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A HEATH HAT-TRICK

Phil Heath brought the heat and won his third Olympia gold medal!

2013 Olympia Weekend: Phil Heath Is Mr. Olympia Champion

At the 49th Mr. Olympia, it was Phil and Kai to the bitter end in front of the biggest crowd ever. And like the last two years, Phil came out on top!

Ten thousand bodybuilding enthusiasts filed into the Orleans Arena for tonight's Olympia contest. Among the rabid fans were plenty of Kai Greene followers who believed this year, finally, would be theirs. Other audience members sat firmly in Phil Heath's camp and made their presence well known. Still others believed whole-heartedly that Shawn Rhoden or Dennis Wolf deserved the Olympia gold medal. No matter which contender you were rooting for, tonight's competition will be widely hailed as one for the record books.

The 2013 show began with a tribute to the godfather of bodybuilding, Joe Weider. And before each competitor's individual routine, he shared a short story about his experiences with Joe. The 49th Olympia was, undeniably, dedicated to the Master Blaster.

1st Place, Phil Heath

Olympia Top 10

  1. Phil Heath
  2. Kai Greene
  3. Dennis Wolf
  4. Shawn Rhoden
  5. Dexter Jackson
  6. Jay Cutler
  7. Roelly Winklaar
  8. Mamdouh Elssbiay
  9. Branch Warren
  10. Lionel Beyeke

Olympia Treasures

After the individual routines, every competitor was called back on stage for the confirmation judging round. And like last night, Kai and Phil were clear winners. Although the top two seemed to be sewn up, the rest of the top six were a little hazy. Dennis Wolf came to play and hounded Shawn Rhoden and Dexter Jackson to earn a spot in the top five once again, following his slip to sixth last year. The first callout also included Jay Cutler, who looked far tighter than he did during prejudging.

2nd Place, Kai Greene

Mamdough "Big Remy" Elssbiay, Lionel, Branch, Victor, and Roelly were in the second callout. In other divisions, those in the second callouts rarely finish in the money, but in the Mr. Olympia, the top 10 finishers get a piece of the prize. That made the competition all the more meaningful and fun to watch.

Branch, Remy, and Roelly were sent back in line and Cedric McMillan, Evan Centopani, and Steve Kuclo joined Victor and Lionel on stage. After that, Toney Freeman, Essa Obaid, Baito Abbaspour, and Brandon Curry had their turn to be compared.

For the final callout though, the judges asked Dennis, Phil, and Kai back to center stage for mandatory posing. The top three looked rock-solid.

3rd Dennis Wolf, 4th Shawn Rhoden, 5th Dexter Jackson

The 10 Best

After a break for Figure Olympia and the 212 division, the judges asked the top 10 competitors back on stage. The guys hit their mandatory poses and then waited for the house music to erupt. The posedown surprisingly included a celebratory walk through the audience, where fans got to see their heroes up close and personal as they were competing.

A moment of loud ovation followed, led by Joe's wife Betty Wieder. And finally, the judges were ready to make their final call.

Jay Cutler made the cut with a sixth place trophy. The reaction from the crowd proved that Jay truly is Vegas's own son. Fifth place went to Dexter Jackson, who looked great and definitely moved up a spot or two from yesterday evening. At 43, "The Blade" continues to defy time and shows no sign of slowing down. Fourth place went Shawn Rhoden's way, a small step back from his breakthrough third-place finish in 2012. He's got the right look, though; many say it's just a matter of time before he finds himself with the Sandow.

The bronze medal went to big bad Dennis Wolf. While he was absent from the top six in many previews, Dennis brought an unbelievable package to the show and was handsomely rewarded. Kai Greene was awarded second place, and there was little doubt who was going to win. Phil's structure is simply too difficult to match. Watching the two of them compete, though, is what bodybuilding is all about.

Phil accepted his award with a lovely tribute to his wife, who was diagnosed with breast cancer earlier this year. His candid speech left even the biggest muscle men a little teary-eyed. They'll be sure to give him a serious run for his money next year, though. If anything, the Olympia's competition is only getting deeper and tougher to dominate.



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herofit54R

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I was big time anti-Phil last year, I thought Kai had it. Both came into this year looking better, Kai's legs filled out (at least on the 2nd day) and he kept his energy and his conditioning was better. His posing and his energy was waaaaaay improved this year, but Phil kept him on his toes and made one or two very small spot improvements. I'm a huge Kai Greene fan, he's got an awesome story and he's an awesome guy. At the end of the day it's not a personality contest and it has to come down to stats. Today I'd say I could've seen it going either way. I saw them pretty dead even, IMO.

Sep 29, 2013 2:22am | report
 
blink702

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good points, but i feel it very well is a personality contest...Kai keeps getting robbed due to his obvious g4p/grapefruit history...sad sad sad But Phil is an amazing man both are top notch!

Sep 29, 2013 11:32am | report
jeanrobert70

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jeanrobert70

well said

Sep 29, 2013 11:50am | report
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joeharman

I agree man, very well put. I hate how other Kai fans almost completly disregard Phil and think that he is crap compared to Kai and blah blah. If not for Phil Kai probably wouldnt look as good as he did last night. Kai was my choice to win last night but Phil brought it just as hard and made for a good grudge match with Kai. I still feel Kai was overall better but it was close indeed. Again though, very well put on your part!

Sep 29, 2013 12:28pm | report
travis132

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travis132

How is it sad... he stuck his **** in a grapefruit hahaha. That's as none sad and funny as it gets.

Sep 29, 2013 9:36pm | report
Her8yRa1ner

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Her8yRa1ner

Well done Phil!

Sep 29, 2013 3:17am | report
 
Bloodmoonz

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Bloodmoonz

why Gai always looks like an Orc in Woorld of Warcraft and has Orc's hair style. I like him tho.
GO ORCS!!!!!!!!!!

Sep 29, 2013 3:19am | report
 
NathanFITNESS

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NathanFITNESS

Hahahaha! Now that you say it - I can totally see the resemblance! Hahaha :D

Sep 29, 2013 7:43am | report
Bloodmoonz

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Bloodmoonz

kek kek ( lol lol in human language)

Sep 29, 2013 11:15am | report
blink702

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blink702

thought that was bur

Sep 29, 2013 11:30am | report
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markgoode65

that just cracked me up due

Oct 2, 2013 2:50am | report
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Was really hoping for Kai to get it this time around. After all of his hard work and humility... Well...perhaps next year.

Sep 29, 2013 3:29am | report
 
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Was really hoping for Kai to get it this time around. After all of his hard work and humility... Well...perhaps next year.

Sep 29, 2013 3:29am | report
 
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seensoon

Another year of Glory for Phil...

Sep 29, 2013 3:42am | report
 
RepRage763

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For me shawn rhoden should have won. his physique just looks better than any of the others in my opinion.

Sep 29, 2013 3:46am | report
 
anth1357

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anth1357

I'm also a Shawn fan. I don't think he should have won last night but he will definitely have his time to be the best.

Sep 29, 2013 12:36pm | report
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humzamiro

totally agreed, classic look

Sep 29, 2013 11:26pm | report
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JOUBERT132

congrats to all of them !

Sep 29, 2013 4:23am | report
 
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JABE00

Called it, Phil's symmetry is too good. For size matters but, now symmetry goes a long way.

Sep 29, 2013 5:41am | report
 
Marcus31

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Marcus31

Shawn Rhoden 4th and Dennis Wolf 3rd ? I guess I would never understand the jury choices...

Sep 29, 2013 6:49am | report
 
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00Gymrat00

I also think Shawn looked better

Oct 1, 2013 11:28pm | report
markgoode65

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markgoode65

i agree, but the dudes legs are huge

Oct 2, 2013 2:53am | report
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wizzy221

I really thought this was Kai's year but I could see it going either way. I definitely think Shawn Rhoden should have taken third place though...

Sep 29, 2013 7:01am | report
 
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good job phil! jay cutler 6 ???

Sep 29, 2013 7:32am | report
 
dhornace

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dhornace

I thought the same thing! I was really surprised to see where he placed.

Sep 29, 2013 4:00pm | report
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