Numerous revisions are planned for the upcoming Olympic weekend. This highly anticipated bodybuilding show and fitness show will take place September 12-15 at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas and the Las Vegas Convention Center. For the first time, all eight finals of the Olympia Pro Division will be held on stage, including by Dan Solomon, Chief Olympic Officer, and his staff.
Another premiere – the defending Mr. Olympia champion can not compete for the Sandow – and the $ 400,000 grand prize. The last time this happened was in 1998 when Big Nasty (aka Ronnie Coleman) won the first of his eight Olympic crowns one season after reigning reigning champion Dorian Yates resigned.
Last year's champion Shawn Rhoden was disqualified from the event due to rape allegations. MIA is probably also the seven-time Mr. Olympia Phil Heath, who was annoyed by Rhoden in 201
In the scenarios Heath and Greene there is a big difference. Greene would have to apply for a special invitation (which was not made until August 23) and be accepted to get another shot at the coveted Sandow. Heath automatically qualifies for life, so he may be waiting to make a playtime decision.
Now that these loose ends are tied together, let's summarize what we are working on at this year's Mr. Olympia.
Category: Mr. Olympia
Current Champion: Shawn Rhoden  My Choice: Brandon Curry
After his great victory at the Arnold Classic USA six pros For months, Curry was considered by many to be the lightweight favorite over William Bonac, Roelly Winklaar and Dexter Jackson. The 5-foot-7, 240-pound curry has a good balance of hardcore beef, nice shape, strong condition and greatly improved wheels. Brandon Curry The 37-year-old from Murfreesboro, Tennessee, finished fifth at the Olympics last year, advancing three places to his eighth place in 2017. "Slow but Safe" was Curry's topic since becoming a pro at the 2008 NPC USA Championship. Nevertheless, his career was not without hiccups. In 2016 he did not even place in the Olympics, was beaten at several shows overseas and made it only to the eighth place in the Golden State Championships in Sacramento. This gave the experts enough ammo to start the "It's all over" chants.
Hardly. Curry scored three wins in 2017, and this year's best ever performance at the Arnold Classic. Let's see if he is in a hot phase!
Title contender: William Bonac, Roelly Winklaar, Dexter Jackson
Bonac, at 5-foot-5 and about 225-235-pounds, gave Curry a run for his money at Arnold. Bonac won the contest the year before, and some people thought he deserved to nod. Certainly not the biggest guy in the series, but definitely a serious contender for the Sandow.
Curry has a better shape, Bonac a thicker muscle. Shape won the Arnold Classic USA – will the story be repeated? A great rivalry has emerged.
Winklaar, 42, has the most muscle per inch of all participants, but a pretty slimmed-down frame showed his best looks last year as he slipped to third place. Bigger does not mean better for the man from Curacao, who was as heavy as 265 on stage (5-foot-6), but sat 240 in the final season.
It's hard to believe that I'm still writing about Jackson's chances at the Olympics. I mean, the guy's only going to be three months before his 50th birthday when he slips into swimming trunks this year in Las Vegas. After falling to seventh place in 2018, the bodybuilding version of Benjamin Button looked great when he won his 29th IFBB record at the Tampa Pro in early August.
He is perhaps the oldest man in the field and definitely not the biggest by far. Foot-7 and 230 pounds, but without question, he is still one of the best. No grim reaper visits the blade as fast as possible.
Top Six Candidates : Josh Lenartowicz, Cedric McMillan, Nathan DeAsha and Steve Kuclo tall and weighing 265 pounds. His best result at the Olympics? Successive medals in ninth place in 2016 and 2017. Several years ago, he finished third at the Arnold Classic and scored his first IFBB victory at the 2017 Tampa Pro. In the best case, the "Thunder from Down Under" could compete against the rest for a top 6 landing.
Kuclo is another of these powerful figures, which are characterized by good symmetry. The former firefighter from Irving, Texas, was previously in the top 10 at the Olympics and defeated DeAsha at the California Pro a few years ago. Kuclo carries 265 pounds of beef on his 6-foot body and has plenty of high quality muscle to compete in almost every show he enters. However, at the age of 34, Big Steve has no comparable time to realize this potential. Conditioning, my husband, conditioning!
History rarely changes for Cedric McMillan. He could have the best body in the entire lineup at 6ft-2 and 270lbs, with a small waist and a wonderful symmetry. McMillan was named "The Next Lee Haney" after winning the NPC Nationals in 2009.
McMillan received a special invitation to this year's competition because he is an active military member based in Fort Jackson, South Carolina. I have no problem with this decision. In addition, he missed the qualifying by only one point.
His victory at Nationals was dominant, but that was 10 years ago. McMillan is now 41 years old and we are all still waiting for him to show his Olympic body at the Olympics. I've used the word "if" too often in terms of McMillan's ability to win everything. And I will use it again. If he did not have a full-time job and could concentrate only on his preparation, McMillan might have one or two Sandows in his trophy case.
Just think aloud.
I've always been impressed with But I have to admit that I was a little disappointed with his second eighth place finish in the last two Olympics. Two years ago, I had DeAsha as an X-factor, but in the end, it was a non-factor. Now is the time to prove that you are still among the best in the sport, Nathan!
Fight for a Top 10 Place : Juan Morel, Jonathan De La Rosa, Maxx Charles, Luke Sandoe, Michael Lockett
These men's bodybuilders will definitely fight if they are strive for the top 10. Morel, 5-foot-11 and 250-pound, has made his landing at No. 10 in some Olympics in 2014, giving his best. Following victories at the New York Pro and Arnold in South Africa last year, De La Rosa seems a solid possibility for another top-10 result.
Williams is known for his achievements as well as for his success on a bodybuilding stage. His best lifts are an 860-pound deadlift, an 840-pound squat, and a 550-pound bench press. Muscular Development magazine called him "The World's Strongest Bodybuilder," but the Olympics is not a competitive force.
The 5-foot 10-260-pounder won the Tampa Pro in 2016 and last year two narrow defeats at Muscle Mayhem and Toronto Pro. A few years ago, he finished 15th at his only jump at the Olympics.
De La Rosa, who won the Toronto Pro and Puerto Rico Pro this year, has already passed and failed the Olympics twice. The Top 10 is another testament to him being with the best of them World can keep up.
Maxx Charles is a big guy like Williams – 5-foot-10 and 265 pounds – and finished 13th in the Olympics a few years ago. He has the tools to be in the top 10 this time around.
British star Luke Sandoe looked good when he finished third at Arnold Classic USA and second at Tampa Pro. 240-pounder.
Michael Lockett is able to beat all that. He looked solid when he successfully defended his Chicago Pro title this year. He must, however, be more conditioned than in the past. Lockett may be considered a long shot for the top 10, but that's out of the question.
Clarence De Vis from Belgium, Mohamed Shaaban from Egypt, Patrick Moore from the USA and Lukas Osladil from the Czech Republic complete the offer.
Hadi Choopan is also on the Olympic list, but had visa problems. The Persian Wolf, as they call it, has not participated in any competition in the United States in recent years. His status was still undetermined at the time of going to print. If Choopan somehow landed on stage, I'd immediately put him in the top six contenders category.
Current Champ: Flex Lewis
My Pick : Derek Lunsford
The competitors in this division were excited to hear that James "Flex "After seven straight wins, Lewis has finally moved to the open division, where he will compete in 2020. It's gonna be a new champion Let's crown you, and I think it will be Derek Lunsford, who was a solid second behind Lewis in the last few years.
If not Lunsford, try Kamal Elgargni or Ahmad Ashkanani. They looked great and finished third and fourth last year respectively. Both will put pressure on Lunsford and both could leave the arena with $ 40,000 in prize money.
Men's Physique Olympia
Defending Champion: Brandon Hendrickson
My selection: Ryan Terry
Another "selection" -Category. Last season, Brandon Hendrickson won the first prize of $ 20,000 and is back to repeat his performance. Also returning is runner-up Ray Edmonds and third-placed Ryan Terry – and I like Terry for exciting against Hendrickson.
But the guy showing the biggest interest in the division will be Jeremy Buendia. For those not familiar with Buendia's outstanding career, he won Men's Physique Olympia four years in a row before surprisingly falling back to fourth in 2018.
Can he return to claim his 2015 title? 2017?
Defending Champion : Breon Ansley
My Choice: Breon Ansley (with a nap)
If someone can derail the Breon Ansley Express, the Canadian Chris Bumstead is the guy. Ansley won the classic physique category (and $ 20,000) at the Olympics two years in a row, but not without a big boost from Bumstead, who, according to some, could have won the title in one of those two showdowns.
] George Brown always plays a role in this category, but one competitor who also impressed me is another guy from Canada, Henri-Pierre Ano. New Yorker Arash Rahbar and outstanding Californian Dani Younan are a few other men who could be considered for a top five result.
My sentimental favorite is Danny Hester, who at age 47 was first announced at Classic Physique Olympia 2016. At 50, Hester still looks great and could fight for the top 5 landing. Although he ended up outside the top 10 last year, I assume that Hester will jump back with a much improved ranking.