The 50th anniversary of the Mr. Olympia competition had an extremely familiar feel to it. Much like the 49th, 48th and 47th events, Phil Heath emerged victorious to claim his fourth consecutive title.
No competitor had collected four straight Mr. Olympia crowns since Ronnie Coleman took eight titles from 1998 to 2005. NPC News Online provides a photo of the moment Heath was crowned:
Jay Cutler, a four-time winner himself, gave a behind-the-scenes look at the winner:
Cutler praised Heath in the Instagram post, saying, "Congratulations @philheath! You did it. I knew you would. #4xMrO."
The biggest difference between Coleman's era and Heath's time in the spotlight is the prize money. During Coleman's eight-year run, he took home a total of $930,000. In the last four events, Heath has already collected $975,000 including this year's record purse of $275,000.
Here's a look at the full results and prize money from the competition.
|2014 Mr. Olympia Results|
As expected, it was Heath and Kai Greene at the end battling for position. The two competitors posed off multiple times next to each other, even having to be separated at one point on the stage.
Bodybuilding.com passed along a photo of the final posedown between the two massive men:
Unfortunately, Greene wound up just behind the physical specimen for the third straight season, as he was unable to knock Heath off the throne. Despite his best efforts, Greene's hard look was not enough to jump ahead of Heath.
Greene has been the underdog for years, but he has not been consistent enough to take down the champion. His signature look has led him near the top of the leaderboard, but Heath's mass was simply too much again.
The two competitors traded words before the competition even got underway:
Heath also referenced what a fourth win would mean for him along with addressing his competition prior to the event, per Roger Lockridge of Bodybuilding.com:
To win three started a dynasty for me. To win a fourth, that's a clean sweep. Like in the hockey playoffs or NBA playoffs, 4-0 is a sweep. ... In my mind, to win four in a row means they have no more excuses. The guys who are in the top five, their fans would argue why they feel this guy can win, but after me winning four in a row, it becomes a silly argument. So if you're 4-0 in bodybuilding against them, you own them.
Outside of the two monsters in Heath and Greene, another great battle took place.
Shawn Rhoden was looking for his third consecutive top-five finish in the competition and was all but guaranteed that spot in a poseoff with Dennis Wolf. After falling to fourth last season, he took third for a second time in the last three years.
NPC News Online notes the top five for the competition:
Heath came away the victor yet again, and the competition is getting older. Greene and Rhoden will be 40 next year, with both trailing Heath, who will turn 35 in 2015.
The reign for Heath won't last forever, but it's clear he's still in his prime among a crop of worthy opponents. Greene is clearly a great adversary, but he remains winless on the big stage against Heath.
Next season should be yet another massive battle, but Heath remains the king. With his preparation and outstanding form, a fifth straight title might be attainable along with a run at Coleman's streak.
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