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The 32nd annual NPC National Bodybuilding Championships event is scheduled to take place November 22 to 23 at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. The show features men's bodybuilding, women's bodybuilding, men's physique, women's physique, figure and bikini. Up to 62 IFBB pro cards will be awarded to either the top two finishers or the winner in each divisional class, depending on each division's specific rules.
Two pro competitions took place on November 15 to 16, marking the end of the 2013 IFBB contest season. Those competitions were the Tijuana Pro and the Felicia Romero Pro Figure Classic. The Tijuana Pro had two divisions, men's bodybuilding and bikini, as part of the show in Tijuana, Mexico. Former Mr. Olympia champion Dexter Jackson was the only big name in the bodybuilding lineup, which comprised a mere seven bodybuilders, and he had little difficulty emerging on top.
Three-time Mr. Olympia Phil Heath is set to cross over to the professional wrestling world at the TNA Wrestling Bound for Glory pay-per-view on October 19. This event, emanating from the Viejas Arena in San Diego, California, is TNA's biggest annual show. It is the promotion's version of Wrestlemania, albeit at a smaller scale.
The second, and final, competition on the 2013 post-Olympia European bodybuilding tour is scheduled for October 19 in Prague, Czech Republic. That contest is the second edition of the Prague Pro and it features two men's pro bodybuilding competitions. In the main event, the open class contestants, most notably top-ranked bodybuilders Kai Greene and Dexter Jackson, will go head-to-head in what should be an interesting battle.
With the Mr. Olympia contest now in the past, we look onto the future. That future is two-weeks post-Olympia and it is in the form of the third annual Arnold Classic Europe. This competition is quickly becoming one of the elite contests of the year, thanks of course to it being part of the Arnold Classic family of contests. Not to mention, the show is in close proximity to the Olympia, so many of the top Olympia competitors are willing to stay in peak condition for a few more weeks for a chance at earning a prestigious trophy to add to their trophy case.
The 2013 Mr. Olympia took place on September 26 to 29 in Las Vegas, Nevada, and it was a historical contest to say the least. In the main event, the men's open bodybuilding was dominated by Phil Heath, who earned himself a third Sandow trophy. Heath was well ahead of the competition during the prejudging and he held his peak into the finals to secure his third consecutive win at the SuperBowl of bodybuilding.
In exactly two weeks, the 2013 Mr. Olympia will be crowned in Las Vegas. The 49th rendition of the SuperBowl of bodybuilding features one of the deepest lineups in the history of the competition. Three former Olympia champions are among the cream of the crop bodybuilders getting ready to battle it out onstage. Those previous Mr. O winners are two-time and reigning champion Phil Heath, four-time winner and the returning Jay Cutler, and one-time winner Dexter Jackson, the only bodybuilder to ever win both the Mr. Olympia and Masters Olympia titles. A list of all the bodybuilders that have qualified for this year's Mr. O can be found here.
Update (August 31): Baitollah Abbaspour has won the Nordic Pro for the second year in a row and earned himself a spot in the 2013 Mr. Olympia competition. You can read the results and a full recap of the show here. As for the North American Championships, the men's bodybuilding overall title was awarded to Akim Williams. The win has earned him an IFBB pro card.
The summer is quickly coming to a close, but the bodybuilding world is heating up as the 49th annual Mr. Olympia contest fast-approaches on September 26 to 29 before the SuperBowl of bodybuilding goes down in Las Vegas, two major contests are being held, one which has major implications on the Olympia. That show is the IFBB Nordic Pro Championships, to be held on August 30 in Lahti, Finland. This contest will be awarding the final qualifying spot in the Mr. O to the first place finisher. Not to mention, it will finalize the standings of the Olympia Qualification Series, in which the bodybuilders in the top five positions each earn a spot at the Mr. Olympia competition.
Steve Kuclo entered his second show as a pro and succesfully defeated the competition en route to earning his first pro win. He also earned a spot at the 2013 Mr. Olympia contest, although it remains to be seen whether or not he will enter the show. Kuclo has only been a pro since 2011, so he is still young in his pro bodybuilding career and will likely take the rest of the year off to continue refining his physique and improve upon his weak points.