The 2022 Olympia Weekend is officially underway. The opening act of the biggest bodybuilding event is the 2022 Olympia Press Conference. The big names aren’t just on stage, either. Olympia owner Jake Wood, Olympia President Dan Solomon, and IFBB Pro League President Jim Manion were among those seated in the front row as Bob Cicherillo served as moderator for the festivities.
All IFBB Pro League divisions are represented throughout the conference, but the fun is provided by the Men’s Open competitors. The two-time defending Mr. Olympia Mamdouh “Big Ramy” Elssbiay, 2019 Mr. Olympia Brandon Curry, and two-time People’s Choice winner Hadi Choopan kept their cool while expressing confidence in their abilities. Elssbiay, wearing sunglasses, predicted that winter will come again, while Curry stated that this year will be different because of one thing – the weather.
“I’ve put in a lot of time this year, and I think it’s going to pay off,” Curry said. Later in the event, a group of contenders energized the crowd and stood up. WIlliam Bonac, Andrew Jacked, Blessing Awodibu, Iain Valliere, Nick Walker, and Hunter Labrada all shared the stage with Cicherillo. Jacked didn’t make a sound of his chance this week.
“This weekend, the Mona Lisa will be on full display,” he said confidently. He then called out Valliere for the criticisms and comments he made, prompting Valliere to call Jacked out to pose. Jacked chose to wait until Friday night at the Zappos Theater.
Awodibu called Walker a “brick” and said they will finish what they started, regarding their rivalry. Walker responded with a line that many agreed with.
“I didn’t talk to the guys at the third callout.”
Cicherillo then called Rafael Brandao to the stage, who brought tissues for Walker and Labrada, insisting that they would cry after Brandao took one of their top five finishes from a year ago. Finally, Michal “Krizo” Krizanek stormed the stage and struck a couple of poses for the fans.
Other highlights of the press conference included Solomon informing fans that this weekend they will be a part of “the biggest bodybuilding and fitness event of all time,” and women’s bodybuilder competitor Margie ” Marvelous” Martin announcing that Ms. Olympia will be his. final competition. He is retiring to focus on other areas of his life.
If you’re not in Las Vegas to watch the Olympia in person, you can watch the 2022 Olympia to watch every pose, callout, and awards presentation live as it happens by ordering pay -per-view stream on www.olympiaproductions.com.