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Ken 'Flex' Wheeler is Dead?

Among rampant rumors that Ken 'Flex' Wheeler is dead after not competing in the Arnold Classic, after speaking with Flex on the telephone Tuesday at his home, this rumor is most definitely not true. As Mark Twain once said, 'Reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated.' But it is fun hearing how fast a false rumor can fly via the bulletin boards, and the gyms.
Flex was admitted to the hospital due to a recurring illness the week before the Arnold Classic, and did pull out of the show and subsequent show after that due to the illness, but Flex is fine. (3/5/03)

Jay Cutler failed the Diuretics test at the Arnold Classic?

Another rumor floating around the bulletin boards is that Jay Cutler failed the diuretics test, and that he is disqualified from the Arnold Classic. Nothing could be further from the truth. There will be no disqualifications from the Arnold Classic, and the scorecard stands. The fact is that the testing officials never got to the Arnold Classic due to sever weather problems that delayed their trip. (3/5/03)

2003 Olympia Prize Money to be Increased!

In the last five years, the Olympia Prize money has been increased. In 1998, it was $300,000. In 1999, it was $311,000. In 2000, it was $325,000. In 2001, it was $351,000. In 2002, it was $381,000, and in 2003, it will be $400,000, the highest amount given by any bodybuilding contest!
First place at the Mr. Olympia will be given $110,000 plus a brand new Cadillac Escalade. Second place is $75,000. Third place is $50,000. Fourth place is $40,000. Fifth place is $30,000. Sixth place is $25,000. Seventh place is $20,000. Eight place is $15,000. Ninth place is $12,000. Tenth place is $10,000. Eleventh place is $8,000, and twelfth place is $5,000. Now that is a lot of prize money.

In addition, each competitor receives 4 nights stay at the Mandalay Bay, plus $50 per day for food at any place they want to eat. Also, they receive a personal white stretch limousine and driver that meets them at the airport as they come in, helps them with their luggage, and drive them and their party to the hotel. Now that is class! (3/4/03)