2011 Mr. Olympia Results:
1. Phil Heath
2. Jay Cutler
3. Kai Greene
4. Victor Martinez
5. Dennis Wolf
6. Dexter Jackson
7. Toney Freeman
8. Brandon Curry
9. Ronny Rockel
10. Hidetada Yamagishi
Jay Cutler: A Mentor’s Class Act
This year’s Mr. Olympia competition is one of the best. It will surely come down as a classic as Phil Heath won over his mentor and best friend and the then reigning Mr. Olympia, Jay Cutler. A lot of bodybuilding fans had already predicted the fierce battle between Phil Heath and Jay Cutler as they have been pitted neck and neck on last years competition where Jay Cutler took home the number one bodybuilder title.
Jay was on his way to his 5th Mr. Olympia title while Phil is on his first. Only Arnold, Lee, Dorian and Ronnie have more wins than Jay Cutler. Jay even had a frame ready for his 5th title already. Too bad he won’t be able to use it in 2011 as he lost to his best friend Phil.
So how did Jay Cutler lose to Phil? If you check out the videos, Jay was actually and obviously bigger than Phil. Their muscles look neck and neck but what makes the difference that experts made them decide that Phil deserve to be Mr. O?
History of Mr. Olympia
The competition won’t be here if it wasn’t for Mr. Joe Weider. Out of genuine act of kindness, the father of Mr. Olympia, Joe Weider made the competition to let bodybuilders continue competing to earn money after Mr. Universe. The first Mr. Olympia was won by Larry Scott on September 18, 1965. He became the back to back winner on 1966 and retired shortly there after. Mr. Olympia is the Ms. Universe of the bodybuilding world. It’s a big deal to come and qualify, it’s a bigger big deal if you come top 6 and the most big deal is being crowned Mr. Olympia.
The most famous Mr.O is Arnold Schwarzenegger who won the title seven times and became a Hollywood actor. Arnold popularized the sport. He became Governor of California later on in his career.
The current record holder for the most number of wins is Lee Haney and Ronnie Coleman who won 8 titles.
Phil Heath is the 13th person to ever win the coveted title.
Check out this video of Jay Cutler and Phil Heath working their muscles flexing ‘em for the crowd and judges. A lot of Jay Cutler had won the Mr. O competition for 4 years already. The 2011 title would have been his fifth.
Cutler, dreamed of bodybuilding as a living. And he did use his dream to propel himself and work his way to the top. Jay had a lot of critics before he came to the top. He gained more critics when he gained Mr. Olympia. He was simply the target of all kinds of criticism but nothing deterred him from climbing to the top again and again. Jay simply experienced a lot when he was still young and he was able to get the will to strive harder and harder no matter what the odds are.
At the age of 18, he started bodybuilding to the top. He won 3 consecutive Arnold classic titles on 2002,2003 and 2004. He then lost to Ronnie Coleman 4 times in a row before finally claiming the title and be Mr. Olympia the first time. His four titles came from his wins on 2006, 2007, 2009 and 2010. His 2008 defeat came from Dexter Jackson. Cutler is already on his 13th time in the Mr. Olympia business.
Some people say that the reason why Jay lost is because of a mild injury a few weeks before the competition. Some say Phil Heath would still have won even if Jay didn’t sustain an injury. Most people say, Phil was going to win the competition. Based on what you’ll see from videos, Jay Cutler is actually bigger than Phil Heath. What Phil has though is symmetry. Even though Jay is the “bigger” guy, Phil Heath’s body looks a lot more proportional.
So why did Jay Cutler lose? Can’t really say. We are not the judges. We can only speculate. But Jay is a class of his own. He admitted defeat and told his best friend Phil Heath he is very happy for him. And that makes all the difference.
A few words from Jay Cutler after Phil Heath was the announced winner:
“Surprisingly I’m very happy because Phil Heath is my best friend”
“I told him he could be the best someday.”
“Now you are the king.”
Now that’s class act. Good luck to Jay Cutler next year!