This Weekend’s Feast for Bodybuilding Fans: 2023 Toronto Pro Supershow
Bodybuilding fans are in for a treat this weekend as seven events light up stages across the globe. However, the 2023 Toronto Pro Supershow stands out from the rest as it showcases 10 divisions on June 4. The winners of this show will join the elite group of athletes who have qualified for the 2023 Mr. Olympia competition, which will take place in Orlando, Florida from Nov. 2-5.
The categories featured in the 2023 Toronto Pro Supershow are as follows:
Amateur winners who earn their pro cards on Saturday, June 3, will also have the opportunity to compete in this contest. The Fitness division is the only pro division that will not be featured in this show.
Iain Valliere enters this contest as the favorite, being the highest-ranking Mr. Olympia finisher. However, Ross Flanigan recently scored gold at the 2023 Musclecontest California Pro, and he’s eager to go two-for-two this weekend. In addition, fans expect Hassan Mostafa to contend for gold as he won back-to-back competitions in 2022 at the Orlando Pro and Puerto Rico Pro.
Other notable entries include Joe Seeman, Slavoj Bednar, and Jangmin Lee.
In what was possibly the closest contest of the night, several men shined on stage Sunday. The finals saw a battle between Hassan Mostafa and Iain Valliere. Valliere was determined to defend on home territory in Canada and showcased an improved physique from his last Mr. Olympia. However, some fans, especially online, thought Mostafa might have brought the driest and most conditioned look. The completeness and flow of Iain Valliere’s physique would eventually get the judge’s nod, and he earned his ticket to the 2023 Mr. Olympia contest. Hassan Mostafa finished second.
Meanwhile, Ross Flanagan put on a show along with Robin Stand, who presented some of the best conditioning of any division. They placed third and fourth, respectively. In addition, Joe Seeman rounded out the top five in another show of consistency.
The Men’s 212 Bodybuilding division saw a number of competitors assert themselves as title contenders. Among them were Chris Buhr, Sung Yeop Jang, and Piotr Borecki, who all made the show incredibly close with conditioning, balance, and surprising lower body development. It was a tight contest, but Piotr Borecki sealed the deal and punched his ticket to Mr. Olympia. Additionally, Sung Yeop Jang took second, and Chris Buhr took third.
Immediately after prejudging, judges and the bodybuilding community were blown away by the separation of Samuel Paquin’s quads. He battled with contenders Gregory Dawson and Carl Gaithersburg, two threats with impressive chests and biceps. In the end, Samuel Pequin earned first place and cemented himself as a Toronto Pro Classic Physique champion. Carl Gaithersburg and Gregory Dawson earned second and third.
The Men’s Physique division put on an entertaining affair this weekend in Toronto. Bhuwan Chatham and Rodrigue Chesnier looked to have made tremendous strides since their last outings. While they certainly pushed for gold, Mehdi Kabbadj pulled off the win with striated shoulders and excellent condition. Aside from Kabbadj, Rodrigue Chesnier and Bhuwan Chatham took second and third.
Women’s Bodybuilding served as one of 10 divisions featured in Toronto. Tananarive Huie, Teresa Ivancik, and Julia Whitsel made it a very difficult contest to judge due to their conditioning levels. With capped shoulders, feathered quads, and a slim waist, the finals saw Julia Whitsel get her hand raised. She also took home an Olympia invite for Nov. As far as the podium goes, Teresa Ivancik earned runner-up with Tananarive Huie finishing third.
Figure competitors turned out on Sunday and put on a memorable event. While Jodi Boam and Manon Dutilly put on strong showings during prejudging, it appeared Lola Montez only got stronger, harder, and dryer as the contest went along. With top-notch condition, Lola Montez earned first place. In addition, Mannon Dutilly and Jodi Boam found themselves in second and third, proving they have what it takes to contend for gold in the near future.
Bikini standouts Brittny Gillespie, Maxine Somov, Adair Libbrecht, and Eli Fernandez were all in the running during prejudging. By the time finals were concluding, fans were in agreement that Adair Libbrecht and Eli Fernandez were fighting for first. Displaying exceptional aesthetics and flow, Eli Fernandez picked up the 2023 Toronto Pro Supershow victory. Adair Libbrecht and Maxine Somov also made the podium.
This weekend, Women’s Physique competitors put it all on the line with the hope of stamping a ticket to Olympia in November. Prejudging and finals were exciting and featured several comparisons. However, Emlija Martin was victorious and earned her invitation. She endured a hard-fought battle against runner-up Romana Skotzen and third-place finisher Amandine Kolly, who also brought an impressive package.
Ladies in the Wellness category came in with something to prove as there are fewer months to earn a spot on the Olympia stage than there were in 2022. Emily Azzarello, Kristen Briadwell, and Sandra Colorado Acal presented a stunning combination of beauty, muscularity, and stage presentation. The judges saw the contest in favor of Sandra Colorado Acal, who is now invited to the 2023 Mr. Olympia competition. The podium also saw contenders Kristen Briadwell and Emily Azzarello take second and third.
The Men’s Wheelchair division continues to grow in popularity with detailed, intricate, and creative posing routines. The finals featured Jason Metcalf, Mohammadreza Tabriza Nouri, and Tim Caldwell. And while all men brought impressive conditioning, the vascularity and upper body of Mohammadreza Tabriza Nouri swayed the judges to award him gold, a cash prize, and a Mr. Olympia invite. The podium featured second-place Tim Caldwell and third-place finisher Jason Metcalf.
The 2023 Toronto Pro Supershow scorecards will be available soon.
Fitness Volt congratulates the winners on their major victories!