After finishing as high as third at the 2005 NPC Nationals, Middleweight Daryl Gee, then based in Northern California, basically dropped of sight. The 5’5”, 175-pounder dropped back in on Saturday—in a huge way.
Gee, currently living in New York, won both the Middleweight and Overall crowns at the Los Angeles Championships at the Veterans Auditorium in Culver City, setting up what should be a terrific battle this coming weekend at the USA with the Swami’s MW pick (you HAVE seen the stunning USA predictions video on the site, right, gang?), Shavis Higa.
As I stated on the video, it was shot six weeks before the event, so IF Gee bests Shavis in ‘Vegas, don’t you dare write a comment of “you were wrong” to me, ya hear? I mean, who in the hell knew this freak decided he wanted to get on stage again? Now, if Shavis still takes the division, are ARE allowed to send as many “you’re the greatest” congrats as you wish.
Gee bested a strong group of class winners: Todd Jewell (SHW), Kevin Sperling (HW), Kyle Witherspoon (LHW), Anthony Marmon (WW), Tony Boone (LW) and Mutaz Ahmad (BW) to take the night’s top honors.
In the women’s part of the show—which resulted in another record for promoter Jon Lindsay with over 190 competitors—Meredith Berthelson won the Overall in Figure, Amanda Latona took the Bikini, and Rebekka Armstrong topped the field of women’s bodybuilders. Look for all of them, not to mention a slew of others who did battle at the LA, to do a repeat performance at the USA. And, I think Amanda, who shines vocally (she’s a professional crooner) as well as physically, has a legit shot at winning a pro card in front of her home town fans.
A note of interest at the prejudging…Chris Cormier told me he’s definitely doing the IRON MAN Pro in January. Cormier, who turns 42 in August, has been beset with injuries and financial problems in recent times, but said he’s got a supplement contract, has been training hard under the tutelage of Charles Glass at Gold’s, Venice, and predicts he will tie Flex Wheeler’s record of 5 wins at the IM. And, according to Cormier, break the all-time contest record he says he currently shares with Milos Sarcev.
Will the Read Deal actually show up this time? I hope so. Makes the show a great story line already.