Flex, January 2010 Excerpt: Jay Cutler Makes History!

Jay Cutler does the impossible in Las Vegas! Twenty-three men entered the 45th Olympia, and for the first time in history, at least a half-dozen had a prospect of victory. Here's an excerpt from the January issue of Flex!


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Jay Cutler Does The Impossible In Las Vegas

"Your new Mr. Olympia..." Everything led to this. Time stands still. Muscles freeze. Ears remain ever vigilant for a name thundered from above, or just the first syllable, the first sign that bodybuilding has a new king. For a year, all streams — workouts, meals, sacrifices, dreams — led here.

Twenty-three men entered the 45th Olympia, and for the first time in history, at least a half-dozen had a prospect of victory. Now, when only two stand at center stage, a pair no one predicted, the bodybuilding world holds a collective gasp. One is trying to become the first man ever to win back bodybuilding's ultimate title after losing it. The other has already vanquished the top contenders in the most stunning start-to-finish climb in Olympia history.

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A year of anticipation passed, and then, over the previous three days, fed on fears and hopes, the mood moved from a simmer to a boil. Now it's about to explode.


Prologue

In the 44-year history of the Olympia, the only thing that has proven to be harder than winning a Sandow has been reclaiming one. Until this year, four men had tried — Sergio Oliva, Frank Zane, Samir Bannout and Ronnie Coleman — and all fell short. So when Jay Cutler failed to hold on to his title a year ago, in his second consecutive subpar outing since toppling Ronnie Coleman in 2006, few gave him a chance to break that trend.

Thus, entering the 2009 Olympia, Cutler was faced with the greatest challenge of his career, perhaps even greater than defeating the unbeatable Coleman: make history by doing the impossible.


-> Sunday, September 28, 2008: 11:05 AM

    Jay Cutler sits at the podium of the post-Olympia seminar, sunglasses on, head slightly bowed, exhausted from the events of the previous 48 hours, in which he dropped 14 pounds between the Friday night prejudging and Saturday night finals in an attempt to hold on to the Olympia title.

    He hears a murmur run through the audience and raises his head, in time to see the new Mr. Olympia, Dexter Jackson, make his way through the Mardi Gras Ballroom at the Orleans Hotel & Casino. The crowd applauds. Cutler frowns.

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    Over the next week, Cutler will consider walking away from the sport that has been his world for the past 18 years. He will talk to some of his closest advisers and mention retirement, only to hear the same message in response: You have to come back. You have to try one more time. Eventually, he will listen. He will come back. He will try one more time.

For our exclusive coverage of the 2009 Olympia Weekend — including an interview with 2009 Mr. Olympia Jay Cutler — pick up the January 2010 issue of FLEX, on newsstands November 16, 2009.