Gustavo Badell. Gustavo Badell aka the Freakin’ ‘Rican, (born November 3, 1972 in Venezuela) is an IFBB professional bodybuilder.
Gustavo was born in Venezuela, but his family moved to Puerto Rico when he was five years old. He began lifting weights at the age of fifteen to increase his size for boxing. Gustavo gained muscle incredibly fast, and when he was 19 entered and won his first bodybuilding competition; the 1991 Junior Caribbean Bodybuilding Championships.
After only six years of weight training he was able to turn pro by winning the 1997 Caribbean Championships. His first IFBB appearance was in 1998 when he competed in the IFBB Grand Prix of Germany. He first competed in the IFBB Night of Champions (now called The New York Pro) in 1999, where he placed 14th. His first Ironman Pro Invitational came in 2000, where he placed 18th. His first Mr. Olympia appearance was in 2002, where he placed 24th. His first Arnold Classic was in 2004, where he placed 7th. His pro placings have been lackluster until 2003 when he started placing higher, in part because of help from fellow pro bodybuilder Milos Sarcev. Gustavo has been featured in many fitness and magazine articles as well as appearing on the cover of FLEX magazine. He is also featured in numerous advertisements for MuscleTech, normally for Nitrotech Hardcore protein powder and Masstech weight-gain powder.
* Current residence: Las Vegas, NV
* Family: Wife Jessica, Son Gustavo Jr., Daughter Barbie Ann, Nicole marie and Michael Gustavo
* Height: 5 foot 8 inches
* Competition weight: 245 lb.
* Offseason weight: 260-265 lb.
* Upper arm circumference: 21.5 in
* 1991 Junior Caribbean Championships, overall winner
* 1997 Caribbean Championships, overall winner (received pro card)
* 1997 World Amateur Championships Heavyweight, 10th
* 1998 Grand Prix Germany, 9th
* 1999 Grand Prix England, 17th
* 1999 Night of Champions, Did Not Place
* 1999 [[World Pro Championships, 14th
* 2000 Ironman Pro Invitational, 18th
* 2000 Night of Champions, Did Not Place
* 2000 Toronto Pro Invitational, Did Not Place
* 2000 World Pro Championships, 11th
* 2001 Grand Prix England, Did Not Place
* 2001 Ironman Pro Invitational, 16th
* 2001 San Francisco Pro Invitational, 11th
* 2002 Ironman Pro Invitational, 13th
* 2002 Night of Champions, 10th
* 2002 Mr. Olympia, 24th
* 2002 Southwest Pro Cup, 6th
* 2002 Toronto Pro Invitational, 3rd
* 2004 Arnold Classic, 7th
* 2004 Ironman Pro Invitational, 3rd
* 2004 San Francisco Pro Invitational, 4th
* 2004 Show of Strength Pro Championship, 3rd
* 2004 Mr. Olympia, 3rd
* 2005 Arnold Classic, 3rd
* 2005 Ironman Pro Invitational, 1st
* 2005 Mr. Olympia, 3rd
* 2006 Arnold Classic, 4th
* 2006 San Francisco Pro Invitational, 1st
* 2006 Mr. Olympia, 6th
* 2007 Arnold Classic, 4th
* 2007 Mr. Olympia 8th
* 2008 Ironman Pro Invitational, 2nd
* 2008 Arnold Classic, 6th
* 2008 Mr Olympia, 10th
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