It’s that time of year again when almost every fitness enthusiast, trainer, gurus, pundit, fan and even the contestant themselves is giving predictions about the Olympia winners.
But to be fair, the people best equipped to give predictions (after wizards, obviously) are the ones who have impartially followed every athlete, competition, and jury throughout the year. Anyway, I mean – um-we-ahem are the best people to give predictions of the winners of Olympia.
I tried to be humble. Did it work?
Disneyland 2021 aka Bodybuilders Olympia Weekend is scheduled for October 7-10, live on Pay-Per-View (PPV) from Orlando, Florida. It’s less than a week away and we can’t wait to see our favorite athletes compete for the top spot in their respective divisions.
Having said that, we have tremendous respect for every athlete participating in the Olympia weekend. It takes years of hard work and perseverance to get the chance to participate in the prestigious Olympia weekend. These are the bodybuilding Olympics, after all.
List of competitors 212 Olympia 2021
Here is the list of qualified athletes who will compete for the title of the best bodybuilder in the world (less than 212 lbs):
- Shaun clarida (UNITED STATES)
- Kamal elgargni (Libya)
- George peterson (UNITED STATES)
- Derek lunsford (UNITED STATES)
- Ahmad Ashkanani (Kuwait)
- Angel Calderon Frias (Spain)
- Christmas AdamÃ© (UNITED STATES)
- Kerrith Banjo (UNITED STATES)
- Piotr borecki (Poland)
- Tonio burton (UNITED STATES)
- Lucas coelho (Brazil)
- Pasquale D’Angelo (Italy)
- Ahmed El Wardany (Egypt)
- Nathan Epler (UNITED STATES)
- Vladimir Iacovlev (Moldova)
- Junho Kim (South Korea)
- Keone Pearson (UNITED STATES)
- John jewett (UNITED STATES)
- Steve benthin (Germany)
- Naser Mohammed (Kuwait)
Related: 2021 Mr. Olympia List of qualified athletes in each division
212 Olympia 2021 winner prediction criteria
Ladies and gentlemen, sit back while we cast a few spells, look into our crystal ball and tell the story of the twenty men who will set foot on stage 212 at the Olympia on October 8th.
We’re kidding. Here’s how we arrived at the predictions of the 212 Olympia 2021 winners:
1. Performance until 2021 212 Olympia
While most publications online do nothing more than guess a winner, we at Fitness Volt take great pride in doing our research before picking our top pick.
We track all pro bodybuilding shows throughout the year and use relevant data (physical and athlete results) to predict their ranking in the Olympia Showdown.
2. Social media updates
We follow all 212 qualified Olympia athletes on social media and regularly check their status updates (official and unofficial). We then go through the analysis of their progress images to refine our prediction.
Related: 2021 Mr. Olympia: Top Athletes Look Good in 7 Weeks
If a skilled athlete gets injured or catches the flu before Olympia weekend, we are among the first to know. You’re in luck because we don’t keep the information for us. You’re welcome.
4. Performance at the last confrontation
Like a mutual fund, a bodybuilder’s past performance is not necessarily indicative of his future performance. But it can help you access their placement if they were to maintain their size and conditioning and work on their weaknesses.
Prediction of the final winner 212 Olympia 2021
Without further ado, let’s move on to our 212 Olympia 2021 prediction:
6. Ahmad Ashkanani
Ahmad Ashkanani was a 212 favorite in 2016 and 2017 when James “Flex” Lewis was in his prime and flirting with the idea of ââretiring from the division. He placed second in both years.
He finished 4th in 2018 and 5th in 2019 and 2020. The Kuwaiti bodybuilder won his last professional show in 2019 – the New York Pro Show.
Due to the entry of a stronger contender for the 2021 212 Olympia crown, we expect a further drop of one place in Ahmad’s ranking.
5. Derek Lunsford
Derek Lunsford is probably the greatest bodybuilder on the list. He looks crazy in his progress update photos and is one of the few athletes who aren’t afraid to post their updates on social media four weeks after a competition.
Lunsford placed second at 212 Olympia in 2018 (behind Flex Lewis) and 2019 (behind Kamal Elgargni). He beat Kamal in 2018 but lost to him in 2019 due to his poor conditioning.
Derek Lunsford’s fourth place finish in the 2020 showdown was both disappointing and surprising. While we see him doing better in future 212 Olympia contests, we don’t see him in the top four this year.
4. Keone Pearson
Keone Pearson is a Classic Physique contender advancing to Division 212. He has shown immense potential as a Classic Physique contender and clinched a fourth place finish on his debut at the Classic Physique Olympia 2019.
Pearson didn’t make it to Olympia 2020 because he had his eyes set on the Olympia 2021 212 crown. Looking at his latest progress photos, there’s no doubt in our mind that the move to Division 212 was the right decision.
We can’t wait to see the package he brings to stage 212 at the Olympia over the weekend of 2021.
3. George Peterson
George Peterson is another former Classic Physique contender who is making a dent in Universe 212. He finished third at Classic Physique Olympia for three consecutive years – 2017, 2018 and 2019.
Even if Taurus won the Arnold Men’s Classic Physique 2019 title, he announced his decision to move to Division 212 shortly after his third place finish at the 2019 Olympia Classic Physique.
After making the switch, he won the 2020 Tampa Pro 212. He finished third at the 2020 Olympia 212, and we expect he will repeat the feat this year.
2. Kamal Elgargni
The Libyan bodybuilder is the 212 Olympia 2019 champion. Kamal is known for his symmetry and conditioning and can overshadow bigger athletes like Derek Lunsford. He has dominated Space 212 since winning the Arnold Classic in 2018.
Elgargni was planning to retire after winning the 212 Olympia in 2019, but we weren’t surprised to see him on stage during the Olympia 2020 weekend. His willingness to work with the 212 Division King, Flex Lewis, in 2020 shows his intention to win and his openness to learning.
Although we predict a second place for Kamal Elgargni at 212 Olympia 2021, our little birds (yes, this is a Game of Thrones reference) tell us it will be a close fight between him and our top pick.
1. Shaun Clarida
Standing at just 5 â² 2 â³, Clarida has had remarkable success in the bodybuilding scene, earning her the nickname ‘The giant slayer‘.
Shaun Clarida is Lee Labrada, Shawn Ray and Flex Wheeler cast into one. His victory at the 212 Olympia 2020 surprised many after his third place in the 2019 showdown.
Clarida has had quite a career. He placed 16th in his first encounter at the 212 Olympia in 2015, 13th in 2016, 9th in 2017 and 7th in 2018.
Clarida’s recent training videos are proof that he will bring his best package to the 2021 212 Olympia stage. We believe he will successfully defend his crown this year.
212 Former Winners Olympiads
|2020||Shaun clarida||Orlando, Florida|
|2019||Kamal elgargni||Las Vegas, Nevada|
|2018||Flex lewis||Las Vegas, Nevada|
|2017||Flex lewis||Las Vegas, Nevada|
|2016||Flex lewis||Las Vegas, Nevada|
|2015||Flex lewis||Las Vegas, Nevada|
|2014||Flex lewis||Las Vegas, Nevada|
|2013||Flex lewis||Las Vegas, Nevada|
|2012||Flex lewis||Las Vegas, Nevada|
|2011||Kevin English||Las Vegas, Nevada|
|2010||Kevin English||Las Vegas, Nevada|
|2009||Kevin English||Las Vegas, Nevada|
|2008||David Henri||Las Vegas, Nevada|
212 Olympia Schedule
- 212 Olympia Pre-judgment (9h00)
- 212 Final Olympics (7:00 p.m.)
Related: How to watch Mr. Olympia 2021 online
Although we would wait until the moment we tell you, we wouldn’t mind being wrong. We will be hanging on our screens throughout the Olympia weekend.
Stay tuned to Fitness Volt for updates and coverage from 2021 Mr. Olympia.