Atlanta, Georgia saw upwards of 500 Competitors vying for IFBB pro Cards at the Finals on Saturday night making for an interesting contest of newcomers and amateur veterans! Celebrity Pro Bodybuilders, Fitness and Figure Stars who came out to support the NPC and Contest Promoter, Steve Karel were local home town hero and The Greatest of All Time, Lee Haney, 5 Time Masters Mr. Olympia, Vince Taylor, “The Real Deal” Chris Cormier, Cedric “The Entertainer” McMillan, Jason Huh, Toney Freeman, Roc Shabazz, 5 Time Ms Fitness Olympia, Adela Garcia, 2009 Ms. Figure Olympia, Nicole Wilkins Lee, Nicole Duncan, 2008 Mr. Olympia, Dexter Jackson, Dennis James and Marcus Haley to name a few…
Congratulations to your new NPC National Overall Champion, Robert Burneika who ran off with the title in the Final Posedown!
Robert Burnieka proved size really does matter, out-massing heavyweight Fred Smalls and light heavy Brandon Ray to win the overall at the 2010 NPC National Bodybuilding, Figure and Bikini Championships on Saturday night in Atlanta.
Burnieka, who finished as the runner-up in the super heavies at the USAs in July, came in drier and fuller – without sacrificing any size – than he was in Vegas to win both the super heavy class and the overall.
Super Hvy Weights on paper should have been a Dog Fight but it turned into a Crap shoot of who’s the most complete. Las Vegas resident, Robert Burneika by way of Lithuania captured the title which 3 or 4 guys had a shot winning going in! Robert was big and thick with the best calves in the show! Saturday night he showed up looking every bit a Professional in the making but Friday’s Pre Judging had many in attendance wondering who would win? Perennial Bridesmaid, Keith Williams out of Minnesota had to settle for his 3rd- First Runner up Award of the year at every Pro Qualifier that was held which maybe a new record? Poor Keith came out strong but as he posed he was not able to maintain his stomach which appeared bloated and distracting from the get go. He had everything one would need to spell “Champion” except the stomach distention which many felt led to his demise next to Burneika. Landing in 3rd place was 25 year old Texas Phenom; Steve Kuclo whom many felt fought his way into contention with Burneika not Williams? Steve is a Pro in the making and with each show we see him getting closer every time. My prediction is next year Steve will find his Pro Card sooner rather than later!
Monica Specking (Figure), Jennifer Andrews (Bikini) and Amber DeFrancesco (Women’s Bodybuilding) were the other overall winners in Atlanta.