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Joe Weider's 2006 Olympia Weekend Returns!

The schedule is set for September 28, 2006 in Las Vegas, Nevada at the Orleans Arena and Las Vegas Convention Center. Check out below what will sure to be another great year for the Olympia!

The 2006 Olympia Is Over!
The 2006 Olympia is over with a new Mr. Olympia crowned! Congratulations goes out to Jay Cutler, Iris Kyle, Jenny Lynn, Adela Garcia, and all of the competitors for putting on such a great show! See you next year for the 2007 Olympia.

Woodland Hills, CA: February 16, 2006

arrow The 2006 Olympia:

American Media, Inc. (AMI) and the International Federation of Bodybuilders (IFBB) announced today that Joe Weider's 2006 Olympia Weekend competitions (Mr. Olympia, Ms. Olympia, Women's Figure and Fitness) will be held at the Orleans Arena and the Olympia Fitness Expo at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

The weekend kicks off on Thursday, September 28th, 2006 and concludes Sunday, October 1st, 2006.

This year's Super Bowl of bodybuilding, Mr. Olympia, will see current titleholder Ronnie Coleman go for an unprecedented 9th straight Sandow on Saturday night, September 30th, 2006. If successful, Coleman will break Lee Haney's record of 8 Mr. Olympia titles.

Ronnie Coleman Yaxeni Oriquen
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Mr. & Ms. Olympia 2005.

On the women's side, Yaxeni Oriquen (Ms. Olympia), Davana Medina (Figure) and Jen Hendershott (Fitness) will return to defend their titles.

arrow Schedule Change:

One major schedule change moves the Mr. Olympia prejudging to Friday night (September 29) at the Orleans Arena (last year it was held on Saturday morning). In addition, the Ms. Olympia Finals will move to Friday night at the Arena as well. Also taking place at the Arena on Friday night are the Fitness Finals.

The Figure Olympia Finals will shift to Saturday night with the Mr. Olympia Finals. The Ms. Olympia, Fitness and Fitness prejudging will take place at the Expo on Friday, September 29. The 8,000-seat Orleans Arena hosted its first Olympia competition in 2005 and proved to be the ideal venue for the event.

The Olympia Expo will return to the Las Vegas Convention Center Sept. 29-30, with increased space on the main floor to accommodate a greater number of new exhibitors than ever before, plus a host of new events. The UFC Octagon and mixed-martial arts (MMA) exhibition that was a big hit last year is scheduled to be back.

arrow Handling Traffic:

To handle the traffic flow to and from the Convention Center and the Orleans, as well as other popular Vegas hotels and destinations, a fleet of buses will be providing free transportation throughout the weekend.

IFBB President Ben Weider commented "This year's Olympia will be the biggest ever, spearheaded by Ronnie Coleman's attempt to win his 9th Mr. Olympia title. And, in the Orleans Arena and Las Vegas Convention Center, we have the two premiere locations in Las Vegas to showcase our athletes and our industry."

AMI Chairman David Pecker added, "We intend to make this years Expo bigger and better than ever. Through this venue, we believe there is a significant opportunity to increase consumer awareness about bodybuilding and allow our exhibitors to reach a mainstream audience as well as their core customers."

arrow Ticket Information:

Tickets for the events will go on sale at the Orleans Box Office starting March 31st. Watch for more details at,, and starting March 1st.

For more information, contact Olympia Weekend Director Robin Chang at 818-595-0466.

External Related Links:
Ronnie Coleman Official Site
Yaxeni Oriquen Official Site
Davana Medina Official Site
Jenny Hendershott Official Site