After bursting onto the scene in 2009, Roelly Winklaar has already made great strides as a professional, winning the 2010 New York Pro, and is well on his way towards challenging Berry DeMey as the best ever Dutch bodybuilder.
Rulove Winklaar, better known as Roelly, was born in Curacao in the Netherlands Antilles in 1977 but now spends the majority of his time in Netherlands. His first passion was football, but an unfortunate injury put an end to his dream of turning professional. In 2003 he refocused on weight training instead, but without any competitive bodybuilding in mind. It was only after someone mentioned to him that he should try entering a bodybuilding event that he considered taking it seriously. He subsequently entered on two weeks' notice and went on to claim second place on his amateur debut.
Once he realised his genetic gift, Roelly started to train in earnest and enjoyed some success as an amateur. The Dutchman competed at the 2005 IFBB World Championships in Shanghai, China as a light-heavyweight and placed 15th before relentless hard work in the gym finally paid off in 2007 as he took first place at the Dutch Championships.
Winklaar's big break came at the 2009 Arnold Amateur Championships. Having never traveled to the USA, Roelly was an unknown quantity at the event and came out of the blue with a tremendously dense muscularity in the super-heavyweight division, earning him the victory over the likes of reigning Mr. Universe Lionel Beyeke. In the overall competition, Roelly beat six other weight-class winners to claim the overall title and secure his place at the 2010 Arnold Classic.
In 2010, Winklaar made an impressive start to his professional bodybuilding career. The charismatic Dutchman was in fine form at the Arnold and came away with seventh place in a highly competitive field which included eventual champion Kai Greene, Phil Heath and Branch Warren. Roelly built on the success with a solid third place at the 2010 Australia Pro Grand Prix, securing his spot at the Mr. Olympia.
However, his most impressive feat to date has to be the 2010 New York Pro where he blitzed the rest of the field to claim his maiden professional victory. Roelly was at the top of his game at the event and beat Japan's Hidetada Yamagishi and Germany's Dennis Wolf to clinch top honours, thoroughly establishing himself as a world class bodybuilder.
Winklaar was brought down to earth somewhat at the 2010 Mr. Olympia, placing 14th, but being his first appearance at the prestigious event it was always going to be a tough assignment. He recovered with an eighth place at his second Arnold Classic in 2011 and clinched podium finishes at the British Grand Prix, Mr. Europe Grand Prix and FIBO Power Pro Germany.
Unfortunately, the Dutchman didn't take part in the 2011 Olympia, but placed ninth at the 2011 NY Pro.
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