Mr. Olympia 2013 was stacked with impeccably ripped bodies, and the champion is going to be well deserved. There was very little separating the bodybuilders in this competition in Las Vegas, Nev., which left every competitor under the close scrutiny of the judges.
After all of the competitors flexed muscles upon muscles for all to see, the last three standing on Saturday were two-time defending champion Phil Heath, Kai Greene and Dennis Wolf.
Heath obviously has nothing left to prove, but he can definitely increase his legacy. The 33-year-old is in outstanding form, and he still has a passion for competition. There is no reason to think that he couldn't win this year and come back and defend his crown the next.
This strong showing should help motivate him throughout the year to come back and impress at next year's competition.
However, even if he doesn't win this year, he should still be content with his performance. The massive Seattle native is still at the peak of his bodybuilding powers. If he doesn't extend his streak to three straight titles, Heath has proven he will be in the mix to come back next year to try to go on a run like his competitor Jay Cutler. Cutler won four of five Mr. Universe titles from 2006 to 2010.
Meanwhile, Kai Greene is looking to continue his impressive Mr. Olympia progression. He was third in 2011 and second last year. At 38, he stands a good chance to earn his first Mr. Universe title. Even if he comes up short, he is staring at his third straight top three.
I'm sure coming so close yet so far will be frustrating for Greene. However, when the dust settles, Greene can take pride in his ascension to the top of the bodybuilding world and his ability to sustain that position.
The final man in the top three is German Dennis Wolf. Of all the competitors, none should be as buoyed by their performance as Wolf.
The 34-year-old has finished in the top five three times in this prestigious competition. This year, he is already guaranteed his highest finish in the competition. That is a thrilling accomplishment in itself, but it also has to have Wolf excited about his future.
He has improved at his craft, and these results speak to that. With plenty of prime bodybuilding years ahead of him, there is no reason that arc has to stop now.
Wolf should be excited about his possibility of coming back an even stronger competitor next year.