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The Item: Career Updates, Contest Preparation, 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 sports, bodybuilding, physique and fitness events. The latest "Andrew Oye's Pro-Muscle Report" Pro Athletes Roundup includes a rookie rolling up the ranks and a vet who needs a victory.

IFBB Pro Roelly Winklaar signed a media contract. The company's press announcement refers to Winklaar as "the surprise breakout new star, the new kid on the block, and our Pro Rookie of the Year," and even describes his impressive arm development (particularly his triceps) as comparable to that of 3-time Mr. Olympia IFBB Pro Sergio Oliva and 7-time Mr. Olympia IFBB Pro Arnold Schwarzenegger. IFBB Pro Craig Richardson signed an endorsement deal with the sports nutrition company whose roster of sponsored athletes includes 2007 Arnold Classic Winner IFBB Pro Victor Martinez and 202 Division competitor IFBB Pro Tricky Jackson. IFBB Pro K. Greene released his first bodybuilding documentary film DVD titled "A New Breed - Vol. 1 Overkill," which follows his inspirational and punishing preparation for the 2009 Mr. Olympia contest.

The "So What?": Born on the island of Curacao, Roelly Winklaar moved to The Netherlands, where he practiced gymnastics and learned the back flip he performs in his posing routines. In 2003, Winklaar won his first contest and a free membership at his local gym. Hen went on to win the Arnold Sports Festival's  2009 Arnold Amateur Bodybuilding Championships. As reported in "Andrew Oye's Pro-Muscle Report" last month, the rookie placed 7th at the 2010 Arnold Classic Bodybuilding Championships and 3rd at the 2010 Australian Pro Grand Prix behind big names - like Greene, IFBB Pro Dexter Jackson and IFBB Pro Branch Warren). In November 2009, Craig Richardson took 2nd place at the IFBB Sacramento Pro Bodybuilding Championships in a close fight with the contest winner IFBB Pro Toney Freeman. At 5'7", Richardson will be chiseling his 248 lbs. of off-season mass to a solid 235 lbs. of contest muscle as he preps for the Mr. Olympia contest.

From his standout physique to his philosophical approach, Greene is one of the most talked-about competitors, and the new DVD captures the day-to-day struggle of intense training and dieting to compete. The film takes viewers along a grueling quest, including 7 weeks of isolation in the desert, that ultimately resulted in a 4th place finish at his Olympia debut. He went on to achieve some redemption with successful defenses of his 2009 Arnold Classic and 2009 Australian Pro titles, winning both competitions again in 2010.

Andrew Oye's Verdict:
Like every new pro, Roelly Winklaar dreams of the Olympia stage. All signs say he could possibly give some of the big dogs and vets a run for their money at Joe Weider's Olympia Weekend. But, for now, Winklaar's next test will be at the 2010 New York Pro against IFBB Pro Hidetada Yamagishi and IFBB Pro Dennis Wolf (May 8). The 2000 NPC National Bodybuilding Championships Light-Heavyweight winner (when he earned his IFBB Pro card), Craig Richardson has a marketable look and a decade as a pro, but no pro show wins...yet. Perhaps Richardson got his new gig based on his presence and potential, and perhaps he'll keep it based on his pending performance. As for Greene, maybe "Overkill" will give more insight into the world of an enigmatic (some say eccentric) athlete among the new breed of modern pro bodybuilders.

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