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

The Scoop: Just Announced: Over the weekend, IFBB Pro Phil Heath won the 2014 Mr. Olympia Bodybuilding Championships -- a.k.a. the "Super Bowl of professional bodybuilding," -- and claimed his fourth ring or, in this case, Sandow trophy at Joe Weider's Olympia Fitness and Performance Weekend, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Mr. Olympia Final Results
1. IFBB Pro Phil Heath
2. IFBB Pro K. Greene
3. IFBB Pro Shawn Rhoden
4. IFBB Pro Dennis Wolf
5. IFBB Pro Dexter Jackson
6. IFBB Pro Branch Warren
7. IFBB Pro Mamdouh Elssbiay ("Big Ramy")
8. IFBB Pro Victor Martinez
9. IFBB Pro Steve Kuclo
10. IFBB Pro Juan Morel

The remaining field: IFBB Pro Johnnie Jackson (11th), IFBB Pro Roelly Winklaar (12th), IFBB Pro Fred Smalls (13th), IFBB Pro Jon Delarosa (14th), IFBB Pro William Bonac (15th), IFBB Pro Jojo Ntiforo (16th), IFBB Pro Ibrahim Fahim (16th).

The "So What?": At the 2014 Olympia Weekend, the fitness world celebrated the 50th Anniversary of the Mr. Olympia Bodybuilding Championships, an event 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).

While two titleholders (Phil Heath and Dexter Jackson) were embroiled in competition, previous winners gathered for an onstage reunion: 8-time Mr. Olympia IFBB Pro Lee Haney, 8-time Mr. Olympia IFBB Pro Ronnie Coleman, 7-time Mr. Olympia IFBB Pro Arnold Schwarzenegger, 2-time Mr. Olympia IFBB Pro Franco Columbu, 4-time Mr. Olympia IFBB Pro Jay Cutler and Mr. Olympia IFBB Pro Samir Bannout. Unfortunately unable to attend the festivities: 6-time Mr. Olympia IFBB Pro Dorian Yates, 3-time Mr. Olympia IFBB Pro Frank Zane, Mr. Olympia IFBB Pro Chris Dickinson, and the deceased champions -- first-ever winner, 2-time Mr. Olympia IFBB Pro Mr. Olympia Larry Scott and his successor 3-time Mr. Olympia IFBB Pro IFBB Pro Sergio Oliva.

At the press conference, Phil Heath said he would dedicate his victory to his recently departed dad. "I told my father before he passed that I was going to bring one [Sandow trophy] home for him." Heath's latest victory matches his record with that of Cutler, surpassing Oliva and Zane and, if his streak continues, inching toward the territories of Yates and Schwarzenegger, while the highest record still holds strong as a tie between Haney and Coleman. At Joe Weider's Olympia Weekend 2014, Delarosa, Fahim, Morel, and Ntiforo made their Olympia debuts. Qualified competitors IFBB Pro Lionel Beyeke, IFBB Pro Evan Centopani, IFBB Pro Justin Compton, IFBB Pro Cedric McMillan, IFBB Pro Essa Obaid did not compete.

Andrew Oye's Verdict: The 2014 contenders are in the history books for having competed at the 50th Annual Mr. Olympia contest; however, not every memory will be the fondest. IFBB Pro League athletes who sought to "shake things up" did not see much change from last year's results. Ironically, I gave props to Roelly Winklaar for his "leap year," when he leaped from 12th in 2012 to 7th in 2013, but he slipped right back to 12th this year. Two Olympia newbies (Kuclo and Morel) broke into the Top 10. Two previous Amateur Olympia winners (Elssbiay and Fahim) from Egypt finished in different hemispheres on the Pro Olympia stage. The Top 5 finishers virtually mirrored the 2013 results with a swap at 3rd and 4th place (Rhoden over Wolf). A vet filled a vacancy in the 6th spot (Warren in for Cutler).

Perhaps it is "pie in the sky" to assume the half-century celebration of bodybuilding's most prestigious event would inspire an atmosphere more courtly than usual; yet, verbal sparring at the pre-contest press conference and a near confrontation on stage during the Prejudging Round between the runner-up rival and reigning champ took on a tone that raises questions about sportsmanship. Opinions are flying left and right. While I condemn no one, I will say that it made me pause. I once thought it was "fun" for fans when IFBB pros borrowed a little (keyword: little) of the pre-fight bluster that boxers and MMA fighters use to hype-up their matches. The difference? In combat sports, opponents will (and are expected to) eventually make physical contact with the intent to pulverize each other. With all due respect, competitive bodybuilding is a figurative "war"...in the form of an art exhibit...to see who has better biceps. Whether tensions are truly percolating or manufactured for promotion's sake, should physique sports participants celebrate the basic premise of their trade with more acrimony or appreciation? Up next on the schedule, kicking off the next cycle of the IFBB Pro Olympia Qualification Series (for 2015): the Arnold Sports Festival's IFBB Pro Arnold Schwarzenegger Classic Bodybuilding Championships in Madrid, Spain.

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