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The Item: Career Updates, 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 past Mr. USA titleholders, as well as past and present Olympia titleholders.

The "So What?": Over the weekend, a bunch of pros attended the NPC USA Bodybuilding Championships in Las Vegas. Ms. Figure Olympia IFBB Pro Nicole Wilkins presented awards to winning athletes. Also spotted: Ms. Fitness Olympia IFBB Pro Adela Garcia, IFBB Pro Hidetada Yamagishi, IFBB Pro Shawn Ray, IFBB Pro Brian Yersky, and Olympia Physique Showdown Champion IFBB Pro Mark Anthony Wingson. IFBB Athletes Rep IFBB Pro Bob Cicherillo (2000 Mr. USA Champion) emceed the contest. Several other past champs were in the house: 4-time winner of the Arnold Sports Festival's IFBB Pro Arnold Schwarzenegger Classic Bodybuilding Championships IFBB Pro Flex Wheeler (1992 Mr. USA Champion), IFBB Pro Dennis James (1998 Mr. USA Champion), IFBB Pro Chris Cormier (1993 Mr. USA Champion), and IFBB Pro Dennis Newman (1994 Mr. USA Champion), who compared returning to the contest to the feeling a football player experienced when returning to the familiar smell of the grass on the field.

Following a gym-training session with IFBB Pro Cory Mathews in Texas this past week, 8-time Mr. Olympia IFBB Pro Ronnie Coleman made an autograph-signing appearance at a sports-nutrition shop in Fishers, Indiana. Husband and wife team, Fitness IFBB Pro Trish Warren performed a fitness routine and IFBB Pro Branch Warren guest-posed at the NPC Battle on the Bay Championships in Corpus Christi, Texas, promoted by Figure IFBB Pro Bernadette Galvan. While 8-time Ms. Olympia IFBB Pro Lenda Murray hosted her 10th Annual NPC Lenda Murray Championships in Portsmouth, Virginia, IFBB Pro Tricky Jackson performed at the NPC Rocket City Classic and Fit Expo in Huntsville, Alabama. A week prior, IFBB Pro Guy Cisternino and IFBB Pro Kevin English guest-posed at the NPC New Jersey Tri-State Championships; Nicole Wilkins hosted the Nicole Wilkins Classic in Michigan; and IFBB Pro Max Charles guest-posed at the NPC Mississippi State Championships.

Andrew Oye's Verdict: One of two final IFBB Pro Olympia Qualification Series contests before Joe Weider's Olympia Weekend is the IFBB Golden State Pro Bodybuilding Championships in Sacramento, California (August 2). Among those on the competitors list: IFBB Pro Toney Freeman, Powerlifter and IFBB Pro  Johnnie Jackson, and IFBB Pro Manuel Lomeli.

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