The world of bodybuilding is ready for the 50th edition of the Mr. Olympia competition.
Mr. Olympia is the Super Bowl of bodybuilding, and the latest chapter of the tradition starts on Thursday. The marquee events will conclude on Saturday night with the winner of the 2014 Mr. Olympia being crowned.
The prize money breakdown for the 2014 event has not been released yet, but with $900,000 awarded in 2012 and $1 million awarded in 2013, fans of the competition should expect a hefty sum of money being given.
On top of the Mr. Olympia competition, the event will also feature Ms. Olympia, Fitness Olympia, Figure Olympia, Bikini Olympia, 212 Olympia Showdown, Women's Physique Showdown and Men's Physique Showdown contests.
Here is all the vital information every bodybuilding fan needs heading into the competition.
Where: Las Vegas Convention Center, Winchester, Nevada and Orleans Arena, Paradise, Nevada
When: September 18-21 (including all non-competition events)
Live Stream: BodyBuilding.com
Official Website: MrOlympia.com
|2014 Mr. Olympia Top Competition Schedule|
|Friday, Sept. 19||Fitness Finals||7 p.m.||Orleans Arena|
|Bikini Finals||7 p.m.||Orleans Arena|
|Ms. Olympia Finals||7 p.m.||Orleans Arena|
|Saturday, Sept. 20||Men’s Physique Showdown||10:30 a.m.||Las Vegas Convention Center|
|Women’s Physique Showdown||10:30 a.m.||Las Vegas Convention Center|
|Figure Finals||7 p.m.||Orleans Arena|
|212 Showdown Finals||7 p.m.||Orleans Arena|
|Mr. Olympia Finals||7 p.m.||Orleans Arena|
|Power Ranking Top 2014 Mr. Olympia Competitors|
|Source: Entry list via MrOlympia.com.|
Breaking Down Top Three Competitors
There are always dark-horse competitors who can make a splash in the Mr. Olympia competition, but with only 13 champions in the 50-year history of the event, the cream always rises to the top.
Here are my predictions for the top three competitors this week.
While Phil Heath and Kai Greene are the favorites this year, one bodybuilder to look out for is Dennis Wolf. He has finished in the top seven at 23 of his 25 events since making his debut in 2006.
Wolf finished in third place at this event last year but made his biggest splash to date by winning the 2014 Arnold Classic in spectacular fashion. The 35-year-old now has the right mix of experience and physique to shock the competition and take the win.
It will be hard to stop Heath or move past Greene, but Wolf has the look the judges want in a Mr. Olympia. With the confidence from the Arnold Classic, he will be a top contender on Saturday night.
Predicted Finish: Third
As talented and naturally gifted as Wolf is, there is no bodybuilder who possesses a bigger threat to Heath’s reign as Mr. Olympia than two-time runner-up Kai Greene. Known for his wild hair and powerful stature, The Predator is ready to earn the top spot in the competition.
After finishing second at Mr. Olympia in 2013, Green finished second at the Arnold Classic Europe and won EVL's Prague Pro event to finish the year.
The 39-year-old has worked extremely hard to get this far in his career, and it is the adversity he has faced along the way that has built his resilience. While others would have quit chasing their dream after coming so close each of the last two years, Greene is back in 2014 and doesn’t want to settle for second place again.
As much as the bodybuilding fans want to see Greene be rewarded for his hard work, it will be an incredibly tough task unseating the three-time defending champion.
Predicted Finish: Second
The king of bodybuilding in 2014 is Phil Heath. As the three-time defending champion of the Mr. Olympia competition and one of the most naturally gifted physical specimens in the history of the sport, Heath is the favorite this year as well.
In case you want to know how difficult it is to win on multiple occasions, he is only the eighth man to ever be victorious in the event at least three times in his career. After winning his first Mr. Olympia in 2011, he has won each of the five major events he has entered since. That means it’s been almost four years since his last second-place finish.
If this were any other sport, Heath would be considered a one-man dynasty.
While there is no questioning the talent level of the competition in this year’s event between Greene, Wolf and the rest of the field, the judges know what to expect from Heath and will likely send him home with his fourth-consecutive Mr. Olympia title.
Predicted Finish: 2014 Mr. Olympia Winner
*Stats via BodyBuilding.com.