Central Florida should be a raucous party in November.
Every year, the world’s best bodybuilders prepare with one central goal in mind: to win the legendary Mr. Olympia contest. Sure, there are other tentpole events like the annual (and now rather lucrative) Arnold Classic. Still, nothing has as sure a reputation for the world’s ripped fitness elite as competing during a prestigious Olympia show. This is the biggest phase in bodybuilding for good reason. With the 2023 professional competitive season already well and underway, athletes can now prepare and train for potentially the most important moment of their respective careers with a confirmed date and venue.
The International Federation of Bodybuilding and Fitness (IFBB) Pro League has revealed this 2023 Olympia will officially be November 3-5, 2023, in Orlando, FL, The schedule note was published in the most recent release of the 2023 Competition Calendar. IFBB website, It is not entirely clear when the full schedule was announced. As has been the norm recently, the 11 primary divisions of bodybuilding will be represented during the competition. The Mr. Olympia category serves as the event’s headline, and Iranian athlete Hadi Chupan is the defending champion after capturing the first Mr. Olympia title of his career in 2022.
With the Olympia competition formally returning to Orlando, the competition will now take place in Central Florida for three of the last four years. The 2022 edition in Las Vegas, NV was the lone exception during that period. For decades, the competition had almost always been in “Sin City,” but the extreme, unprecedented conditions of the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic prompted the IFBB to move Olympia to Orlando in 2020 in accordance with safety regulations. Mamdouh “Big Remy” Elsbiebe captured the first of his two career Olympia titles during the preliminary Florida competition before he fell three peats short of a disappointing fifth-place finish in 2022. Elssbiay successfully defended her title at the 2021 Olympia event in Orlando.
In the interest of looking ahead and preparing athletes for a new reality, the IFBB announced changes to its qualification system for the 2023 Olympia in early January 2023. A points system that opened the door for athletes who did not win any events in that calendar year would no longer be viable. Any contestants who want a spot in Orlando, FL starting this November Must have either won a 2023 IFBB Pro League event, won an Olympia in the past, or finished in the top five of their category during the 2022 Olympia event,
Notable athletes in the men’s open division to whom some of these distinctions apply include Chupan, Elssbia, 2019 Mr. Olympia Brandon Curry, third-place 2022 Olympia competitor Nick Walker, and 2022 Mr. Olympia runner-up Derek Lunsford.
The 2022 Olympia served up its fair share of unexpected surprises and success stories. Knowing how cautious and dedicated all these top athletes are towards their craft, the 2023 edition should be no different.
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