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Coleman's Olympia Picks

Eight-time Mr. Olympia champ Ronnie Coleman makes his predictions for the top six in 2013!

2013 Mr. Olympia Preview: Ronnie Coleman Picks His Top Six

Eight-time Mr. Olympia Ronnie Coleman knows a thing or two about bodybuilding, but he rarely makes predictions. This year, he made a special case. Here's what he thinks!

I don't usually make predictions for the Olympia. I've certainly never come out with anything as detailed as a top six.

But this year's contest is going to be an exciting one! So I made an exception just for Bodybuilding.com.

My boy Shawn Rhoden is coming up for the title, Jay Cutler is coming out of retirement, Phil is looking to three-peat, and Kai Greene is chomping at the bit for his first Olympia win.

A lot of others guys have had a great year and are more than ready to come in and unexpectedly pull the rug out from underneath the big names.

Die-hard bodybuilding fan or not, you need to tune in this year because it's going to be an entertaining show!

These are my picks in no particular order:

Ronnie's Top 6

Shawn Rhoden

Shawn has the ability to come in very well-conditioned. Couple that with his ridiculous wheels and you can see why he has one of the best shapes on stage today. Where Shawn lacked was in size and density, particularly in his upper torso and back.

He has definitely made improvements lately, but we'll have to wait until show time before he can show us if they were enough.

Phil Heath

Phil is the champ right now, and he wants to keep the crown. He has several insane body parts, always nails his conditioning, and presents great separation and thickness. However, Phil is limited by his structure. At this point, it may be maxed out. The big question is: How much more can Phil improve?

Kai Greene

Kai pushed Phil to the limit last year and made it a closer race than Phil wanted. Kai has freaky parts and carries a ridiculous amount of muscle for his frame. If he wants to dethrone Phil, he needs to have improved his back thickness and also bring his best conditioning.

Jay Cutler

Jay is making a comeback for the title yet again. I have to admit, like most, I was pretty skeptical he would even make it to the show. Father Time and injuries are tough adversaries. But now that show time has come, and given that he's already won four times, I have to put him in the top six.

If Jay can retain or come close to his top form, he can certainly make a push to the top of this list.

Dexter Jackson

Mr. Consistency. Dexter is a former Mr. O and seems to be getting better with age. But Dexter's ability to bring a near-perfect package year after year is also a curse. Let's face it: you always get compared to the year before at some point. If you look the same as last year, even if last year was great, it can hurt you.

Dexter also loses the battle in size, but makes up for it with conditioning and symmetry. If he comes in razor-blade sharp like his nickname describes, he won't be taken lightly.

Mamdouh "Big Ramy" Elssbiay

This guy has been getting a lot of hype since this year's New York Pro, and rightfully so. He's a beast. However, he has yet to stand next to the world's best.

He's got the size, but can he bring the necessary level of conditioning to stand up against the veterans and shock the world? That's a question Ramy will have to answer on stage.

Big Ron Commentary

Don't forget to log on to Bodybuilding.com for a live stream broadcast of both pre-judging and the finals. Yours truly will be providing some colorful commentary!




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El_ganso

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Ronnie's prediction seems about right. I would just add Victor Mart�nez who might get a top 6 spot and send someone else to the 7th.

Sep 20, 2013 5:46pm | report
 
atokad

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atokad

I like Phil and Kai but I kinda want jay to win

Sep 20, 2013 6:22pm | report
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rreyes0701

Wish I could go!!

Sep 20, 2013 7:03pm | report
 
lilkk

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lilkk

I cant wait to see how it all shakes out!! Wish i could go too! There,'s always next year!

Sep 20, 2013 10:35pm | report
 
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luisram

i seriously doubt Ronnie wrote this

Sep 21, 2013 2:40am | report
 
imua92

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imua92

My thought exactly

Sep 23, 2013 10:59pm | report
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Jooshipoo

Would love to see Dennis Wolf in the top 6

Sep 21, 2013 3:27am | report
 
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I feel like Jay is gonna be the biggest hes ever been and has a real shot at winning this year

Sep 21, 2013 8:42am | report
 
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vcop21

I'm pulling for Kai this year, though Phil is a beast. Shawn is top 5, just just behind Phil and Kai. Elssbiay has great potential but his calves need work. Can't wait to see how this plays out!

Sep 21, 2013 11:04am | report
 
ubsx

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Gotta get Phil that 3 peat, the dude deserves it

Sep 21, 2013 11:27am | report
 
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JABE00

Rooting for Jay.
But, my gosh! take a close look at Phil, the SYMETRY is out of control. Almost all body part are perfect mirror image of the other.

Sep 21, 2013 1:16pm | report
 
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we love you Big Ron.

Sep 21, 2013 3:08pm | report
 
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ktothewire

Jay this year. Though, I do want Kai to win.

Sep 21, 2013 4:54pm | report
 
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Anchovy007

No love for Dennis Wolf. He will surprise people this year.

Sep 21, 2013 5:37pm | report
 
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If you don't believe you can do something,Then you can't

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No matter how good or bad your life is, wake up each morning and be thankful that you still have one

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joeharman

Wanna go so bad! Thanks Ronnie for the list, mine is very similar. Kai fan right here, but it will be extremely tough! Can't wait!

Sep 22, 2013 1:39am | report
 
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JAY ALL THE WAY !!!

Sep 22, 2013 4:45am | report
 
joeharman

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joeharman

Definitely believe he will be a top contender this time around. He's got a lot of determination to come back. I wish him luck though cause I believe my boy Kai is going to give everyone a run for their money!

Sep 22, 2013 5:52pm | report
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Cenizas23

I can't help but read this in a high pitched voice like Coleman has..

Sep 22, 2013 6:07pm | report
 
Chuwey

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Chuwey

Looks like Jay could have the best calves in the top 6

Sep 22, 2013 10:25pm | report
 
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TheRealMewt

Jeff Seid must be pick #7 lol

Sep 23, 2013 11:42am | report
 
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RelaxImJoking

His boy Rhoden's back is tiny compared to the champs, I'd like to see Wolf on stage if he can finally build himself come calves if not maybe Warren can jump up there.

Sep 23, 2013 2:34pm | report
 
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avaryj

I would like to see Kai take the title this year. He is a real beast has some freaky size as myself lol! I watched him hit the iron and he is the total package but like Big Ron said he needs to get that back right. We will see soon. I'll keep working towards my breakthrough in the the field but my time to get to Mr. O status has passed unless they have a Mr. O over 40 field lol!

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Dexter out, Wolf in, then its right!

Sep 25, 2013 1:31pm | report
 
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