More than 160 IFBB Pro League athletes took the stage at the Venetian Expo as the 2022 Olympia Weekend officially kicked off. Six pro divisions – Fitness, 212, Figure, Women’s Physique, Wellness, and the Ms. Olympia were all subject to 2022 Olympia prejudging on Friday morning, December 17. their jobs.
Four-time Olympia champion Oksana Grishina was late due to injury. This leaves Missy Truscott as the lone former champion in the lineup, and she has a great chance to win this year to capture her second title. He was joined at the final callout by Jaclyn Baker, which was a surprise to the crowd. Routines count for two-thirds of the total score, so nothing is set in stone.
Two past winners headline this division. Shaun Clarida and Kamal Elgargni were in the first callout, and they were the only two in the final comparison. Head judge Steve Weinberger made them do several poses to see who would gain momentum in the finals. Someone is going to be a two-time winner. Is it the Giant Killer or the legend from Libya?
Five-time champion Cyd Gillon is looking for a sixth victory, and she looks like she has a good chance to get it. She, Lola Montez, Jessica Reyes-Padilla, and Jossie Bocerra were in the final comparison, but Gillon dominated the center position. We’ll have to wait until the finals to hear Bob Cicherillo hear “and still” or “and new.”
This is perhaps the most interesting of all Venetian contests. Two-time defending champion Sarah Villegas had to withstand a strong challenge from last year’s runner-up Natalia Abraham Coelho. Coelho and Villegas pose for pose, and it appears that the momentum is on the challenger’s side, but Villegas is a champion for a reason, and he shouldn’t be counted out. If she wins, she will join Juliana Malacarne as the only three-time winner in history.
Andrea Shaw is already a three-time Rising Phoenix champ, and she wants a third Ms. Olympia to match. She stands side-by-side with former Rising Phoenix winners Margie Martin, Helle Trevino, and rising star Angela Yeo, who is poised to win the top-three on bodybuilding’s biggest stage.
Last but not least is the second edition of the Wellness Olympia, featuring the defending champion Francielle Mattos as well as the winner of the Wellness International Isabelle Nunes. The second place finisher from last year was Angela Borges, and she is looking for revenge. The judges kept him and Mattos together in their comparisons, making the conclusion a toss-up. Nunes, Rayana Santana, Kassandra Gillis, and Gisele Machado are also in the final callout.
Friday night’s finals at the 2022 Olympia begin at 6 p.m. Pacific time at the Zappos Theater in Las Vegas. All of these divisions will see a champion crowned, and prejudging the 58th Mr. Olympia also happens. For more information, go to www.mrolympia.com.