Mr. Olympia 2013: Phil Heath's Dominant Run Will Be Tough to Stop

Kyle Newport@@KyleNewportFeatured ColumnistSeptember 30, 2013

Phil Heath won Mr. Olympia 2013, and will be tough to stop in the future as he just secured a three-peat. It was a close competition in Las Vegas, Nev., but the reigning Mr. Olympia walked away with another title.

Many wondered if this was going to be the year that someone knocked off the champion. Kai Greene looked like the biggest challenger. He had finished third in 2011 and second last year. Although he didn't pull off the upset, Greene continued to impress on his way to another second-place finish.

Greene was bigger, but Heath was more perfect in appearance.

When Heath came away on top, Greene's chances of ever winning the title took a major hit. The result reaffirmed that Heath will win the Mr. Olympia as long as he is motivated to continue to compete in the next few years.

To see how tough it is for a reigning champion to lose, look at the history of the event. Only 13 bodybuilders have won the title in the 49-year history of the event. Since 1984, only one man (Dexter Jackson) has not repeated as Mr. Olympia. Even though Jackson won in 2008, Jay Cutler won four of five events.

The history of the event shows that defending champions are tough to beat. Of the six men who have won the title in almost three decades, four of them have won it at least four times. Heath can make it five of six with another title. 

Once a bodybuilder gets to the top, it's nearly impossible to knock him off. 

Both Cutler and Jackson competed this year, but they are not in their prime these days. Heath is clearly the top bodybuilder, and he showed it again over the weekend.

The 33-year-old grabbed another Sandow trophy, and he took home the biggest prize in the history of the event. 

Heath is poised to continue his dominance as long as he continues to stay motivated. He has already done just about everything there is, so he doesn't really have anything left to prove. The three-time champion knows what it takes to come out on top, and all it takes is a lapse in concentration.

Now that he has held off Greene one more time, Heath will continue to add to his legacy in the years to come.