After successfully defending the 2013 Mr. Olympia championship for his third title in a row, bodybuilding star Phil Heath has shown no signs of letting up.
The Mr. Olympia competition is the biggest event on the bodybuilding calendar, and Heath has asserted his dominance once again. For the second year in a row, it was Kai Greene that finished second.
Mr. Olympia Top 10
- Phil Heath
- Kai Greene
- Dennis Wolf
- Shawn Rhoden
- Dexter Jackson
- Jay Cutler
- Roelly Winklaar
- Mamdouh Elssbiay
- Branch Warren
- Lionel Beyeke
The victory for the three-time champion was made even more special because of the sheer amount of talent in the field. With three former Mr. Olympia winners in the contest and several more medal winners, Heath stole the show against the best in the world.
With his superb structure, definition and personality on stage, Heath is filling the mold as one of the many multiple-time winners that the sport has featured over the years. In the 49-year history of the Mr. Olympia competition, only three men have ever won only once; every other former winner has won multiple times.
Heath has a long way to go to tie or beat the record of Ronnie Coleman and Lee Haney with eight Sandow Awards, but his three titles in a row and his amazing physical prowess have shown no signs of breaking down.
At 33 years old, Heath is just reaching his prime.
The key to Heath’s success thus far and moving forward will be his commitment to the sport. After winning the title Saturday night, he told the crowd that his wife was diagnosed with breast cancer, according to Cassie Smith of BodyBuilding.com.
Heath will have to focus on not only maintaining his high level of success, but also exceeding the expectations and continuing to get better. While this year’s Mr. Olympia contest featured the most impressive field in history, the sport is growing exponentially, and the competition will continue to be fierce.
The history of multiple-time winners indicates the judges give the benefit of the doubt to the defending champion when voting. Add in the stage presence that fans have come to love, and Heath has the inside lane to more championships as long as he continues to consistently improve his physique.
There is no reason to believe anyone will take the Mr. Olympia crown anytime soon.