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    I'll be posting photos of my experience at the Olympia. This is my 5th year as a VIP member going to Vegas for Olympia weekend.

    20 more minutes until the press conference begins!

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    Ready for press conference to begin!

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    Thank you EvanL! You're our man on the ground there.


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    Jay Cutler giving opening remarks

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    Sandow trophy larger than year before, crowd in arena for press conference is noticeably larger than year before which is great. Shawn Ray has replaced Dennis James as co-mc, Bob Chic is still there. They have noticeably toned down the "egging on" they have done in years past which is a welcome suprize, just asking questions and not trying to cause drama.
    1. Announced Shaquelle Oneil and Mark Wahlberg will be in town this weekend
    2. Announced increased prize money for women's divisions
    3. More appearances on main stage by womans and 212 divisions
    3. Dexter Jackson saying he probobly wouldn't retire if he won another Olympia
    4. Breon Ansley contemplating open class, said it would take "years" to put on size necessary
    5. Roelly Winklaar says he started prep early than usual this year. Face is shredded as always.
    6. Cedric McMillan noticeably full of energy, seems extremely confident. Gave very positive speech.
    7. Brandon Curry - "I can see the mountaintop, I've never been this close" very positive energy from Brandon "ive got the door handle in my hand and I'm ready go close that door" full of great quotes too.
    8. William Bonac did not have much to say, said he made it here without Neil Hill (in so many words). Had a cool Raiders bucket hat on.
    8. Hadi Choopan- very thankful to be here, says reason he chose open class he wants to compete with the biggest and baddest and that it is an honor to compete with them. Says he is proud to be only Iranian there and says he hopes he will win. Hope's he can always come back.
    9. Steve Kuklo- aiming for 1st fall out.
    10. Luke Sandow- 1st time in Vegas, said it was an honor to compete with Dexter Jackson. Asked if he will win "yes!.............maybe not this year" funny guy.



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    Overall a good press conference. Ran a little long, but everyone seemed full of energy and ready for the competition. This evening brings the meet the Olympians.

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    Keep these report coming, EvanL. They're fantastic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hifrommike65 View Post
    Keep these report coming, EvanL. They're fantastic.
    I'll try my best! I've got some good video of the athlete entrances on my snapchat. Not sure how to share that on here ? My screen name there is elair88

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    Meet the Olympians time, one or the perks of the VIP ticket is getting in an hour early. This is Dexter's line so far. Cedric has a very long line as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hifrommike65 View Post
    Thanks for the video, some of the negative comments below it are a bit disconcerting. Although it was longer than it should have been I prefer it to not have the drama of pushing these guys into getting mad at each other (Dennis James was notorious for this). I think bodybuilding, and the Olympia in general is better than that, and as several of the athletes said during the press conference; we dont talk smack, we bring it to the stage and let our bodies do the talking.

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    Echoing Mike’s sentiment... Thank you, EvanL!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Curt James View Post
    Control yourself, Curt.
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    Curt, heads up: Shanique is interviewed at 10:12.
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