The competitive year will end, as always, with a bang at the Excalibur on Saturday at the Vets Auditorium in Culver City. Promoter Jon Lindsay told me Tuesday night he had 240 competitors on hand (not counting crossovers); that means the line-up should swell to 260 or more by game time.
Speaking of game time, former Whittier College football standout Anthony (Kid Kong) Pomponio will be making his first appearance since winning three classes at my Junior Cal (now West Coast Classic) in 2009. Pomponio played pro football in Europe last year, and is also an Olympia Games powerlifting hopeful. He weighed in at 172 at the Junior Cal; Kid Kong told me a couple of weeks ago he’ll be around the 185 mark as he jumps up to the light heavyweight class.
Pomponio will be one of a slew of standout bodybuilding, figure and bikini competitors showing up; Texas stand-out Brian Barth, coming off a sixth-place finish in the Heavyweight class at the Nationals in October, told me a while back he’s jumping into the show, and has to be considered one of the pre-contest favorites.
I’m sure the auditorium will be filled, as always, with many top luminaries of the industry. I’m going to the event, natch, but not sure if it will be the pre-judging, the finals, or both.
Check back next week for a follow up report on the night, er, contest before Christmas.