Who Will Be The Top 10 Finishers At The 2007 Mr. Olympia?

Who will be the top 10 finishers at the 2007 Mr. Olympia? Our forum members share their opinions right here about who they think will win this year, the top 10, most improved, and more! Read on and see if you agree.


TOPIC: Who Will Be The Top 10 Finishers At The 2007 Mr. Olympia?

The Question:

The Olympia is getting closer. Bodybuilding fans having been waiting, and are now going crazy over the event. It's time to make some picks!

Who do you think will win the 2007 Mr. Olympia? Why?

There are several more qualifying events (Europa Pro, Montreal Pro, Atlantic City Pro) - Who do you think will win those shows and will they be able to break the top ten?

What do you think the top 10 will look like? Why do you put them in this order?

Who do you believe will make the biggest improvement? Who do you think is the most under-rated competitor that could surprise people this year?

Arrow 2007 Olympia Qualified Athletes:

*This list is not final and may be updated. Current as of 8/09/07.

    1. Eddie Abbew, United Kingdom
    2. Melvin Anthony, USA
    3. Gustavo Badell, Puerto Rico
    4. Darrem Charles, Trinidad
    5. Ronnie Coleman, USA
    6. Jay Cutler, USA
    7. Mark Dugdale, USA
    8. Toney Freeman, USA
    9. Kai Greene, USA
    10. Marcus Haley, USA
    11. Phil Heath, USA (*not competing)
    12. Dexter Jackson, USA
    13. Dennis James, Germany
    14. Victor Martinez, Dominican Republic
    15. Desmond Miller, USA
    16. Ronny Rockel, Germany
    17. Markus Ruhl, Germany
    18. Silvio Samuel, Saviour Spain
    19. Sergey Shelestov, Russia
    20. Vince Taylor, USA
    21. Branch Warren, USA
    22. Dennis Wolf, Germany
    23. Hidetada Yamagishi, Japan

Bonus Question: How do you feel about the Mr. Olympia contest? Do you get excited for this time of year, like football fans when the Super Bowl comes around, or do you not really care?

Show off your knowledge to the world!

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1st Place - liqvvid
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The Olympia is getting closer. Bodybuilding fans having been waiting, and are now going crazy over the event. It's time to make some picks!

-> 2007 Olympia Qualified Athletes:


2007 Mr. Olympia
Who Do You Think Will Win The 2007 Mr. Olympia? Why?

I think Ronnie Coleman, former 8 time Mr. Olympia, is going to win the Mr. Olympia this year. With last year's devastating loss, who knows how hard Ronnie has been training over the past couple of months in the quest to avenging his loss against Jay Cutler. Ronnie has the size to stand on stage with anyone, so that isn't a problem. He just needs to nail his conditioning and perfect his posing.

Ronnie also needs to correct his lat and triceps because there was problem with them last year. Although he said nothing was wrong with either muscle, people seemed to agree that he indeed had some kind of injury or nerve problems.

I know for a fact that there is going to be a large amount of people that will say that Ronnie's time has passed and he is too old to reclaim the Olympia Sandow. Well guess what, he already did it for eight consecutive years, so why can't he do it one more time?

It's not like Jay Cutler defeated him by that many points last year. In fact, Jay barely beat Ronnie. Now don't get me wrong, I'm not taking anything away from Jay because he is a great bodybuilder. I'm just saying that Ronnie is better than Jay and he proved it 8 times at the Mr. Olympia, and several times at the European Grand Prix.


Qualifying Events
There Are Several More Qualifying Events (Europa Pro, Montreal Pro, Atlantic City Pro) - Who Do You Think Will Win Those Shows And Will They Be Able To Break The Top Ten?

The Europa Pro has already ended with Silvio Samuel Savior winning both shows, Will Harris coming in second, and Bill Wilmore coming in third. As far as the remainder of the Pro shows this year, who knows who will enter.

There are many great bodybuilders who didn't qualify yet for the Olympia who have a good chance of winning either the Montreal or Atlantic City Pro shows, including Chris Cormier, Johnnie O. Jackson, Quincy Taylor, David Henry, and Troy Alves.


-> Chris Cormier:

    Let's begin with The Real Deal Chris Cormier. He is one of the best bodybuilders to ever compete in the IFBB, and whether he enters the Montreal Pro or the Atlantic City Pro, there's no denying that he will either win or place in the top three.


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The Real Deal Chris Cormier.

    He's gotten close to winning the Olympia in the past, so I'm sure he will be in the top ten at the least. I expect him to finish anywhere between 5 and 10.

    By the way for those who don't know, Chris Cormier suffered a devastating injury last year while preparing for Olympia and he ended in the hospital. It took him a couple of months to recover so he couldn't compete in the 2006 Olympia, but this year he's back in the gym training harder than ever. In fact, he's training at Gold's Gym in Venice Beach, California. Look out for a strong Olympia showing from Chris Cormier.

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-> Johnnie O. Jackson:

    Johnnie O. Jackson, who is known as the World's Strongest Bodybuilder, can definitely win either the Montreal or Atlantic City Pro shows. He has the size but lacks good symmetry. He needs to bring up his legs to match his upper body, which is probably the main reason he hasn't made the top ten in his past Olympia showings. Also, he needs to improve his conditioning.


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Johnnie Jackson.
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    He won the Montreal Pro last year, so he can certainly do it again. If he qualifies for the Olympia, I don't see him making the top ten, unless he has brought his legs up.

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Olympia: The Series Episode #10: Johnnie O. Jackson
Date: 8/17/2007


-> Quincy Taylor:

    Quincy Taylor is another top bodybuilder who talked so much smack before the Europa Pro show yet failed to deliver. No one can deny he looked impressive size-wise at the Europa, but the problem was his conditioning. He was no doubt the biggest bodybuilder on the Europa stage, but bodybuilding is more than just being big. You have to come in conditioned too.


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Quincy Taylor At The 2007 Europa Super Show.
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    I think Quincy Taylor might have mistimed his peak conditioning for the show, and will rebound at either the Montreal or Atlantic City Pro shows. He can definitely make the top three at either of these shows or even win one, but I don't think he can make the top ten at the Olympia unless he comes in completely conditioned.


-> David Henry:

    Next up is the Giant Killer David Henry. Unlike Quincy Taylor, David Henry has great conditioning, yet seems to be one of the smallest bodybuilders on stage. That alone will keep him out of the top ten at the Olympia, although he could possibly win the Montreal or Atlantic City Pro shows.

    The Mr. Olympia contest includes the likes of mass monsters including Ronnie Coleman, Jay Cutler, Victor Martinez, Markus Ruhl, and Toney Freeman. These competitors are both big and conditioned close to and/or at the same level as David Henry, so why would the judges place him ahead of any of those competitors.


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David Henry At The Ironman Pro XVIII.
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    For that reason, I doubt he will make the top ten at this year's Olympia. Don't get me wrong though, David Henry is a tremendous bodybuilder, and if the under 210 lbs. class that was introduced in the Europa Pro show this year becomes part of the Mr. Olympia, then I can assure you that David Henry would either place in the top three or win it.


-> Troy Alves:

    I haven't heard much about Troy Alves lately, but he is also a great bodybuilder with a great chance of placing in the top three or winning either the Atlantic City or Montreal Pro shows. However, I think if he does qualify for the Olympia, he won't place in the top ten because just like I mentioned when I talked about David Henry, he doesn't have enough size compared to the mass monsters.

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Troy Alves Right Before The Atlantic City Pro.
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Top Ten
What Do You Think The Top 10 Will Look Like? Why Do You Put Them In This Order?


1st Place - Ronnie Coleman:

    If Ronnie manages to win this year, which I'm pretty sure he will, then history will be made. He will be the first in IFBB history to win the Mr. Olympia 9 times. That would make him, in my opinion, the greatest bodybuilder of all time. Arnold Schwarzenegger won the Olympia 7 times, Lee Haney won it 8 times, and Dorian Yates won it 6 times.

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Ronnie Coleman At The 2006 Olympia.

    Also, keep in mind that this year is probably the most competitive year in Olympia history, with competitors coming in over 300 pounds with great conditioning and symmetry.

    Ronnie is training harder than ever and is doing as much work as possible to come in at his all time best. No one can beat Ronnie at his all time best. Make sure you tune into Bodybuilding.com come Olympia time and watch the Olympia webcast because history will be made.

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2nd Place - Jay Cutler:

    The current Mr. Olympia, Jay Cutler, is in for a surprise when he hears his name announced second at this year's Olympia. Jay has improved a lot over the years, which is why he won at last year's Olympia. Unfortunately for Jay, he will have to wait one more year before winning the Olympia again.

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Jay Cutler At The 2006 Olympia.

    I see Jay winning the Olympia many more times once Ronnie retires, and seeing that Jay is only 34 years old, I don't see why that wouldn't happen.

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3rd Place - Victor Martinez:

    Just like last year, Victor Martinez will come in third place. He isn't good enough to beat Ronnie or Jay, but in a couple of years, he might have a chance at winning the Olympia.

    I see Victor as the next Flex Wheeler or Shawn Ray, meaning he is a great bodybuilder, but will never win the Mr. Olympia. To prevent that, Victor needs to add more size onto his frame to beat Jay Cutler, who like I said before, will win many Olympia Sandows after this year.


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Victor Martinez At The 2007 Arnold Classic.
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4th Place - Toney Freeman:

    The X-Man Toney Freeman has made his mark on the bodybuilding stage. After finishing seventh last year, he's made many improvements and has added size without ruining his X frame. I wouldn't be surprised if Toney beats Victor this year, because they are very close in terms of size, symmetry, and condition.


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Toney Freeman At The 2007 Ironman Pro XVIII.
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5th Place - Dexter Jackson:

    The Blade Dexter Jackson will find himself yet another placing back from last year's Olympia. With guys like Victor and Toney who keep improving and are bigger than Dexter, who knows if Dexter will ever make it in the top three again.

    If he manages to put more size on, then he might have a chance, but I believe that would ruin his great aesthetics, thus hurting more than helping him.

    If an under 210 class eventually becomes implemented, then Dexter can possibly move down to under 210 lbs. and challenge the likes of Silvio Samuel and David Henry. That would be a turning point in bodybuilding history, and competitors such as Dexter Jackson can finally have a chance at placing first at the Olympia, although it would be in the under 210 lbs. class.


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Dexter Jackson At The 2007 Arnold Classic.
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6th Place - Chris Cormier:

    The Real Deal Chris Cormier will make a great comeback and place in the top six. I don't know what he currently looks like, but judging from previous years, I don't see why he wouldn't place in the top six or even higher. If he drastically improved from past years, then he could even make it in the top three. We'll just have to wait and see.

Chris
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Chris Cormier.


7th Place - Silvio Samuel Saviour:

    Coming off two victories at the Europa Pro show, Silvio Samuel has proven to be a top contender. He competed in eight shows this year and improved in each showing. He place top six in all the shows and won two of them.

    He won the first ever under 210 lbs. class at the Europa Pro and then went on to defeat Will Harris, Bill Wilmore, and Quincy Taylor the following night at the Europa Pro show. That is amazing to say the least and my hat's off to Silvio Samuel.

    Last year, a guy by the name of Toney Freeman won the Europa Pro and then exploded on the bodybuilding scene. He then went on to place 7th at the Olympia, and won the 2007 Ironman Pro and the 2007 Sacramento Pro. He also placed third at the 2007 Arnold Classic.

    How ironic is it that Silvio Samuel won the Europa Pro one year later and I placed him seventh at this year's Olympia? If that indeed happens, you heard it here first.


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Silvio Samuel At The Ironman Pro XVIII.
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8th Place - Melvin Anthony:

    I think one of the biggest shocks this year will be Melvin Anthony's disappointing placing. Last year, Gunter Schlierkamp got lost in the lineup and went from 4th place at the 2005 Olympia to 10th Place at the 2006 Olympia.

    I think that this year Melvin Anthony will get lost in the lineup and because of that, he will go from a 5th place finish at the 2006 Olympia to an 8th place finish at the 2007 Olympia. I don't think that Melvin has enough size to hang with the mass monsters and he isn't good enough to beat bodybuilders such as Dexter Jackson and Silvio Samuel.

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Melvin Anthony At The 2006 Olympia.


9th Place - Markus Ruhl:

    Fan favorite Markus Ruhl will once again make it in the top ten at this year's Olympia. He has the size to hang with anyone on that stage, but needs to come in with excellent conditioning and improved symmetry. I wouldn't be surprised to see him switch places with Melvin Anthony, but that is only if he comes in at his all time best.


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Markus Ruhl At The 2007 Arnold Classic.
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10th Place - Gustavo Badell:

    The Big Block of Cheese Gustavo Badell will find himself out of the top six this year, but barely staying in the top ten. Why you may be asking? Well, I have to agree with Quincy Taylor and say that Gustavo does in fact look like a Big Block of Cheese.

    His attitude also seems too arrogant and cocky so that doesn't help anymore on stage. In order for Gustavo to make it back into the top six, he needs to bring down the amount of muscle and size of his waist and improve his symmetry and conditioning. If he doesn't make those improvements, Gustavo won't stay in the top ten for too long.


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Gustavo Badell At The 2007 Arnold Classic.
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The Next Ten Placings


11th Place - Dennis Wolf:

    Dennis Wolf is the future of bodybuilding, and just like fellow newcomer Phil Heath, he will have to keep progressing in order to live up to all of the expectations.

    He is a tall bodybuilder with a small waist, but he needs to fill out his frame a bit more to hang with the mass monsters. I see him winning the Mr. Olympia contest in a few years, and I expect to see great battles between both Dennis Wolf and Phil Heath.


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Dennis Wolf At The 2007 Keystone Pro.
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12th Place - Branch Warren:

    Branch Warren has had his share of ups and downs this past year, winning the New York Pro, but also finishing a disappointing seventh at the Shawn Ray Colorado Pro. Depending on his conditioning, Branch Warren could place slightly higher, but I doubt he will crack the top ten because of the amount of competitors who are better than Branch.


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Branch Warren At The 2007 Arnold Classic.
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13th Place - Dennis James:

    From what I've heard lately, Dennis James will not be competing in this year's Olympia. I'm not completely sure about whether or not he will compete, but if he does, I see him placing thirteenth.

    Dennis has too much size on his frame, and that is effecting his conditioning. If he brings his weight down a bit, he can then improve his conditioning and possibly make a comeback into the top ten.


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Dennis James At The 2007 Colorado Pro/Am.
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14th Place - Mark Dugdale:

    A couple weeks ago, I heard that Mark Dugdale traveled to England to train with Dorian Yates. If that is true, then expect to see big improvement in Mark's physique. Unfortunately, Mark's best isn't good enough in this packed lineup, but with continued improvements, I can see Mark making it into the top ten within a couple of years.


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Mark Dugdale At The Ironman Pro XVIII.
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15th Place - Ronny Rockel:

    Ronny Rockel, who placed 2nd at the Australian Pro earlier this year, isn't big enough to place any higher than fifteenth. You're going to hear me say this over and over, but it's a fact that can't be denied. The Mr. Olympia contest is about who's the biggest, best conditioned, and most symmetrical.

    If two competitors are equally conditioned and symmetrical, the bigger competitor will almost always win. As I said before, the Olympia needs a 210 lbs. and under class because there are so many good competitors who aren't getting a legit shot at the Olympia Sandow.


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Ronny Rockel At The 2007 Arnold Classic.
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16th Place - Quincy Taylor:

    Quincy Taylor is one of the biggest bodybuilders today, but his lack of symmetry and proportion will keep him out of the top fifteen. If he nails his conditioning, then he might have a chance of placing a few spots higher.


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Quincy Taylor At The 2007 Europa Super Show.
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17th Place - Hidetada Yamagishi:

    Hidetada Yamagishi, Japan's best bodybuilder has been making great progress in his last few showings, and I see him becoming a threat in the near future. As long as he continues to put on muscle mass, he will improve his placing and eventually make the top ten.


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Hidetada Yamagishi At The 2007 Sacramento Pro.
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18th Place - David Henry:

    David Henry doesn't stand a chance of making the top fifteen at this year's Olympia unless he brings forth his great conditioning. If he chose to add some more muscle, than I don't see him reaching his peak conditioning, thus placing out of the top fifteen. He shouldn't play the mass game and should stick with what brought him to him to the pro level, which is his trademark conditioning.


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David Henry At The 2007 Arnold Classic.
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19th Place - Kai Greene:

    Kai Greene is one of the most improved bodybuilders this year, and if he keeps this trend going, he can eventually crack the top fifteen. I don't see him ever making the top ten because there are so many better bodybuilders on the Olympia stage.


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Kai Greene At The 2007 Keystone Pro Classic.
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20th Place - Darrem Charles:

    Darrem Charles is another competitor who can greatly benefit from a 210 lbs. and under class. He has won many pro shows during his career, but has yet to bring a good enough package to the Olympia that can make him stand out from the rest of the lineup.


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Darrem Charles At The 2007 Keystone Pro Classic.
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Biggest Improvement
Who Do You Believe Will Make The Biggest Improvement? Who Do You Think Is The Most Under-Rated Competitor That Could Surprise People This Year?

I think Ronnie Coleman will make the biggest improvement this year. You might think that sounds crazy, but for eight years, people thought he couldn't improve as much as he did, and proved them all wrong. Ronnie will come in at his all time best this year and will surprise all the competitors.

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The most under-rated competitor that could surprise people this year is the X-Man, Toney Freeman. Although he has already won two pro shows this year, placed third at this year's Arnold Classic, and placed seventh at last year's Olympia, he is still under-rated in my opinion.

People aren't giving him enough credit and he is using that as fuel during his workouts. His X frame and aesthetics represent the future of bodybuilding, and if the judges keep emphasizing shape and symmetry, bodybuilding will be that much better.

Toney Freeman is a dark horse this year who could shock everyone come Olympia time. All he needs to do is add a little bit more size and make sure he comes in with his best conditioning to date.

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Bonus Question
How Do You Feel About The Mr. Olympia Contest? Do You Get Excited For This Time Of Year, Like Football Fans When The Super Bowl Comes Around, Or Do You Not Really Care?

The Mr. Olympia contest is the Super Bowl of bodybuilding, and seeing as I'm a huge bodybuilding fan; I get very excited and can't wait for it. I have followed all the pro shows so far this year, and I feel like this is one of the best years in bodybuilding history.

I want to thank Bodybuilding.com for covering all the shows, and Pro Bodybuilding Weekly for providing weekly bodybuilding news and interviews. Sooner or later, bodybuilding will reach mainstream and the entire population will begin following this great sport.


2nd Place - TR90
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The Olympia is getting closer. Bodybuilding fans having been waiting, and are now going crazy over the event. It's time to make some picks!

-> 2006 Olympia Top 10:

Place Name Country 1+2 3 4 Total
1 Jay Cutler USA 12 5 5 22
2 Ronnie Coleman USA 18 10 10 38
3 Victor Martinez Dominican Republic 34 16 16 66
4 Dexter Jackson USA 36 20 19 75
5 Melvin Anthony USA 50 25 26 101
6 Gustavo Badell Puerto Rico 62 30 29 121
7 Toney Freeman USA 68 35 * 103
8 Markus Ruhl Germany 84 41 * 125
9 Dennis James USA 96 47 * 143
10 Günter Schlierkamp Germany 102 54 * 156

-> 2007 Olympia Qualified Athletes:

    *This list is not final and may be updated. Current as of 8/09/07.

    1. Eddie Abbew, United Kingdom
    2. Melvin Anthony, USA
    3. Gustavo Badell, Puerto Rico
    4. Darrem Charles, Trinidad
    5. Ronnie Coleman, USA
    6. Jay Cutler, USA
    7. Mark Dugdale, USA
    8. Toney Freeman, USA
    9. Kai Greene, USA
    10. Marcus Haley, USA
    11. Phil Heath, USA (*not competing)
    12. Dexter Jackson, USA
    13. Dennis James, Germany
    14. Victor Martinez, Dominican Republic
    15. Desmond Miller, USA
    16. Ronny Rockel, Germany
    17. Markus Ruhl, Germany
    18. Silvio Samuel, Saviour Spain
    19. Sergey Shelestov, Russia
    20. Vince Taylor, USA
    21. Branch Warren, USA
    22. Dennis Wolf, Germany
    23. Hidetada Yamagishi, Japan


2007 Olympia
Who Do You Think Will Win The 2007 Mr. Olympia? Why?

Jay Cutler, current Mr. Olympia, will successfully defend his Olympia Sandow just like he did last year. If Jay nails his conditioning like he did last year, there's nothing stopping him from winning.

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Jay Cutler Performing Deadlifts At Muscle Beach.

He has the size to compare with anyone, good symmetry, and his waist is smaller than a lot of competitors. Also, he has the best legs onstage. His legs led him to winning the best wheels award last year.

Jay has done a very good job representing bodybuilding. He's been traveling week in and week out all over the country to guest pose, meet with his fans, and promote the sport of bodybuilding. He's actions have been as good as his physique. Jay is a true champion and will do great things for bodybuilding.

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Mr. Olympia Jay Cutler!


Qualifying Events
There Are Several More Qualifying Events (Europa Pro, Montreal Pro, Atlantic City Pro) - Who Do You Think Will Win Those Shows And Will They Be Able To Break The Top Ten?

The top three at the Europa Pro were Silvio Samuel Savior, Will Harris, and Bill Wilmore, none of which in my opinion will make the top ten. These three bodybuilders are relatively newcomers and don't possess good enough physiques to compare with the likes of Jay Cutler, Ronnie Coleman, and Victor Martinez.

-> Silvio Samuel Savior:

    First off, Silvio Samuel Savior is too small to make any impact on the Olympia stage. He will be dwarfed when he stands next to the likes of Markus Ruhl. However, unless he adds a substantial amount of size and brings his best conditioning to date, he stands no chance of making the top ten.

-> Will Harris:

    Next up is Will Harris. Simply put, Will Harris will hear his name in the last callout. The lineup is incredible this year and Will Harris will find out first hand come Olympia time. Maybe if he keeps improving, he might have a better chance next year.

-> Bill Wilmore:

    Last but not least, Bill Wilmore will also hear his name in the last callout. He was one of the last finishers at last year's Olympia and hasn't made tremendous improvements since that time.

-> Chris Cormier:

    I haven't heard much about the Montreal Pro and Atlantic City Pro except that Chris Cormier will be making his comeback. I don't see him placing in the top ten. At the 2005 Olympia, he placed 13, and I'm predicting he places somewhere around there this year.

-> Johnnie Jackson:

    I'm assuming Johnnie Jackson will compete in one of those shows to try to qualify for the Olympia, but I don't think he will make the top ten either. His upper body is way bigger than his lower body. That alone will keep him out of the top ten.


Top Ten
What Do You Think The Top 10 Will Look Like? Why Do You Put Them In This Order?


1st Place - Jay Cutler:

    Jay Cutler will win his second Olympia Sandow this year. He is better than Ronnie Coleman and his time is now. No more second place for Jay. Unless Jay suffers a severe injury, there's nothing stopping him from winning.

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2nd Place - Victor Martinez:

    I expect Victor to win next year at the Olympia. He will come in better than Ronnie this year, but not as good as Jay. Look out for a bigger Victor Martinez that is sure to nail his conditioning just like he did last year. Also, his physique has the best symmetry out of all the competitors, except for maybe Dexter Jackson.

    Victor won the Arnold Classic this year, so he is coming in at the Olympia with a lot of momentum and high expectations. This could very well be the most important Olympia for Victor. Just placing ahead of Ronnie Coleman is a great achievement, so Victor needs to take advantage of this opportunity.


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Victor Martinez At The 2007 Arnold Classic.
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3rd Place - Ronnie Coleman:

    Ronnie Coleman better plan his retirement party early. No way is he beating Jay or Victor this year. This isn't 1980 where a competitor like Arnold Schwarzenegger comes in the Olympia and wins just because he is a 6 time Mr. Olympia.

    This is 2007 and the judging is as fair and accurate as it gets. Unless Ronnie Coleman comes in at his all time best, he stands no chance. I guess Lee Haney's 8 time Mr. Olympia record won't be broken for quite a while.

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4th Place - Melvin Anthony:

    The best poser and most consistently improving bodybuilder is none other than Melvin Anthony. Just look at his past Olympia showings and you'll see that each year he comes in and improves by 2 placings. He went from 11th place, to 9th place, to 7th place, and last year he ended up in 5th place.

    This year will be slightly different as the top three will be too good compared to Melvin, but look out for him to place top three at next year's Olympia, once Ronnie Coleman retires.

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5th Place - Dexter Jackson:

    Is it just me or does Dexter look the same each year at the Olympia? That's not a bad thing, as it keeps placing him in the top 5 each year, but it's also necessarily good because he's not improving while other competitors such as Melvin Anthony just pass by and place ahead of him. Dexter needs to improve or he will eventually place out of the top 5.


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Dexter Jackson At The 2007 Arnold Classic.
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6th Place - Toney Freeman:

    Toney Freeman has improved a great deal since last year and will place top six at the Olympia for the first time in his career. He is one of the tallest bodybuilders onstage, and his X frame represents the future of bodybuilding. Toney should add more size to his frame if he plans on making the top three in the future. He is tall enough to carry a lot of size without ruining his X frame.


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Toney Freeman At The 2007 Arnold Classic.
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7th Place - Gustavo Badell:

    Gustavo Badell is infamous for his win in the challenger round at the 2005 Olympia. The challenge round was so badly run that year and Gustavo winning it proved that it was filled with flaws. Gustavo is too blocky to compare with the likes of Toney Freeman and Melvin Anthony. He represents the look a bodybuilder should avoid and unless he brings his waist down, he won't be a top bodybuilder any longer.


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Gustavo Badell At The 2007 Arnold Classic.
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8th Place - Markus Ruhl:

    They aren't saying "BOOOOOOO!!!!!!!" They're saying "RUUUUHHLLLLL!!!!!!!" Markus Ruhl, quite possibly the biggest competitor onstage, will once again make the top ten as long as he nails his conditioning.

    It would be interesting to see if he added any more size without ruin his symmetry and proportion, but he if did, he might place higher. Markus Ruhl would dwarf all the competitors and all the attention would be on him. That's only if he comes in completely shredded.


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Markus Ruhl At The 2007 Arnold Classic.
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9th Place - Dennis Wolf:

    Dennis Wolf won the Keystone Classic this year and many people thought he got robbed at the NY Pro as he finished 3rd and deserved to win the show. I'm predicting he makes the top six next year and wins the Olympia in the next five years. He improved a lot since last year and as long as he brings his calves up and improves his lower lats, then he will indeed become Mr. Olympia in the near future.


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Dennis Wolf At The 2007 IFBB Keystone Pro.
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10th Place - Darrem Charles:

    Darrem Charles has all the tools to make it into the top ten this year. He has a great balance of size, symmetry, and conditioning. His posing is also among the best in bodybuilding. He just needs to make sure he comes in at his best and he needs to be ready for a lot of comparisons.


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Darrem Charles At The 2007 Colorado Pro/Am.
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Biggest Improvement
Who Do You Believe Will Make The Biggest Improvement? Who Do You Think Is The Most Under-Rated Competitor That Could Surprise People This Year?

I believe Dennis Wolf will make the biggest improvement and is the most under-rated competitor. Here's a guy who make his pro debut last year and finished out of the top fifteen. He came back this year and won the Keystone Classic and now is a legitimate threat for the top ten.


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Dennis Wolf At The 2007 IFBB Keystone Pro.
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He will become Mr. Olympia before you know it. Don't underestimate him. He is still a newcomer but already possesses an Olympia winning caliber physique.


Bonus Question
How Do You Feel About The Mr. Olympia Contest? Do You Get Excited For This Time Of Year, Like Football Fans When The Super Bowl Comes Around, Or Do You Not Really Care?

Thanks to Bodybuilding.com's live broadcast of the Olympia; I won't miss any part of the Olympia this year. I can't wait for the Olympia and I hope my predictions are accurate. It's true that anyone can win on any given day, which is why this sport is so exciting. Hopefully I'll be able to attend the Olympia within the next couple of years.


3rd Place - RoadPigJohn
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On September 28-29 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, the buffet bar will be temporarily deserted as Jay Cutler makes his first defense of his Mr. Olympia title against formidable opponents like the 8-times Mr. Olympia Ronnie Coleman that makes clear that his loss last year was just a fluke.

There is no denying, however, that there is a formidable group of hungry and ripped bodybuilders who fancy their chances of making the current champ go bust as a one time Mr. O. The high rollers committed to capture the title, include Victor Martinez, Chris Cormier, Gustavo Badell, Dexter Jackson, Toney Freeman and Ronnie Coleman.

Despite the twist and turns to come during the fear and carb loading on the road to Las Vegas countdown, one man, Sandow in hand, will be left standing as the new champ.


2007 Olympia
Who Do You Think Will Win The 2007 Mr. Olympia? Why?

There is no doubt that the 8-time champ is going to regain the title on September 29th.

History is going to be made when Ronnie Coleman walks out of the stage with his 9th Sandow trophy in hand and a check as the contest winner. As the 290 pound bodybuilder moves through his poses in front of the enormous crowd, the 2006 champ stood apart from the commotion backstage and watched, transfixed.

Ronnie Coleman at 290 pounds is going to come in sharper condition with his trademark lats, his bolder delts and bigger quads making him superhuman with a new slashed and burned midsection. The former champ is on a mission and no one is going to stop his destiny.

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Ronnie Coleman.


Qualifying Events
There Are Several More Qualifying Events (Europa Pro, Montreal Pro, Atlantic City Pro) - Who Do You Think Will Win Those Shows And Will They Be Able To Break The Top Ten?

There is no stepping stone in the career of some of the new revelations of bodybuilding, that's why my picks to win these shows represent the new era and the beginning of a more entertaining sport.

-> Silvio Samuel:

    Silvio Samuel (the 2007 Europa Super Show champion) - less than a year after turning pro Samuel has risen faster than some of the well established bodybuilders.

    The Spanish phenom, still lags size behind Martinez, Badell, Freeman, Cutler and other Olympia contenders but he's not shying away from the battle.

    Samuel demonstrated at the Europa Super Show that he is the next aesthetic beast since Shawn Ray days. With Incredible symmetry, well balance upper and lower body and full muscle bellies, the Spanish came to conquer the IFBB waters with no mercy. It's a no brainer to think that Samuel is going to place lower than 6th at the Mr. Olympia so watch out for the Charles Glass pupil.

-> Will Harris:

    Will Harris (the next 2007 Montreal Pro champion) - "The World," as he is better known at Gold's in Venice beach, makes a statement placing second at the Europa Super Show, the guy is focused to make an impact in 2007 and with his new ultra sharp condition has muscles comparable to a younger Ronnie Coleman.

    There is no doubt that he is going to be crowned the new Montreal Pro champion. Harris placing at the Olympia is going to be determined by the look of his opponents at the day of the show, like Ronnie Rockel, Melvin Anthony, Darrem Charles and Vince Taylor.

    If everyone comes in shape, "The World" is not going to place higher than 9th since there is good group of well established bodybuilders that are very consistent in his showing. Harris makes 2007 as his real debut in the bodybuilding scene so make no mistake to think that he is preparing something big for the big contest of the year.

-> Gary Strydom:

    Gary Strydom (the next Atlantic City Pro Champion) - The 48-year old South African is better known for his over the top brands of gym clothes "Crazee Wear." Additional media includes cover magazines and a new supplement company, "Strydom Professional Series," which is making his 2007 comeback with the help of Charles Glass and Bob Cicherillo to establish himself as the new physic to watch, since the Lee Haney days.

    Strydom size, balance and ultra ripped condition make him a very rare specimen in today's bodybuilding, combining all the attributes of some of the freaky and aesthetics athletes in one man. Strydom placing at the Mr. Olympia is going to be shocking. Placing the former South Africa Army's sergeant in the top 6 is a no brainer, because he is a man that stands with the best in the business.


Top Ten
What Do You Think The Top 10 Will Look Like? Why Do You Put Them In This Order?

  1. Ronnie Coleman, USA
  2. Jay Cutler, USA
  3. Victor Martinez, Dominican Republic
  4. Gustavo Badell, Puerto Rico
  5. Gary Strydom, USA
  6. Dexter Jackson, USA
  7. Toney Freeman, USA
  8. Silvio Samuel, Spain
  9. Will Harris, USA
  10. Vince Taylor, USA


1. Ronnie Coleman:

    Since his preparation early this year the 8-time Mr. Olympia champion makes the decision to put a plan together with his advisor Chad Nicholls, to bring to the kind of look that gave the champ his first Sandow statue. Bringing new training techniques and nutrition plan to the table to make the transformation from a big bodybuilder to a more refined and a stream lined athlete.

    With dedication and passion the former Texas police officer put everything on the line to show that he is capable to beat his competition with a solid performance combining a very muscular and well balanced physique with extreme hardness and sliced mid section.

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Anyone Can Appreciate Eight World Titles.


2. Jay Cutler:

    The 2006 Mr. Olympia champion is making his first defense against a great amount of well known bodybuilders; Jay has been traveling all year for guest posing and contract commitments. For the look of how things are cooking, Cutler is going to present a big package come contest time so that would be his mistake since his best look was when he showed a more streamline physic.

    Since the current champ is structured with great size and symmetry he is going to be very hard to beat by any of the other contestants. If he comes in better condition than his last showing then I do believe he is going to take another Sandow this year.

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Jay Cutler At Muscle Beach.


3. Victor Martinez:

    The current Arnold Classic champ is committed to make an impact, once again on the Olympia stage. With his new added size and his enormous structure, Victor is prepared to show better conditioning that ties with his great size and outstanding performance.

    It is going to be difficult for Victor to beat Ronnie or Jay for first place since the other two are way bigger than him. However, he still has a great chance to beat all the other athletes participating in the show.


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Victor Martinez At The 2007 Arnold Classic.
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4. Gustavo Badell:

    The Iron Man and San Francisco champ is coming with one objective in his mind... to be the next Mr. Olympia champion. With a great symmetry and incredible hardness, Gustavo is going to battle for the Sandow on September 29th.

    If Victor, Jay or Ronnie make a mistake on contest day, then the former Olympia showdown champ is going to be ready to take the advantage, since he has already proven that he is capable of beating any of the athletes mentioned. Gustavo is improving his size and condition every year and may surprise us in Las Vegas.


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Gustavo Badell At The 2007 Arnold Classic.
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5. Gary Strydom:

    The cover magazine idol and king of sport clothes is coming to prove to the younger athletes that he his capable of showing a new look that is going to please the judges.

    Combining a great amount of size with a very aesthetic look and hard streamlined physique, the former South African Sergeant is more than ready to beat his competition. Gary can place higher; it all depends on the kind of look his fellow competitors show the night of the show.

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Gary Strydom.


6. Dexter Jackson:

    The former Arnold Classic champion and the current Australian Pro champion is coming to prove why he is called the blade of bodybuilding. With his upset at this year's Arnold Classic - won by Victor Martinez - Dexter is committed to demonstrate to his fan base that he is the man with the rights to defeat the current champ.

    The only thing that put Dexter behind his competition for the top 5 is his size, if he added those extra pounds to his frame come September 29th, the story is going to be very different.


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Dexter Jackson At The 2007 Arnold Classic.
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7. Toney Freeman:

    The current Iron Man champion and top contender for the Big O. is confident and ready to decimate his opponents at Las Vegas, the Super Bowl of bodybuilding.

    The X-Man with gargantuan proportions and extreme hardness is looking to be compared this year with the 8-time champ since he is the one recognized by many as the real champ. If Toney added new size to his structure, don't be surprise if he makes the top 6.


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Toney Freeman At The 2007 Iron Man.
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8. Silvio Samuel:

    The Europa Super Show champ is coming in full force to demolish the hopes of some of the heavy hitters of bodybuilding. His Incredible symmetry, great balance of upper and lower body, and full muscle bellies, makes him the surprise of the night.

    No one denies Silvio needs more size to be recognized at the Mr. Olympia but his mentor Charles Glass has a plan to make the Spanish Pro look like a bigger guy that judges are going to reward.


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Silvio Samuel At The 2007 Sacramento Pro.


9. Will Harris:

    The runner-up of the Europa Super Show is ready to spit fire and glorify himself with the most recognized bodybuilders of the world.

    With his new ultra sharp condition he is comparable to a younger Ronnie Coleman. There is no doubt that he is going to step hard in Las Vegas. The world and his fan base are meeting his Olympia debut with great hopes and the recognition of the heavy critics of the business. Be ready to see the man on a mission looking his best.


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Will Harris At The 2007 Colorado Pro/Am.
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10. Vince Taylor:

    The master blaster, the original terminator, the one that momma said would knock you out... is fresh, ready and happy to bring his style and colorful showing to the Las Vegas stage. The man said last year that he was learning to play with the big players of the game so this is the time to show what he learned in the process.

    Vince is going to bring magic to the stage with his balance, very symmetrical body and his own style of posing that makes the judges cheer in recognition for his effort. The guy that once competed against the great Lee Haney is ready to battle with the new contenders for the title.


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Vince Taylor At The 2007 Arnold Classic.
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Biggest Improvement
Who Do You Believe Will Make The Biggest Improvement? Who Do You Think Is The Most Under-Rated Competitor That Could Surprise People This Year?

The guy determined to be the most improved bodybuilder at the Olympia is going to be Silvio Samuel, since his departure from the Milos Sarcev camp, Silvio made the best improvements of all his career with his ally and trainer Charles Glass.


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Silvio Samuel Guest Posing.
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At every show he entered with Glass as a trainer he showed new details in his very symmetrical body. And I really think Glass has a plan to show something new in the Spanish body at the Olympia.

The most underrated contestant of this year Mr. Olympia must be Gary Strydom. Many criticized Strydom at last year's showing, but now he is more confident than ever to show his new improvements in the back department with the help of Charles Glass. Don't be surprised if the ageless make the top 6 at the Mr. O.


Bonus Question
How Do You Feel About The Mr. Olympia Contest? Do You Get Excited For This Time Of Year, Like Football Fans When The Super Bowl Comes Around, Or Do You Not Really Care?

I have been a big fan of the Mr. Olympia since 1995, so yes I feel the emotion every year for the show. When my father introduced me to the bodybuilding world that year, I was amazed at how the athletes looked at the Olympia. At the time I was pretty young to begin lifting but later (two years later) I started to develop my body so that one day I will look like some of those guys.

RoadPigJohn