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THE FIGHT
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The drama begins as the bodybuilding behemoths line up and pose down.

2013 Olympia Weekend: The Mr. Olympia Showdown Begins

The Sandow goes to the best physique, but we won't know who earns it until tomorrow night. Here's what happened during prejudging.

At the 2013 Mr. Olympia prejudging, four previous Mr. Olympia winners lined up to face off in what some are calling the most competitive field in twenty years. This was a bodybuilding fan's dream, and the excitement in the Orleans arena was palpable.

While the Olympia judges aren't exactly known for keeping the winner a secret until the final competition, the callouts contained a few surprises. Here's how the action unfolded:

The Competition Gets Hot

The reigning Mr. Olympia champion, Phil Heath, looked incredible as he prowled the stage. He said in the press conference that he wasn't going to let anybody take away his Sandow. After watching him tonight, I believe it. Kai Greene joined him in the first callout. Kai's density and mass were outstanding, but he lacks Phil's structure.

If those two end up of one-two, who will be third? At first it looked like the judges preferred Dennis Wolfe, who came in looking like he wanted nothing more than to knock Phil Heath off of his pedestal. Wolfe's presentation was fantastic--definitely a surprise to those who haven't been paying attention. But the judges also added Shawn Rhoden to the mix. Rhoden's shape and size are perfectly balanced, and you can't look at him without thinking: that's what a bodybuilder should look like . At the end of the night, it looked like Shawn may have finished ahead of Dennis. We'll have to wait until tomorrow evening for the verdict.

Also in the first callout was Jay Cutler, clearly enjoying his return to the stage. He had the mass, but his shape wasn't quite there. Dexter Jackson also made it into the first six. As usual, The Blade was razor-sharp, but the Olympia competition is just too good this year.

Posing For A Prize

After the judges sent Kai, Phil, Dennis, and Shawn back in line, they brought out Lionel Beyeke, Mamdouh "Big Remy" Elssbiay, and Roelly Winklaar to compare with Jay and Dex. Everybody looked big, peeled, and ready to be part of the top ten of a historic Mr. Olympia.

The third callout included Branch Warren, Cedric McMillan, Evan Centopani, Victor Martinez, and rookie Steve Kuclo. Although Branch and Victor may have expected better from their returns to the Olympia stage, the crowd was happy they were there and cheered them along the way.

Johnnie Jackson, Brandon Curry, Baito Abbaspour, Robert Piotrkowicz, Essa Obaid, and Toney Freeman comprised the fourth callout.

Feats of Phil

The fifth and final callout brought Shawn, Kai, Phil, and Dennis back to the front. They hit only one pose before Phil was sent back into line. The judges may have kept their choice under their hat, but it's difficult to pretend Phil doesn't look like the god of bodybuilding. Unless something goes terribly wrong, I think it's safe to say Phil Heath is going to three-peat.

The judges brought in Dexter Jackson to replace Phil and to compare with Shawn and Dennis. If the placings hold out, it looks like the top five have pretty much been determined.

Phil's excellent performance tonight doesn't mean you should skip the finals! A lot can happen in a day and the competition can only get better.



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Benrael

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Benrael

KAI **** THEM

Sep 28, 2013 5:17am | report
 
strongmuscle17

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strongmuscle17

judges should compare kai and phil. they are at same level!. you will said: kai doesn�t look like last year but is too good . i hope in the finals kai get his chance and beat phil!

Sep 28, 2013 8:29am | report
 
JEHarrisIII

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JEHarrisIII

Kai won't win .. ever. I don't like Phil, but he won't beat him. Kai fans are just annoying at this point. Wish Dex wasn't always put on the back burner! Bodybuilding isn't about SIZE. Dex > Wolfe

Sep 28, 2013 8:44am | report
 
travis132

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travis132

Agreed.. 90% of people just like to say whoever they like the most is going to win even though he's clearly outclassed.

Sep 28, 2013 3:09pm | report
joeharman

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joeharman

Sorry, to say Kai Greene is out classed just shows your assessment is a little ignorant. Maybe clarify what you mean by "out classed" and I may have a better understanding of what you mean. Kai deserves to be up there along with the rest of them.

Sep 28, 2013 6:50pm | report
iamjonh

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iamjonh

Kai will never win because Olympia isn't all about bodybuilding, it's also about status, and Kai had a bad past that will keep him from the title

Sep 28, 2013 9:00pm | report
davidjackson

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davidjackson

I was rooting for Kai as always but his physique was 3rd best on stage IMHO. He wasn't in great condition, and Phil and Shawn were in awesome shape. I would love to see Shawn add some width to his back, he would be unstoppable, much like Phil is at the moment

Sep 28, 2013 8:57am | report
 
goshobul

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goshobul

K A I !!!

Sep 28, 2013 9:00am | report
 
Rob_nice

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Rob_nice

They wont beat Phil but I like Dex.

Sep 28, 2013 9:03am | report
 
MattFitDrago

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MattFitDrago

Whoever here that thinks Kai will beat Phil clearly isn't looking at the same pictures. Kai isn't even close on this one...Phil wins hands down.

Sep 28, 2013 9:29am | report
 
joeharman

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joeharman

I'm looking and I see Kai looking just as good as Phil.

Sep 28, 2013 6:54pm | report
dinos01

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dinos01

Kai will win them all!!

Sep 28, 2013 10:27am | report
 
Gian77

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Gian77

Why does no one ever mention Shawn Rhoden for a title? He easily has the most balanced, appealing and symmetrical physique out of all of them !!

Sep 28, 2013 11:56am | report
 
ryannarmy

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ryannarmy

Phil will win it all..followed by kai, Shawn, Dennis, Dext and Jay.

Sep 28, 2013 12:00pm | report
 
joeharman

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joeharman

I mostly see this happening. Good assessment.

Sep 28, 2013 6:52pm | report
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this should be shawn v phil tonight but i doubt that will happen..shawn for mr o!

Sep 28, 2013 12:25pm | report
 
Blesson

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Blesson

I was actually shocked when I saw Dennis and Shawn looked great but Phil and Kai stood out!!!

Sep 28, 2013 2:12pm | report
 
jonsteckman

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jonsteckman

Never been a huge Kai fan, but he puts on a great show. Have to admit I'm hoping Jay will take it, although looks unlikely. Dennis looks great but don't think he has it. Phil takes Sandow, Kai second, Jay third is my prediction. Guess well see...

Sep 28, 2013 3:37pm | report
 
certifiedbodyman

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certifiedbodyman

Phil looks tighter in the hamstrings judging from the pictures of he and Kai. Not that I'm a professional judge but that's haw I see it. Saw some video of the prejudging...I say it's Phil in first, Dennis Wolfe in second, Kai in third, Shawn Rhoden in fourth, Jay in fifth and Dex in sixth. Dex gets losy in the shuffle between the real big guys and that's too bad since I think he's been under rated for a long time. He and Jay both might just be getting past their prime...hope I'm wrong. Shawn Rhoden has the best structure to me but need to add a bit of back thickness and width and maybe dry out a tad. Speaking of structure, Dennis Wolfe is impresive but his high lats and high calves will work against him. Kai's short torso will work against him too unless he can hold back that blocky waist. Speaking of calves, I think that Jay and Branch Warren are the only guys who seem to give calves the work they deserve...most of the other guys seem to consider them an after thought.

Sep 28, 2013 7:27pm | report
 
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I'm really rooting for Dennis! I can see this guy taking the throne in a few years. He has a great frame to fill

Sep 29, 2013 1:08am | report
 
jiabbasi

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jiabbasi

i personally thought that Kai looked amazing this year... i mean hell both of them look amazing ! but i know big ramy will be huge thing for the next couple of years.. he is still young in the game but i know he is going to be a big challenge to alot of people

Sep 30, 2013 2:24pm | report
 
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