The Headline: ANDREW OYE'S IFBB PRO ATHLETES ROUNDUP: MR. OLYMPIA JAY CUTLER, ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER CLASSIC BODYBUILDING CHAMPION STEVE KUCLO, IFBB PRO BRANCH WARREN, IFBB PRO TRICKY JACKSON, IFBB PRO HIDETADA YAMAGISHI, IFBB PRO GUY CISTERNINO, IFBB PRO MAMDOUH ELSSBIAY, IFBB PRO JASON HUH, IFBB PRO NICK TRIGILI, IFBB PRO CHRIS CORMIERThe Item:
Career Updates, Special Appearances, Andrew Oye's IFBB Pro Athletes RoundupThe 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 a pro who is a winner of multiple Sandow trophies at Joe Weider's Olympia Weekend (a.k.a. the "Super Bowl of bodybuilding"), and a pro whose journey in the International Federation of Bodybuilding and Fitness has been oscillating between wins, near-wins, and no-wins on the IFBB Pro Olympia Qualification Series contest circuit.The "So What?":
Over the weekend, 2-time winner of the Arnold Sports Festival's IFBB Pro Arnold Schwarzenegger Classic Bodybuilding Championships USA, IFBB Pro Branch Warren (a.k.a. "Quadrasaurus") hosted the NPC Branch Warren Championships in Omaha, Nebraska. IFBB Pro Tricky Jackson hosted the NPC Tricky Jackson Classic Bodybuilding Championships (his largest to date, with 233 competitors) in Lexington, Kentucky, where fellow 212-Division IFBB Pro Guy Cisternino was the guest-poser. IFBB Pro Hidetada Yamagishi guest-posed at the OPA Winston Roberts Open Bodybuilding Championships in Cobourg, Ontario Canada. (Winston, a 2-time Mr. Canada title winner, was delegated by Ben Weider to write the IFBB Constitution. Winston also wrote the initial IFBB rulebook for judging and helped form the Canadian Federation of Bodybuilding -- now the CBBF Canadian Bodybuilding Federation).
Four-time Mr. Olympia IFBB Pro Jay Cutler was a special guest and IFBB Pro Juan Morel was the guest-poser at the NPC Greater New York Bodybuilding Championships in Syracuse, New York. IFBB Pro Steve Kuclo guest-posed and hosted a meet-and-greet at the NPC Wyoming Yellowstone Championships in Cheyenne, Wyoming. After his guest-posing gig, Kuclo made a meet-and-greet appearance at a sports-nutrition shop in Denver the next day. The featured guest posers at the NPC Badger State Bodybuilding Championships were IFBB Pro Jason Huh and (for the fourth consecutive year) IFBB Pro Nick Trigili in West Allis, Wisconsin, where retired IFBB Pro Chris Cormier was also in attendance. Andrew Oye's Verdict:
I've been watching to see whether 2014 Arnold Classic Brasil Champion Steve Kuclo could recapture and maintain some of the perceived momentum he had after earning his IFBB Pro card by winning the NPC Mr. USA title in 2011. Thus far, the Texas firefighter/paramedic has been on an up-and-down path. Impressive placings like 3rd at the 2012 New York Pro (won by IFBB Pro Cedric McMillan), 1st at the 2013 Europa Supershow Dallas Pro, 2nd at the 2014 Nordic Pro (won by IFBB Pro Roelly Winklaar), and 2nd at the 2015 Texas Pro Championships (won by IFBB Pro Johnnie Jackson) are counterbalanced by finishes like no placing at the 2013 Mr. Olympia (won by IFBB Pro Phil Heath), 9th at the 2014 Mr. Olympia (won by Heath), and 7th at the 2014 San Marino Pro (won by IFBB Pro Shawn Rhoden).
This year, Kuclo has entered five contests and placed in the Top 5 only once -- taking 10th at the Arnold Classic Europe (won by IFBB Pro Dexter Jackson), no placing at the 2015 Mr. Olympia (won by Heath), 6th at the Phoenix Pro (won by a former 212-Division competitor) and 10th at the Prague Pro (won by Dexter Jackson). While in the Czech Republic, Kuclo had a back-training workout session with fellow Arnold Classic Brasil Champion (for 2015) IFBB Pro Mamdouh Elssbiay (a.k.a. "Big Ramy"). After a subpar showing at the Prague Pro, Kuclo seems determined to improve. "I will be back with a vengeance the next time I hit the stage," he declared.
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