2023 Legion Sports Fest Pro Bodybuilding Preview

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Here is a look at the upcoming 2023 Legion Sports Fest Pro!

The 2023 Legion Sports Fest Pro will take place the weekend of Oct. 7-8 in Reno, Nevada. There will be a total of eight divisions in bodybuilding that will compete with hopes of qualifying for the 2023 Olympia.

The Olympia qualification system has changed this year. If an athlete did not finish in the top three in the previous year, or top five in Men’s Open, they will have to win a show to qualify. The points qualification system is no more. Also, former winners of an Olympia title have lifetime eligibility.

There is an unofficial list of competitors out at the moment that will likely be added to over the coming weeks. Below, take a look at some of the top competitors in Men’s Open that will make an appearance, along with the full rosters from the show.

2023 Legion Sports Fest Pro Men’s Open Roster & Breakdown

  • Vitor Boff
  • Mokhamed El Emam
  • Stephen Frazier
  • Charles Griffen
  • Dorian Haywood
  • Martin Hernandez
  • Kenneth Jackson
  • John Jewett
  • Chad Merchant
  • Darius Milton
  • Manolakas Nikitas-Sotrius
  • Jossue Plascencia
  • Denis Reinhold
  • Johan Rico Rivas
  • Logan Robson
  • Justin Rodriguez
  • Steve D. Thayer 
  • Joel Thomas
  • Jan Turek
  • Eric Wood

Charles Griffen

Charles Griffen suffered a pec tear back in April that sidelined him for over a month but is ready to return here. Griffen burst onto the scene in 2019 when he began making incredible improvements to his physique. In 2021, he finished third at the Tampa Pro. Last season, he took the stage during the Indy Pro but finished as the runner-up. After winning the California State Pro, he earned a trip to the Olympia, where he finished 14th.

John Jewett

John Jewett is a Men’s 212 competitor who will try his hand at Men’s Open during the show. Of course, we have seen this course of action from Shaun Clarida, who was qualified for both divisions in 2022 but ultimately chose to return to 212. Jewett is already qualified for the Olympia but will look to see how he fairs in the biggest division. In 2019, he finished fourth and this would be his best performance to date. Jewett finished ninth in 2021 and will now try his hand at the biggest division.

 

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Jan Turek

Jan Turek has two appearances on stage to this point. He finished eighth during both the Europa Pro Championships and Flex Pro. Now, he will look to improve on his standing during another big time show. Turek has yet to qualify for the Olympia and is hoping to build a physique that could land him on the biggest stage in the sport.

2023 Legion Sports Fest Prize Purse

The prize purse for the 2023 Legion Sports Fest Pro will be a total of $77,500. The Men’s Physique division will boast an impressive prize of $33,500, which is the largest cash prize in comparison to the Arnold Sports Festival. Below, check out how the prize purse will be broken down among the divisions.

  • Men’s Physique: $33,500
  • Men’s Open: $20,000
  • Classic Physique: $3,500
  • Figure: $3,500
  • Fitness: $3,500
  • Bikini: $3,500
  • Women’s Physique: $3,500
  • Wellness: $3,500

Reigning Men’s Physique Olympia champion Erin Banks will take the stage and urged other athletes to compete on stage as well. The two-day show will also feature the IFBB Pro Legion Masters and NPC Contest. The Legion Masters will hand to prizes to seven divisions, totaling $12,600.

2023 Legion Sports Fest Pro: All Division Roster

Classic Physique

  • Logan Franklin
  • Kekoa Godfrey
  • Jacob Graham
  • Kyron Holden
  • Greg O. Larson
  • Michael Lopez
  • Jerark Toribio Perez
  • Terrence Ruffin
  • Lucas Di Santi
  • Scott Sheeran
  • Bryant Smith
  • Wilfredo Victoria
  • Kellen Wilson

Men’s Physique

  • Aslan Abdullayer
  • Erin Banks
  • Louis Caruso
  • Jamal Everette
  • Andre Ferguson
  • Reuben Glass
  • Hossein Karimi
  • Kenyon Leno
  • Roberto Lima
  • David Merrill
  • Jeffrey Robbins
  • Critelli Ortiz Scatolini
  • Tyler Smith
  • Jimmie Stewart
  • Sergio Victor
  • Rocco De Villiers
  • Robert Williams

Fitness

  • Danielle Chikeles
  • Heather Coscia
  • Danielle Delikay
  • Andrea Glass
  • Taylor Learmont
  • Kristin Pope
  • Trishanti Rocke
  • Kayla Rossi
  • Jenny Worth

Figure

  • Desiree Alferes
  • Rose Black
  • Stephanie Caldwell
  • Jennifer Delgado-Martin
  • Kaylee Essers
  • Brooke Foley
  • Claudia Garcia
  • Sophie Jenkins
  • Jennifer Johnson
  • Stephanie Koerber
  • Morgan Martin-Jarred
  • Daniella Means
  • Spomenka Miller-Stanic
  • Kathryn M. Morrissey
  • Nathalie Nichols
  • Erika Phillips
  • Tamika Robinson
  • Rori Ross
  • Missy Sanderman
  • Lacy Schlimmer
  • Shelace Shoemaker
  • Christine Stearns
  • Stacey Steiner
  • Aksana Yukhno

Bikini

  • Christine Barnum
  • Hikaru Sarah Dundore
  • Shiho Fukuda
  • Marioly Galarza
  • Jill Humphrey
  • Aisha Kaipova
  • Nikia Hovey
  • Huong Mai
  • Lena Okanovic
  • Lacy Rutland
  • Shannon Showalter
  • Courtney Walton
  • Tianna Weymouth
  • Katie Zaslove

Women’s Physique

  • Marcela Corona
  • Tia Douglass
  • Fay Simone Ellis
  • Jennifer Erhardt
  • Farrah Faulkner
  • Lenka Ferencukova
  • Susan Graham
  • Tina Mauer Guadarrama
  • Jodi Marchuck
  • Cynthia Marks
  • Julia Monroe
  • Katie Nyland
  • Suzan Oktay
  • Brooke Pighin
  • Michelle Polanik
  • Anna-Lena Prinz
  • Laura Psyzora
  • Rachel Reid
  • Diana Schnaidt
  • Christina Siegrist
  • Natalia Spierlings
  • Paola Viveros
  • Ayana Ward
  • Heidi Worrell-Osborne

Wellness

  • Maria Borisch
  • Cinzia Clapp
  • Rian Choi
  • Tracy Eden
  • Madison Luna
  • Rosa Benadero Munoz
  • Teresa Myers
  • Jasmine Payne
  • Natasha Peay
  • Tammy Sievers
  • Sina Maria Teresa
  • Victoria Reyes Villa
  • Jennifer Zollars

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Greg has covered the four major sports for six years and has been featured on sites such as Sports Illustrated, Fox Sports, SB Nation, NJ.com, and FanSided. Now, he is transitioning into the world of bodybuilding and strength sports.