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

The Scoop: Just Announced: Over the weekend, IFBB Pro Roelly Winklaar rolled his way to a 1st place victory at the 2014 IFBB Nordic Pro Bodybuilding Championships in Lahti, Finland. Firefighter and IFBB Pro Steve Kuclo claimed the 2nd place runner-up spot. Powerlifter and IFBB Pro Johnnie Jackson took 3rd place. IFBB Pro Ronny Rockel landed in 4th place, trailed by IFBB Pro Robert Piotrkowicz in the 5th position.

The remaining field: IFBB Pro Jeno Kiss (6th), MMA fighter and IFBB Pro Robert Burneika (7th), falling from 4th place in 2013 was IFBB Pro Alexey Lesukov (8th), dropping from 3rd place last year was IFBB Pro Aliaksei Shabunia (9th), IFBB Pro Mario Vansteenberghe (10th), IFBB Pro Nikitas Manolakis (11th), IFBB Pro Oleg Emelyanov (12th), IFBB Pro Vladimir Agrinskiy (13th), IFBB Pro Alexandre Nataf (14th), followed by IFBB Pro Dainius Barzinskas and IFBB Pro Timo Honkala.

The "So What?": As reported in "Andrew Oye's Pro Muscle Report," the IFBB Pro Olympia Qualification Series Point System (1st automatic qualification, 2nd - 4 Points, 3rd - 3 Points, 4th - 2 Points, 5th - 1 Point) applies to IFBB Pro League athletes' eligibility to compete at Joe Weider's Olympia Weekend to challenge reigning Mr. Olympia IFBB Pro Phil Heath. With his recent win, Roelly Winklaar essentially "reclaimed" a title he had claimed in 2012, when he won the inaugural Nordic Pro. IFBB Pro Baitollah Abbaspour, who has dropped weight to compete in the 212 Division, did not return to defend the title he won at the 2013 Nordic Pro. For the last two years year, the Scandinavia-based pro bodybuilding contest had been the last competition before the Olympia Weekend; however, this year, the Nordic Pro was the fifth show in a string of post-Olympia events on an international grand-prix tour for IFBB Open Division competitors.

Andrew Oye's Verdict: Roelly Winklaar has been looking humongous lately, ever since competing at the 50th Anniversary Mr. Olympia Championships where he took 12th place in September (below expectations for the man who had finished 7th in 2013, behind IFBB Pro Jay Cutler but ahead of IFBB Pro Mamdouh Elssbiay, a.k.a "Big Ramy," and IFBB Pro Branch Warren). The win in Finland may be a nod for him based solely on the caliber of the competition he faced there. A word of caution: the mass added since his winning comeback (after a motorcycle accident) at the Chicago Pro Championships in July is (from certain angles and when not completely detailed) affecting his physique's balance. Shredding is key. Perhaps something between his Chicago look and his current look might be a comfortable middle ground. In the eyes of many, the balance and conditioning of another comeback kid -- diabetic Ronny Rockel, who cut his 2013 season short and returned in 2014 to a 10th place finish in Prague and 9th place finish in Italy -- should have placed the German between or above both Winklaar and Kuclo (winner of the Arnold Sports Festival's 2014 IFBB Pro Arnold Schwarzenegger Classic Bodybuilding in Brasil in April).

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