Every four years, a few months prior to the greatest sporting event known to man, The Olympic Games, it is not widely known exactly how equipment, arena’s, surface’s are tested in some of the sports being competed there. In 2016 the Games are to be held in Rio Di Janeiro, Brazil, and after much scrutiny from media about the readiness of stadiums in recent times, the eyes of the world and relevant organisations and federations alike would be transfixed on the South American tourist hub to get a sneak preview of what awaits as the Road to Rio takes a penultimate turn and heads for the finish line.
There is no better way to test out the Olympic Weightlifting arena than to have a competition. Not all countries send an athlete to this preview comp but it certainly is equally as beneficial for the athlete as it for the organisers, as this gives the athlete a chance to acclimatise to different conditions. This certainly was the case with German 105+ contender Almir Velagic, making the voyage to Rio with coach Oliver Caruso, ever watchful by his side.
After the Columbian team dominated the lower weight class’s, claiming six of the divisions, Team NDO’s Almir Velagic produced a career best Clean and Jerk of 241kg to take the Gold and defeating the hometown favourite Reis from Brasil.
This personal record(PR)caps off a string of career best performances in the last 12 mths for ‘The Lion Of Heidelberg’. A career best Snatch at the EU championships last April and PR’s across the board at the IWF World Championships in Houston in November has raised eye-brows of those in the sport who believe Velagic’s age is against him. Breaking into the 240kg+ Clean and Jerk club and a taste of Gold just months out from what will be his third Olympics, confidence is high in the German camp and also with Team No Days Off as the Marquee athlete and team captain , Almir Velagic’s Road to Rio has been perfect.. and if you know German Weightlifting… its all about Perfection.
Recently, No Days Off Supplements’ Director, Arron Crawford caught up with ‘The Lion’ in his home town of Heidelberg,Germany. This is how it went..
By Brigidene O’Shaughnessy IFBB Figure/Physique Athlete
It was an absolute privilege to attend FIBO as an employee and athlete of NoDaysOff Supplements. The trip was a major success with opportunities to grow through new partnerships and exposure to the very best sports supplements and equipment currently on the market.
So what is FIBO?
*The largest health fitness and lifestyle exhibition and convention in Europe *An industry trade show boasting over 130 000 sqmetres of exhibition space *Over 100 countries involved and approximately 725 exhibitors
* Has literally everything you can conceivably think of that relates to the fitness industry *Is an opportunity to view bodybuilding, crossfit, strongman/woman competitions *The place to get amazing deals on big brand clothing, footwear and equipment *The centre of innovation, great new concepts and scientific breakthroughs in health
The expo was over 4days which was needed to get through the all the exhibition halls and the many thousands in attendance each day.
During the event we met with Patrick Carbo from our parent company Recov Bipeptides, Rob Daeman from Stacker2Europe, Dennis Kohlruss-Giants Live competitor and WSM, Alexej Prochorow-105kg+ competitor for the German Olympic Weightligting team. There was also a chance meeting with Tony Doherty-Arnold ClassicAustralian Promoter which was awesome!
After FIBO it was on to Sittard, just over the German border in the Netherlands to tour the Stacker2Europe factory and meet with Rob and the crew. After trying some of the amazing new products which are coming onto the market later this year we were treated to a night in the nearby picturesque village of Mastricht. The following day involved many connecting trains back to Frankfurt and then straight home to Perth.
Highlights: Seeing the beautiful city of Cologne, trying authentic German food, smelling the pastries every day, training in different gyms and getting training tips from MD Arron Crawford.
Lowlights: Losing my phone on Day 1 of the expo-thankfully it was handed back on the last day, getting locked in a disabled toilet (don’t even ask) and smashing my IPad!!
It was the working trip of a lifetime and I would sincerely like to thank Arron Crawford and the team at NDO Supps for the opportunity to both work for the organisation and represent it as an athlete. Cannot wait to see what the future holds for NDOSupps.