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    Janet Layug Talks and Trains on Femme Flex Friday

    This past December, Janet Layug finally reached bodybuilding’s pinnacle by winning the 2020 Bikini Olympia. On this week’s episode of Femme Flex Friday, Layug not only sat down to discuss her Olympia journey with eight-time Ms. Olympia Lenda Murray, she also hit the gym with co-host Alina Popa...
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    Dexter Jackson On the 2020 Olympia, Recovery from COVID & More!

    2008 Mr. Olympia Dexter “The Blade” Jackson took time away from his retirement to join the crew at Monday Night Muscle for an in-depth interview. Hosts Bob Cicherillo and Shawn Ray spoke with the 5-time Arnold Classic winner in the opening episode of their second season about the conclusion of...
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    Flex Lewis Out of the 2020 Mr. Olympia

    Flex Lewis, the 7-time 212 Olympia champion who was preparing to make the jump to the Open division at this year’s Mr. Olympia, announced that he would be pulling out of the contest due to an undisclosed injury. “This decision wasn’t easy,” Flex told his Instagram followers. “It was actually...
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    To the O We Go: Lexus Redmond

    With the Olympia fast approaching, athletes around the world are preparing to hit the stage for bodybuilding’s biggest show. And come December, it’ll be time to show off the hard work they’ve put in. IFBB Pro League bikini competitor Lexus Redmond is one of them, and the 2020 Olympia will be her...
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    Here’s What Happened the Last Time Flex Lewis Took a Year Off

    Seven-time 212 Olympia (2012-2018) champ Flex Lewis took a break from competition last year to improve and get bigger for his full-blown assault on the Open Olympia title this December. In a way, it’s sort of history repeating itself. It’s July 2005, and I’m walking along the Venice boardwalk...
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    Shaq Talks Mr. Olympia and Bodybuilding Motivation

    When Chief Olympia Officer Dan Solomon announced that basketball icon Shaquille O’Neal would be the 2020 Honorary Olympia Ambassador, many people were excited. “For the most part everyone was amped up to have one of the biggest stars in the world with us this year as part of our whole Olympia...
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    If The Olympia Had a Mount Rushmore

    Mount Rushmore in the Black Hills region of South Dakota celebrates four revered American presidents: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt. Their 60-foot granite faces are carved into the Mount. If we had an Olympia version, entitled Mount Oympus, confined...
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    Getting My ‘Phil’ of the 7-time Mr. Olympia Champion

    The breaking news that seven-time Sandow winner Phil Heath will enter this year’s Olympia in December, and attempt to win back the crown he lost in 2018, brought to mind my first interaction with the former basketball player back in 2005. SNAP DECISION It was early June 2005 when I saw a...
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    Olympia Expansion Continues in 2020

    Dan Solomon While the 2019 Olympia Weekend continues to garner headlines, our team here at Olympia headquarters is working every day to develop the Olympia in ways that go far beyond the annual Las Vegas main event. Here’s an update on some of the ways we are expanding as we prepare to take the...
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    Dexter Jackson Plans to Compete in the 2020 Olympia

    Chris Nicoll Dexter Jackson is already a veritable bodybuilding legend, having won 29 IFBB Pro League shows over the course of his career. Those wins include five Arnold Classics and, most notably, the 2008 Olympia. But the 49-year-old athlete isn't done just yet. In fact, "The Blade" just...
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    Olympia Weekend Kicks Off with Thursday Press Conference

    The wait is nearly over. Olympia Weekend officially gets underway in Las Vegas on Thursday at noon with the Olympia Press Conference at the Orleans Arena (free to the public). Anticipation is already growing with rumors swirling about a few surprises. Will fans finally get to lay their eyes on...
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    Update: Hadi Choopan to Compete at the 2019 Olympia

    Courtesy of Evogen Update, as confirmed on the Mr. Olympia Facebook page: Iranian bodybuilding sensation [Hadi Choopan] has arrived in the U.S. to finish preparations for bodybuilding’s biggest competition. It’s still unknown whether he will compete for the title of 212 Olympia or Mr. Olympia...
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    Olympia Weekend Announces Record Prize Money, Expanded Expo, and Celebrity Appearances!

    The fitness industry’s most celebrated tradition returns to Las Vegas September 12-15 with the world’s most prestigious physique titles on the line. Olympia Weekend is set to award more than $1.4 million in prize money, eclipsing its previous mark and making this year’s event the most lucrative...
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    Big Ramy Hit the Stage This Weekend, and Kai Greene Thinks He's Olympia-Ready

    Per Bernal / M+F Magazine Mamdouh "Big Ramy" Elssbiay hasn't competed since the 2018 Olympia, but make no mistake: he hasn't let himself go. Ramy guest posed at the Victor Martinez's Legends Championships over the weekend, and he looked nearly ready to compete against the biggest guys in the...
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    Rising Phoenix: The All-Women's Championship Show at Olympia Weekend

    Sponsored Content Women in sports have travelled a long, challenging road. Women’s bodybuilding, in particular, was slowly developed over many years by female pioneers. The sport’s growth has faced many obstacles, including the near elimination of women’s championship shows five years ago...
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    Olympia Legend: Lee Haney

    Courtesy of Weider Health and Fitness / M+F Magazine It was a no-brainer to predict that the first NPC National champ was destined for great things when, in his rookie year of 1983, he won his pro debut at the Night of Champions and placed third at the Olympia. But no one could have foreseen...
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    Roelly Winklaar Is Looking Massive 6 Weeks Out from the Olympia

    The word “massive” has various synonyms—big, colossal, enormous, and gigantic being just a few. And now, there’s yet a new entry: Roelly Winklaar. A video of the 42-year-old bodybuilder looking like a walking barn has been making the rounds on Instagram, and everyone—including Kai Greene—has...
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    Hadi Choopan.

    ‘Persian wolf’ bodybuilder Hadi Choopan denied US visa By Jon Levine August 3, 2019 | 6:28pm Hadi ChoopanFacebook One of the strongest men alive may prove no match … for US Citizenship and Immigration Services. Hadi Choopan, a 31-year-old bodybuilder from Iran has been blowing away...
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    Big Ramy Confirms He Won’t Compete at the 2019 Olympia

    IFBB Professional League bodybuilder Mamdouh Elssbiay, aka Big Ramy, has revealed that he will not be competing in this year’s Olympia, according to RxMuscle. Ramy steadily rose in the Mr. Olympia ranks in the time between his eighth-place 2013 debut and his second-place finish in 2017. But...
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