The world's premier bodybuilding championship, Mr. Olympia, gets underway in Las Vegas on Friday, and it is certain that history will be made before the competition has even begun.
6-time champion Phil Heath is looking to seal his seventh Mr. Olympia title, which will draw him level with the legendary Arnold Schwarzenegger on 7 title wins. The rest of the field will be chasing Heath, and if successful, might see a first-time champion being crowned.
The major talking point ahead of the championship was the non-participation of Kai Greene, who was expected to give Heath the closest competition. With Greene removed from the equation, Heath seems to have a clear path to the title, and bodybuilding immortality alongside 'The Terminator'.
Following Greene's absence, Brandon Heath is expected to put up a good show in Vegas, having finally made the leap to Mr. Olympia qualification after winning the Arnold Classic. He has been in great form in 2017, and is one of the hottest prospects in this year's championship. Along with winning the Arnold Classic earlier this year in Brazil, Curry also won the IFBB New Zealand Pro back in March.
Dexter Jackson is another possible winner, having finished second and third respectively in the last two editions. The 47-year-old just goes to show that age is just a number.
After the press conference on Thursday, the competition kicks off in earnest on Friday, with the winner to be announced on Saturday.
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