The Mr. Olympia competition is considered to be the most prestigious event in the bodybuilding world. On the weekend of December 16-17, 2022, contestants in 11 different divisions showed off their muscles by flexing and posing as they worked their way toward the sport’s most prestigious prize.
Competitors returned to the stage for a night of Finals after delivering high-caliber performances during the initial callout round. The purpose of this round was to determine who would take home each of the respective crowns. Read on for further explanation.
Mr Olympia: The Most Prestigious Bodybuilding Reward
There is no other championship in the sport of bodybuilding that is considered to be more prestigious (or that offers a higher financial award) than the Olympia. The most skilled athletes from across the world put in work in the gym every day of the year in preparation for the chance to perform in front of an audience, where they may prove that they are the best in their field.
The Mr. Olympia competition, which involves contestants from the Men’s Open division, is regarded as the main event. Mamdouh “Big Ramy” Elssbiay is competing for his third title at this year’s Mr. Olympia competition. If he is victorious, he will become the ninth man in history to win at least three Mr. Olympia championships.
Most Formidable Ever
The competitors for the Mr. O competition in 2022 are being billed as the most formidable ever assembled for the event. Despite the fact that this position is up to interpretation, the division does feature a who’s who of striated musclemen. Brandon Curry, who won the title of Mr. Olympia in 2019, William Bonac, who competes every year, and Hadi Choopan, who hails from Iran, are three of the most formidable competitors.
There are also a few long shots that have a shot of cracking the top three, and they are called dark horses. Nick Walker, who had a breakthrough year in 2021 (he placed sixth in the Olympia), dedicated the entirety of his offseason to preparing for this one competition. Hunter Labrada, whose father is the legendary bodybuilder and former Mr. Universe Lee Labrada, has made significant progress in his back and has high aspirations of winning.
Naturally, this is just a sample of what the fans can look forward to in the future. Continue reading for BarBend’s detailed results page, which also includes information on how to stream the Olympia, callout reports, and division previews.
Mr Olympia 2022 Results
The Women’s Physique Olympia that took place in 2022 was the 10th time that the competition had been held. Sarah Villegas made her comeback to the stage with the intention of adding the 2022 title to the ones she won in 2020 and 2021 and becoming only the second woman in history to win the title at least three times.
Finished in second place twice Both during the preliminary judging and during the posing round of the finals, it appeared as though Natalia Coelho and Villegas were engaged in a fierce competition for the crown. At the conclusion of the competition, Natalia Coelho won the Women’s Physique Olympia for the very first time, while Villegas finished in second place for the first time in three years.
Natalia Abraham Coelho — $50,000
Sarah Villegas — $20,000
Brooke Walker — $12,000
Barbara Menage — $7,000
Ivie Rhein— $6,000
Cydney Gillon is the only figure Olympia champion in history to win a record-setting five titles, so it was expected that she would extend her reign as the most dominant competitor. However, there were more contestants on the stage in 2022 than in any other year, which meant that Gillon would be going up against the most formidable collection of rivals ever.
As the preliminary judging came to a close, the callouts may have given the impression that Gillon was well positioned to extend her winning streak. The top five winners were revealed following the posing routines that took place at the Finals, and Gillon was able to successfully defend her title.
Cydney Gillon — $50,000
Jessica Reyes Padilla — $20,000
Lola Montez — $12,000
Jossie Nathali Alarcon Becerra — $7,000
Natalia Soltero — $6,000
The 2021 champion Derek Lunsford decided not to defend his title and instead moved up to the Men’s Open category, leaving the whole 212 division in a state of uncertainty for the majority of the year. Shaun Clarida, the 2020 212 champion, increased the ambiguity by openly hinting at a potential switch to the Men’s Open class before opting, weeks before this year’s Olympia, to stay in the 212 division and compete for another championship.
At the conclusion of pre-judging, Clarida, Kamal Elgargni, the reigning winner from 2019, and relative unknown Angel Calderon Frias seemed to be the front-runners for this year’s empty championship. The top five participants took solo poses after the Finals round, and then the winners were revealed. Clarida won his second 212 Olympia championship in three years, while Calderon Frias finished in a career-best second position.
Shaun Clarida —$50,000
Angel Calderon Frias —$20,000
Kamal Elgargni —$10,000
Ahmad Ashkanani —$6,000
Oleh Kryvyi —$4,000
The contestants in the Fitness category saw the title as open for grabs since the 2021 Fitness Olympia champion Whitney Jones made the sudden decision to withdraw from this year’s competition. Because of an injury, four-time Fitness Olympia champion Oksana Grishina had to withdraw from the competition, which made the field that much more difficult to win.
Missy Truscott, the winner of the Fitness Olympia in 2020 and the runner-up in 2021, appeared to capture the attention of the judges during the preliminary round of judging. Truscott was successful in her bid to win a second title at the Fitness Olympia.
Missy Truscott — $50,000
Jaclyn Baker — $20,000
Ariel Khadr — $12,000
Sarah Kovach — $7,000
Michelle Fredua-Mensah — $6,000
The Wellness Olympia, although being one of the newest divisions in the industry, is finding its second-ever race to have a very competitive field. Francielle Mattos, the event’s inaugural champion, will attempt to defend her title against a field of 37 competitors.
In addition, the Wellness category went from having a single competitive round in 2021 to having two rounds of competition in 2021. This was a departure from its previous format. Mattos did not relinquish his title as champion of the Wellness Olympiad.
Francielle Mattos — $50,000
Isabelle Nunes — $20,000
Angela Borges — $12,000
Kassandra Gillis — $7,000
Rayane Fogal de Souza Santana — $6,000
As she took the stage against twenty eager challengers, two-time reigning champion Andrea Shaw hoped to make it a hat trick and win for the third time in a row. Margie Martin, the runner-up in the year 2020 competition, had stated that this would be her final competition after 11 years of working as a professional, which may have been enough motivation for her to prevail. Martin finished her career with a top-four finish, but it wasn’t enough to claim a victory, as Andrea Shaw won for the third time in a row and completed the hat trick.
Andrea Shaw — $50,000
Angela Yeo — $20,000
Helle Trevino — $12,000
Margie Martin — $7,000
Branka Njegovec — $6,000