2007 Mr. Olympia Preview: The Men's Lineup.

The 2007 Mr. Olympia will be held September 28-29, 2007. Here's a list of the athletes who are currently qualified and a quick preview of the competitors who have thrown their hat in. Learn more...

The 2007 Mr. Olympia will be held on September 28-29, 2007. Here's a list of the athletes who are currently qualified and a quick preview of the competitors who have thrown their hat into the ring to try and win the coveted title of Mr. Olympia.

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-> Eddie Abbew:

    This nurse from England earned his Olympia qualification at this year's Iron Man. He looked good and deserves to be on the Mr. Olympia stage. He's probably not going to make the top 15 this year though. There are too many guys that are just a little bit better and that's all it takes at the Mr. Olympia level.


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Eddie Abbew At The 2007 IFBB Ironman Pro.
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-> Melvin Anthony:

    He moved up into a much-deserved 5th place last year. Melvin came in sliced and diced and when I spoke with him after prejudging last year, he was very pleased with his conditioning. He has made steady improvements over the last few years and I see him in the top six again this year — if he makes improvements again.


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Melvin Anthony At The 2006 Arnold Classic.

    If the competition was judged on aesthetics and presentation and not sheer size, however, Melvin would have been Mr. Olympia last year. He had hernia surgery earlier this year and it will be interesting to see if that will make a difference in his form this year. He'll most likely be in the top ten, but repeating his top-five placing will depend on how well he's recovered from his surgery.

OLYMPIA: THE SERIES
Olympia: The Series Episode #7: Melvin Anthony
Date: 8/3/2007


-> Gustavo Badell:

    Badell's breakout year was when he came in unbelievable condition at the 2004 Iron Man. He's added some size since then and his lines have suffered because of it. I wouldn't call Gustavo "a block of cheese" like Quincy Taylor did, but I don't think he'll be in the running this year. He'll be fortunate if he makes the top six again. Realistically, I see him coming in at or 8th or 9th place.


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Gustavo Badell At The 2007 IFBB Arnold Classic.
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-> Darrem Charles:

    Darrem always comes in good condition. Some shows he comes in great condition and he's tighter than others. For some reason he either doesn't hit his extreme peak for the Olympia or if he does hit it, he gets overlooked. "The King of the $10,000 Shows" will crack the top 15.


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Darrem Charles At The 2007 IFBB Colorado Pro/Am Classic.
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OLYMPIA: THE SERIES
Olympia: The Series Episode #5: Darrem Charles
Date: 7/27/2007


-> Ronnie Coleman:

    Big Ronnie Coleman wants to win his 9th Mr. Olympia and has no intention of retiring until he gets it. Chad Nichols has changed his training this year and it looks that Ronnie is doing higher reps than normal. He usually bangs out 10-12 reps, but he's doing more in the 15-20 range.


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Ronnie Coleman At The 2006 Olympia.

    Could we see a leaner and meaner version of Ronnie this year? Will he turn back the clock and come in with a look similar to the 2001 Arnold Classic or will he look similar to last year or even worse? Will he even give up the KC Masterpiece the final few weeks to radically change things up? The bodybuilding world is eagerly waiting to see what he looks like when he steps on stage Friday evening, September 28, 2007.

OLYMPIA: THE SERIES
Olympia: The Series Episode #9: Ronnie Coleman!
Date: 8/14/2007


-> Jay Cutler:

    The 2006 Mr. Olympia is set to defend his title and has every intention of holding on to it. I just saw a photo of Jay standing next to Silvio at five weeks out. Jay is looking big and is in good condition, but standing outside in a parking lot in broad daylight doesn't give a good indication how he will look on stage at the end of September.


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Jay Cutler At The 2006 Olympia.

    I saw somewhere that he's reportedly weighing 288. If that's the case, he'll probably come in at around 275, which is the same weight he came in at last year. The only person that will be able to beat Jay is Ronnie and that's only if Ronnie is on, of course.

OLYMPIA: THE SERIES
Olympia: The Series Episode #12: Mr. Olympia Jay Cutler!
Date: 9/04/2007


-> Mark Dugdale:

    The 2004 USA Champion will make his Mr. Olympia debut this year. He qualified at this year's Iron Man where he made a fantastic showing and came in with his best conditioning so far. It will be interesting to see where the judges score him. He's been criticized for his lack of arm size, but that's about it for proportion flaws.


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Mark Dugdale At The 2007 IFBB Arnold Classic.
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    He needs much more overall size to mix it up with the top five or six at the Mr. Olympia. Maybe the time he's spending with Dorian will help him pack on some more mass for next year's shows, but for this year he'll be battling for the top 15 at the "O" and might be a couple placings higher.


-> Toney Freeman:

    Last year's Europa winner and this year's Iron Man and Sacramento winner placed seventh in the 2006 Mr. Olympia, which was his first appearance in an Olympia. Freeman has steadily added size over the last few years and has become a major contender.


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Toney Freeman At The 2007 IFBB Arnold Classic.
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    His pec tear has filled in and seems to be overlooked based on his placings. Look for the big man (he's 6 feet 2) to be battling it out for a top-six spot this year.

OLYMPIA: THE SERIES
Olympia: The Series Episode #4: Toney Freeman
Date: 7/24/2007


-> Marcus Haley:

    The winner of the Best Presentation Award at the Arnold Classic hopes to grab a spot that establishes him as a legitimate threat in any show he enters.


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Marcus Haley At The 2007 IFBB Arnold Classic.
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    His physique is good, however, he'll be trying to make it into the top 15 with this field of competitors. He needs a few more years to crack the top ten.

OLYMPIA: THE SERIES
Olympia: The Series Episode #1: Marcus Haley
Date: 7/09/2007


-> Will Harris:

    Harris came into the Europa show in his best condition since he won the L.A. Championships a few years back. If Silvio hadn't decided to enter the Europa, Will would have an IFBB pro win. Look for Harris to be battling it out for 13-16 place at the Olympia.


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Will Harris At The 2007 IFBB Colorado Pro/Am Classic.
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-> Dexter Jackson:

    The 2004 Olympia was Dexter's best conditioning at an Olympia. Although he placed fourth due to a ridiculous "Challenge Round" decision, he should have taken second place above Badell and Cutler. Jackson again placed fourth last year and at least that placing was deserved.

    He might place as high as third this year but he could come in at fifth place depending on how Martinez, Badell, Anthony, and Freeman look. Dexter won't place above the Cutler and Coleman duo.


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Dexter Jackson At The 2007 IFBB Australia Pro Grand Prix.
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-> Victor Martinez:

    Victor placed third last year and came in with great conditioning and seemed to get better as the judging progressed. Martinez further established himself as he etched his name on the list of Arnold Classic winners this year where he defeated the defending two-time champion, Dexter Jackson.


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Victor Martinez At The 2007 IFBB Arnold Classic.
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    Even though a few people see Martinez winning the whole thing this year, I don't see him besting Cutler or Coleman. His conditioning isn't always spot-on. Top-five placing for Martinez again this year.

EAST COAST MUSCLE
East Coast Video Series - Victor Martinez! Episode #1: Victor Martinez - Shoulders & Triceps
Date: 7/25/2007


-> Markus Ruhl:

    Well, I'm glad he'll be in the show just so I can yell Ruuuuuhl! (Yeah, well, I'm easily amused.) Markus is the only guy at the Olympia whose biceps are clearly visible from the very back row of the arena. The dude is huge! He had some funky things going on with his inner chest last year. If that's cleared up and he comes in sharper, he can be in the top eight or nine again.


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Markus Ruhl At The 2007 IFBB Arnold Classic.
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-> Silvio Samuel:

    Silvio needs to work on his conditioning. He's just too smooth. Just kidding. Everyone knows he's at the top of the game for conditioning as he proved it in every show he entered this year, which might have been ALL the shows so far this year. Samuel might get a top-ten placing in his first Olympia. If he works on a few weak areas, Samuel will be a top-six finisher in a couple years.


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Silvio Samuel At The 2007 IFBB Ironman Pro.
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OLYMPIA: THE SERIES
Olympia: The Series Episode #3: Silvio Samuel Saviour
Date: 7/20/2007


-> Vince Taylor:

    What can I say? The guy is in his fifties and still qualifies for the Olympia. That in itself is simply amazing. (He's been training and competing longer than Phil Heath has been alive!) Taylor's calves were the best in the show last year, but his thighs were smaller than in years past. His upper body, however, still looks better than guys who are 20 years younger. Who knows? Maybe the original "Terminator" will surprise everyone and grab another top-15 position this year.


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Vince Taylor At The 2007 IFBB Australia Pro Grand Prix.
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-> Bill Wilmore:

    Wilmore reminds me of Marcus Haley. Both have good physiques but aren't outstanding on an Olympia stage. Wilmore has been working hard to improve his legs, particularly the elusive "thigh sweep" that so many bodybuilders desire. Like Haley, Wilmore will be hoping for the top-fifteen spot.


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Bill Wilmore At The 2007 IFBB Europa Super Show.
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-> Dennis Wolf:

    If there was ever a new kid on the block who's taken the bodybuilding world by storm, it's the big, bad wolf, Dennis Wolf. He has an amazing v-taper and grabbed a huge fan base from the spring shows he competed in.

    He won one show and placed third in the other. Yes, his back is not quite as thick in the lower lats as other competitors and his hams and calves need work, but even with those "flaws," Dennis is the most impressive new physique to hit the bodybuilding stage in years. If he comes in the condition he did when he won the Keystone, Wolf will be in the top 10 this year.


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Dennis Wolf At The 2007 IFBB Keystone Pro Classic.
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-> Hidetada Yamagishi:

    I'll admit it. I have to copy and paste this guy's name every time I write about him. It's much easier to call him Hide. He made a great showing at this year's Iron Man and Sacramento shows. He's doing great working with Milos and deserves to be on the Olympia stage.

    Hide most likely won't make the top 15, but he's a great competitor and it's good to see Japan represented at the Olympia this year.


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Hidetada Yamagishi At The 2007 IFBB Arnold Classic.
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