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

The Scoop: Recently Reported: IFBB Pro League athletes had career updates or made recent guest appearances at various sports, bodybuilding, physique and fitness events. The latest "Andrew Oye's Pro-Muscle Report" Pro Athletes Roundup includes an east coast medley of International Federation of Bodybuilding & Fitness stars.

The "So What?": Over the weekend, IFBB Pro Rich Gaspari was honored with the unveiling of a life-sized portrait for his contribution to the east coast bodybuilding scene. The painting will hang in his company's Jersey-based headquarters. Assemblyman Vinnie Prieto, a former Natural Mr. New Jersey Bodybuilding Champion himself, also presented New Brunswick-born Gaspari with a proclamation from the state of New Jersey.

Two-time Mr. Olympia IFBB Pro Phil Heath was the featured guest-poser at the 2012 NPC Eastern USA Bodybuilding Championships, and he joined a crew of New York-based and New Jersey-based athletes -- IFBB Pro Victor Martinez, IFBB Pro Kevin English, IFBB Pro Guy Cisternino, IFBB Pro Juan Morel, IFBB Pro Jon Delarosa, IFBB Pro Marco Rivera, and others -- for a Pro Seminar covering training and nutrition topics. The hurricane that recently hit the east coast forced the event to relocate.

Andrew Oye's Verdict:
A week ago, Phil Heath was at the National Physique Committee's NPC National Bodybuilding Championships in Atlanta, Georgia, along with 4-time Mr. Olympia IFBB Pro Jay Cutler (who had declined to compete at the 2012 Olympia), and both of these Sandow trophy holders officially signed on to compete at Joe Weider's Olympia Weekend in 2013. The ongoing IFBB Pro Olympia Qualification Series just got interesting.

Congrats to the Arnold Sports Festival's inaugural 1989 IFBB Pro Arnold Schwarzenegger Classic Bodybuilding Championships winner Rich Gaspari, who almost won the IFBB Pro League's highest title three times as a Mr. Olympia 2nd place runner-up in 1986, 1987 and 1988 to 8-time Mr. Olympia IFBB Pro Lee Haney. A 2004 IFBB Hall of Fame inductee (along with IFBB Pro Lee Labrada and IFBB Pro Ed Corney), Gaspari has maintained his presence in the bodybuilding industry through his entrepreneurial endeavors and honorable recognitions, such as receiving the 2011 Muscle Beach Hall of Fame Award (presented to him in Venice, California, by movie actor Ryan Phillippe and WBC, WBA pro boxing champion Shane Mosley).

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