2009 Olympia 202 Showdown Judging Review

Myron Mielke's Olympia 202 Review. 2009 Olympia 202 Showdown judging got underway at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Check out Myron's thoughts here.
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It's English Vs. Henry - Again!
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Only 12 hours after an incredible judging of the Men's Open division, the 2009 Olympia 202 Showdown judging got underway at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

Jay Cutler and Dexter Jackson were locked in a fierce battle last night for the Mr. Olympia.

I was fully expecting the same sort of battle between David Henry and Kevin English at the 202 Showdown. My expectations were correct, too, as both Henry and English were in shape and ready to win.

Kevin English At The 2009 Olympia. David Henry At The 2009 Olympia.
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Comparing Kevin English (on left), and David Henry (on right).

I saw David Henry at the Orleans Hotel while I was headed down for breakfast. He looked very serious and ready for the show to begin. All I said was "Hi" and "Good Luck." Competitors don't want to talk much right before they go on stage.

I arrived at the Las Vegas Convention Center a few minutes before the start of the judging and grabbed an open seat in the press pit. All the press took their seats also and eagerly waited the arrival of the athletes to the stage. In a few moments, the competitors were put under the scrutiny of the eyes of the judges.

But first, Bob Cicherillo started things out when he came to the stage. He started things off by getting the crowd going by having the fans cheer for their favorites from the judging last night. From crowd reaction, Jay Cutler was the favorite. Dexter didn't win this round.

I was most curious to see how Daryl Gee would look. Daryl's the new rookie sensation who won the overall NPC Los Angeles Championships in July and went on to win his class and acquired his pro card at the 2009 NPC USA Championships the weekend after the LA show.

The week after the USA, he competed in his first IFBB 202 competition in Florida and secured a qualification for the 202 Showdown. So here he is. Quite the whirlwind experience, wouldn't you say?

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Introductions
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dot Jason Arntz dot

Jason Arntz came out first to start off the 202 Showdown or 202 Mr. Olympia as Bob called it. My first thoughts were that Jason was tighter than last year. (He had a gnarly bout with food poisoning last year.)

Jason Arntz At The 2009 Olympia. Jason Arntz At The 2009 Olympia.
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Jason Arntz At The 2009 Olympia.
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dot Eduardo Correa Da Silva dot

Eduardo Correa is one of those guys with round, full muscle bellies and looks like he weighs about 225 and not less than 200 pounds. He had full sweeping muscle bellies and was in very good condition by evidence of his glutes and hams. His coloring was good.

Eduardo Correa At The 2009 Olympia. Eduardo Correa At The 2009 Olympia.
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Eduardo Correa At The 2009 Olympia.
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dot Clarence Devis dot

Clarence Devis, "Little Kai Greene," was very thick and had pleasing shape, but he could have been much harder. He seemed to have a slight film of water hanging on tight.

Clarence Devis At The 2009 Olympia. Clarence Devis At The 2009 Olympia.
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Clarence Devis At The 2009 Olympia.
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dot Kris Dim dot

Kris Dim was back and after his open-heart surgery a few years back, it was good to see him on stage once again. His back needs more detail and he could have been sharper, but I challenge anyone to look like Kris after open-heart surgery.

Kris Dim At The 2009 Olympia. Kris Dim At The 2009 Olympia.
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dot Charles Dixon dot

Charles Dixon was holding a bit of water. That's all that needs to be said.

Charles Dixon At The 2009 Olympia. Charles Dixon At The 2009 Olympia.
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dot Mark Dugdale dot

I was pleased to see Mark Dugdale throwing his backwards baseball cap into the mix this year. It was a good decision for him to drop down to the class. His frame is suited for the 202. Dugdale was a little off at first but he came on strong at the end.

Mark Dugdale At The 2009 Olympia. Mark Dugdale At The 2009 Olympia.
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Mark Dugdale At The 2009 Olympia.
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dot Kevin English dot

Kevin English's coloring was very good and he was in good condition. A "Little Ronnie" was what Robbie Durand and Steve Blechman were calling him. He did look similar in structure to Coleman, but with a tinier waist. He was going to be in contention for the title.

Kevin English At The 2009 Olympia. Kevin English At The 2009 Olympia.
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dot Daryl Gee dot

I saw Daryl Gee as I walked by the Muscle FX booth yesterday when I was at the Expo. He hadn't applied any color and it was under Expo lighting, but he did look very lean and his vascularity was popping out as he stood there and talked to people as they came by.

Daryl Gee At The 2009 Olympia. Daryl Gee At The 2009 Olympia.
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At the judging today, Daryl showed great lines and shape but with so many shows this year, he was fading and he needs a little rest. But who can blame him, though? Who wouldn't want to stand on the Olympia stage a few weeks after turning pro? In his hands-behind-back-most-muscular pose he looks almost perfect. When he open up into a double bicep, he looks a little thin and needs more width and thickness in his lats.

dot David Henry dot

David Henry was tight but I think he was tighter last year. He had his normal full look and at first, I thought he is looking so big lately I didn't think he'd be able to stay in the 202 class much longer. But he can still get a little tighter so, yes, he can still drop a few pounds to stay in the class.

David Henry At The 2009 Olympia. David Henry At The 2009 Olympia.
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dot John Hodgson dot

John Hodgson was okay but was not going to be a contender for a top spot in a show of this magnitude.

John Hodgson At The 2009 Olympia. John Hodgson At The 2009 Olympia.
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dot Tricky Jackson dot

Ricky "Tricky" Jackson looks like a miniature Dexter Jackson. He has very similar structure and some of his poses were eerily almost identical.

Tricky Jackson At The 2009 Olympia. Tricky Jackson At The 2009 Olympia.
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dot James "Flex" Lewis dot

James "Flex" Lewis, the posterboy for Gaspari's Mitotropin and CytoLean, showed off his striated glutes just like you see in the ads in all the muscle magazines. Before the contest started, I thought, with the rest of the lineup, I wasn't sure if he'd be able to take a top-three spot again this year. His legs looked great, but his back still needs more thickness. He could stop training his calves forever and he'd be fine for balance and proportion.

Flex Lewis At The 2009 Olympia. Flex Lewis At The 2009 Olympia.
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dot Stan McQuay dot

Stan McQuay came out looking like a fitness model in comparison to the other athletes in this show. He's got a great structure and beautiful lines, but he's too tall for the class and he could use another 20 pounds of muscle.

Stan McQuay At The 2009 Olympia. Stan McQuay At The 2009 Olympia.
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dot Lee Powell dot

Lee Powell came out shaking in every pose. It actually made his legs look blurry because they were vibrating. Nice abs but his muscle control needs lots of work.

Lee Powell At The 2009 Olympia. Lee Powell At The 2009 Olympia.
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dot Jose Raymond dot

Jose "Can You Seee" Raymond was another new kid on the block - the IFBB pro block anyway. Jose had the opportunity to turn pro several times by winning several weight classes at the NPC Nationals. He finally accepted his pro card and decided have a go with the 202 Class.

Jose Raymond At The 2009 Olympia. Jose Raymond At The 2009 Olympia.
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Jose gained a tremendous amount of muscle since he was an amateur. It reminds me of when Ronnie Coleman went from amateur to pro. Ronnie really started to fill out and Jose is doing the same thing.
Jose came out sporting some super thick legs. He put on 20 pounds since his amateur days. He looked incredible and in a couple years, with special attention to conditioning to really bring out the graininess, he could very well be a multiple 202 Olympia champion.


Comparison

dot Group One dot

    Kris Dim and Clarence Devis had trouble with shaking in the first comparison. Eduardo Correa stood out in this group.

Eduardo Correa At The 2009 Olympia.
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dot Group Two dot

    Group two came out with the big guns in it. Henry, English and Dugdale were all in this group.

Eduardo Correa At The 2009 Olympia.
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dot Group Three dot

    Group three had Raymond and Lewis. They both stood out in the lineup. Raymond looked a little smooth in the chest and shoulders. Lewis wasn't as thick as Raymond but he was tighter.

Eduardo Correa At The 2009 Olympia.
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Callouts

dot First Callout dot

    The first callout was made up of six competitors. The judges waited a few minutes and gave the guys a breather. Eduardo, Mark, Kevin, David, Flex, Jose came out to battle it out. Dugdale tightened up. Raymond's upper body looked smooth next to Flex. Eduardo looked good with great separation and he held his own in the back in the back poses. Flex's color began running and his back showed that he needed more thickness against the other guys. Kevin was much wider than David and I think edged him out.

Eduardo Correa At The 2009 Olympia.
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dot Second Callout dot

    Lee Powell, Tricky Jackson, Hodgson, Dixon, and Arntz were in the second callout. Of this group, I thought Jackson and Arntz were the two best. Dixon was big but smooth. George Farah started working with him, but he didn't have enough time to bring him in.

Eduardo Correa At The 2009 Olympia.
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    Daryl, Stan, Kris and Clarence made up the last callout. And that's the way I called it too. They all look great by themselves but in comparison with the other great physiques in this show, they looked outclassed.

Eduardo Correa At The 2009 Olympia.
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dot Final Callout dot

    Jason Arntz, Eduardo, Mark, Tricky, Flex and Jose were called back next. This was most likely to determine third, fourth and fifth. Flex looked like he wiped his oil off when he tried to fix his coloring problem. Rich Gaspari sat down next to me during this round and he agreed with me that Flex started to fade. To Flex's detriment, Dugdale and Correa came on strong.

Eduardo Correa At The 2009 Olympia.
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How I see it
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After the first round of judging I thought Kevin English had the edge over David Henry this year. Kevin's conditioning was great and he looked very full and had great muscularity and separation. Henry was just a little off and standing next to Kevin, Henry didn't look as wide as Kevin. Kevin was more complete this year so I saw him taking first and Henry in second place.

For third place I originally had Kevin in first, but after he started fading badly, I thought Eduardo was fitting nicely into third. Dugdale finished strong and I think he snuck in front of Flex also so that put Flex into fifth. That's where Gaspari thought he was going to land also.

Jose Raymond would most likely come in at sixth place. He was thick, but overall he wasn't tight enough to place much higher.

The finals will be tonight and the winner and the rest of the final placings will be announced during the finals of the Mr. Olympia.