Flex Lewis made historical past within the Olympia’s 212 Bodybuilding division, profitable seven straight instances earlier than his retirement in 2018. He was actually unbeatable, however clearly prepared for one thing extra. Because the mud settled from his ultimate win and retirement, Lewis confirmed that sure, he’d actually retired — from the 212 division. However he had his sights set on an excellent larger (actually) purpose: competing within the Open Bodybuilding division and turning into Mr. Olympia in 2020.
It’s a lofty purpose, however it’s been a very long time coming. In a latest Instagram repost of a poster that includes a couple of of this 12 months’s most enjoyable Mr. Olympia rivals, Lewis mirrored on his 17-year journey and recalled the day he first met Neil “Yoda” Hill again in September of 2003. The poster options Lewis; defending Mr. Olympia Brandon Curry; seven-time Mr. Olympia Phil Heath, who will return this 12 months for the primary time since his loss to Shawn Rhoden in 2018; and Dexter Jackson, a former Mr. O who plans on closing out his historic bodybuilding profession after his 21st Olympia competitors this 12 months.
“I’ve misplaced out on many issues so as to see my face on this poster, however let me make it clear I’m not right here to participate,” Lewis wrote. “Each man has their very own story and I’ll NEVER shit on one other mans goals. I’m solely following what I imagine is mine!”
Whereas his 212 Olympia victories alone didn’t qualify him for the 2020 Mr. Olympia lineup, Lewis was given a well-deserved special invitation to the present earlier within the 12 months. Now, the time to point out off his efforts on bodybuilding’s largest stage is rapidly approaching.
Within the time since, there have been some welcome modifications to the competition. Specifically, it’ll now be held on the Planet Hollywood Resort & On line casino proper on the Vegas strip. The Ms. Olympia is again, and quite a lot of former champs in varied girls’s and males’s divisions are returning. Extra just lately, the announcement that Heath is returning this 12 months in hopes of selecting up the place he left off in 2018 shook the bodybuilding world.
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