Wow what a show! This year’s Olympia included a real shake-up in the favorites. Sensational Kai Greene was in a real battle against defending champion Phil Heath for the title, and everyone in the audience was cheering them on in their final posedown and then again during the victory ceremony. Surprising Shawn Rhoden beat out former Mr. Olympia Dexter Jackson and Arnold Classic champ Branch Warren, while titantic Dennis Wolf rounded out the Top Six. Also competing: Toney Freeman (7), Evan Centopani (8), Johnnie Jackson (9), Lionel Beyeke (10), Ben Pakulsi (11), Roelly Winklaar (12), Ronny Rockel (13), Essa Obaid (14), Hidetada Yamagishi (15), plus Baito Abbaspour, Bill Wilmore, Fred Smalls, and Michael Kefalianos (all 16th place).
212 Showdown: James “FLEX” Lewis from Wales triumphs in this exciting and developing new division, now moved up from 202 pounds to 212. Perennial favorites David Henry and Eduardo Correa took 2nd and 3rd respectively. Also competing: Jose Raymond (4), Al Auguste (5), Tricky Jackson (6), Guy Cisternino (7), Curtis Bryant (8), Fernando Noronha Almeida (9), Angel Rangel Vargas (10), Lukas Osladil (11), Derik Farnsworth (12), Jamal Elmaadawi (13), Lyndon Belgrave (14), Raul Carrasco (15, and Petr Vanis (16),