I just came back from Fl., The show was long and tight. Weight in on Fri eve. was crowded and full of spectators. Sat morning pre judging started at 9 am right after final weight in. Parking lot was already "packed". Well, I went on stage at almost 2 pm (pre-judging) Finals started at 6 PM, parking lot was insanely jammed with cars. I went on stage almost at 2 am. I got a 3rd place in Heavy's.
Hopefully there will be pictures posted soon. I am very dissapointed with the final results and placings, not speaking for myself but based on real facts. There were guys and girls that looked very professional with amazing conditioning, who were (in my opinion) robbed or wrongfully judged and were given 4th and 5 th places instead of 1st. And winners including the overall (no disrespect to this person) who did not deserve such placing. Mentioning the fact that some of these athletes' "coaches" were part of the jugdging pannel. I hope that pictures will be posted soon. Again, I mean no disrespect to any athlete, and I am not speaking for myself as I know, I didn't reach the conditioning (that day) to deserve a 1st place, but once more my dissapointment with the competitive part and politicts of our sport.
Other than that, I had a great time. Our brothers that came from New Zealand looked incredible (the middleweigth took his class with around 30 guys) Lightheavy's was pretty tight too with lots of competitors. Heavy's had either 16 or 18 guys. Every class had lots of competition and everybody was in good shape over all.
Guest posers : king, Ahmad, Kevin, Tommy, Bob Ciccerello, and others.
Now I'm back home after a 10 day vacation and 25 lbs heavier .
I wanted to send a special cheer to my Venezuelan BROTHER Big Heinz who gave it all for this show and tried his best to compete at a higher level, regardless of all the buls**t and regulations he and all of the venezuelan brothers who compete have to go through in their (my) country. Their federation is destroying the quality and the level of competition and competitors. So, Big Heinz, it was a real pleasure sharing the stage with you my brother. KEEP IT UP BECAUSE like you say....THERE'S NO SPACE FOR THE LITTLES !!!!
Absolutely-congratulations to my friend Dieselman.
And I also heard much of the same from another bro, and this is a guy who always is extremely gracious for his placings and never complains. There were alot of politics and favoritism for and against certain nationalities, I was told.
Look forward to seeing some pictures.