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The Item: Career Updates, 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 more media contract signings news.

IFBB Pro Hidetada Yamagishi signs a media contract with the Canada-based magazine that often features athletes like IFBB Pro Ben Pakulski and IFBB Pro Fouad Abiad before they rise in the pro ranks. "I'm very excited to be a part of the team. I just did my first photo shoot as a contract athlete...Stay tuned," says Yamagishi.

IFBB Pro Phil Heath signs a multi-year media-contract extension, continuing a business relationship that began five years ago. The company's editor-in-chief says, "We are thrilled that Phil has decided to sign an extension with [us]. He's been one of the cornerstones of our athlete program since he came on board in 2005, and it has been a pleasure to watch him grow and mature into the competitor and person he is today. Phil has that rare combination of talent, work ethic and charisma that can make him one of the best ambassadors our sport has seen, one we haven't seen for quite some time."

Recently exiting his previous company, IFBB Pro K. Greene also signs a media contract with the company that houses Heath (as well as IFBB Pro Flex Lewis and IFBB Pro Dennis Wolf, and that just released IFBB Pro Dexter Jackson and IFBB Pro Toney Freeman). "I'm excited and I feel many steps closer to the goals that I dream about," Greene says.

The "So What?": A week ago, Hidetada Yamagishi made a remarkable showing in Florida at the 2010 Europa Orlando Pro Show of Champions, by winning the Open Division (IFBB Pro Eduardo Correa won the 202 Division) against bigger competitors and capturing his first pro-contest victory since earning his IFBB Pro card in 2003.

Thirty-year-old Phil Heath was the 2nd place runner-up at the Arnold Sports Festival's 2010 IFBB Pro Arnold Schwarzenegger Classic Bodybuilding Championships. He earned his IFBB Pro card at the 2005 NPC USA Bodybuilding Championships. Heath says about his re-signing. "I just get excited knowing I get to continue my career with this company. All over the world, people get to know a little bit about me as an athlete and a person. Traveling and meeting those fans has been a great experience."

A product of the foster care system, Greene endured a challenged life to turn pro at the 2004 NPC Team Universe and eventually become a two-time Arnold Classic Champion (in 2009 and 2010). "What he has had to overcome in his life on his quest to follow his dreams and become one of the top bodybuilders in the world is simply amazing," remarks the company's editor-in-chief. "His story is truly an inspiration to anyone who has faced adversity in their life. We are extremely happy and proud to be able to call him a member of the family."

Andrew Oye's Verdict: Yamagishi is on a roll. We'll see if his current quest to hit every pro bodybuilding contest leading up to Joe Weider's Olympia Weekend (to challenge 3-time Mr. Olympia IFBB Pro Jay Cutler) works in his favor. The folks at Yamagishi's new company say, "We have a feeling he's just getting warmed up for 2010." With a 2nd place finish at the recent Arnold Classic, Phil Heath seems to be living up to his hype as a top contender. An Olympia Sandow trophy would seal the deal for Heath, who has momentum on his side. Greene placed 4th at his Olympia debut in 2009. Sport watchers speculate that his current career momentum (bolstered by this contact signing) could translate to a bump in his placing at the 2010 Olympia in September.

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