Orville: one for the ages – Hard Times – Orville Burke

Orville: one for the ages – Hard Times – Orville Burke – Brief Article

Steve Stiefel

ORVILLE BURKE, sixth-place finisher at the 2001 Mr. Olympia, has a somewhat surprising contest on his itinerary: n addition to competing at the 2002 Mr. Olympia, Burke plans to compete at the 2002 Masters Olympia in August. It’s shocking that the sophomore pro has already qualified for the Masters, but such is the case. “I turn 40 on March 18. I think my fans might be surprised that I’m competing in the Masters since I got sixth at the last Mr. Olympia. At the same time, it [the Masters] is a good title, too, and I’d like to go after both titles. Who knows? Maybe I can win both. That’s my high hopes.”

Burke believes that at 40 he has an advantage. “I have muscle maturity on my side. As you get older, your skin gets thinner. What’s happened in bodybuilding lately is that most pros get burned out before they reach my age, so they don’t have a chance for their muscles to fully come of age. Or they have some kind of health problem and retire.”

FLEX asked Burke if he thought his presence would scare VINCE TAYLOR, who has won the last five Masters Olympia titles. Again, Burke showed his maturity: “I have great respect for Vince Taylor. I’m going into the Masters expecting to do well, and Vince and I will make up afterward. I’m doing the Masters because I want to, not because I have to. Bodybuilding has been going in the wrong direction. I believe that if we can attract the older established pros back to bodybuilding, it will bring money and maturity into the sport.”

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