Phil Heath: Bodybuilder's 2nd Mr. Olympia Title Will Begin Dominant Run

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 16:  Mr Olympia Phil Heath poses during a media call ahead of the 2012 IFBB Australian Pro Grand Prix XIII on March 16, 2012 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)
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Rob GoldbergFeatured ColumnistSeptember 30, 2012

Phil Heath proved that last year was not a fluke when he won his second straight Mr. Olympia title. If things go right, he should win a lot more.

The Washington native has been in the international picture for a few years. After a fifth-place finish in the 2009 competition, Heath continued to improve until he reached the top in 2011. A repeat performance only solidifies his standing as the best around.

Of course, it helped that his biggest rival, Jay Cutler, was out of the competition. The four-time champ would have obviously been the most serious threat for the prestigious title. 

Heath and Cutler finished in first and second place in the competition, respectively, last year—one year after those positions were reversed the year before. However, two straight titles for Heath should be enough for him to be the favorite in the minds of judges for the next few years.

The Mr. Olympia competition has not been known for its parity throughout its history. Only six different men have won since 1984. Four of these men have won at least four times, with Lee Haney and Ronnie Coleman taking eight titles each.

Now that Heath has taken hold of the title, it will take a superior effort for anyone to top him sometime soon.

The bodybuilder also has the time advantage over his top competitor. At 32 years old, Heath is seven years younger than Cutler. As the former champ fades into oblivion, the current one will still be going strong.

Even this year's Mr. Olympia runner-up, Kai Greene, is five years older than the winner.

Phil Heath has already built an impressive resume for himself. If he continues his work and stays in shape, he can keep working towards being one of the best of all time.

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