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The Item: IFBB Pro League Olympia Preview, Andrew Oye's IFBB Pro Athletes Roundup

The Scoop: Just Announced: Promoters of Joe Weider's Olympia Fitness & Performance Weekend just announced the IFBB Pro Olympia Qualification Series Standings for the Open Division competitors in contention for the 50th Anniversary IFBB Mr. Olympia Bodybuilding Championships in Las Vegas, NV (September 18-21).

The "So What?": As reported in "Andrew Oye's Pro-Muscle Report," the IFBB Pro Olympia Qualification Series Point System applies to IFBB Pro League athletes' eligibility to compete at the 2014 Joe Weider's Olympia Weekend and challenge reigning 3-time Mr. Olympia IFBB Pro Phil Heath (current MUSCLE INK Magazine cover athlete). 2014 IFBB contest-circuit competition winners who qualified include: IFBB Pro Dennis Wolf (Germany; winner of the Arnold Sports Festival's 2014 Arnold Classic Bodybuilding Championships), IFBB Pro Shawn Rhoden (USA), IFBB Pro Justin Compton (USA), IFBB Pro Steve Kuclo (USA), IFBB Pro Branch Warren (USA), IFBB Pro Mamdouh Elssbiay (a.k.a. "Big Ramy" from Egypt), IFBB Pro Juan Morel (USA), IFBB Pro Roelly Winklaar (Curacao), IFBB Pro Victor Martinez (Dominican Republic), and IFBB Pro Dexter Jackson (USA).

The Series' Top 5 point-scorers qualify for the 2014 Mr. Olympia contest. In the event of a tie, the competitor with the best top five contest placings will be awarded the qualification. The 2013 Olympia's Top 5 finishers automatically qualified (IFBB Pro K. Greene, IFBB Pro Dennis Wolf, IFBB Pro Shawn Rhoden, IFBB Pro Dexter Jackson). The 2013 Amateur Olympia winner, IFBB Pro Ibrahim Fahim (Egypt), also makes the list.

Mr. Olympia Qualification Series Standings
1. IFBB Pro Jon Delarosa, USA, 16 points
2. IFBB Pro Lionel Beyeke, France, 8 points
2. IFBB Pro Evan Centopani, USA, 8 points
4. IFBB Pro Johnnie Jackson, USA, 7 points
4. IFBB Pro Cedric McMillan, USA, 7 points
4. IFBB Pro Jojo Ntiforo, USA, 7 points
4. IFBB Pro Essa Obaid, UAE, 7 points
4. IFBB Pro Fred Smalls, USA, 7 points
9. IFBB Pro Mohammad Ali Bannout, Lebanon, 5 points
9. IFBB Pro Max Charles, USA, 5 points
11. IFBB Pro Fouad Abiad, Canada, 4 points
11. IFBB Pro Toney Freeman, USA, 4 points
11. IFBB Pro Martin Kjellstrom, Sweden, 4 points
14. IFBB Pro An Nguyen, USA, 3 points
14. IFBB Pro Kevin Ofurum, USA, 3 points
14. IFBB Pro Manuel Romero, Venezuela, 3 points
17. IFBB Pro Daniel Toth, Hungary, 2 points
17. IFBB Pro Manuel Lomeli, Mexico, 2 points
19. IFBB Pro Alfredo Asbeidia, Mexico, 1 point
19. IFBB Pro Ed Nunn, USA, 1 point
19. IFBB Pro Ben White, USA, 1 point
19. IFBB Pro Akim Williams, USA, 1 point
19. IFBB Pro Eddie Wilson, Suriname, 1 point

Andrew Oye's Verdict: Launched during the 2012 IFBB Pro League contest season, the Olympia Qualification Series resulted in some sizeable shifts in its 2014 edition. Last year's top point-scorers like Toney Freeman, Ed Nunn, and IFBB Pro Ben Pakulski, as well as 2013 circuit-contest winners like IFBB Pro Brandon Curry and IFBB Pro Robert Piotrkowicz, either slid down the leaderboard or completely dropped out of contention this year due to ladder climbers like Jonathon Delarosa and champion newcomers like Justin Compton. Following his 6th place finish last year, 4-time Mr. Olympia IFBB Pro Jay Cutler has (wisely) decided to attend "the Super Bowl of bodybuilding" as a spectator. Cutler already has a gilded seat among past Mr. Olympia champions and Sandow-trophy winners like IFBB Pro Larry Scott, IFBB Pro Sergio Oliva, IFBB Pro Arnold Schwarzenegger, IFBB Pro Franco Columbu, IFBB Pro Frank Zane, IFBB Pro Chris Dickerson, IFBB Pro Samir Bannout, IFBB Pro Lee Haney, IFBB Pro Dorian Yates, IFBB Pro Ronnie Coleman, Dexter Jackson and Phil Heath.

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