The Headline: ANDREW OYE'S IFBB PRO ATHLETES ROUNDUP: MR. OLYMPIA LEE HANEY, MR. OLYMPIA RONNIE COLEMAN, MR. OLYMPIA PHIL HEATH, ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER CLASSIC CHAMPION MIKE FRANCOIS, IFBB PRO DEXTER JACKSON, IFBB PRO FLEX WHEELER, IFBB PRO FOUAD ABIAD, IFBB PRO TODD JEWELL, IFBB PRO CEDRIC MCMILLAN, IFBB PRO KEVIN JORDAN, POWERLIFTER STAN EFFERDING, 'AMERICAN GLADIATORS' MIKE O'HEARNThe Item:
Legends Update, Career Updates, Special Appearances, Andrew Oye's IFBB Pro Athletes RoundupThe Scoop:
Recently Reported: IFBB Pro League athletes and athletes from other sports leagues 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 some International Federation of Bodybuilding and Fitness professional athletes who promote National Physique Committee amateur contests.The "So What?":
Over the weekend, several pros, including 2008 Mr. Olympia IFBB Pro Dexter Jackson, attended the IFBB New York Pro Bodybuilding Championships. In other parts of the country, pros were hosting amateur contests: Hall of Fame IFBB Pro Mike Francois hosted the 18th Annual NPC Mike Francois Classic in Westerville. Ohio. Legendary 8-time Mr. Olympia IFBB Pro Ronnie Coleman hosted the 19th Annual NPC Ronnie Coleman Classic in Fort Worth, Texas.
The original, legendary 8-time Mr. Olympia, IFBB Pro Lee Haney made a special guest appearance at the IFBB/NPC Optimum Classic Championships in Shreveport, Louisiana. Reigning 4-time Mr. Olympia IFBB Pro Phil Heath, IFBB Pro Todd Jewell (coming back after a leg injury), and Mike O'Hearn (Titan from TV's "American Gladiators") were guest-posers at the NPC Emerald Cup Bodybuilding Championships in Bellevue, Washington, where IFBB Pro Flex Wheeler (4-time Arnold Classic Champion) and powerlifter/IFBB Pro Stan Efferding (winner of the 2010 IFBB "World's Strongest Bodybuilder" Powerlifting Challenge) also made guest appearances.
Fresh off a recent win at the Europa Show of Champions IFBB Orlando Pro Bodybuilding Championships, IFBB Pro Fouad Abiad took the guest-posing stage at the NPC Illinois State Bodybuilding Championships in Chicago. IFBB Pro Kevin Jordan guest-posed at the NPC Iron Viking Championships in Duluth, Minnesota. IFBB Pro Milton Martinez (who earned his pro card at the 2014 Masters Nationals) was the guest poser at the NPC Seminole Classic Bodybuilding Championships in Winter Springs, Florida. Martinez (of Puerto Rican descent) will make his competitive pro debut at the inaugural IFBB Puerto Rico Pro Bodybuilding Championships in San Juan (May 30-31).Andrew Oye's Verdict:
Of course, the pinnacle of physique sports is to win a title (and Sandow trophy) at Joe Weider's Olympia Weekend. Not everyone can win gold at the "Super Bowl of bodybuilding." One path to building and retaining a name in the industry involves winning IFBB Pro Olympia Qualification Series contests, winning at least one IFBB Pro Arnold Schwarzenegger Classic Bodybuilding Championships contest at the Arnold Sports Festival, and eventually launching a namesake contest as an event promoter. This path has been followed by athletes such 1995 Arnold Classic Champion Mike Francois, 2001 Arnold Classic Champion Ronnie Coleman, and Dexter Jackson, who apparently aims for quantity – setting a new record this year with five Arnold Classic victories, and promoting about three contests per year.
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