ANDREW OYE'S IFBB PRO LEAGUE OLYMPIA REPORT: IFBB PRO PHIL HEATH SCORES TRIPLE TRIUMPH AT JOE WEIDER'S 2013 MR. OLYMPIA CHAMPIONSHIPS, DURING JOE WEIDER'S OLYMPIA WEEKEND 'SUPER BOWL OF PRO BODYBUILDING'
By Andrew Oye | Monday, September 30, 2013 6:02:01 AM America/New_York
The Headline: ANDREW OYE'S IFBB PRO LEAGUE OLYMPIA REPORT: IFBB PRO PHIL HEATH SCORES TRIPLE TRIUMPH AT JOE WEIDER'S 2013 MR. OLYMPIA CHAMPIONSHIPS, DURING JOE WEIDER'S OLYMPIA WEEKEND 'SUPER BOWL OF PRO BODYBUILDING'
The Item: IFBB Pro League Contest Results, Andrew Oye's IFBB Pro Athletes Roundup
The Scoop: Just Announced: Over the weekend, IFBB Pro Phil Heath won the 2013 Mr. Olympia crown at Joe Weider's Olympia Weekend, the "Super Bowl of professional bodybuilding," in Las Vegas, Nevada, staged by the International Federation of Bodybuilding and Fitness.
Mr. Olympia Final Results
1. IFBB Pro Phil Heath
2. IFBB Pro K. Greene
3. IFBB Pro Dennis Wolf
4. IFBB Pro Shawn Rhoden
5. IFBB Pro Dexter Jackson
6. IFBB Pro Jay Cutler
7. IFBB Pro Roelly Winklaar
8. IFBB Pro Mamdouh Elssbiay
9. IFBB Pro Branch Warren
10. IFBB Pro Lionel Beyeke
The remaining field of physiques: IFBB Pro Victor Martinez (11th), IFBB Pro Cedric McMillan (12th), IFBB Pro Evan Centopani (13th), IFBB Pro Steve Kuclo (14th), IFBB Pro Toney Freeman (15th), IFBB Pro Robert Piotrkowicz (16th), IFBB Pro Essa Obiad (16th), IFBB Pro Johnnie Jackson (16th), IFBB Pro Brandon Curry (16th), IFBB Pro Baitollah Abbaspour (16th).
The "So What?": The 2013 Olympia Weekend celebration was the first since the March passing of IFBB Pro League and Olympia founder Joe Weider (a.k.a. the "Father of Modern Bodybuilding"), and a year before the Mr. Olympia Championships' 50th Anniversary. Capping off the IFBB Pro Olympia Qualification Series, the win marked a triple triumph for Phil Heath, who earned his third Olympia Sandow trophy. As reported in "Andrew Oye's Pro-Muscle Report," Heath follows in the footsteps of consecutive, multiple Mr. Olympia title earners (such as 8-time winner IFBB Pro Lee Haney, 8-time winner IFBB Pro Ronnie Coleman, 7-time winner IFBB Pro Arnold Schwarzenegger, 6-time winner IFBB Pro Dorian Yates, 3-time winner IFBB Pro Sergio Oliva, 3-time winner IFBB Pro Frank Zane and 2-time winner IFBB Pro Franco Columbu). After skipping the 2012 contest, 4-time Mr. Olympia Jay Cutler kept his vow to return. A Texas firefighter/paramedic, Steve Kuclo made his Olympia debut. Qualified competitors IFBB Pro Ed Nunn and IFBB Pro Ben Pakulski did not compete.
Andrew Oye's Verdict: With such an impressive lineup of contenders, some fans expected a shockingly different Phil Heath to show up; yet, he seemed to take the "If it ain't broke, don't fix it" approach of consistency. Props to Roelly Winklaar for his "leap year" (leaping from 12th last year into the Top 10 this year). Dexter Jackson had probably hoped his status as a former Olympia winner and the momentum from tying IFBB Pro Flex Wheeler's record of four wins at this year's Arnold Sports Festival IFBB Pro Arnold Schwarzenegger Classic Bodybuilding Championships would have boosted him higher on the final podium. Pre-game buzz surrounding the Olympia debut of rookie Mamdouh Elssbiay (a.k.a. "Big Ramy") was slightly rewarded with a Top 10 finish. However, the somewhat lackluster comeback of Jay Cutler makes me wonder if his 6th place finish (behind several IFBB Pro League athletes he has defeated in the past) will deter him from returning in 2014 and what effect, if any, it would have on his Olympia legacy (not officially, but on the "street-cred" level).
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