will skip this year's Olympia, setting a pattern of past NY Pro champs skipping the "Super Bowl of bodybuilding." This leaves less physique competition for the title held by reigning 4-time Mr. Olympia IFBB Pro Jay Cutler. Hopefully, Roelly Winklaar heals soon from the injury...and the sting of landing behind two rookie IFBB Pro League athletes (IFBB Pro Jason Huh and IFBB Pro Robert Burneika, making pro debuts) at a major contest like the New York Pro Championships -- which was formerly known as the Night of Champions and previously won by Mr. Olympia IFBB Pro Ronnie Coleman, Mr. Olympia IFBB Pro Dorian Yates, IFBB Pro Lee Labrada, IFBB Pro Flex Wheeler, IFBB Pro Kevin Levrone, IFBB Pro Gary Strydom (WBF BodyStar and WWE CEO Vince McMahon's World Bodybuilding Federation Champion), and IFBB Pro Phil Heath.
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