Archive for May, 2004

Bodybuilding Pawns

Friday, May 28th, 2004

From an anonymous posting on the getbig forum:

David Pecker [AMI] wanted the Olympia contest.

Ben Weider would not give him the Olympia contest.

David Pecker wanted the Olympia contest.

Ben Weider and David Pecker fought about it.

Ben said no way over the Mr. Olympia contest.

David Pecker told Wayne Demilia and Jim Lorimer he would support them in a new division.

Wayne started to get sponsorships and the promoters to agree on it.

David Pecker did not respond to the IFBB on the new division.

Wayne continued via signs of encouragement from AMI.

Ben Weider started feeling increased pressure.

Ben Weider realized he may not win if AMI goes with the new division.

Ben Weider gives in – gives Olympia to David Pecker.

David Pecker got what he wanted by playing human pawns.

The War Begins

Wednesday, May 26th, 2004

In today’s news release on the IFBB website:

All IFBB professional members are reminded of Article 14.9 of the IFBB Professional Rules (2003 Edition), which states:

?Any IFBB professional athlete, judge or official who participates at a competition or event not approved or sanctioned by the IFBB may be fined, suspended or expelled.?

IFBB not very good at math.

Monday, May 24th, 2004

Hyperbole has always been part of bodybuilding, especially when it comes to the IFBB. But what happens when you tell a story so many times that it becomes accepted as fact?
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More AMI

Monday, May 24th, 2004
  • AdAge: DAVID PECKER’S AMERICAN MEDIA FLEXES ITS MUSCLE

    AMI will be involved with the Mr Olympia and two new events, the Joe Weider World Cup and the Joe Weider International Cup.

    Favorite quote: “Even fans concede the comic-book-esque physiques it promotes cannot be achieved without use of performance-enhancement agents such as steroids, which are illegal.”

Restricted sales of steroid precursors nears

Sunday, May 23rd, 2004

Houston Chronicle: Congress appears ready to ban over-the-counter sales of muscle-building supplements and other steroid-linked substances…

The article talks about “protecting the children”, but rather than limiting sales to adults, they must ban the whole thing. And my favorite part of this bill: doubling the penalties for selling steroids and steroid precursors within 1000 feet of a gym.

Write your congressman now. Tell him/her to oppose HR 3866

Jan Tana / Masters O canceled

Sunday, May 23rd, 2004

Women’s pro Jan Tana Classic and men’s Master’s Olympia has been canceled.
See http://www.jantana.com/cancel_letter.html

Night of Champions

Saturday, May 22nd, 2004

Melvin Anthony first, Darrem Charles second, Richard Jones third in his pro debut.

Yaxeni Oriquen wins the heavyweight women, Vilma Caez wins the lightweight

Complete results for the men and women.

Shuffling the deck

Thursday, May 20th, 2004

The IFBB announces a reorganization of their pro division. DeMilia is out. Manion and Eric Weider are in. Exclusive relationship with AMI, the National Enquirer publishing company that recently bought all the Weider mags, including Flex and Muscle & Fitness.
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IFBB Men’s European Amateur Championships

Wednesday, May 19th, 2004

Held in Hungary this past weekend. Preliminary results, pending drug tests.

Obituary – Pepper Gomez

Thursday, May 6th, 2004

Pepper Gomez, bodybuilder from the late 1940s and early 1950s, died today at the age of 77. Most of his fans know him as a professional wrestler from the 1950s through the 1970s.