April 30, 2011


The Europa Show of Champions is in the books! 44 IFBB Professionals took the stage looking for glory, paychecks, and most importantly the coveted Olympia qualification!

After Friday’s pre-judging, the men’s competition was wide open. The top 3 was wide open and 5 guys had a solid chance of getting the elusive Olympia qualification only awarded to the top 3 placings. In his pro-debut, a bigger Lee Banks took fifth. Fourth went to Mike Liberatore, who filled out from the pre-judging and looked much improved. The first Olympia qualification and third place went to big Eugene Mishin, who finished third here last year. The top two were close, but in the end Cederic McMillan was too big for Marcus Haley. Haley duplicated his 2010 showing here with the runner-up spot. That means Cederic McMillan took top honors and his first pro victory!

The pro bikini division came down to a tight contest between Nathalia Melo and Jaime Baird. Melo’s round glutes and sexy moves were enough to edge out the graceful Baird, who is once again the bridesmaid. A much improved Vanessa Campbell grabbed third and with it the final Olympia qualification.

The figure division was also down to two ladies: Cheryl Brown and Candice Keene. Brown might just have the tiniest waist in the IFBB and she brought near perfect condition to match. Keene brings a bigger frame to the stage and her capped delts sit atop a well balanced physique. Today Brown was just too good and took home her fourth pro victory. Third place delivered the only new Olympia qualification to Gen Strobo.

This was another great contest put on by Ed and Betty Pariso. The venue was great with a huge fitness expo. That’s it from Orlando….CHECK BACK FOR THE FINAL WRAP-UP VIDEO WITH BOB CICHERILLO and Amanda Latona! And don’t miss the contest interviews with host Amanda Latona!