Reported February 11, 2003
Record Holder Wheeler To Compete at IRONMAN Pro Saturday
"Fabulous" Flex Wheeler, the all-time IRONMAN Pro record holder with five victories, has announced he’ll be doing battle with Jay Cutler, Chris Cormier and the rest of the star-studded line-up this Saturday at the IRONMAN Pro at Marsee Auditorium on the campus of El Camino College in Torrance.
Wheeler, coming off a seventh place finish at the 2002 Mr. Olympia, has been training with Shawn Ray and Milos Sarcev at Sarcev’s Gold’s Gym in Fullerton, CA and, in looking at recent pictures of him posted on www.getbig.com, he looks like he’ll be in outstanding condition come show time.
The 37-year-old Wheeler, who earned his pro card in 1992 with an Overall victory at the NPC USA Championships, made the Ironman his pro debut a year later, and won the first of five championships (he also won the event from 1995-98).
The addition of Wheeler gives the IRONMAN one of its strongest line-ups ever. Earlier, Cutler and Cormier committed to the show, as did standouts Ahmad Haidar, Darrem Charles, J.D. Dawadu, Quincy Taylor, Melvin Anthony, Troy Alves and Johnnie O. Jackson. Last week Aaron Baker declared his participation in the contest.
In addition to the $10,000 first place prize, Robby Robinson is donating the Most Muscular Trophy, with $1,000 neatly placed inside the vase. Robinson will also be giving a seminar, along with Ironman Science writer deluxe Jerry Brainum, Dean Murphy and Dr. Michael Walczak immediately after the pre-judging.
An NPC Figure competition and Model Search has also been added to the event, with the class winners earning a photo shoot with IRONMAN photo genius Michael Neveux.
Judging begins at noon, finals at 8 p.m.