Elsbiee wants a spectacular comeback after a disappointing Mr. Olympia result.
Mamdouh “Big Remy” Elsbey entered the 2022 Mr. Olympia with aspirations of becoming only the eighth athlete to win the competition on three consecutive occasions. He had publicity behind him, endorsements from living legends, and appeared “destined” to enter the specialized bodybuilding lore. Then the Las Vegas, NV, competition took place, Hadi Choopan successfully overpowered Dynamo Egypt for the win, and Elsbiebe finished in fifth place which surprised many bodybuilding fans.
Now, after deep reflection on what lies ahead in early January 2023, and with a new bodybuilding season ahead of him, it appears Elsbey is aiming for a massive rebound, before He might consider trying to win the Olympia again.
On January 20, 2023, the Arnold Sports Festival announced that Elssbiay will take the stage at the upcoming 2023 Arnold Classic (AC) March 2-5, 2023,
“Making his first appearance since 2020 in Columbus, ‘Remy’ looks to re-establish his position as the foremost competitor in the world of bodybuilding!”
The Columbus, OH, contest will mark the two-time former Mr. Olympia’s second appearance in AC as he looks for an important notch to add to his resume. In 2020, Elssbiay placed third in her first and only appearance on the show.
For some, the disclosure of Elsbybia may come as a surprise. The superstar had spent most of his recent years training and preparing almost exclusively for his Olympia appearances in a predictable calendar year, only occasionally appearing in other competitions. It’s a calculated approach that many elite bodybuilders, especially those in the Men’s Open division, often choose in the interest of maximizing their performance at the biggest competition in the sport.
As for Elsby, given that he is no longer defending Mr. Olympia, he may now be seeking a boost of momentum before Olympia preparations go full throttle. Also, a new lucrative cash prize could motivate the athlete to finally compete in AC. In mid-January 2023, the Arnold Sports Festival announced that the first place prize for winning the Men’s Open in 2023 AC would be $300,000. This is a $100,000 increase from the 2022 iteration of the contest. Notably, even in January 2023, former AC champion (2021) Nick Walker maintained this high financial incentive was part of his decision to return to AC.
Elssbiay will join other established stars in the 2023 AC as he looks to beat past winners such as Walker and William Bonack (2018, 2020), and two-time 212 Olympia champion (2020, 2022) Shawn Clarida. Other confirmed names include Samson Dauda, Kamal Elgargani, Justin Rodriguez and Akeem Williams. Elssbiay may be a newcomer to the competition, but given her Olympia precedent, the field will likely be ready for whatever she brings to the stage in Columbus.
2023 AC is shaping up to be a barnburner of a bodybuilding competition. If top-level competitors like Elsby and Walker elect to participate before tackling any High Olympia planning, it could be an incredibly lucrative show to watch in early March.
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