Who will win the 2007 Europa IFBB Pro show? Our forum members have put in their two cents. Get the scoop on who they think will win and a top 10 list to go along with it. See if you agree!

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TOPIC: Who Will Win The 2007 Europa IFBB Pro Show?

The Question:

Just over one month before the Olympia contest and just over three weeks away has many pros lining up for those last few spots to get a chance to stand on the Olympia stage. The Europa Super Show is expected to be a great show and with the top three qualifying for the Olympia, will likely be a very close and fierce battle! Who will come out Victorious?

Give your opinion on who will be in the top ten and give full details for why you believe it will go down that way.

Arrow IFBB Pro Competitor List:
*this is only a tentative list.

  1. Pablo Arevalo
  2. Eryk Bui
  3. Omar Deckard
  4. Guy Ducasse
  5. Hunni Glanville
  6. Randy Jackson, Sr.
  7. Christian Lobarede
  8. Joseph Palumbo
  9. Michael Ergas
  10. Roland Huff
  11. Marc Jacobs
  12. Jeff Long
  13. Patrick Richardson
  14. Derik Farnsworth
  15. Tricky Jackson
  16. Michal Kindred
  17. Evgeny Mishin
  18. Silvio Samuel
  19. Heinz Senior
  20. Nathan Wonsley

Bonus Question: Have you ever attended the Europa Super Show? If so, what did you think of it and how was your experience? Was it what you thought it would be? How could it be made better?

Show off your knowledge to the world!

The Winners:

    Prizes:
      1st place - 75 in store credit.
      2nd place - 50 in store credit.
      3rd place - 25 in store credit.

To use your credit, e-mail Will @ will@bodybuilding.com for more info.


1st Place - Owen70
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The Europa Super Show

Ed and Betty Pariso's Europa Super Show has quickly become one of the most attended and anticipated events. Offering 3 Olympia qualification spots, one of the largest prize purses, and an expo to rival the Arnold and Olympia, the Europa has become one of the focal points of any bodybuilding fans calendar.

New to the show this year is a 210-and-under competition to take place the night before the regular professional show. This alone has increased the already sizable quantity of IFBB pro's who enter the event.

Perhaps most exciting for bodybuilding fans is the fact that for the first time ever, the Europa Super Show's bodybuilding competition will be aired live via the internet on Bodybuilding.com's supersite. Placing the fan in their own first row seat guarantee's the anticipation is at a pulsating level throughout the show.

What competitor will win the prestige of one of the fastest growing contests in the IFBB? Who will walk away with a check from the Pariso's? Will the returning favorite Quincy Taylor be able to hold off new competitors, the likes of whom include the always consistent Silvio Samuel and the big man, Will "World" Harris? Let's take a look at my predicted top 10 finishers.


The Competition Countdown


-> First Place - Quincy Taylor:

    The man they call QT is a giant at 6'4, 320+ lbs in competitive condition. Although his physique is far from a "Cutie" if you will, Taylor does possess an amazing degree of symmetry, lines, and cuts for a man of his size.

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Quincy Taylor At The 2006 Europa.
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    Quincy Taylor has spent all of the past year training and dieting to avenge his loss to Toney Freeman at the 2006 Europa by coming in at a self-proclaimed 315+ package, according to his recent interview with Pro Bodybuilding Weekly.

    The big man is an almost lock for 1st place, and unless he has a major slip-up, Taylor will ride into the Olympia sporting his first ever pro title.

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-> Second Place - Silvio Samuel:

    A great example of what it means to be a full time bodybuilder, Silvio Samuel may also find that the reason he lands in second place. Silvio has put an almost unprecedented competitive load on his body; I fear his lack of a true off-season has hindered his ability to make the necessary physique improvements to catapult him to his first professional title.


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Silvio Samuel At The 2007 IFBB Colorado Pro/Am Classic.
View More Pics Of Silvio Samuel Here.

    Unless Silvio can come in with a more defined glute-ham region, and fix the problems he has had in presentation with regards to his lack of controlled breathing, Silvio will have to endure another loss, albeit a close one.

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-> Third Place - Will Harris:

    The dark horse of this competition goes by the nickname "World", and with good reason. With width that is only second to Dennis James, this granite wall of muscle has many believing he could be the surprise winner. However, Harris has had significant problems with regards to his conditioning as recently as May's Colorado Pro.


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Will Harris At The 2007 IFBB Colorado Pro/Am Classic.
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    But maybe the 9 week layoff between the two contest has allowed Harris the time to harden up and really extradite the last bit of body fat from his body. If that is the case, look for Harris to jump to second place, and possibly even third.


-> Fourth Place - Joel Stubbs:

    The widest back in bodybuilding comes to the Europa with the hopes of establishing himself with a different trademark, that of the Europa Pro show winner. Stubbs' is a shoe-in for the best upper body in almost any contest he enters; it is merely his lack of leg size that is holding him back from a higher placement.


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Joel Stubbs At The 2007 IFBB Australia Pro Grand Prix.
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    If Stubbs has managed to pack at least 10 lbs onto his lower body, and can keep the same conditioning he displayed in the spring shows, look for him to move up several places; possibly even into first.


-> Fifth Place - Omar Deckard:

    The winner of last year's USA Championships has quickly become a force to be reckoned with in the IFBB. Following several sub par placements this year, Deckard hopes that the Europa Super Show will finally allow him to make the leap to the IFBB's elite.


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Omar Deckard At The 2007 IFBB Colorado Pro/Am Classic.
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    However, with so little time since his 10th place at the Colorado Pro, it is unlikely Deckard has had time to drastically improve his size or conditioning. However, if Deckard manages to expel the last bits of water from underneath his skin while simultaneously improving his lower body conditioning, look for him to get an Olympia qualification; that, land in the top 3.

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Poor Ron gets ousted by Omar Deckard... find out why, and who was wrong about their USA predictions? LOL

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-> Sixth Place - Derik Farnsworth:

    One of the smallest competitors in the show also could very well its most aesthetic. Farnsworth can't hope to stand next to the sizable competition of Harris, Taylor, and Stubbs; he'll have to win with his trademark lines and conditioning. If Farnsworth can keep that trademark conditioning, while adding some size overall to his frame, he could very well jump to the top 5.

Derik Farnsworth
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Derik Farnsworth.


-> Seventh Place - Eryk Bui:

    Much like Farnsworth, what Bui lacks in size, he more than makes up for perfectly placed muscle. However, he has had problems with conditioning in the past, and often times the lack of conditioning haunts bodybuilders; look for that fact to put him into the second tier at the Europa.


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Eryk Bui At The 2007 IFBB Sacramento Pro.
View More Pics Of Eryk Bui Here.


-> Eighth place - Evgeny Mishin:

    My personal favorite to upset several other competitors in this contest is going to really compare well to the big men in the show with his 6'0", 280lb structure.

Evgeny Mishin
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Evgeny Mishin.

    The reason I like Mishin (besides his obvious mass?): He has teamed up with the legendary Dave "Jumbo" Palumbo to take his conditioning to the next level. Dave's client list includes the 2006 Europa winner Toney Freeman and the 2007 Nationals Overall favorite Evan Centopani. He is known for bringing his athletes in shredded to the bone.

    If Mishin and Palumbo hit Mishin's conditioning as well as they did Freeman's and Centopani's, look for Mishin to score a HUGE upset at the Europa and qualify himself for a trip to Las Vegas in September.


-> Ninth Place - Tricky Jackson:

    One of the relatively smallest competitors in the contest has to live and die by his aesthetics. Unfortunately for Tricky, I just don't see him fooling anyone into a higher placing despite the fact he has a beautiful physique.


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Tricky Jackson At The 2007 IFBB Colorado Pro/Am Classic.
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-> Tenth Place - Randy Jackson, Sr.

    A true hero in the contest, Randy just finished up a tour of duty in Iraq. He brings a consistent package that has served him well throughout his IFBB pro career. However that very consistency also means that he has lacked any real bodily improvement. Look for the army man to land in a deserved 10th placement.


Bonus Question
Have You Ever Attended The Europa Super Show? If So, What Did You Think Of It And How Was Your Experience? Was It What You Thought It Would Be? How Could It Be Made Better?

Although I have never attended the Super Show, from everything I heard in the past 2 years it is quickly becoming one of the biggest events in bodybuilding. Combining the Arnold Classics proven expo and competition formula has been great for the Pariso's, competitors, and fans.

The Europa Show made a vast improvement this year. By being broadcast on Bodybuilding.com, it has gained an incalculable level of visibility, allowing everyday fans to be up close and personal to the bodybuilding action.

2007 EUROPA PRO
Free Live Webcast Free Live Webcast!
Men's Pre-Judging:
1:30 pm, Saturday August 11th (CDT)
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In addition, its added 210lbs-and-under contest will be a welcome reprieve to some of the smaller IFBB athletes who have a hard time getting a just comparison next to the likes of Markus Ruhl or Dennis James. At the current rate, the Europa will quickly turn into a show the caliber of the Arnold or Olympia.


2nd Place - NoNameNecessary
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The Europa Super Show has always been one of the most exciting competitions of the year. In the 2006 show, in a highly disputed decision, Toney Freeman barely edged out Quincy Taylor for first place.

Quincy Taylor returns this year with the hopes that he may finish in first place and like last year, many think he will. This years competition will be very close, as there is no competitor who is head and toes above the rest.


The Top Ten


-> 1st Place - Quincy Taylor:

    Since moving to Texas, where this competition will be held, Quincy said that he has continued to improve. During a recent interview with Bodybuilding.com, eight weeks before this contest, Quincy weighed in at an impressive 334 pounds and stated that he will be following the same diet he has in the past.

    Quincy has finished second at this show two years running and both times, the placings were highly disputed. Many predicted him to finish first last year and many are doing the same this year. If Quincy comes to the stage in the conditioning that he has in the past, he should win this competition.


Quincy Taylor's Posing Routine.

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-> 2nd Place - Will Harris:

    The man is absolutely huge. Many are predicted that Harris could upset the two favorites, Silvio Samuel and Quincy Taylor, and finish in the first place. However, I feel he will fall just short of first and even though he finished behind Samuel and Tricky Jackson at this year's Colorado Pro, finish in second.


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Will Harris At The 2007 IFBB Colorado Pro/Am Classic.
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    Will's only issue in previous competitions has been his conditioning. If he can dial it in for this competition, look for him to place very well and be a threat to the top finishers.


-> 3rd Place - Silvio Samuel:

    Silvio Samuel is no stranger to the stage - he has competed in a ton of competitions this year and has more stage experience than most of the people in this competition. Silvio's physique is well-rounded and proportional.

    I don't expect Silvio to make any mistakes in preparation for this contest and thus, I look for him to place very well. If anybody competing slips up on their pre-contest preparation, look for Silvio to take advantage and move up a few spots.


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Silvio Samuel At The 2007 IFBB Colorado Pro/Am Classic.
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-> 4th Place - Omar Deckard:

    Omar has competed in three competitions thus far this year: the Iron Man (9th), the Sacramento Pro (9th), and the Colorado Pro (10th).

    In those competitions, he competed against and place better than some people who will be on the stage with him in the Europa Super Show. Past placings have some influence, however small, on how future placings will pan out. I look for Omar to finish fourth.


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Omar Deckard At The 2007 IFBB Sacramento Pro Bodybuilding Grand Prix.
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-> 5th Place - Eryk Bui:

    Eryk has had some very disappointing finishes in his career. This year he finished 17th and 15th at the Iron Man and Sacramento Pro shows. However, Eryk has been making strides since his professional debut in 2006 and amongst weak competition, I look for him to place well.


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Erk Bui At The 2007 IFBB Ironman Pro.
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-> 6th Place - Tricky Jackson:

    Don't be surprised if Tricky Jackson finds his way into the top five. He has recently competed in the Keystone and Colorado Pro shows. He has some great posing routines and always keeps the crowd entertained.

    In recent competitions, he placed well against difficult opponents and should use experience from those shows to help boost his preparation for and performance at this competition.


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Tricky Jackson At The 2007 IFBB Keystone Pro Classic.
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-> 7th Place - Randy Jackson, Sr.:

    Randy Jackson, Sr. is a member of the United States Army and has just returned home from a tour of duty in Iraq. There are many people in the Army who are close friends of Randy and who will certainly be hoping to see him do well.

    I would like to congratulate Randy on competing in this competition, which certainly must be difficult, and would like to thank him for serving our country.


-> 8th Place - Derik Farnsworth:

    Derik Farnsworth has always been a favorite of mine. His physique is very aesthetically pleasing and despite poor placings in previous competitions, he could impress some people here. I wouldn't expect him to finish in the top five but he could finish near the top five.

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Derik Farnsworth.


-> 9th Place - Heinz Senior:

    Heinz hasn't placed in a competition since the 2005 Toronto Pro where he finished 17th. There aren't many names past the ones listed above that people will recognize and he certainly isn't one of them. I don't look for him to place well but wouldn't be surprised if he placed 9th - it seems like a reasonable placing.


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Heinz Senior.


-> 10th Place - Pablo Arevalo:

    Recent reports have stated that Pablo is looking great. However, I haven't seen any photographs to support this. I will play it safe and place him tenth. If he looks as good as some say he does, he may place higher.

Pablo Arevalo
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Pablo Arevalo.


Bonus Question
Have You Ever Attended The Europa Super Show? If So, What Did You Think Of It And How Was Your Experience? Was It What You Thought It Would Be? How Could It Be Made Better?

I have never attended the Europa Super Show though I have followed it online for a few years. It will be interesting to see how everything turns out this year, as last years champion, Toney Freeman, will not be competing this year.

Thank you for reading! I hope everyone enjoys the show and good luck to all of the competitors.

NoNameNecessary


3rd Place - RoadPigJohn
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Roadpigjohn Europa Super Show Prediction
Give Your Opinion On Who Will Be In The Top Ten And Give Full Details For Why You Believe It Will Go Down That Way.


1 - Silvio Samuel:

    The moment he walks on the Texas stage; it is going to be game over. Silvio is one razor sharp phenomenon, he has it all. Proportioned arms development, huge deltoids, deep lat thickness, awesome quads and a tiny little waist. He has striated glutes and hams and incredible separation that make him the undisputed winner of this show.


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Silvio Samuel At The 2007 IFBB Sacramento Pro Bodybuilding Grand Prix.
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    The new Sergio Oliva of bodybuilding, Silvio Samuel is going to destroy the entire field of Texas with no mercy. No one is going to be even close. No one is expecting to see him come in more dry and harder than ever and that's going to be his strategy this time.

    Silvio wants to make his dream of getting his first IFBB victory a reality and with the help of Charles Glass in his corner that dream will come true.


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Silvio Samuel At The 2007 IFBB Sacramento Pro Bodybuilding Grand Prix.
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2 - Omar Deckard:

    Is a contender for the title with an intimidating presence, balanced upper body, amazing arm structure, incomparable deltoids, striated chest, legs, and smaller waist. His back is thick, wide and detailed. 2007 looks to be his year - the man many consider to be the Albert Beckles of the new era of bodybuilding; is more than ready to prove that Texas is the place to present his A game.


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Omar Deckard At The 2007 IFBB Ironman Pro.
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3 - Eryk Bui:

    Is going to be a surprise. With his great shape and symmetry he could place on top once again. He has a nice back, with incredibly thick lats from the front and rear. Great striated hams and glutes rounded out the lower half. Being smaller, he needs to add some mass to be on the money. Just a little more overall size to his frame will make him a complete package.


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Eryk Bui At The 2007 IFBB Ironman Pro.
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4 - Michael Ergas:

    He has one of the most complete physiques on the planet. He has the roundest back with great detail and thickness. Quads, hams and calves are from another world. The thickest chest and major guns round a package that comes complete with the smallest waist of any of the mass monsters today.

    You won't see a better classical poser on stage than him. I predict the Greek god Michael Ergas to nail his condition and get a top place for that.

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Mike Ergas
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Mike Ergas.


5 - Nathan Wonsley:

    Talking about Classic bodybuilders with great size and outstanding symmetry - Nathan is packed with full muscle bellies in all his muscles. He is the kind of athlete that knows how to come in shape come show time, with spectacular hardness and dry from every angle, makes Nathan one top contender for the title.

    His back is going to be ready and conditioned from top to bottom. His waist is very small and pretty tight reminiscence of Marvelous Melvin Anthony, he looks to be the next Iron Mike of bodybuilding.

Nathan Wonsley
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Nathan Wonsley.


6 - Michal Kindred:

    A humongous bodybuilder packed with the kind of size that only Dennis James or Markus Ruhl are capable of. Since his last appearance at the New York Pro in 2005, he has been been busy refining his ultra massive body.

    Kindred originally from the Czech Republic is focus right now to place high to make impact in the bodybuilding scene, so don't be surprise if Kindred comes in sharper condition this time.


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Michal Kindred.


7 - Tricky Jackson:

    After his disappointing outing at the Colorado Pro he must be looking for another chance to prove that he is a top contender for the title. His nuclear caliber guns, chest, sweeping quads and a back that goes all the way to his hipbones are going to be his arsenal to battle for the top. Other than that Tricky ultra demanding posing ability made him the man of the night.


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Tricky Jackson At The 2007 IFBB Colorado Pro/Am Classic.
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8 - Jeff Long:

    I predict him to be at least seven percent sharper, while still maintaining his fullness. His remarkable back and shoulder thickness give his torso unbelievable depth. Trademark Arnold like arms would be in attendance as usual. Jeff is riding one h-ll of a wave into the 2007 contest season.

    His stage presence is going to be remarkable as always and he is pro caliber to be toe to toe with mass monsters and seasoned veterans. His posing routine is going to be spectacular, if crowd reaction counts for anything. He certainly would be one of the most improved athletes of the year and he's just getting started.

Jeff Long
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Jeff Long.


9 - Pablo Arevalo:

    Former Mr. Peru, and better known in his country as an Inca Warrior, is going to be at his best and I predict him to be the driest he's ever been. His lower back is over the top. Pablo would be full and diced with striated hams and glutes to prove it. If he added more size to his frame he is going to be up for the hype.


10 - Christian Lobarede:

    Speaking of mass monsters, despite his frightening appearance, former Mr. Chile needs to improve his condition to be on the money. His sheer size always makes him a threat. His deltoids are the most impressive of all the contestants.

    His traps almost pinched his ears when he hit his most muscular and his legs are unbelievable. Guns and chest are great but could be better. Christian is putting on size and in near future he's going to play with the major players of the game.

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Christian Lobarede.


Bonus Question
Have You Ever Attended The Europa Super Show? If So, What Did You Think Of It And How Was Your Experience? Was It What You Thought It Would Be? How Could It Be Made Better?

I never visited Texas so for that reason, it would be very entertaining to go there and attend to a bodybuilding show like the Europa Super Show and feel the excitement of the venue and the live crowd. I heard good things about the promoters Betty and Ed Pariso about making sensational expos for the public in attendance, something very similar to the Arnold Classic Weekend.


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