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Latest Pro Bodybuilding News & Gossip - August 8th, 2003!

Find out who is not competing at this years Mr. Olympia contest and all about the new IFBB fitness award!
August 8th, 2003! - Previous News

As the 2003 Mr. Olympia draws closer, we are busy keeping track of all the Pre-O rumblings. Here's the latest!

King Kamali will not compete. After qualifying for the 3rd straight year, KK will bypass the October event. Next up for Kamali: The Arnold Classic.

Pavol Jablonicky and Victor Martinez have also removed their names from the athlete list. As you know, Craig Titus has already opted out. Despite qualifying at the Ironman earlier this year, Flex Wheeler will not be among the Olympians this year following his retirement. Orville Burke, who is also qualified, will be a medical no-show.

Despite rumors to the contrary, Lee Priest and Art Atwood are both expected to be on stage. As of today, we are expecting a very strong field of 18 competitors.

In Other News…

I caught up with Claude Groulx over the weekend. Claude offered a sneak preview of his condition as he prepares for the Masters Olympia. Here's a tip. Call your bookie and put all your money on Claude to win this show. It's a lock!

Just Announced

We are excited to announce the creation of a new IFBB Fitness award. The Physique Management Group and Pro Muscle Online will be presenting a special new award at the upcoming Jan Tana Fitness Championships. The award will go to the athlete who performs the "Best Fitness Routine". The winner of this award will be determined by the official judges scores.

The award will include a $500 cash prize which I will personally present to the winner. As most of you know, a fitness routine requires countless hours of choreography, preparation and training. It will be my pleasure to recognize the very best routine at the conclusion of the show. For more information about the 2003 Jan Tana & Masters Olympia visit

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