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Nick Walker Considers 2022 Mr. Olympia Performance, Thinks He Can Do Better

Nick Walker entered the 2022 Mr. Olympia with legitimate aspirations of winning the most famous title in bodybuilding. A top-five finisher in his debut in 2021, many believe Walker will improve on that result and push former two-time reigning champion Mamdouh “Big Ramy” Elssbiay for the crown. As it happened, Elssbiay was not able to defend his title, but Hadi Choopan instead. Walker technically made his Olympia debut by finishing third, but it still wasn’t what he wanted.

On January 1, 2023, Walker appeared in an episode of the YouTube podcast on The Mutant and The Mouth. The discussion saw him reflect on his 2022 Olympia performance and look ahead to possibly completing his ascent to bodybuilding’s highest peak in 2023. (Note: There is NSFW language in the video.)

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Walker didn’t mince his words about his performance. In a frank assessment, the athlete admitted that he was happy with his third-place result but thought that he probably should and could have finished higher with an ideal set-up. At the same time, he acknowledged that he, Derek Lunsford (second place), and Choopan could duke it out on top of the current Olympia pantheon for a while. That is unless rising stars like Samson Dauda (sixth place) and Andrew Jacked (eighth place) crash the party.

“I’m very happy that I got third [place],” Walker explained. “But I think, as a total package, I think I can be second. Derek [Lunsford]Hadi [Choopan]and I would probably wrestle with it for many years unless it were Samson [Dauda] from the tree or if Andrew [Jacked] nail it one time. I think the three of us will be there for a while. “

It was the latter two Dauda and Jacked competitors that seemed to surprise Walker. The pair made enough of an impression on Walker that he believed they could make some real noise with the right refinements in the next estimated year.

“I could have Samson [Dauda] Ramy was beaten [Elssbiay] to be honest,” Walker said. “Samson is very crazy. I’m really excited to see what he can do with Arnold [the Arnold Classic in March 2023]and what he can do at next year’s Olympia [in November 2023]. My personal opinion of Samson is that I think he should sit out the Arnold and focus on making more improvements for the Olympia. He can cause a lot of damage. His downfall was that he wasn’t conditioned enough. … Andrew [Jacked] makes us look like amateurs. When this guy’s just chillin’ in his little Speedo, just chillin’, you’re like, ‘What [expletive] is that so?’ He is one of the best guys. “

Walker himself will not participate in the 2023 Arnold Classic. As of 2022, he will focus his training efforts for the Olympia to optimize his best expected results.

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Like many of his peers, the year 2023 will be crucial for Walker. Already a household name in the bodybuilding sphere, the only thing left for him to do is take his first career Olympia title. The next edition of the competition will take place in November 2023 in Orlando, FL. Given some of the names he’s impressed with, that task likely won’t come easily. As Walker surely understands, winning the sport’s most prestigious prize rarely comes without some challenges.

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