Following 2015 Olympia Weekend, IFBB officials are hailing American Media, Inc. Chairman, President and CEO David J. Pecker for his efforts in helping raise a record $1,215,000 in prize money for athletes to compete for in the annual bodybuilding event.
Jim Manion, president of the IFBB Professional League, said that "after speaking with several athletes after the show, all of them told me that David Pecker and AMI's passion and commitment to our sport was never more evident than in this past weekend's event."
Pecker "even raised the prize money" from $300,000 "to $400,000 right on the spot for the first place Mr. Olympia," Manion said, in a gesture that was appreciated by "the athletes and fans, alike."
The $1,215,000 in prize money was more than twice what it was 11 years ago, when athletes took the stage for $540,000 in 2004.
Manion thanked Pecker, American Media, Inc.'s Robin Chang and the crew for their ongoing efforts in making the Olympia "the unquestioned Super Bowl of our bodybuilding sport," and "for an incredible weekend that far surpassed all expectations."