IRON MAN Magazine: “And Your 2020 Mr. America is...”
Updated: Dec 5, 2020
Mr. America 2020 article from Winter Issue of IRON MAN Magazine
Jason Brew (Morristown, TN) took the coveted title of Mr. America on Oct. 10, 2020, adding him to the athletes who have earned this honor for over 70 years such as John Grimek, Steve Reeves, Chet Yorton and, of course, Lou Ferrigno. He earned the title in a pro class that was 8 deep and one of the most competitive that promotor Marc Tauriello has seen. Says Brew of receiving the award, “Awesome show and [I’m] honored to be standing on such a prestigious stage!”
Set in its new home in Atlantic City, NJ, the iconic Mr. America natural bodybuilding competition reappeared for the first time since 2016. The history of this competition goes back to July 4, 1939, when it officially crowned the first “Mr. America” and has been known as such ever since. Tauriello recently entered the scene, reviving the competition for the first time in four years despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The event was well attended and included a variety of representatives including Iron Man magazine. “We’re excited to be working with Mr. America again and excited to feature these athletes. From amateur to professional, everybody came ready… the definition, the symmetry, the size, was just Mr. America-ready.” touts Denise Kakos from Iron Man Magazine.
“This was not an easy feat to do at all. It included planning for everything from navigating indoor capacities, to moving outside and then reverting back to an indoor venue. So, in the past six or seven months, I planned three different events and now here we finally are today.” says Tauriello when asked about preparing for the competition. “This has probably been the most exciting event that I’ve done – ever.”
Hosts of the event included Eric Fleishman (A.K.A. Eric the Trainer) the well-known “Hollywood Physique Expert”, and Chef Andre Rush, former combat veteran and current White House Chef.
Eric the Trainer says, “The competitors were so ready. …when Chef Rush and I walked in, we’re both patriotic, the flag itself called us up on stage. I mean it was just a wonderful, wonderful setting”. Chef Rush chimed in, “I will tell you right now this was one of the most rewarding events that I have done… The energy, the positivity… I mean absolutely incredible”
Some other exciting categories were represented as well. In the pro figure class, Jenna Bidoglio edged out Christina Duhaime by one point in a rarely seen re-judge at the night show. In the classic physique division, Brandon Lirio was beat out by Joseph LaCerra for the first ever classic physique Mr. America title. They both battled pose-for-pose with tremendous grace and skill. Dora Avila took home the first place trophy in Pro Bikini, executing her poses with style, while world champion Johnny Dotson Jr. dominated in the men’s physique division, adding another title to his incredible collection. WPD athlete and 2019 PNBA female athlete of the year, Diana Hubbard, claimed yet another first place title in the pro women's physique. In addition, even the master pro divisions had amazing quality with Brandon Stewart dominating the masters pro physique and Roy Critchfield winning the masters bodybuilding.
Tauriello is already planning the next Mr. America slated to take place in October 2021. The competition will again include powerlifting and is anticipating more experiences such as a Strong Man event and a large sports festival with an expo, which are already in the works. Be sure to check www.mramerica.com for a full list of winners, information, updates and announcements.
2020 Mr. America Jason Brew