David Robson's 2007 Mr. Olympia Review.

While the 2007 Mr. Olympia was, once again, a spectacular production highlighting pro bodybuilding's best bodybuilding, insiders and fans alike variously described the final outcome as acceptable, unfair and a complete robbery.

While last year's Mr. Olympia may have been viewed as a turning point in Jay Cutler's bodybuilding career and the first time in recent memory where aesthetics were seemingly high on the judging list with the top placements of Victor Martinez, Dexter Jackson, Melvin Anthony and Toney Freeman, the 2007 version could be thought one of the more controversial Olympia's of all time.

First of all Jay Cutler appeared to lack the characteristic sharpness that he brought to the stage in 2006 and was, in the eyes of many, outclassed by several men who placed further down the list. Yet he won his second Sandow. Ronnie Coleman clearly missed his peak yet made the top four ahead of Dennis Wolf who came in as the biggest surprise of the night at 100 percent conditioning and size-wise and would justifiably have been upset over this decision, especially when some had him winning the show or placing second at worst.

Though it was refreshing to note that Johnny Jackson is finally making the progress needed to turn the judges heads, with his inclusion in the top ten, while Silvio Samuel continues to impress with one of the better "smaller" physiques to hit the Olympia stage in a long time this side of Dexter Jackson.

On the other side, it was disappointing to see pre-contest top-six favorite Toney Freeman drop out of the top ten with uncharacteristic smoothness and witness the disappearance of one-time top five hopeful, Branch Warren, in a sea of shape and conditioning. Overall, while the 2007 Mr. Olympia was, once again, a spectacular production highlighting pro bodybuilding's best bodybuilding insiders and fans alike variously described the final outcome as acceptable, unfair and a complete robbery. Watch the web cast, view the photos and judge for yourself.


The Top Six


First: Jay Cutler:

    On the plus side, Jay Cutler looked to be the most massive man pound for pound onstage with a huge back lat spread and some of the best calves and thighs up there. Jay's physique also makes the kind of undeniable impact that gets your attention from the outset; it is simply overwhelmingly large.


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Jay Cutler At The 2007 Olympia.
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    Sadly for Jay, though, it was not his night peak-wise but nevertheless he still walked away with his second Olympia crown. A problem area for Jay appeared to be his front double biceps shot, which highlighted his blocky waist and showed a lack of biceps separation compared to both the eventual number two and three men, Victor Martinez and Dexter Jackson.


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Front Double Biceps: Jay Cutler, Victor Martinez & Dexter Jackson.
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    The general feeling is that Jay was extremely lucky to receive his second Olympia win with Victor Martinez displaying all the attributes needed to win at this level and to continue a long rein at the top. One feels that Jay will not be celebrating the fact he is a worthy Olympia winner and will be happy just to have "made" it two in a row.


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Was Jay Just Lucky This Year?
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Second: Victor Martinez:

    Victor Martinez should have been crowned the 2007 Mr. Olympia, no question. Aesthetics, size, condition, and stage presence: he had it all. From all angles, Victor dominated the competition from an individual body part perspective. He lacked nothing whereas most of the other competitors had some kind of flaw, however small.


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Victor Martinez At The 2007 Olympia.
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    Standing relaxed at the prejudging, Victor demonstrated the perfect V-taper, along with excellent calves and thick chest development. It is not too much of a stretch to say that in the minds of most, notwithstanding the judging panel, Victor was the winner after prejudging. His time will come.


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His Time Will Come.
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Third: Dexter Jackson:

    As usual Dexter looked amazing. He even appears to have put on more size, especially in the arms if this was humanly possible for a man with possibly the best arm development of all time.


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Dexter Jackson At The 2007 Olympia.
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    Standing next to his fellow top six, he was noticeably down on overall size but more than made up for it with his stunning shape and conditioning. Few people would have complained had Dexter placed second overall... to Victor Martinez. Dexter will be happy moving up one place from his 2006 result.


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Victor Martinez, Jay Cutler & Dexter Jackson At The 2007 Olympia.
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Fourth: Ronnie Coleman:

    In a year that was supposed to be Ronnie Coleman's biggest Olympia showing ever, his last chance to secure nine Olympia titles thus braking the existing record of eight and a day for redemption, a reckoning day of sorts, he could not have chosen a worst occasion to come in far below his usual massive, peerlessly conditioned best. Simply put: he just looked like a different bodybuilder compared to the one fans are accustomed to seeing on the Olympia stage.


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Ronnie Coleman At The 2007 Olympia.
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    The infamous lat seems to have mended somewhat, but it is still not perfect and back size was down overall. Jay, who was for many years playing catch-up to Ronnie in the back department, actually appears to have overtaken the eight-time Olympia champion in this area. Ronnie's conditioning also appeared to be off and the impact his physique usually makes simply wasn't there.


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Ronnie Coleman At The 2007 Olympia.
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    Standing next to a much improved Dexter Jackson and Victor Martinez must have had something to do with this also. Not the perfect ending for Ronnie but he will leave the sport secure in the knowledge that he is the greatest pro bodybuilder ever to grace the stage. And that has to count for something.


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Jay Cutler, Ronnie Coleman, Victor Martinez & Dexter Jackson.
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Fifth: Dennis Wolf:

    Looking even better than when he won his first pro show, The Keystone Pro, earlier this year, Dennis Wolf brought his best ever package to the 2007 Olympia stage and, all things considered, secured his highest placing yet. Dennis is one bodybuilder who has quite literally progressively worked his way up the rankings since he began competing on the pro circuit: 16th at the 2006 Olympia, 7th at the 2006 Europa Supershow, 3rd at the 2006 New York Pro and 1st at the Keystone Pro.


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Dennis Wolf At The 2007 Olympia.
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    With his fifth place at last weekend's Olympia, Dennis has shown that he has all the tools to be a genuine threat in any pro show he enters and this includes the 2008 Mr. Olympia. Although Dennis presented at the 2007 Olympia a physique laden with ripped to the bone muscle and very good symmetry complete with an improved back, which made it one of the best onstage, put diplomatically the result may not have been entirely the right one.


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Dennis Wolf, Ronnie Coleman & Melvin Anthony.
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    Clearly ahead of Ronnie on conditioning and possibly even proportion and as ripped as Dexter and Victor but with greater size than at least the first of these men, Dennis was close to the top of most fans unofficial scorecards after prejudging. Yet he came fifth - yet another controversial decision in what was decidedly a controversial Olympia.


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Dennis Wolf At The 2007 Olympia.
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Sixth: Melvin Anthony:

    It was good to see Melvin make the top six with his great shape and improvements in size. However his conditioning appeared to be a little off, especially at prejudging, which blurred some of the great lines he is renowned for.


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Melvin Anthony At The 2007 Olympia.
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    With the inclusion of shape monsters such as Dennis Wolf and Victor Martinez in the line up, Melvin may never win an Olympia but he is certainly proving the merits of aesthetics over extreme size at all costs and the judges are rewarding him accordingly. A great physique.


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Melvin Anthony At The 2007 Olympia.
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