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Gee, Alvisi & Atoyan Go Pro at USA Championships

The agenda for every one of the over 500 men who went to Las Vegas this weekend was hitting 21 on every hand of blackjack without even even visiting one of the casinos. Unfortunately only three of them were able to accomplish the equivalency of that by earning their pro card at the NPC USA Championships.

Mark Alvisi won both the heavyweight and overall titles, Daryl Gee the middleweight and Gregori Atoyan the super heavyweight and were awarded their ticket to a future payday at the professional level in the IFBB.

Coming close but having to wait until another day were Tamer El-Guindy and Branden Ray, who finished first and second in the light heavyweights, respectively.

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What makes this a difficult competition is that there are seven classes (super heavyweight, heavyweight, light heavyweight, middleweight, welterweight, lightweight, bantamweight) and only three pro cards are awarded. How the judges determine who should receive the nod and who misses out is something that is debated after every one of these major amateur shows.

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Sean Allen, who came into the show confident that he could improve on his ninth place finish from a year ago, finished in the exact spot. The super heavyweight viewed anything higher would have been a step in the righty direction and now has to go for it at the North Americans.

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OTHER PRO CARDS EARNED AT USAs

WOMEN’S BODYBUILDING – Akila Pervis, Angie Salvagno

FIGURE – Alkane Nigro-Ismeal, Listy Allen, Candice Houston, Emily Nicholson, Jennifer Woodruff, Taylor Waldrop

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BIKINI – Amanda Latona, Michele D’Angona, Michelle Gullet, Kristal Marshall, Jamie Baird, Monique Minton

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