Here’s What the Internet Is Saying About The 2022 Mr. Olympia

With the Olympia approaching, Big Ramy, Hunter LaBrada and Nick Walker are getting a lot of attention. And it should. The competition between these three – and probably a few others – will be like it was back in the day.

These three bodybuilders seem to be the guys making the most noise on social media about their potential in this year’s Olympia. That’s not to say that no one else is being talked about. It’s just that these three seem to be getting more attention than the other guys in the lineup. I think this is normal for the season. Before the Olympia, everyone comes up with their own imaginary podium.

Regardless of the order in which you image them, one thing is pretty clear: Big Ramy, Hunter LaBrada and Nick Walker come up higher than the other 30 guys who are qualified. For many enthusiasts, these three names jump off the page.

I’m sure arguments are raging about Brandon Curry being the 2019 Ms. Olympia; or William Bonac, I’ve said on many podcasts, is 100% lethal; or Hassan Mostafa, who finished 51 years old in a highly controversial runner-up finish at this year’s Tampa Pro, has all the tools in the box needed to bag Sandow. Such is the case for the man who beat him, Akim Williams.

And, let’s not forget one of the most improved bodybuilders, Derek Lunsford. However, as good as these guys are, at their best they can only slide in if Nick or Hunter come in a little bit off. But not the headlines. If the guys don’t even end up cracking the top 10, it’s too late. If their names are not announced in the first call, the field will erupt. And not in a good way.

But, the gods of Olympia have something up their sleeves, and this year is no different, because all of the men have their flaws. Which, is nothing new. But for some reason, some people are focusing this year, which I think is misplaced, on the strange things that these men bring, especially Big Ramy.

Are we picking nits here, or are we talking about issues that could cost points? Sure, there are other contestants who could win the show who may have fewer issues/imperfections, but, as stated before, these three guys seem to be the cause of the biggest upset, and it seems the talk is less about who might win, but why someone is winning. maybe not.

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Let’s start with the obvious: Ramy Mór

Mr. O is not in charge of the person he is in charge of, but of his particular circumstances. Big Ramy appears to have a golf ball sized divot in the distal aspect of each of his outer quad sweeps, his right looking more severe than the left. Now, this is not new. He had them last year and the year before. However, they seem to be a bit more prominent today than they were before. It could be for any other reason than he is now leaner. Or maybe it’s something else?

It’s the “something else” that got him so much attention, that those little bits became the subject of not only a huge number of IG posts, but also entire podcasts! Whatever those things are, it’s a testament to what makes social media so bad.

Because all it takes is your average anti-steroid crusader to lull his unsuspecting high followers into believing it must be drugs, unleashing a tidal wave of false negativity so stupid it’s painful to read. A whole peanut gallery of self-aggregated experts saying, barely clearly, how “drugs are ruining the sport.” This is despite the fact that not only are they still watching, but we’ve also given them Physics and Classical Physics to try and calm their jealousy of a time when bodybuilders did less drugs – never mind no drug you, but less. , appointed

The sequel is as bad as it is miraculous. Without even a glimpse of information, witness or personal testimony, suddenly the public discourse changes its opinion, and a meaningless blemish becomes empirical proof that drugs are ruining the sport (again).

According to the “experts,” Ramy’s quad divots are scar tissue or a sign of nerve damage from constantly injecting his quad. Highlighting his excessive drug use, not because they know him and know exactly what it takes, but because he has divots in his quads!

Now, I’m not sure what’s more frightening here: the sheer idiocy of such a thing, or the number of people who drank it like an energy drink, and combed themselves into a frenzy more than it, that they would assign the blame to. Mr. Olympia for ruining the sport, just like his quads-ugh. This is what happens when you don’t limit your children’s online sessions at a young age.

According to Big Ramy’s trainer, Dennis James, who was in Dubai with Big Ramy when he had an MRI of his quads, the results showed that there was no scar tissue, no necrosis. There was nothing to suggest that injections had anything to do with it. There was also no evidence of tearing or tearing. The sound Dennis explained sounded like a small area of ​​muscle belly, where a group of muscle fibers were stuck together causing an “adhesion,” which could restrict the blood supply to the area, leading to divot.

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On another podcast, Chad Nichols, Big Ramy’s diet coach, further emphasized the fact that Ramy’s quads have always been a problem. The first thing he used when he started working with him was extensive deep tissue work and scraping to break up the adhesions and increase the blood flow. Therefore, Big Ramy’s trainer, and his diet coach, agree, based on hard evidence and direct knowledge, that drugs and injections had nothing to do with this; there is no tear or other damage, and the issue is noted to be addressed.

Now, for the big question, does it matter? To answer that, I have to bring up the other two gentlemen in the title. Are remnants of Hunter LaBrada’s pec tear relevant? What about the squiggly veins in Nick Walker’s calves? Do either of these gentlemen insist that their sites be compromised? That’s like saying the value of my motorcycle is affected by the one square millimeter stone chip on the front fender. Would we rather not have stone chips? Of course, but everyone has a stone chip. Therefore, the idea of ​​perfection is ridiculous. Punishing someone for imperfection is worse.

With that argument forever squashed, I think I’m seeing a reason why so many are consumed on social media with these three guys. Beyond the usual love and hate that comes with any interesting and passionate rivalry, this year is almost like a time capsule opening before our eyes.

There was a time when this amalgamation of champions who were almost identical to each other appeared on the stage of the Olympia. In 1987, Lee Haney, Rich Gaspari and Lee LaBrada were the top three bodybuilders in the world. Haney, a formidable, undefeated mountain of a man, was little more into his eight-year Olympia reign than Big Ramy is today.

At the time, Gaspari was a relative newcomer and the youngest Olympian in history. He was a dense block of striated muscle who defied his youth and stunned the world when he came out of nowhere two years earlier to finish third at his first Olympia attempt, and then in the second place behind Haney next. Looking at Gaspari next to Haney in 86, 87 and 88, and Walker next to Ramy today, and the evolution is unmistakable. Walker is the Gaspari of our time, and he poses as much of a threat to Ramy Mór as Gaspari did to Haney. Maybe even more. Not only does Walker offer Gaspari-esque air conditioning, but it’s simply AMAZING.

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That leaves us with the Initiator and the imitator – Lee LaBrada and his son, Hunter. This is the ultimate scarcity in our lives; it is like the comet that flies every 12,000 years. As far as I’m concerned, it’s the best story of the entire weekend. Aside from his insane mass and condition, he’s a big reason why people are talking about Hunter. Out of almost eight billion people on the planet, history has allowed only one man, a former Olympian, to watch his son compete in the Olympia. Junior and senior Sergio Oliva own the only other Olympia family. Unfortunately, Senior Junior did not see the competition. Lee is the only person in the world, so far, for whom the stars have aligned like that. And proud he must be. His son is as big a threat to the Sandow now, as he was back in the day.

I was not in Gothenburg, Sweden for the 87 Olympia. I have not seen Haney, Gaspari and LaBrada on stage in person. But, from everything I have seen of that lineup over the years, If this year gives us a podium of Big Ramy, Nick Walker and Hunter Labrada, it will be like watching a ghost of 87. Could either LaBrada or Walker join Big Ramy on reign? I don’t think it’s likely, but it’s certainly not impossible. If it happens, or if LaBrada beats Walker or vice versa, it won’t be because of imperfection.

Am I predicting that when the curtain falls on December 18, these three men will be on the podium? I don’t have to. As the hours tick closer and closer to show time, social media will continue to raise the temperature. I hope the discourse lends itself to more positive items than the three-year-old quad-divots. Unfortunately, social media and human nature being what they are, I don’t hold out much hope. The show will have to do the talking.

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