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

The Scoop: Just Announced: Over the weekend, the 2011 NPC Masters National Bodybuilding Championships awarded a fresh crop of athletes with IFBB Pro League cards. The National Physique Committee's roster of competitors in Pittsburgh was topped by Timmy Gaillard, winner of the Heavyweight Class and the Overall 40+ title. Also earning new professional status were class/age-group winners Willie Vegas (Masters Middleweight 40+), Lance Johnson (Masters Light-Heavyweight 50+) and Mike Ferguson (Masters Heavyweight 60+)  

The "So What?": At 5'9" and about 230 lbs., Timmy Gaillard is a personal fitness trainer residing in Mississippi. Before number one was his lucky number with a Masters Overall win at the NPC Southern Classic Championships, Gaillard was stuck on the number four, landing in 4th place at two previous contests -- the 2011 NPC Junior National Bodybuilding Championships and the 2009 NPC Masters National Bodybuilding Championships.

Andrew Oye's Verdict: New IFBB Pro Timmy Gaillard now joins recent Masters Nationals winners like former collegiate wrestler and IFBB Pro Andy Haman (2007), IFBB Pro Vinny Galanti (2008), powerlifter and IFBB Pro Stan Efferding (2009), and IFBB Pro Jerome Ferguson (2010) in trying to prove athletes who earn pro cards at 40+ in this contest can make significant waves on the pro circuit, particularly at prestigious competitions like the Arnold Sports Festival's IFBB Pro Arnold Schwarzenegger Classic Bodybuilding Championships (won this year by IFBB Pro Branch Warren and Mr. Olympia Championships at Joe Weider's Olympia Weekend (most recently won by 4-time Mr. Olympia IFBB Pro Jay Cutler).

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