As of this writing, there are exactly five months remaining until the Mr. Olympia contest – but the line-up is beginning to take shape. A pair of the spring contests has been held for the Men’s Open. Justin Rodriguez won in Indianapolis However, Nick Walker won the prestigious New York Pro It is titled. In the spring and summer, there will be several contests. Still, we’re going to take a stab at predicting the 2021 Mr. Olympia winner among past champions, up-and-comers, and perennial contenders.
In particular, we’re talking about the Men’s Open division, the main event of the weekend. Orlando, FL, is scheduled to host the event from Oct. 7-10, 2021. Here are our predictions.
These are the favorites to win the bodybuilding world title for 2021, based on history, confirmed competitors, and stage performances so far.
- First Place— Mamdouh “Big Ramy” Elssbiay
- Second Place — Brandon Curry
- Third Place— Nick Walker
- Fourth Place— Hadi Choopan
- Fifth Place— William Bonac
Previous champions have been favorites to retain their titles. In four years, there have been four champions – Phil Heath in 2017, Shawn Rhoden in 2018, Curry in 2019, and Elssbiay in 2020. As the Egyptian won last year, we believe he won’t be able to regain the crown unless he improves or even matches the package he provided in 2020.
In 2020, Brandon Curry improved. He most likely would have repeated as champion if it weren’t for Elssbiay. He has a good chance of succeeding. Curry will need to improve even further on how he looked last year, especially his legs, and Elssbiay missing his peak would certainly help him out. The second man to win the Sandow again after losing it onstage would be Curry should he hoist the trophy after the finals. After losing the 2008 title to Dexter Jackson, Jay Cutler reclaimed it in 2009.
In 2019, he placed third at the Olympia, and in 2020 he placed fourth. Many believed that his performance in 2020 could have been better. Despite packing on serious mass in the offseason, he is committed to coming to the US and taking the title. When he has been on stage, he has shown superior conditioning despite being outsized by Elssbiay. The “Persian Wolf” will take the spot of anyone.
The Conqueror has won the Arnold Classic twice and finished as high as second in the 2019 Olympia. At 5’6″, it will be difficult for him to add more mass to his frame without sacrificing symmetry. It’s possible that he could become the 17th man to win the Olympia if he can match the size and conditioning he had in 2019.
Which Olympia contestants have so far taken part?
Among the five athletes listed above, all except Winklaar have qualified. Nine men in total, along with their qualifications, have qualified for Mr. Olympia.
- Mamdouh “Big Ramy” Elssbiay— 2020 Mr. Olympia
- Brandon Curry— 2019 Mr. Olympia
- Phil Heath—7-time Mr. Olympia
- Hadi Choopan— 4th Place, 2019 Mr. Olympia
- William Bonac— 5th Place, 2020 Mr. Olympia
- James Hollingshead— 2020 British Grand Prix Champion
- Regan Grimes— 2020 Romania Pro Champion
- Justin Rodriguez— 2021 Indy Pro Champion
- Nick Walker— 2021 New York Pro Champion