You Need To Go To Olympia

Olympia is the granddaddy of bodybuilding events, compelling people from all over the world to descend upon Sin City for a weekend of glistening, supertanned muscles, scantily clad bodies, and enough free sports supplement samples to keep everyone amped up with bloated bellies as they walk through the Expo. The Olympia Expo is quite a sensory overload, a smorgasbord of sounds, sights, smells, and tastes! You also should watch out for flying objects since items such as t-shirts are thrown into crowds during hyped-up giveaways at the larger booths. You won’t find too many events in which such action-hero genetic freaks can easily and comfortably congregate. I feel very much at home in such company, and look forward to all the Olympia events every single year.

I love working a booth at the Expo even though it prevents me from seeing most of the competitions that take place in the main arena. I gladly suffer through the sore feet that result from standing and walking all day. Fans and followers will look for the booth I am working at in order to say hello and take a picture with me, and that always means a great deal to me, especially since I know that the crowded Expo hall can be very tricky to navigate when someone is looking for a specific booth or person. Every Olympia is also a great reunion in which I can see many of my fitness and bodybuilding friends from all over the world.

If you have any interest in fitness and bodybuilding but have never been to Olympia, make an effort to travel to Las Vegas one year in late September so that you can witness this incredible event.
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2014 Olympia Qualification Series IFBB Announcement

PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA, October 2, 2013 – The IFBB Professional Leauge, in conjuction with Joe Weider’s Olympia Fitness & Performance Weekend, announces the 2014 Olympia Qualification Series, a points-based system that determines qualifiers for all eight Olympia divisions

The Olympia Qualification Series awards points to competitors placing 2nd to 5th at Pro League events. At the end of the Olympia qualifying season, the top five competitors with the highest point totals in the Olympia Qualification Series qualify to compete at the Olympia

Since the winner of each competition automatically qualifies, no points are awarded for first place. Additionally, competitors placing in the top 5 at the Olympia automatically qualify for the following year.

Points and qualifications in the 2014 Olympia Qualification Series are awarded as follows.

TIER 1 – ARNOLD CLASSIC (USA)
2nd – 8 Points
3rd – 7 Points
4th – 6 Points
5th- 5 Points
TIER 2 – ARNOLD CLASSIC (SPAIN), NEW YORK PRO, PRAGUE PRO, DUBAI PRO
2nd – 6 Points
3rd – 5 Points
4th – 4 Points
5th – 3 Points
TIER 3 – ARNOLD CLASSIC (BRAZIL), PITTSBURGH PRO, CHINA PRO
2nd – 5 Points
3rd – 4 Points
4th – 3 Points
5th – 2 Points
TIER 4 – ALL OTHER PRO LEAGUE COMPETITIONS
2nd – 4 Points
3rd – 3 Points
4th – 2 Points
5th – 1 Point

To view the Olympia Qualification Series standings, as well as the current qualifiers for Olympia Weekend, visit http://www.iffpro.com, http://www.mrolympia.com or http://www.npcnewsonline.com.

Questions regarding the Olympia Qualification Series may be directed to the Joe Weider’s Olympia Fitness & Performance Weekend office at rchang@weiderpub.com.

Bikini Olympia 2013

Below is the list of IFBB Pro Bikini athletes who will be gracing the Olympia stage this weekend. Cognratulations to all!
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2013 BIKINI OLYMPIA

Nathalia Melo, Brazil
Nicole Nagrani, USA
India Paulino, USA
Dianna Dahlgren, USA (retired)
Jaime Baird, USA
Yeshaira Robles, USA
Michelle Brannan, UK
Justine Munro, Canada
Amanda Latona, USA
Vladimira Krasova, Czech Republic (Overall Winner, Amateur Bikini Olympia)
Ashley LeBlanc, USA
Stacey Alexander, USA
Jennifer Andrews, USA
Pollianna Moss, USA
Courtney King, USA
Ashley Kaltwasser, USA
Narmin Assria, USA
Candice Conroy, USA
Anna Virmajoki, Finland
Noemi Olah, Hungary

POINT STANDINGS

1. Lacey DeLuca, USA, 14
2. Tiffany Marie Boydston, USA, 13
2. Jessica Arevalo, USA, 13
2. Tawna Eubanks, USA, 13
2. Gigi Amurao, USA, 13

Olympia Men’s Physique Showdown

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This year’s Olympia stage will welcome IFBB Men’s Physique athletes for the first time. Congratulations to all who are competing!

2013 OLYMPIA MEN’S PHYSIQUE SHOWDOWN

Stephen Cook, USA
Matt Christianer, USA
Michael Anderson, USA
Mark Anthony Wingson, USA
Anton Antipov, USA
Sadik Hadzovic, USA
Matthew Acton, USA
Jeremy Buendia, USA
Tony Woodward, USA
John Nguyen, USA
Jeff Seid, USA

POINT STANDINGS

1. Tyler Anderson, USA, 12
1. William Sullivan, USA, 12
3. Alexandre Carneiro, USA, 11
3. Jason Poston, USA, 11
5. Stephen Mass, USA, 10

Honored To Work The Muscle And Performance Mag Booth At Olympia!

I am thrilled and honored to once again work the Muscle and Performance Magazine booth at Olympia this year! Please come by the booth for free magazines and photo opportunities!

Olympia will take place on September 26th through 29th, 2013 in Las Vegas at the Las Vegas Convention Center.
http://www.muscleandperformancemag.com/

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Olympia Prize Money 2013

TOTAL PRIZE MONEY BREAKDOWN

Olympia is looming around the corner, with more total prize money being awarded among the eight different divisions. The big granddaddy is Mr. Olympia, which will award $650,000 to the champion. The 212, Ms. Olympia, Fitness and Figure champions will take home a respectable, albeit much smaller, purse of $60,000 for each division.

joe-weiders-mr-olympia-2013-infoNow that Bikini Olympia is approaching its fourth year, with three different women having attained the titles in previous years (Sonia Gonzales in 2010, Nicole Nagrani in 2011, and Nathalia Melo in 2012), the purse has been set at $40,000 for this year.

The two newest divisions in the NPC and IFBB will enjoy their freshman year on the Olympia stage, with correspondingly small purses for Men’s Physique and $10,000 for Women’s Physique. There is no doubt that this prize money will increase in coming years as the newer divisions continue to make their mark in the bodybuilding world.

Here is a summary of the prize money for Olympia 2013:

Mr. Olympia: $650,000

212 Showdown: $60,000

Ms. Olympia: $60,000

Fitness Olympia: $60,000

Figure Olympia: $60,000

Bikini Olympia: $40,000

Men’s Physique Showdown: $10,000

Women’s Physique Showdown: $10,000

Total: $950,000