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

The Scoop: Recently Announced: IFBB Pro Troy Alves has decided to step onstage at the 2011 IFBB Hartford Pro Bodybuilding Championships, a.k.a. Europa Battle of Champions in Connecticut  (July 30).

The "So What?": Troy Alves last competed at the 2010 Mr. Olympia Championships, where he didn't fare well, placing below the Top 10 behind a long line of competitors -- 4-time Mr. Olympia IFBB Pro Jay Cutler, IFBB Pro Phil Heath, IFBB Pro Branch Warren (winner of the Arnold Sports Festival's 2011 IFBB Pro Arnold Schwarzenegger Classic Bodybuilding Championships), 2008 Mr. Olympia IFBB Pro Dexter Jackson, IFBB Pro Dennis Wolf, IFBB Pro Ronny Rockel, and so on. His last competition before that was the 2010 Hartford Pro (Europa Battle of Champions), where he finished in 2nd place behind IFBB Pro Ed Nunn.

Alves was recently seen giving training and nutrition tips in a webinar on a site that has also hosted online chats with 6-time Mr. Olympia IFBB Pro Dorian Yates, 1983 Mr. Olympia IFBB Pro Samir Bannout, IFBB Pro Francis Benfatto, 2-time Arnold Classic Champion IFBB Pro Kevin Levrone, IFBB Pro Toney Freeman, and more IFBB Pro League athletes.

Andrew Oye's Verdict: Until recent days, the competitors list for the 2011 Hartford Pro Championships had only about five names, but it is gradually growing with late entries. Troy Alves has competed as an amateur since 1996 and as a pro since winning the 2002 NPC USA Championships. He told me at the 2009 Olympia, "I see myself competing for 2-3 more years...but I want to be at a high level on the way out."

Alves has yet to compete during the 2011 IFBB contest season or qualify for the upcoming Joe Weider's Olympia Weekend. Perhaps Alves, who had been originally aiming to compete at the Europa SuperShow (August 13), saw an early opportunity to try and repeat last year's showing in Connecticut and possibly step on the Olympia stage again before retiring from the IFBB Pro League.

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