When aesthetically talented bodybuilder Brandon Curry swept the field at the 2008 US Championships, some observers saw him as the future Mr. Olympia.
Obviously it did not happen. Not yet. But the Olympic buzz is back and stronger than ever. After a professional career, the 36-year-old Curry made three signs in 2017, indicating a revival, followed by a fifth place ever at the 2018 Olympics.
Then of course, came the biggie – defeating defending champion William Bonac at this year's Arnold Classic in Columbus, Ohio. Along with a check for $ 130,000, whispered that Curry has everything to take home the Sandow in September.
A Fateful Meeting
The turnaround began with a chance encounter following prejudice at the 201
Al Otaibi told Curry that he would like to train him, believing that Curry could be in first six places at the Olympics. Curry, who had signed up to join Kuwait Pro in just two weeks, wondered what that meant. Moving from his hometown of Murfreesboro, Tennessee, to Kuwait for 11 months.
Eventually, the 5-foot-9-inch 245-pounder grabbed his bags, kissed Mrs. Brandy (a pro competitor) and her four children said goodbye and retreated 7,000 miles to train under Al Otaibi's watchful eyes ,
The rest is, they say, history.
Anatomy of a State
In an Arnold Classic preview piece I wrote for bodybuilding. com, I called Roelly Winklaar a favorite – when it appeared in the best shape. And if not, I went on, the title went to either Bonac or Curry.
Winklaar, who had been plagued by inconsistency throughout his career, was out of the way – fortunate enough to finish fifth. As planned, a bonac curry duel was next on the list, and it was a dandy.
Bonac, who is about 5 feet-5-inches and 230-235 pounds, has about as much muscle in his body as anyone else in the game. This was highlighted when he received the most muscular award.
In the end, Curry's lines were triggered by a tiny waist, big guns, and a double biceps back that troubled the former Mr. Olympia Phil Heath – turned out to be the difference in a 12-point win , And his legs, a weak link in the past, have been improved.
Eyes on the Prize
Having disturbed Rhoden Heath at the Olympics last year in a form-over-mass victory, does that mean that Curry is now a real challenger, making Rhoden a single champion?
Curry believes it can happen. "Yes, I can win Olympia," he said two nights after his impressive victory. "I still have some work to do … I continue to focus on improving my underbelly and get into even better shape, actually being lighter at the Arnold than at the Olympics – I was just under 250 – but I looked taller As long as I keep my conditioning on the point everything should go together. "
So, what's the key to that? "Abdullah has an old school," Curry said. "He did not feed me too much, I did not let it exaggerate on cardio, which he mostly did with me, and he ate me more, he actually pulled me back in all areas, which led me to my best .
"When I trained with him for the second time, I was there for five months. This year, I will travel to Kuwait in June and spend about 12 weeks in preparation.
Then to an Olympic victory?
The quiet but confident Curry paused for a moment and replied, "That's the plan. "