Montreal, Canada, July
27: At this year's Joe Weider's Olympia Weekend (October
13-16) the Friday night program of October 14 will showcase a unique
evening of Beauty and Muscle. Beauty in the show-stopping shape of the
Figure and Fitness Olympia events, and muscle in the rugged form of some
of the world's top pro men bodybuilders battling for a place in the next
day's Mr. Olympia finals.
The latter event will be called the
Mr. Olympia Wildcard Showdown and is another exciting innovation
by the International Federation of Bodybuilding & Fitness (IFBB) and
American Media Inc. (AMI), co-promoters of the Olympia Weekend.
The Wildcard Showdown constitutes a last-gasp qualifying
contest for the Mr. Olympia, in which the winner not only goes forward to
compete against Ronnie, Jay, Gunter and company 24 hours later but also
captures the winner-takes-all cash prize of $10,000.
hour chance to qualify for the Mr. Olympia contest underlines the
IFBB/AMI's combined commitment to grow the sport and to add even more
excitement and thrills to an already packed Olympia program.
see who will be the last man standing in the Wildcard Showdown,
book your ticket to the event now. Full Olympia Weekend ticket
details are available at www.2005olympia.com. Continue to check that site
and Muscle & Fitness and FLEX magazines for Olympia
The Mr. Olympia Wildcard Showdown
is open to IFBB pros who finished in the top ten at IFBB pro contests in
the current competitive season (2004 Mr. Olympia and all competitions
thereafter). Applications must be received by August 15 at which time the
promoters (IFBB/AMI) will announce the selected line-up.
*Note: Non-qualifying Mr. Olympia competitors among the top
ten finalists at the Europa Super Show on September 17 and Charlotte Pro
on October 1 will also be considered for the Mr. Olympia Wildcard
All selections are open to
the promoters' (IFBB/AMI) discretion and those wishing to enter the
Mr. Olympia Wildcard Showdown should contact Robin Chang at
Weider Publications, LLC, Tel. 818 884 6800.
All inquiries regarding
the IFBB Professional Division should be directed to:
Jim Manion Chairman IFBB Professional
Division P.O. Box 3224 Pittsburgh , PA 15230