The 2021 Mr. Olympia competition will start on Friday October 8 and run until Saturday. Mr. Olympia is an annual world famous bodybuilding competition that dates back to 1965.
The event is organized by the International Federation of BodyBuilding & Fitness (IFBB). In 1965, a Canadian bodybuilder named Joe Weider started hosting the Mr. Olympia event in hopes of giving Mr. Universe winners another way to compete and earn money.
One of Mr. Olympia’s best-known winners is Arnold Schwarzenegger, who has won seven times. He won six consecutive years from 1970 to 1975, then won again in 1980. He became the youngest to win at 23.
Mr. Olympia Weekend consists of various bodybuilding events for professionals and amateurs. There is also a female version of the competition named Ms. Olympia, which started in 1980.
Here’s everything you need to know about the Mr. and Mrs. Olympia 2021 competitions, including how to watch them, who’s participating, and how much money is involved.
When is Mr. Olympia in 2021?
- Appointment: Friday October 8 – Saturday October 9
The first round of the pre-judging trials begins at 9 a.m. ET on Friday. The final rounds will take place from 7:00 p.m. on Saturday.
This year’s event takes place in Orlando, Florida at the Orange County Convention Center.
Mr. Olympia’s schedule
Here is the live broadcast schedule of the Mr. Olympia and Ms. Olympia events on Friday and Saturday.
Note: At each designated time there are multiple events. Therefore, each event listed may not start on time.
|October 8||9h00||Ms. Olympia pre-judgment|
|October 8||7:00 p.m.||Ms. Olympia final|
|October 8||7:00 p.m.||Mr. Olympia pre-judgment|
|October 9||7:00 p.m.||Mr. Olympia Finals|
Is Mr. Olympia on TV?
Mr. Olympia will not be televised on cable this year. Viewers can access the event on Olympia Television, where you can purchase a Premium plan for $ 59.95.
Who competes in Mr. and Mrs. Olympia?
In order to qualify for the events, competitors must meet the requirements defined by the Professional League of the IFBB, which is the official sanctioning organization of the Olympia.
16 men from eight countries qualified for the Mr. Olympia event, while 16 women from seven countries qualified for the Ms. Olympia event.
Mr. Olympia 2020 was Mamdouh Elssbiay from Egypt. He will be making a comeback at this year’s event. Other former Mr. Olympia winners returning for this year’s competition include Brandon Curry, the 2019 champion, and Phil Heath, who won seven consecutive years from 2011 to 2017.
Ms. Olympia 2020 champion was American Andrea Shaw. The event did not take place from 2015 to 2019, so no other current qualifier is a past winner.
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Below are the names of the competitors from each country.
Mr. Olympia qualifiers
|Brandon’s curry||United States|
|Phil Heath||United States|
|Justin rodriguez||United States|
|Nicolas walker||United States|
|Patrick moore||United States|
|Akim williams||United States|
|Labrador hunter||United States|
|Nathan De Asha||UK|
Ms. Olympia’s qualifications
|Andrea Shaw||United States|
|Margie Martin||United States|
|Helle Trevino||United States|
|MayLa Ash||United States|
|Lea Dennie||United States|
|Michaela aycock||United States|
|LaDawn McDay||United States|
|Sheena ohlig||United States|
|Reshanna boswell||United States|
|Margita Zamolova||Czech Republic|
What are the other events organized during the weekend?
There are a total of 11 events held throughout the weekend. Mr. Olympia and Ms. Olympia are the two biggest events.
The other men’s events are as follows: 212 Olympia, Men / s Physique Olympia, Classic Physique Olympia and Wheelchair Olympia. Other events for women are: Figure Olympia, Fitness Olympia, Bikini Olympia, Women’s Physique Olympia, Wellness Olympia and Wheelchair Olympia.
Mr. Olympia’s prize money
There are 11 events organized during the weekend. The total scholarship for these 11 events is $ 1.6 million, which is the most in the history of the competition. This is an increase from the 2020 scholarship of $ 1.4 million.
The event did not specify the amounts per seat and per competition. Last year’s Mr. Olympia winner took home $ 400,000, so an increase is expected.
List of Mr. Olympia winners
This list designates the previous winners of Mr. Olympia from 2000 to 2020.
Ronnie Coleman (1998-2005) and Lee Haney (1984-1991) are tied for most Mr. Olympia wins in history with eight apiece. All of their victories were also in consecutive years. Phil Heath (2011-2017) is behind them with seven wins, all back-to-back.