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The Item: Contest Results, New IFBB Pro League Cards, Andrew Oye's IFBB Pro Athletes Roundup

The Scoop: Just Announced: Over the weekend, new IFBB Pro Jerome Bravo won the Super-Heavyweight Class and Overall title of Mr. Canada at the 2014 CBBF Canadian National Bodybuilding Championships in Laval, Quebec, earning his IFBB Pro card and eligibility to compete on the IFBB Pro League circuit.

The "So What?": As reported in "Andrew Oye's Pro-Muscle Report," the Canadian Bodybuilding Federation's National Bodybuilding Championships previously awarded pro status to IFBB Pro Henri-Pierre Ano, IFBB Pro Zane Watson, and IFBB Pro Christopher Wong in 2013; snowboarder IFBB Pro Larry Vinette and powerlifter IFBB Pro Greg Doucette in 2012; IFBB Pro Mike Johnson and IFBB Pro Renaldo Gairy in 2011; IFBB Pro Santana Anderson in 2010; IFBB Pro Rob Belisle in 2009; "Quadzilla" and "Calf-zilla" IFBB Pro Ben Pakulski in 2008; IFBB Pro Vince Wawryk in 2007; IFBB Pro Fouad Abiad in 2006; IFBB Pro Dan Fedeluk in 2004; and IFBB Pro Frank McGrath in 2003.

Big Jerome Bravo of Toronto, Ontario, (who also trains and preps other athletes for competition) trained with 2009 Mr. Canada IFBB Pro Mike Van Wyck to prepare for the contest. Climbing the ladder at the Canadian Nationals, the 6'0", 270-pound Bravo got up to an off-season weight of 315 lbs. He had previously taken 11th place in the Super-Heavyweight Class in 2013, 3rd place in 2012, 2nd place in 2011, 3rd place in 2010, and 9th place in 2008.

Andrew Oye's Verdict: Will the Canadian crew step-up its game again soon? For a moment, Ben Pakulski was helping to lead the pack with a 2nd place finish to IFBB Pro Dexter Jackson at the Arnold Sports Festival's 2013 IFBB Pro Arnold Schwarzenegger Classic Bodybuilding Championships; his 4th place finish to IFBB Pro Branch Warren at the 2012 Arnold Classic; and an 11th place finish to Mr. Olympia IFBB Pro Phil Heath at Joe Weider's Olympia Weekend in 2012. Fouad Abiad did not place at the 2008 Olympia and landed 12th place, no placement, and 10th place at the Arnold Classic in 2011, 2012 and 2013, respectively. Yet, none of the aforementioned pros qualified to compete at the upcoming 50th Anniversary Mr. Olympia Championships. We'll see if Jerome Bravo's eligibility to begin competing in IFBB Pro Olympia Qualification Series contests will add any fuel to the impact of Canadian IFBB Pro League athletes in 2015 or beyond.

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