Team Universe

Kai Greene wins the overall for this year’s NPC Team Universe, held last night in New York City. Kai also won it in 1999. Vickie Nixon wins the women. Complete results for men and women.

Its been two weeks since the NPC Teen, Collegiate, and Masters Nationals, and I’ve still been unable to obtain complete results. The time to start advertising next year’s contest is the day after this year’s event, and the way to do that is to publicize this year’s results.

Still nothing on the NPC website either. But they sure are quick to post IFBB pro results. Now why would you go to the NPC site for IFBB results when you could just go directly to the IFBB site? (not to mention MuscleMemory)

The NPC has posted another memo regarding the press. They’re already barring professional photographers from amateur shows. And they’ve only been granting press passes to those associated with the main bodybuilding magazines. Now they’re saying that if a photographer has been granted a press pass, then those photos can only be used by that magazine or that magazine’s website.

Who is this aimed at? Websites like Graphic Muscle, who’s work occasionally appears in Ironman, or perhaps Most Muscular or East Coast Muscle? Certainly not me, as the only press passes I’ve ever received was for NABBA events.

The bodybuilding mags give bodybuilding contests so little coverage as it is. One would expect the NPC to be trying to get more publicity, not less. Publicity is what gets contestants to enter and fans to attend. Or are they just trying to protect the business of their official photographers? That if a competitor wants a decent photo of themselves from the contest, they have to buy it from the NPC, not some other website. But if that is the case, then why doesn’t the NPC post the pics on their website, or link to one that does, so that everyone can see and purchase them? By trying to protect their official photographers, they’re hurting themselves with lack of publicity.

Between these problems: the NPC taking forever to post NPC results (if they get posted at all); their quickness to post IFBB results; and their actions to prevent other sites from posting pics, while not posting their own pics; its clear that the NPC really doesn’t get the power of the web. They could be building an incredible fan base. Instead they’re only discouraging other from doing it for them.

12 Responses to “ Team Universe ”

  1. jos Says:

    Duh! Look who the official photographer is. I wonder if he got it thru competitive bidding, not. Isn’t nepotism grand?

  2. tim Says:

    I hadn’t noticed that. Now that email takes on new meaning.

  3. RAY Says:

    IF YOU ATTTENDED THE 2004 TEAM UNIVERSE YOU WITNESSED AN IN JUSTICE PERFORMED BY THE NPC.
    SUPER COMPETITORS LIKE Jenette Freed, Zhanna Rotar
    AND MANY OTHERS WERE DOWN RIGHT ROBBED OF AN IFBB PRO-CARD AND HIGHER PLACINGS DUE TO THE EVER PRESENT NPC POLITICS IN BOTH THE FIGURE CLASS B AND C DIVISIONS.

    LETS DO SOME BACKGROUND CHECKS:
    YOUR TWO NEW PRO’S THAT EMERGED FROM THE B & C DIVISIONS Kate Shelby** & Aria Noir** BOTH PLACED WELL BELOW THE GIRLS ABOVE AS WELL AS MANY OTHERS JUST A MONTH AGO AT THE 2004 JR NATIONALS IN CHICAGO IN MUCH STIFFER COMPETITION AND TWICE THE COMPETITORS. I DONT KNOW ABOUT YOU BUT YOU DONT CHANGE YOUR BODY IN ONE MONTH TO PULL YOU 10 PLACES UP TO BEAT A GIRL THAT BLEW YOU AWAY BY 10 PLACES JUST A MONTH PRIOR AND NOW GET YOUR PRO CARD. LOOK AT THE PHOTOS THEY DO NOT LIE. KATE SHELBY AND ARIA NOIR BOTH ARE BEAUTIFUL GIRLS BUT THEY DID NOT DESERVE A PRO CARD NOR DO I FEEL THEY DESERVED TO BE IN THE TOP FIVE, THEY HAVE A WAYS TO GO BEFORE THEY SHOULD HAVE EVER BEAT THE TOP 10 AT TEAM UNIVERSE OR JR NATIONALS.

    ADVICE FOR KATE SHELBY (BUILD YOUR LEGS AND PUT ON ABOUT 5LBS OF MUSCLE…

    ADVICE FOR ARIA NOIR (BUILD YOUR LEGS TO MATCH YOUR UPPER BODY AND DO SQUATS AND LUNGES FOR YOU BUTT.

  4. GIacomo Says:

    The Teen Collegiate results are now up at npcnewsonline.

  5. Joe Riso Says:

    Show me ANY promoter or organization that’s really up on the power of the web? They put up images of schedules and posters that print poorly and can hardly be read on screen. They promote contests that have been over for months, and never manage to link to mapquest. How hard can it be to keep a geek in the corner full of Jolt Cola and Cheetos? Graphic Muscle rocks!

  6. Don Says:

    As in my other posts, I believe the lack of good promotion of competitions is hurting bodybuilding as a sport. Once you had many many top level athletes entering local shows. Bodybuilding once had a thriving grass roots sort of feel to it. The local contests and the magazines were tightly linked. Now there are very few photos posted from even the biggest contests. Look at the NPC Talent Round up in Flex. The pics are so small it is hard to glean much sense of the quality of the competition from the photos. And there is no excitement about the achievement or honor of winning these contests. It is all about the pro cards.

    Even when they do cover things in more detail the reporting seems to miss important points. I remember when Brett Feldman won both the overall at the teen nationals and his class at the collegiate nationals the profile in Flex on him didn’t even mention this fact but found time to talk about his dating habits. He beat a very competitive class of men more seasoned than him. It’s an achievement yet it is not mentioned in the profile devoted to him. This seems representative of the kind of who cares attitude towards any contest that is not a pro contest.

    End of rant!!

  7. Natalie Verges Says:

    I agree w/RAY’S comment from 8-10-04. I competed in the C-Class in NPC Team U. Figure Natls. in NYC in Aug. ’04. Gina C. well-deserved her 1st place title, but some others in the top 10 baffled me. I had complete strangers tell me they had me in the top 5, but I placed 11th acc. to the judges. I understand it’s about putting your time in, & making improvements, but when other girls come in the same or lower condition, I don’t understand how they’re rewarded for this w/higher placings. Anyway, check my pics out at nebiros.com under TEAM UNIVERSE Figure Amateur PICs for 2004 in NYC; I’m #166 in a dark green 2-pc; I’m the pretty blonde. People say I’m a little “Jenny Lynn” look-a-like.
    -Natalie Verges
    Baton Rouge, LA

  8. Nick Says:

    I think everyone should quit complaining about their placings and instead of crying do something about it. I don’t know about Aria, but Kate Shelby went on to represent the US in Spain and placed 4th in the world. Whereas, the girl that won the overall at Team U. didn’t even place in the top 15, so apparently some of you folks ought to read up on what their looking for. As a matter of fact, just this week they changed the fitness/figure criteria asking the girls to come in with 20% LESS muscle.

    So quit crying and train!

  9. Tim Says:

    Nick, you have your facts confused. Vickie Nixon, the overall winner of Team U, did place 4th in her class at the IFBB World’s, not Kate Shelby. Kate, who won her class at the Nationals, did not enter the World’s. The Team U and the World’s are drug tested events. NPC Nationals are not.

  10. Natalie Verges Says:

    Amen, Tim. And Yes, Nick. Please think before you speak. The IFBB just changed their criteria, not NPC. And, Mary (Lado)is a friend of mine; She represented us well. Remember that you don’t know who’s reading. Have some clout.

  11. Nick Says:

    Again, YOU folks need to get your facts straight. Kate competed in the middle height class at the World Championships and placed 4th. If you don’t believe me, then believe the IFBB, since it IS posted on the IFBB website. Apparently you don’t bother to do your research. Yes, Vicki placed 4th as a bodybuilder and Colette placed 1st and overall in bodybuilding. Mary did not place. And don’t get me wrong, she is a good competitor, but was WAY off for this show. And Natalie, I am an NPC judge and trust me, you are no “Jenny Lynn”, but don’t quit trying.

  12. tim Says:

    It helps if we all talk about the same thing. Kathleen Shelby is listed in the IFBB pdf file as placing 4th in Body Fitness. I don’t include fitness results in the musclememory database.