Winners? Losers? Surprises and disappointments? All that happened on September 29th at the 2013 Mr Olympia, in Las Vegas, Nevada.
We've seen the best line up on an Olympia stage since probably 1999, when Ronnie was battling with guys like Flex Wheeler, Shawn Ray, Kevin Levrone, Chris Cormier and Nasser El Sonbaty. Were the results as you expected? Well, for me at least, and like many others, I agreed with some placings, while being a bit disappointed with a few of them (Cedric McMillan, Victor Martinez).
All in all, I will "try" to Peter McGough this review in a few words. Fail? Boring? Maybe, but it's my first review for a bodybuilding show, which will be longer than a few lines, haha.
So here are my personal beliefs about the 2013 Mr Olympia:
Brandon Curry - 16th place + $2,000. Definitely he's not happy about the results since he placed 8th in 2011, BUT, the competition changed a lot over the years. He looked good, but didn't show major improvements, that at his potential, could have placed him in the top 8 again, easily in my opinion. 2014 will be the year where we'll see if he manages to work on the improvements he needs to do, for a better place.
Johnnie Jackson - 16th place + $2,000. Johnnie definitely isn't happy with this place since he did better in the previous years, including two top 10 finishes. As always, his only weak point is the balance between the upper body and the lower body. If he will manage to bring up the legs to the top 6 level, he could be in the top 6. Why? Because his chest, back and the rest of the upper body are one of the best in bodybuilding today!
Essa Obaid - 16th place + $2,000. At the press conference, Essa said that he will beat all the guys from the 2nd line, including Lionel, Steve Kuclo, Evan and so on. He looked good, but not as good as he did when he came in 2nd to Steve Kuclo at the Europa show, and Evan at the Tampa Pro earlier this summer.
Baitollah Abbaspour - 16th place + $2,000. This guy's quads are very similar to Tom Platz's back in 80's. He could have competed in the 212 class since he is one of the smaller/shorter bb'ers in the Open class, but he choose to fight with the big guys. He beat Lionel (10th place) at the Nordic Pro, winning the show 2 weeks ago, but this time, he came in a bit off and that cost him a lot. Better luck next year!
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