The 55th Mr. Olympia took place at the Orleans Arena on September 14th, 2019. For the first time since 1998, the defending Mr. Olympia champion was not on stage so a new Mr. Olympia was bound to be chosen for this year.
The 2018 Mr. Olympia winner Shawn Rhoden was not allowed to compete due to legal allegations, leaving the door wide open for a new champion to take home the Sandow trophy.
And to the delight of the audience, which included NBA Hall of Famer Shaquille O’Neal, the competitors displayed impressive physiques in an Olympia full of new winners and surprises.
Mr. Olympia 2019 Open Division
Roelly Winklaar, 5th Place – $40,000
Last year’s People’s Champion Roelly Winklaar was off condition this year and ended up in the fifth place position. Regarded as many as the super-freak of Bodybuilding with his incredible arms and crazy size, he looked watery and flat at the prejudging on Friday night but rebounded nicely on Saturday with a much drier physique but it was too late.
With his massive physique, Roelly needed to come in very ripped and keep his waist as tight as possible in order to beat top competitors like Curry and Bonac.
The crowd loves Roelly’s freaky size and they gave him a great ovation at the evening show. The People’s Champ will return better than ever we are sure.
Dexter Jackson, 4th Place – $45,000
The incredible Dexter Jackson was competing in his 20th Mr. Olympia contest. With 29 professional wins, Dexter is one of the greatest bodybuilders of all time.
He will be 50 years old in 2019 and he is still able to hold off Father Time and place in the top five of the Mr. Olympia against much younger competitors. Dexter recently won the Tampa Pro in August of this year and he was again in top condition at the Mr. Olympia.
He looked slightly flat in the chest but it was apparent from the depleted look in his face that he definitely took this contest very seriously and dieted extremely hard.
Dexter still has the mass in the arms and legs and he is always able to compete in top condition, which earned him his nickname “The Blade”. Only Dexter knows how much longer he will continue to compete but his dedication and perseverance are unparalleled in the sport.
Hadi Choopen, 3rd Place – $100,000
The surprise competitor in the 2019 Mr. Olympia was Hadi Choopan from Iran. Hadi was not expected to compete because he was unable to obtain a visa to travel to the United States.
However, only weeks ago, Hadi was miraculously granted a visa and he arrived in the U.S.. After a few days, Hadi decided to compete in the open division of the Mr. Olympia instead of the 212 class. It was a very wise decision!
Hadi had the crowd on his side with his extremely thick and grainy looking physique. He is so densely packed with muscle, including thickly knotted abdominals, grainy, massive quadriceps and huge arms.
Hadi was awarded the People’s Champion prize and many felt he could have placed ahead of Bonac in second place. The Mr. Olympia should be very exciting next year with the addition of this new rising star in bodybuilding.
William Bonac, 2nd Place – $150,000
William Bonac was in superb condition at the 2019 Mr. Olympia. William is one of the shorter bodybuilders onstage but his frame is packed with thick, dense muscle. This year, Bonac was ripped and striated and he was a strong runner-up in the biggest contest in bodybuilding.
William is limited only by his frame, which is not as wide or as tall as some of the other competitors, but he was as perfect as he could ever be. Watching him go through his posing routine, one can’t help but marvel at one of the thickest and most dense physiques on the planet.
Brandon Curry, 1st Place – $400,000
Brandon Curry, the 2019 Arnold Classic champion, displayed thickness, mass and shape to become only the 15th Mr. Olympia in the history of the sport since it began in 1965. Brandon had momentum on his side after a strong fifth place showing in last year’s Mr. Olympia and his commanding victory in the Arnold Classic this year.
Brandon looked improved from his win in March, displaying increased thickness and mass. He is blessed with a small waist and hips and this structural advantage, along with his incredible size and full muscle bellies, allowed him to win the Mr. Olympia in a commanding performance.
Brandon’s powerful posing routine at the finals sent a message to everyone watching that he was ready to step up and take the title this year.
Special Mention – Patrick Moore
In addition to Hadi Choopan, another big surprise of the 2019 Mr. Olympia was Patrick Moore. Also competing in his first Mr. Olympia, Patrick displayed a phenomenal, old school physique consisting of wide shoulders, tiny waist and fantastic condition. He was sliced and diced in every pose and he was overlooked by the judges and not included in the first call-out.
The audience at the finals gave him a great reception as they quickly recognized a top quality physique when they saw one. Patrick still needs some more size to compete against the big boys of the Olympia but hopefully he will do it while still retaining the incredible shape and symmetry that he showed on this year’s Olympia stage.
He also gave one of the best posing routines of the evening, a well thought out and perfecty executed performance that was both dramatic and fluid. It was no surprise to hear that Patrick was coached by the legendary Lee Labrada in his posing. The future of Bodybuilding looks bright with Patrick Moore competing!
Mr Olympia 2019 Classic Physique
Chen Kang, 5th Place – $2,000
One of the biggest surprises of the 2019 Olympia weekend was the excellent physique of Chen Kang, the first Chinese man in history to compete in Mr. Olympia. He came in extremely thick and ripped with outstanding quadriceps, and excellent arms.
Although not very tall or wide, Chen was packed with quality muscle and he presented it superbly with his posing routine. He could have placed even a little higher than fifth tonight and he definitely has a bright future in the sport. The audience loved him and gave him a great reception at the finals.
Keone Peterson, 4th Place – $3,000
Keone is a young, promising competitor in the Classic Physique division. He has a great structure on a short frame and his thickness and proportions set him apart from most of the competition. He hits a superb vacuum and his front double biceps pose is one of the best in the sport.
Keone was in good condition for the 2019 Classic Physique Olympia and he also did a very good job presenting his physique by including such difficult poses as a lunging front double biceps. Keone Peterson is yet another young top competitor who has a bright future in the Division and sport.
George Peterson, 3rd Place – $5,000
Mr. George “The Bull” Peterson was in the best shape of his life last night at the Orleans. Peterson has so much muscle mass that he could easily transition into the 212 Bodybuilding division if he wanted to.
His back development is one of the best in the sport of bodybuilding – thick, separated and dense. This year, George was the leanest and most ripped he has ever been. His posing was excellent, highlighting the strong points of his physique with fluid poses (including hitting the 3/4 back pose from both sides!).
Like William Bonac in the open class, George brought the best version of himself for his structure. Along with Bumstead and Ansley, George Peterson is one of the greatest Classic Physiques in the world.
Breon Ansley, 2nd Place – $10,000
A very disappointed Breon Ansley took second place this year. Breon had won the title over the last two years and had made significant progress in his physique in 2019.
He has all the qualities of the ideal Classic Physique – muscle mass in the right places, excellent symmetry and shape and incredible conditioning. Breon and Chris Bumstead have always been very close and they have very different physiques so it must have been another tight decision but this time Bumstead got the nod.
Breon’s posing this year was graceful and classy but he perhaps could have included more poses to highlight his excellent physique. A more forceful and commanding performance might have been what was needed to add another title. Breon is famous for his exceptional drive and determination, he will be back.
Chris Bumstead, 1st Place – $30,000
One of the biggest upsets of the 2019 Olympia weekend was Chris Bumstead defeating two time champion Breon Ansley for the Classic Physique Olympia title. Chris was incredibly lean and ripped this year, with his massive and ripped quads being very strong points of his physique, and of course his stunning vacuum pose looked better than ever.
Bumstead is one of the most popular Classic Physique competitors in the world right now and his tall, lean physique is appreciated by bodybuilding fans everywhere so his victory last night was a very popular one. Chris also supplemented his physique with a very good posing routine that had great transitions and classic poses.
On To The Next One
For bodybuilding fans everywhere, it will be very interesting to witness what happens at next year’s Olympia, and the preparations leading up to it. Will Brandon Curry be able to defend his crown again against William Bonac, and will this year’s impressive surprise Hadi Choopan place even higher next year?
And will we witness a new Christ Bumstead versus Breon Ansley next year? Will George the Bull Peterson keep putting on the pressure?
We will be eagerly watching and awaiting.
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