Thursday, January 14, 2010

1999 Team Universe

I came across this photo recently from the 1999 NPC Team Universe and it brought back a lot of memories. This photo is meaningful to me because it was my first real photo shoot. The photo was taken in the alley outside our hotel in NYC by Mitsuru Okabe for IronMan Magazine.

It was taken Saturday mid day before the finals so I didn't know at that time that I had won the light heavy weight class. Based on how the call outs went in pre judging the night before I was confident I was in the top 3 and thought I had a chance to win but I would have to wait until later that night to find out for sure.

What a year! 1999 was a very significant year in my career and my life really changed as a result. It was my first Team Universe victory which consequently opened the door to my relationship with Paul Delia and AST Sports Science. I also have to thank Skip La Cour for playing a role in that introduction as well.

I came across some other great old photos which I will share over time but that is enough reminiscing for now. Time to get back to work!

Believe. Achieve.

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