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

The Scoop: Just Announced: The International Federation of Bodybuilding and Fitness and promoters of Joe Weider's Olympia Fitness and Performance Weekend just announced the Olympia Qualification Series Standings for the 212 Division competitors in contention for the Olympia 212 Showdown, staged at the IFBB Mr. Olympia Bodybuilding Championships in Las Vegas, Nevada (September 17-20).

212 Showdown Olympia Qualification Series Standings
1. IFBB Pro Tricky Jackson, USA, 12 points
2. IFBB Pro Aaron Clark, USA, 10 points
3. IFBB Pro Ahmad Ahmad, Sweden, 9 points
3. IFBB Pro Oliver Adzievski, Sweden, 9 points
5. IFBB Pro Khalid Almohsinawi, Kuwait, 7 points
6. IFBB Pro Sami Al Haddad, Bahrain, 6 points
7. IFBB Pro Thomas Anderson, USA, 5 points
7. IFBB Pro Derik Farnsworth, USA, 5 points
7. IFBB Pro John Meadows, USA, 5 points
10. IFBB Pro Mark Dugdale, USA, 4 points
10. IFBB Pro Manuel Manchado, Spain, 4 points
10. IFBB Pro Milton Martinez, USA, 4 points
10. IFBB Pro Jose Raul Sanchez Reyes, Mexico, 4 points
10. IFBB Pro Shaun Joseph-Tavernier, United Kingdom, 4 points
15. IFBB Pro Thomas Benagli, Italy, 3 points
15. IFBB Pro Patrick Bernard, Canada, 3 points
15. IFBB Pro Raul Carrasco-Jimenez, Spain, 3 points
15. IFBB Pro Vojtech Koritensky, Czech Republic, 3 points
15. IFBB Pro Freddie McCray, USA, 3 points
15. IFBB Pro Chris Tuttle, USA, 3 points
21. IFBB Pro Mboya Edwards, Canada, 2 points
21. IFBB Pro Darron Glenn, USA, 2 points
21. IFBB Pro Mike Lynds, Canada, 2 points
21. IFBB Pro Daron Lytle, USA, 2 points
21. IFBB Pro Alison Maria, USA, 2 points
21. IFBB Pro Bola Ojex, Nigeria, 2 points
21. IFBB Pro Shelby Starnes, USA, 2 points
28. IFBB Pro Wendell Floyd, USA, 1 point
28. IFBB Pro Rod Ketchens, USA, 1 point
28. IFBB Pro Marvin Ward, USA, 1 point
28. IFBB Pro Fabrizio Zittucro, Italy, 1 point

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 2015 Joe Weider's Olympia Weekend and challenge reigning 3-time Olympia 212 Showdown Champion IFBB Pro Flex Lewis. The 2014 IFBB contest-circuit competition winners who qualified include: IFBB Pro Hidetada Yamagishi (Japan), IFBB Pro Charles Dixon (USA), IFBB Pro Guy Cisternino (USA), IFBB Pro Al Auguste (USA), IFBB Pro Craig Richardson (USA), IFBB Pro Marco Rivera (USA), IFBB Pro Kim Jun Ho (Korea), IFBB Pro Kyung Won Kang (Korea), IFBB Pro Shaun Clarida (USA), IFBB Pro Alejandro Cambronero (USA), IFBB Pro Zane Watson (Canada), IFBB Pro M. Cambal (Slovakia), United Kingdom's IFBB Pro James "Flex" Lewis (who won a string of three consecutive post-Olympia contests at the end of 2014), and USA's IFBB Pro Jose Raymond (who, in 2015, won the second-ever 212-Division contest at the Arnold Sports Festival's IFBB Pro Arnold Schwarzenegger Classic Bodybuilding Championships)

The Series' Top 5 point-scorers on the leaderboard qualify for the 2015 Olympia 212 Showdown contest. In the event of a tie, the competitor with the best top-five contest placings will be awarded the qualification. The 2014 Olympia Showdown's Top 5 finishers automatically qualified (IFBB Pro Eduardo Correa Da Silva, IFBB Pro Jose Raymond, IFBB Pro Hidetada Yamagishi, IFBB Pro Baitollah Abbaspour). As past Olympia Showdown titleholders, IFBB Pro Kevin English and IFBB Pro David Henry, also make the list.

Andrew Oye's Verdict: The major focus of last year was celebrating the 50th Annual Mr. Olympia contest (a.k.a. the "Super bowl of bodybuilding"). In addition to watching James "Flex" Lewis attempt to acquire his fourth consecutive Olympia Showdown title and break his three-win tie with IFBB Pro Kevin English, this year's buzz is about the fact that many new physiques (and international flavors) will make debuts on the Olympia stage, including Costa Rican Alex Cambronero, Canadian Zane Watson, as well as Kim Jun Ho and Kyung Won Kang, who are repping Korea's new surge onto the scene. Iran's Baito Abbaspour will be missed -- he recently passed away, ending efforts to climb ranks in the division he only entered last year (with a respectable 5th place finish at the 2014 Olympia).