2010 Mr. Olympia Finals: Jay Brings Home Fourth Sandow!

Last night at the judging Jay Cutler looked really good - good enough to squeak by Phil Heath to win a fourth Sandow trophy tonight. Get the details here.

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2010 Mr. Olympia Finals: Jay Brings Home Fourth Sandow!

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Last night at the judging Jay Cutler looked really good - not as good as last year, but way better than his 2007 showing and not too far behind his 2009 win. He was just good enough, however, to squeak by Phil Heath to win a fourth Sandow trophy tonight.

The general consensus was that it was close between Jay and Phil after the judging. Most people I spoke to at the Expo this morning agreed that Phil had it won. Some people thought Jay might even take third and Branch was sharp enough to fall into the runner-up spot ahead of Jay. I knew how I saw it and I had Phil winning it with Jay in second and Dexter and Branch in third and fourth, respectively.

After this year's Arnold Classic I thought Phil had that won hands down too and we all know Kai somehow came out on top in that show. So I knew if Jay Cutler showed some improvement between the judging and the finals, he could win his fourth Olympia title. After some dehydration problems on Friday night, Jay corrected a few things and came back fuller and feeling better. And he won - again!

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Starting Things Off With Joe Weider and the Mr. Olympias

The 45th Anniversary of the Mr. Olympia was indeed a special one with all the past winners gathering on stage with the grandfather of bodybuilding, Joe Weider. Joe was at the Expo earlier today and a few people were given photo ops with him and many of the Mr. Olympia winners. It was pretty cool to see them earlier today and to see them all on stage together. Arnold Schwarzenegger even took time out of his busy schedule from being Governor of California so he could be "on stage" via video with all the great bodybuilders of our time.

Past Mr. Olympia Winners Meet Onstage At The 2010 Olympia.
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The Top Fifteen

Branch Warren

Branch Warren came in with his newly found, consistent conditioning. Whatever the formula is, he seems to have it down pat. He was very hard and dry just like he was last year. With a full year to train without injuries this time, Branch looked bigger and thicker without sacrificing his condition. The Texas Rattlesnake started off the show with plenty of venom.

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Troy Alves

Troy Alves posed to a slower paced song. He's been called the modern day Frank Zane because he displays a classic physique with good shape and symmetry.

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Dennis Wolf

Dennis Wolf was back on track. The big, bad wolf has returned. He looked great. Sure, his lower lats are still weak and his calves aren't very big, but when Dennis is on, he looks like a superhero standing on stage. Even his coloring was on the mark and that's been an area he ahs struggled with too. He looked like he tightened up a bit from last night. At this point it remains to be decided if Dennis will enter the Arnold Classic in 2011. If he does, the ticket sales will increase!

Call me old-school, but Dennis has a classic posing style that is refreshing to see. It's different than the many of the "normal" routines these days that seem to be repeating a few of the same poses and then crunching into a barrage of most-muscular crab shots on either side of the stage to the fans while hard rock or rap music blares through the arena speakers.

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Marcus Haley

Marcus Haley made the top 15 and came with a lock and pop break dance and made everything jump. The crowd always loves that sort of thing. Since Melvin Anthony wasn't in the show, Marcus had to make sure the robotic routine was represented.

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Roelly Winklaar

Roelly Winklaar was the next to pose. He faded quickly last night, but he tightened up and showed improvement at tonight's finals. He showed off those mighty striated triceps. He also wowed the crowd with a back flip. I have no idea how he can do that at his size.

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Victor Martinez

I was debating with myself if Victor Martinez looked sharper or not tonight. He might have improved slightly. I'm not really sure…

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Dennis James

Dennis James competed in his last Mr. Olympia. It is starting to make me feel old when the guys who are about my age begin to retire. Dennis started to light up the crowd a bit with his Randy Savage music. He got a standing ovation from the crowd. After that he came to the podium with an emotional retirement speech. We'll miss you, Dennis.

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Ronny Rockel

Ronny Rockel followed the retirement speech to liven things up a bit. I have to give this guy credit. He has worked hard on his presentation over the years and showed a lot of improvement in that area. He also improved by being sharper at the finals too. The Rock got harder.

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Dexter Jackson

I didn't care for Dexter Jackson's music. I just about fell asleep until he made a music change. Thank goodness for that. The Blade showed that he was still sharp, but his abs seemed a little bloated. They were crisp but his stomach protruded more than I've seen it in the past.

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Hidetada Yamagishi

Hidetada Yamagishi showed off his ability to present an aesthetic and classical routine with a flowing and artistic flare. I couldn't help but think that at some point, though, Hide will need to get his belly button surgically repaired.

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Kai Greene

Kai Greene did his normal slinking on to the stage and posed out of the lighting where he was difficult to see. He was still smooth and his routine wasn't nearly as dynamic when the conditioning isn't there to back it up. He included a few bicycle kicks and spread-eagles on his head like he's done at the Arnold Classic. It wasn't Kai's night.

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Johnnie Jackson

Johnnie Jackson came back to his first love - bodybuilding. No strength competitions this year. That's fine in my book. This is the best I've seen Johnny.

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Phil Heath

When Heath's name was announced and he stomped out on stage the crowd went nuts. Phil Heath reminded me of Ronnie Coleman as he moved on stage. His full, sweeping muscle bellies on every muscle group just seem to swell up with each and every pose. It was the same kind of look Ronnie had. Phil had improved his delts and was as sharp as he has ever been. He had deep cords etched into the back of his legs. Best hamstrings I've ever seen - bar none. Sleeker than Branch's. The crowd loves him and he knew it.

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Toney Freeman

Toney Freeman had to follow Heath. Bummer for him. The X-man is a fan favorite, but the crowd is much louder when he's on. He wasn't really on tonight. It didn't help at all when he decided to pose back out of the good lighting. My guess is that the people in the seats on the floor in the first two rows didn't even see him.

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Jay Cutler

No matter what, Jay looks like a champion on stage. He has a stage presence that radiates confidence and makes people look at him because he's the champ. And you can't help looking at him because takes up half the stage when he's out there. Jay is so much bigger than everyone else out there you can't ignore or overlook him. The only guy that could hang with Jay on size was Ronnie Coleman.

It's just plain old fun to watch Jay on stage. The hometown boy is very, very comfortable in front of the Las Vegas crowd.

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Figure Olympia Results

Following the men's open routines, the figure athletes took the stage. Each girl was introduced and a few more comparisons were made before the results were announced.

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202 Showdown Final Results

It was great to see the 202 Showdown routines and finals on the main stage at the Orleans Arena. I'm with Ron Harris from MD. He thinks the title should be the 202 Mr. Olympia and I totally agree with him. Let's get real. If the Bikini Olympia is allowed to have it in its title, why can't the 202 have it also?

If you read my 202 judging review from this morning, you know it was close and I thought David Henry edged out Kevin English to win the judging. After the judging I knew, of course, there was still one round remaining this evening and it would be interesting to see if each athlete improved, stayed the same, or got worse.

After introducing each 202 athlete, the six finalists were announced:

One more round of comparisons was made and no switching of positions was required for the judges to make a final decision.

Prize money amount was not announced for sixth through second place for the 202 Class

    • Sixth Place - Jaroslav Horvath
    • Fifth Place - Jason Arntz
    • Fourth Place - Jose Raymond
    • Third Place - Eduardo Correa
    • Second Place - David Henry
    • First Place - Kevin English, $10,000

I was very surprised that Kevin English won tonight. After the judging it looked like he faded and David Henry came on strong. I haven't seen the scorecards or talked to any judges, but I'll have to take a look and see what I missed and what most of the audience missed this morning.

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Final Results For The Men's Open

Here were the top ten as they were announced:

    • Branch Warren
    • Dennis Wolf
    • Victor Martinez
    • Ronny Rockel
    • Dexter Jackson
    • Hidetada Yamagishi
    • Kia Greene
    • Phil Heath
    • Toney Freeman
    • Jay Cutler

Immediately following the top ten, the placings for tenth through seventh were announced:

    • Tenth - $14,000, Hidetada Yamagishi
    • Ninth - $16,000, Toney Freeman
    • Eighth - $17,000, Victor Martinez
    • Seventh - $18,000, Kai Greene

The top six were brought to center stage for the final comparison. A few switches were made to "balance the light out." One more switch was made and the compulsories were again run through. Then it was time for the posedown!

    • Sixth Place - $30,000, Ronnie Rockel
    • Fifth Place - $40,000, Dennis Wolf
    • Fourth Place - $50,000, Dexter Jackson
    • Third Place - $75,000, Branch Warren
    • Second Place - $100,000, Phil Heath
    • First Place - $200,000, Jay Cutler

Wow! What a finish! This was the closest and most exciting Mr. Olympia I've seen. It was even better than last year because even though Jay won his title back, we all knew he was going to win. This year, however, no one was really certain that Jay was going to win. Phil pushed him to the brink and nearly won. If Jay comes back for a try at a fifth Sandow, I don't know if he'll be able to stay ahead of Phil next year. As for this year, Jay has another year to be a fantastic ambassador for our sport. Congratulations, Jay!

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