Mr. Olympia 2013: Breaking Down Favorites to Win

Jesse Reed@@JesseReed78Correspondent ISeptember 26, 2013

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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The sport of bodybuilding is more popular than ever, as are the athletes who participate in the Mr. Olympia competition. 

The list of past winners includes Arnold Schwarzenegger, Lee Haney and Dorian Yates—all of whom are legends within the weightlifting community.

Earning a spot on this list represents the pinnacle of professional bodybuilding. 

With that in mind, here's a look at the men who will be favorites to win Mr. Olympia 2013. 


Phil Heath

After winning this event the past two years, Heath is primed for a three-peat. 

Since finishing in second place in the 2011 Mr. Olympia, Heath has won four straight major events and appears to be ready to make a legendary run in the mold of American Ronnie Coleman, who won eight straight Mr. Olympia contests from 1998 to 2005.

At 5'9", Heath isn't a towering figure, but he more than makes up for his lack of height by presenting an incredibly balanced physique, from his monstrous shoulders down to his chiseled calves. 

The 33-year-old is a charismatic figure, to boot, which helps him command the stage when he is up for judging. 


Jay Cutler

NFL fans who casually peruse the upcoming bodybuilding news will undoubtedly be shocked to know that a certain Chicago Bears quarterback isn't the only well-known Jay Cutler in pro sports today.

In fact, if you Google search Jay Cutler in images, you'll have a hard time finding quarterback Cutler. The Jay you'll find in your search is a gargantuan, muscle-bound champion who has claimed four Mr. Olympia titles. 

After an impressive run in which he won four of five Mr. Olympia events, he was stymied by Heath in 2011 before getting injured last year. 

At 40 years of age, however, the barrel-chested champion may have already peaked.


Kai Greene

Some athletes have bodies that look more like sculptures than organic flesh.

Greene is such a man. 

He goes about his craft with the drive of a mad artist, searching for that scrap of perfection in a whirlwind of chaos. One of the famous quotes from Greene's mouth illustrates his passion, as GYMmotivational reminds us:

With multiple titles to his credit, Greene is still searching for his first Mr. Olympia. He came in second place behind Heath in the 2012 Mr. Olympia and then again at the 2012 Sheru Classic. 

Perhaps this will be Greene's year to surpass Heath, Cutler and the rest of the talented field. 


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