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The champions are ready to defend their titles at the 2022 Olympia


Saturday morning at the 2022 Olympia Expo saw more than 170 competitors take their shots at glory at the Venetian Expo. Prejudging for Classic Physique, Men’s Physique, and Bikini all took place in front of hundreds of fans in Las Vegas.

CBum in Four-Peat?

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The most popular athlete in the room was M&F cover model Chris Bumstead, who defended his title against 58 challengers. As expected, the champ was applauded by many fans in attendance, and they strongly supported CBum. At the end of the prejudging, neither former champion Breon Ansley nor Arnold Classic Men’s Physique winner Terrence Ruffin stood next to him in the final callout. It’s Ramon “Dino” Rocha Querioz, and fans can’t get enough of the comparisons. Bumstead is expected to retain his title, but Querioz is poised to take a big step up in his division.

Hendrickson Faces Three Challengers in Men’s Physique.

2022 Men's Physique Olympia winner Brandon Hendrickson
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Three-time Men’s Physique Olympia winner Brandon Hendrickson expected to face rival Erin Banks in prejudging, but he didn’t expect Diego Montenegro and former Fit to Serve feature Charjo Grant to be in the first and final callouts. But those four men were shot to determine the favorite going to the finals at the Zappos Theater later that night. Hendrickson is looking to join Jeremy Buendia as the only four-time champion in the division’s history, setting up a very interesting showdown for 2023 if Buendia returns to fight next year. Like Bumstead, fans expect this to be the case in Saturday night’s finals.

New Bikini Stars Rise

2022 Bikini Olympia champion Jennifer Dorie
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Jennifer Dorie faces three former Bikini Olympia champions in her title defense—Janet Layug, Elisa Pecini, and Ashley Kaltwasser. They were among the 59 competitors who graced the Venetian stage. Dorie is as great as ever, and there’s a good chance Bob Cicherillo will once again announce “and still” tonight at the Zappos Theater. Besides Dorie, the final callout included Kaltwasser, Daraja Hill, and Maureen Blanquisco. Those competitors will join the remaining top ten in the finals, starting at 7pm local time. Coming up at the Venetian is the fifth Wheelchair Olympia, which will see Harold Kelley win for his fifth straight title and remain the only champion in the division’s short history.

The finals of the three matches as well as the 58th Mr. Olympia will all happen, and the champions will all get their moments in the spotlight. Tonight’s show is sold out, but you can go www.olympiaproductions.com to buy the pay-per-view and find out with all the fans around the world who will emerge as world champions for 2022.


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