As an NPC contest promoter, what makes a competitor stand out in your eyes?
The enthusiasm has to match the physique. There are a lot of amazing physiques, so I’m hoping for the person who looks great and has a lot of fun, like me. Sometimes, the guy I’m rooting for doesn’t even place—but I’m going to be watching for him in the future because I’m going to remember that he brought something more, and he’s going to be more interesting to me because of it.
Do you like having two divisions: Mr. Olympia and Olympia 212 Showdown? Or do you want to go back to the old way of combined lightweight and heavyweight divisions?
No, I don’t want to go back. I think the 212 division is more than just a lightweight division. It has created a category that is separate and distinct from the Mr. O.