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The Item: IFBB Pro League Contest Results, Andrew Oye's IFBB Pro Athletes Roundup, Special Fitness Industry Event

The Scoop: Just Announced: Over the weekend, IFBB Pro James "Flex" Lewis successfully defended the title he won last year, winning the 2014 Olympia 212 Showdown at Joe Weider's Olympia Fitness and Performance Weekend, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Olympia 212 Showdown Final Results
1. IFBB Pro Flex Lewis 
2. IFBB Pro Eduardo Correa 
3. IFBB Pro Jose Raymond 
4. IFBB Pro Hidetada Yamagishi 
5. IFBB Pro Baitollah Abbaspour 
6. IFBB Pro Aaron Clark 
7. IFBB Pro Sami Al-Haddad 
8. IFBB Pro Guy Cisternino 
9. IFBB Pro David Henry 
10. IFBB Pro Charles Dixon 
11. IFBB Pro Ahmad Ahmad 
12. IFBB Pro Mark Dugdale 
13. IFBB Pro Mboya Edwards 
14. IFBB Pro Raul Carrasco-Jimenez

The "So What?": At the 2014 Olympia Weekend, the fitness community celebrated the 50th Anniversary of the Mr. Olympia Bodybuilding Championships (won by IFBB Pro Phil Heath), the "Super Bowl of pro bodybuilding" created by IFBB Pro League founder Joe Weider (a.k.a. the "Father of Modern Bodybuilding"). As reported in "Andrew Oye's Pro-Muscle Report," NBC Sports Group will televise event highlights on the NBC Sports Network (NBCSN) in two 90-minute special telecasts (October 18 and October 25).

As PMR also reported, lighter-weight pro bodybuilders rejoiced when a contest specifically for them was added to Joe Weider's Olympia Weekend in 2008. After a slight weight increase in 2011, the Olympia 202 Showdown became the 212 Showdown. James Lewis' latest win, his third consecutive victory, matches his record with that of IFBB Pro Kevin English. The first-ever Showdown winner, Henry, slipped seven spots from the 2nd runner-up position in 2013, even landing behind a 2014 Showdown newcomer (Clark). Former Open Division competitors Yamagishi and Abbaspour fared a bit better in their 212 Showdown debuts than retired IFBB Pro Troy Alves did with his 8th place finish last year.

Andrew Oye's Verdict: While the 212 Showdown yielded expected results with Flex Lewis (also the winner of the Arnold Sports Festival's very first 212 Division contest at the 2014 IFBB Pro Arnold Schwarzenegger Classic Bodybuilding Championships), other divisions had shakeups. Upon collecting her record-setting tenth Ms. Olympia title, IFBB Pro Iris Kyle announced her retirement. IFBB Pro Oksana Grishina won her first Ms. Fitness Olympia title in the absence of 8-time champion IFBB Pro Adela Garcia. In the Physique Divisions, newly crowned champions dethroned incumbents. IFBB Pro Jeremy Buendia jumped from runner-up to 1st place, sending 2013 winner IFBB Pro Mark Anthony Wingson to 6th place; meanwhile, IFBB Pro Juliana Malacarne knocked Dana Linn Bailey to 2nd place. IFBB Pro Nicole Wilkins nabbed her fourth Ms. Figure Olympia title, while IFBB Pro Ashley Kaltwasser retained her Ms. Bikini Olympia title. Up next on the 212 Division schedule, kicking off the next cycle of the IFBB Pro Olympia Qualification Series (for 2015): the IFBB Korean Pro Bodybuilding Championships.

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