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DC Classic to feature ‘Bodybuilding Cousins’

An exclusive interview with Grady Gray and Prince Toe Sr.

IN August, Diane “Dee” Clayton confirmed IFBB Pro Guam bodybuilder Gregory Monk’s guest appearance at the 2017 Dee Clayton Classic International Invitational Championships on October 21.

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Also joiningMonk, as guest posers, are fellow competitive bodybuilders Grady Gray and Prince Toe Sr.

Gray, 28, and Toe, 35, are cousins and natives of Liberia, West Africa who have called America home for many years.

Gray is a former resident of Guam currently residing in and competing out of Japan, while Toe competes out of California.

In addition to competing professionally, Gray is a fitness entrepreneur with his own fitness and apparel line Gray Atlas Fitness through which he trains and sponsors his own athletes.

Toe is the lead ambassador for the brand’s California branch.

Gray previously guest posed at last year’s DC Classic together with Guam bodybuilder Mike Miranda Duay.

Toe, on the other hand, shall be making his Saipan debut performance.

Variety connected with Gray and Toe for an exclusive interview ahead of their DC Classic appearances.

MV: How long have each of you been competing?Also, please share some of your history in the sport.

GG: I’ve been competing for approximately eight years. My first show was on Guam in 2010 and I fell in love with bodybuilding ever since.

I am proud to state that I am an all natural athlete and have been my whole life. I’ve competing in several shows and won multiple awards, with the most recent one earned in Japan. I won 1st Place and Overall Winner at the NPCJ show in Okinawa and 1st Place at the Far East Bodybuilding competition in Japan.

PT: My name is Prince Toe Sr. but people also know me by my stage name, “PRC.”

   I have been competing consistently for about two years now, but have been weight and fitness training for the majority of my life.

   I was introduced to competitive bodybuilding by [Grady Gray] and became hooked.

I am also the lead ambassador for Team Gray Atlas California.

MV: What is next for you competition-wise?

GG: I will be competing in my first pro show in November in Las Vegas as a Natural Athlete for the Muscle mania Organization.

I competed and won 1st Place last year in Vegas which secured my spot at this forthcoming event.

PT: Though I am not a Pro yet, I will be competing for my pro card in Las Vegas this November.

MV: What are your thoughts on guest posing in Saipan at DC Classic?

GG: This is not my first trip to Saipan and I pray it is not my last. I love the hospitality I have received every time I go there.

Everyone is so nice, family oriented, and the food is always amazing.

PT: I’ve never been to Saipan, but I’ve heard nothing but wonderful things about this beautiful island from [Gray].

I am grateful for the opportunity and am hoping to put on my best performance. I look forward to networking and meeting the great people of Saipan. I am humbled and grateful for this experience.

MV: Any other additional remarks or shoutouts you would like to add?

GG: I just want to give special thanks to Ms. Dee and the beautiful people of Saipan for inviting me out here and I hope to give them my greatest performance yet.

   They’ve always treated me with kindness and they are the reason I love travelingthere.

To all my fellow competitors, both male and female, I hope this show starts your engine and fuels your fire. Know that this is a small and humble beginning to a bigger passion within.

   Seven to eight years ago, when I first took the stage on Guam for my first show, I did not know what to expect. Fast forward to today, I now have the chance to fly all over the globe to perform and do what I love—inspire others.

   That first experience eventually even led to meacting on my dreams and starting up my very own fitness company.

I will always be forever grateful to the people of Saipan for their generosity.

PT: I would just like to thank my cousin Grady and Ms. Dee for the opportunity and I hope I can inspire more people with my performances.

Following the show, Gray will also be featuring select Gray Atlas Fit merchandise. Samples can be found at www.grayatlasfit.com and www.facebook.com/grayatlasfitness.