HOW EXCLUSIVE IS THE SANDOW SOCIETY? THERE HAVE BEEN 25 ARNOLD CLASSICS (INCLUDING 2013) AND 48 O’S (THROUGH 2012). DESPITE NEARLY TWICE AS MANY CONTESTS, THERE HAVE BEEN FEWER O WINNERS (13) THAN ARNOLD CHAMPS (14).
This is where legends are born and history is written. Every autumn since the inaugural event in 1965, the Mr. Olympia has been bodybuilding’s pinnacle. This year there are eight Olympia categories (record) and $1 million (record) up for grabs on Olympia Weekend. We look at the potential changes to the record book in each category with a particular emphasis on the Mr. Olympia, where the lineup is so stacked there are six men who have previously placed in the O top two (another record) vying for the throne. Will Phil Heath (or Jay Cutler or Dexter Jackson) win again or will a 14th Mr. O be crowned? Ultimate Nutrition presents Joe Weider’s 2013 IFBB Olympia Fitness & Performance Weekend, brought to you by Bodybuilding.com. On Sept. 27–28 some legends will be born, others will grow, history will be made in pose after pose, and the record book will be rewritten.
What if Phil Heath wins?
His O winning percentage will rise to 50% (three out of six).
5TH youngest person to win three O titles.
THREE WINS WILL TIE HIM WITH OLIVA AND ZANE FOR THE SIXTH MOST OLYMPIA TITLES.
It'll be his 3rd straight O win. This would make him the eighth person to win three or more Olympia titles. Six of the other seven (all but Cutler) won their first three consecutively.
Mr. O Defending Title
82% Chance Current Champ Will Defend His Title
Once a rarity, a Mr. O champ losing has become more likely than not recently, happening four of the past seven years. The seven times a defending champ was defeated are: 1970 (Oliva), 1980 (Zane), 1984 (Bannout), 2006 (Coleman), 2008 (Cutler), 2009 (Jackson), 2011 (Cutler).
OLYMPIA 212 SHOWDOWN
1st Last year, Flex Lewis became the first Olympia 212 Showdown champion. If he repeats this year, he’ll double his record win total. If he loses, someone else will tie his record tally.
If we include the recent 202 division (2008–11) and the old lightweight division (1974-79), the record for Olympia “lightweight” titles is three, held by Franco Columbu (1974–76), Frank Zane (1977–79), and Kevin English (2009–11). English goes for number four this year.
Of the five champs to win the old lightweight division, the 202 Showdown or the 212 Showdown, Lewis is the only one to do so while younger than 30. He was 28 last year, and will be 29 at this year’s contest. None of the other competitors who were qualifi ed for this year’s 212 Showdown when we went to press are under 30.
IF DEXTER JACKSON WINS
He’ll be the oldest O champ ever. At 43 years and 10 months, the Blade will be nine months older than Dickerson was when he won the 1982 Olympia at 43 and one month.
His five year span (2008–13) will tie Schwarzenegger (1975–80) and Columbu (1976–81) for the longest periods between wins.
Wherever he places, his 14 entries will put him second all-time behind Coleman’s 15.
What if SHAWN RHODEN wins?
Raised in Jamaica, he will be the first foreign-born champ since Yates and the sixth overall.
Like Greene, the 38-year-old from Maryland, WILL BE THE 14TH MR. OLYMPIA & THE FOURTH OLDEST he would also be the first (non-southern) East Coaster though he currently trains in Southern California.
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