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The Item: Career Updates, Special Appearances, 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 bodybuilding, physique and fitness events. The "Andrew Oye's Pro-Muscle Report" latest roundup includes a 24-years-long competitive veteran and pros on the international circuit.

The "So What?": In recent weeks, veteran IFBB Pro Darrem Charles was the featured guest-poser at the NPC Natural Mid States Muscle Classic in Rockford, IL. Known for his posing style and aesthetic physique, 44-year-old, Trinidad-born Charles last competed and placed 9th at the 2013 IFBB Pro Arnold Schwarzenegger Classic Bodybuilding Championships at the Arnold Sports Festival (won by fellow 44-year-old IFBB Pro Dexter Jackson) Before that, Charles placed 7th at the 2012 Masters Olympia Championships (also won by 2008 Mr. Olympia Dexter Jackson). His highest Mr. Olympia contest placing was a 7th place finish in 2003 (won by 8-time Mr. Olympia IFBB Pro Ronnie Coleman).

3-time IFBB Figure Olympia Champion Nicole Wilkins and the Organizing Committee of IFBB Finland and Nordic Fitness Expo announced that they will host the first-ever IFBB Nicole Wilkins Fitness Championships in Lahti, Finland, on October 10-12, 2014. This makes Wilkins one of few IFBB Pros to have a namesake international competition (another being IFBB Pro Arnold Schwarzenegger with the Arnold Classic Europe in Madrid, Spain, and the Arnold Classic Brasil in Rio de Janeiro). Back on North American soil, IFBB Pro Steve Kuclo guest-posed at the OPA London Championships in London, Ontario Canada. IFBB Pro Branch Warren announced that IFBB Pro Fred Smalls and 2-time 212 Olympia Showdown Champion IFBB Pro Flex Lewis will be guest posers at the NPC Branch Warren Classic Bodybuilding Championships on July 12, 2014, in Texas.

Andrew Oye's Verdict:
After their recent stint at the IFBB San Marino Classic in Italy, IFBB Pro Dennis James and IFBB Pro Mamdouh Elssbiay (a.k.a. "Big Ramy"), participated in a nutrition and training workshop with gym sessions in Sao Paulo, Brasil, over the weekend. The level of international interaction with pros grows in 2014 with several new and returning IFBB Pro League Olympia Qualification Series competitions (even extending past the Olympia Weekend) in Australia, Spain, Brasil, UAE, Finland, China, New Zealand, Slovakia, Korea, Czech Republic, and United Kingdom.

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