Well I was going to email Stephanie Lorenz who handled the consideration letters and put them on file but I decided to call today instead. I figured why not.
A lady answers the phone and I ask for Stephanie, and she tells me that she is out of the office and she could connect me to her voicemail. I then said "well maybe you can help me" and I tell her that I was curious on when the invites will be mailed out. She told me hold on a moment. I waited and then a man answers the phone. I automatically thought that this was Jim Lorimer I was talking to and then I was like "yeah right in my dreams". It was probably one of his staff.
So i asked him about the invites and then he explains the whole process to me on the selection and the comittee that knows all the athletes, etc. I listening to all this and I was thinking "wow, this guy is very very nice and he is giving me more information than I bargained for". He then said next week is when we should know about the invites. He then asked me my name and said that I am on the list for consideration. I then said thank you vedry much and ended the call.
I waited a few minutes and called back and the lady answers saying Hello Isabelle. I wanted to tell her thank you for her help and then she told me I was talking to Jim Lorimer and I was very impressed as he was super nice and I was also very honored.
I know I sound corny , but that was a pretty cool experience for me
Julie set her sights on placing in the top 3 in Columbus, Ohio at the 2008 Fitness International months in advance. She even went so far as to have her own customized tennis shoes created emboldened with a large “3”. Guess what?
Julie Palmer not only took 3rd …she grabbed center stage with one of the weekend’s most inspired performances while she sent out a big thank you her partner and trainer, Mike “Beefcake” Davies. Julie quickly announced “She’ll Be Back” in 2009.
“Being invited is really special because you know that the promoters really value what you stand for and what you bring to the stage as a competitor. It makes you feel good about the hard work that you put in and it makes you feel very special.”
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My first post here and I want to start off by saying this truly is a fantastic forum... thanks Sioux!! -
This was posted by IFBB Pro Larissa Reis yesterday and is a legitimate argument and deserves much consideration imho-
"Friday, January 09, 2009
Why wasn't I invited to the Arnold Classic???
Recently I found out that I wonít be competing in the Arnold Classic this year. I was so excited to get ready to train and prepare for the Arnold Classic but I wasn't invited. I never received any information or reasons why I wasnít invited, so Iím not sure what to think.
I'm not sure about the rules on how to get invited to the Arnold... It's an international show and I wonder why there aren't more girls invited from other countries. 90% of the girls who compete are Americans.
Can someone help and explain this to me? I honestly would just like to understand the rules.
I will still be at the Arnold Classic, even if I'm not competing. I have received a lot of emails from people asking me about the Arnold Classic, so I am posting this blog to let everyone know about my situation.
I wanted to be able to share with everyone the reason that I won't be competing.
If someone can tell me how the rules work more clearly, I would really appreciate it.
Here is a graph comparing American to International Figure competitors over the past 5 years (except last year) at the International Arnold Classic ... I would say Larissa has a legitimate complaint.