The Headline: ANDREW OYE'S IFBB PRO ATHLETES ROUNDUP + PRO CARD REPORT: NEW IFBB PRO DAVID HOFFMANN WINS AMATEUR OLYMPIA SPAIN, ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER CLASSIC CHAMPION KEVIN LEVRONE, MR. OLYMPIA DEXTER JACKSON, IFBB PRO ROELLY WINLLAAR, IFBB PRO JON DELAROSA, IFBB PRO JOSE RAYMOND, IFBB PRO ROLAND CZIURLOK, IFBB PRO RICARDO CORREIA IFBB PRO ATTIA SHAALAN, IFBB PRO BERRY DEMEYThe Item:
Legends Update, Career Updates, Special; Honors, Special Appearances, Andrew Oye's IFBB Pro Athletes Roundup, NFL 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 new professional members of the International Federation of Bodybuilding and Fitness eager to enter IFBB Pro Olympia Qualification Series contests, as well as pros who have already made their marks at Joe Weider's Olympia Weekend (a.k.a. the "Super Bowl of bodybuilding"). The "So What?":
Over the weekend, retired IFBB Pro Kevin Levrone made appearances at sports-nutrition shops in malls in Cairo, Egypt (the country that produced IFBB Mamdouh Elssbiay, a.k.a. "Big Ramy," recent winner of the Arnold Sports Festival's 3rd Annual IFBB Pro Arnold Schwarzenegger Classic Bodybuilding Championships in Rio de Janeiro, Brasil). The IFBB Hall of Fame bodybuilder, former Olympia contender, 2-time Arnold Classic Champion, and musician known as "The Maryland Muscle Machine" also announced that he will mentor rookie IFBB Pro Attia Shaalan (who joined Levrone on his trip and who earned his IFBB Pro card by winning the Overall title at the 2014 World Amateur Championships in Brasil) through the contest-preparation process for his professional debut.
IFBB Pro Jose Raymond, 2015 Arnold Classic 212 Division Champion, and IFBB Pro Juliana Malacarne, 2014 Ms. Physique Olympia and 2015 Arnold Classic Physique International Champion, guest-posed at the NPC CT Grand Prix and Connecticut State Bodybuilding Championships in East Haven, Connecticut. IFBB Pro Jon Delarosa was the featured guest-poser at the 2nd Annual OPA Mo-Muscle Classic Championships in Guelph, Ontario, in Canada. The event benefits a cancer charity. (Canadian IFBB Pro Santana Anderson was the guest-poser last year, when fellow Canadian IFBB Pro Fouad Abiad also hopped on stage for an impromptu posedown.)
Spotted at the NPC Junior National Bodybuilding Championships in Rosemont, Illinois: National Physique Committee amateur bodybuilder Sergio Oliva, Jr. (son of legendary 3-time Mr. Olympia IFBB Pro Sergio Oliva), 2008 Mr. Olympia IFBB Pro Dexter Jackson (Masters Olympia and 5-time Arnold Classic Champion), IFBB Pro Candice Lewis, and IFBB Pro Bob Cicherillo. National Football League former NFL Pro Javon Walker competed in the Physique Division and placed 2nd in his class at the Jr. Nationals. Meanwhile, overseas, IFBB Pro Roelly Winklaar, and IFBB Pro Ricardo Correia were spotted at the inaugural Amateur Olympia Amateur Championships in Torremolinos (Malaga), Spain.Andrew Oye's Verdict:
The real news in Malaga was an addition to the pro ranks. New IFBB Pro David Hoffmann won the Amateur Olympia Spain. Following the directives of his contest-prep coach (retired IFBB Pro Roland Cziurlok) and in the footsteps of a fellow German who won the Amateur Olympia Europe last year in Prague (IFBB Pro Roman Fritz, who pushed Hoffmann to 3rd place in 2014), the 6'1", 250-pound rookie won the Super-Heavyweight Class and Overall title this year, earning his IFBB Pro card after 15 years as an amateur competitive bodybuilder.
David "The Hoff" Hoffmann had previously won the Super-Heavyweight and Overall titles at the 2014 German National Championships. After his victory at the Mr. Olympia Amateur contest, the 35-year-old said, "Mission accomplished. Thank you all for your tremendous support! I feel like hit by a freight train, so I'll sleep now." As I reported, Hoffmann had traveled to California last summer to train through a "Legendary Leg Day" with IFBB Pro Tom Platz (a.k.a. "Quadfather" and "The Golden Eagle"), a IFBB Hall of Famer, former Olympia contender and ex-BodyStars Talent Recruiter for WWE CEO Vince McMahon's short-lived WBF World Bodybuilding Federation in the 1990s. One of those former WBF competitors was IFBB Pro Berry DeMey (now retired). IFBB President Dr. Rafael Santonja presented 53-year-old, Holland-born DeMey with a special award at Spain's Amateur Olympia event for his continued contributions to and involvement in the European bodybuilding community.
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