The annual Mr. Olympia competition and the surrounding festivities have become the biggest event in the sport of bodybuilding, and the contest’s prize money has reached an all-time record for 2013.
Do you have an issue with the disparity between the Mr. Olympia prize money ($675,000) and the Ms. Olympia payout ($60,000)?
When Larry Scott won the inaugural competition held by Joe Weider in 1965, he walked away with a cool $1,000. In 2013, when the Mr. Olympia is crowned, the Sandow Award winner will walk away with $675,000.
That’s an impressive increase that indicates the contest has taken on a life of its own and become more than a niche event. As the Mr. Olympia competition continues to grow, the prize money will also continue to increase.
|Men's Physique Showdown||$20,000|
|Women's Physique Showdown||$20,000|
International Federation of BodyBuilding & Fitness
What They’re Saying
IFBB Professional League president Jim Manion told IFBBPro.com about how the record-breaking total was amassed:
Without the fans none of this would have happened. Whether you're a fan who attends year after year, a fan who can only make a special trip once in a while, or a first-time fan, it's because of your support of the event and the sport that Olympia Weekend has been getting bigger every year and I know that with all the exciting things happening in the industry, it will continue growing in the coming years. The sky's the limit.
WWE superstar David Otunga is excited about this year’s event and tweeted a fun picture including himself with the greatest in the history of the sport:
2008 Mr. Olympia winner Dexter Jackson shared a picture of just how excited the host city of Las Vegas is for the competition:
The Official Host Hotel "The Orleans" key for the 2013 Mr. Olympia weekend. pic.twitter.com/IdRaFiqCsh— Dexter Jackson (@MrOlympia08) September 26, 2013
Six-time Mr. Olympia Dorian Yates expressed how pumped he is for the event:
The week of the MR OLYMPIA is upon us the greatest bodybuilding event in the year.. May the best man win ... DY— Dorian Yates (@Dorian_Yates) September 23, 2013
Prediction: Phil Heath Wins Third Consecutive Sandow Award
While this is arguably the greatest field of competitors in the history of the Mr. Olympia competition, two-time defending champion Phil Heath has the inside lane to another monumental victory.
Former champions like Jay Cutler and Dexter Jackson, as well as challengers like Kai Greene and Shawn Rhoden, will make this the toughest challenge of Heath’s career. The two-time Mr. Olympia has the mass, conditioning and physique to bring home another championship, though.
As if winning the elusive Sandow Award wasn’t enticing enough, the competition will only be more intense with $675,000 on the line. Expect Heath to hold off his foes and steal the show once again.