Fans packed the Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood on Friday night as the 2022 Olympia went into full swing. Friday night is usually considered “ladies’ night,” but Mr. Olympia is also happening, and there are many big events throughout the night in other contests held in Las Vegas.
New Men’s Open Champion?
The ultimate callout of prejudging is raising eyebrows – not because of the men in it, but their positions in the callout. Hadi Choopan kept his position in the center of that callout, but he was joined in the center at different points by Derek Lunsford and finally 2019 Mr. Olympia Brandon Curry. Joining them are Samson Dauda, Nick Walker, and defending champion Mamdouh Elssbiay. The surprising thing is that Big Ramy never saw the center of the callout, meaning that he was not considered by the judges for the victory. That means there is a good chance that Curry will win back the title or we will have 17th Mr. Olympia.
Coelho beats Villegas to Win Women’s Physique Olympia
Natalia Abraham Coelho is one of the most famous female athletes in all divisions, but her goal is to be the champion of Women’s Physique. That dream came true because Coelho showed the best shape of his life and took the Women’s Physique Olympia title from two-time winner Sarah Villegas, who was in second place. Coelho has been runner-up many times, but this was his night, and it ended his year in a beautiful way. He also won in Pittsburgh and New York earlier this year. He is the first champion to win all three of the shows in the same year.
Shaw repeated the Three-Peat
Ms. Olympia Andrea Shaw has dominated the women’s bodybuilding division since its return to Olympia in 2020. She won the Rising Phoenix and Olympia in 2020 and 2021. She matched that feat again in Las Vegas by winning her third Olympia one months after winning Rising Phoenix for the third time. The back-to-back three-peat started a conversation about whether Shaw could be the greatest of all time by the time he called it quits.
Clarida regained the title at Olympia 212
Shaun “Giant Killer” Clarida is going to be a father soon, but he became a two-time Olympia 212 champion this week. Clarida defeated Angel Calderon Frias and former 212 titleholder Kamal Elgargni to regain the title. He is the first person to win back the Olympia 212 title after losing it.
Truscott won the Second Fitness Olympia
Missy Truscott was supposed to be with another Fitness Olympia winner, Whitney Jones and Oksana Grishina, but both had to withdraw before the prejudging started. That put Truscott in the driver’s seat, and he cleared the finish line. Jaclyn Baker finished second, and Ariel Khadr placed third.
Gillon’s Domination Continues
A competition that seems like a formality is Figure, and Cydney Gillon did not disappoint. Gillon won his sixth Olympia, extending his Figure record for the most in history. The runner-up is Jessica Reyes Padilla, and the third-place finisher this year is Lola Montez.
Francille Mattos Repeated Well
Gillon and Shaw were not the only champions to successfully defend their championships. Francielle Mattos held off a strong charge from Isabelle Nunes and Angela Borges to capture her second consecutive Wellness Olympia title. This year represented the first time the finals were held on the main stage, and the champion made the most of his chance to shine.
The Olympia Weekend continues with the finals of the Mr. Olympia, Classic Physique, Men’s Physique, Bikini, and Wheelchair all taking place on Saturday, December 17thth.