January 18, 2008
Weider Publications is proud to announce the signing of another top--level professional, Gustavo Badell. One of the top--ranked bodybuilders in the world, Badell recently cracked the top 10 at the 2007 Olympia for the fourth consecutive year.
ÂI've been waiting for this time all my life since was an amateur,Â the 35-year-old Badell said. ÂFLEX and Muscle & Fitness are the only magazines I got a chance to read when I started bodybuilding 15 years ago. My idols, my role models, bodybuilders like Lee Haney and Lee Labrada were in FLEX magazine and Muscle and Fitness. The magazine gave me a lot of inspiration in the sport, so this is a dream come true for me.Â
The Venezuelan--born Badell announced his presence as one of the world's best by placing third at the 2004 Mr. Olympia. Since then he has placed in the top four at three consecutive Arnold Classic's (2005, 3rd; 2006, 4th; 2006; 4th) and in the top 10 in the last three Olympias (2005, 3rd; 2006, 6th; 2007, 7th).
Next month, on February 16, Badell returns to the Ironman Pro, a contest he won in 2005. For those in the Houston, Texas area this weekend, be sure to stop by One2One Training Center -- owned by IFBB judge Lee Thompson -- to see Badell from noon to 5 p.m. tomorrow. For more info, go to www.one2onetrainingcenter.com.
And check out flexonline.com next week for an in-depth interview with Badell leading up to the Ironman Pro.