I’m venting and need to get this out of my system. We all know competitive bodybuilding is a subjective sport with no finish line to clearly mark a winner, but the NPC contest I witnessed this weekend takes the cake. My close friend Todd Waltz should have clearly won the heavyweight division; I mean it wasn’t even close. Many in the audience who didn’t even know him came up to him during the span between prejudging and the finals to tell him they thought he was the clear winnter.
But what happened Saturday night? Todd was in second, with the winner another big guy WHO DIDN"T HAVE A SINGLE CUT IN HIS LEGS. Todd is proportionate, big (competed at 207#) and has lots of cuts and striations in his legs. It was incredible.
The winner of the division is local; we’re from an hour away. Coincidence?
Afterewards he asked the head judge what happened, how he can win the symmetry round and be so much better and still lose, and the head judge told him that he indeed had the best body up there! But no clear answers to any of his questions.
Todd is competing again this weekend up in the Lac du Flambeau, WI area at the Midwest Muscle Classic, with Lee Priest as guest poser. And the same guy is head judge, so this’ll be interesting.
Yeah, I know this happens all the time in bodybuilding; I've been going to shows since the late 1970s (Mr. Michigan, Mr. International before it was the Arnold Classic, etc., early Olympia's) and have seen some bizarre things (Franco Columbo win Mr. Olympia with one leg the year after his refrigerator carry accident on World's Strongest Man) and poor decisions, but on a smaller, state level, this was terribly poor judging.
There, I feel better now!