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Date: Saturday 20 August, 2005

On the chart at the foot of this posting is detailed the breakdown of the prize money being paid out at Joe Weider's 2005 Olympia Weekend. The total on offer is $711,000, an increase of 31% from the $540,000 paid out last year. The prize money is only one of the reasons that this 2005 Olympia Weekend will be the best ever. To recap what's lined up for this year event, here's a quick checklist of ten reasons not to miss the 2005 Olympia Weekend.

1. Orleans Arena - So its name doesn't begin with the letter "M." It is unquestionably the best venue ever to host a bodybuilding event. WWE star Triple H will be on hand to emcee the Mr. Olympia Finals proceedings.

2. The Expo - The move to the Las Vegas Convention Center means that this will be the biggest Olympia expo ever. Big enough, even, to house an octagon ring filled with UFC fighters.

3. The Bucks Stop Here
2004 Olympia Weekend Prize Total Money - $540,000.
2005 Olympia Weekend Total Prize Money - $711,000.
'Nuff said.

4. Wildcard Showdown - An entirely new show on Friday night with $10,000 and entry into the Olympia at stake means twice the entertainment for fans of men's bodybuilding.

5. Wild, Wild Friday - The gyrations of the Fitness Olympia competitors and the curves of the Figure Olympia line-up make for a hot, hot night in Vegas.

6. Challenge Round - Yes, it's still in. No, its scoring won't have an impact on the Olympia's outcome. But being judged by former Mr. Olympias it's bound to full of drama and excitement. Plus, $50,000 in prizes will be divided among its five contestants.

7. Big Bench - Bench press world record holder Gene Rychlak will attempt to shatter his own mark with an attempt of an incredible 1015 pounds during the Mr. Olympia Finals on Saturday night. That's like pressing Ronnie, Jay, Gunter and Nicole Rollolazo all at once!

8. Exposed Women - Yeah, yeah, we know; the Ms. Olympia has been moved to the expo this year and some people don't like it. But with a boost in prize money of a cool $10k over last year's purse, there's a lot to celebrate.

9. Fan Follows Function- Battle of the Biceps, Gakic Bench Press Challenge, Meet the Olympians, the Olympia banquet, Champions Seminar and a rip-roaring press conference. There will be more ways than ever for Olympia attendees to get involved in the action.

10. PPV - If you can't get to Vegas October 15th, don't worry. This year AMI, along with IMG, the world's largest sport's production company, is producing the PPV event, to be broadcast on iN DEMAND, meaning a quick-paced, entertaining TV show.

For more information on the 2005 Olympia weekend please go to, or and look for upcoming articles detailing the event in both FLEX and Muscle & Fitness magazines.

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