“Absolutely”: After Winning Mr. Olympia 2023, Derek Lunsford Confirms His Presence at Arnold’s Classic 2024

Published 11/08/2023, 9:26 AM EST

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Winning the Mr. Olympia is always exciting even if it is the second time that a bodybuilder has won the competition. However, for Derek Lunsford, things were different as he became the first person to win in two different categories, having won the title in the 212 category earlier. After a thoroughly exciting exhibition of the best physiques in the world on the stage of Mr. Olympia, Derek Lunsford was chosen as the Mr. Olympia 2023 and this was celebrated by the entire bodybuilding industry. But what’s next? Let us look at what Lunsford has kept secret for his next goal.

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Derek Lunsford is only 30 years old. Yet the bodybuilder has already won 2 Mr. Olympia titles beating bodybuilding beasts like the Persian Wolf this year. Recently, he announced exciting news about what he was doing next.

Derek Lunsford talks about his participation in the Arnold Classic

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In his latest Instagram live video, Lunsford shared a piece of important news about what he was looking forward to now. While walking on the treadmills, the bodybuilder was talking to his fans and replying to their queries. When one of his fans asked him about his plans to participate at Arnold’s, the 2023 Mr. Olympia said one word to make the news and keep his fans anticipating. He stated, “Absolutely. Yes, I’d be at the Arnold’s.”

Often, many Mr. Olympia winners skip the Arnold Classic event as it gives them a much needed rest after the marquee event. However, it seems like Lunsford wants to get to all the competitions he can. However, it needs to be seen if the Mr. Olympia winner can repeat the same success at the Arnold Classic. That being said, since the event named after the seven-time Mr. Olympia winner is set to be on free Pay-Per-View this time, fans will definitely look forward to seeing the Olympia winner on stage.

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Earlier, after losing the Mr. Olympia title to Derek Lunsford, last year’s winner, Hadi Choopan had stormed off the stage after being asked to pose with the medals. Later, Lunsford had talked about the comments he was getting from Choopan’s fans.

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Derek Lunsford’s opinion about Choopan fans’ negative comments

In one of his Instagram posts, Lunsford put forward how he was getting several negative comments from fans of the Persian Wolf after the event. In reply, the 2023 Mr. Olympia simply said, “I just want to say that there is a point where it does cross the line.” Then he focused on the fact that he would not prefer that his family get dragged into these comments. Lunsford also mentioned that he is on good terms with Choopan, yet the fans were reacting aggressively.

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The bodybuilding world would now have high expectations from Derek Lunsford, now that he has won another Mr. Olympia title. With his thorough dedication and commitment to the sport, do you think Lunsford will be able to win the Arnold Classic too? Let us know in the comments below.

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Pritha Halder

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Pritha Halder is a Bodybuilding and Fitness writer at EssentiallySports. She holds a Bachelor's degree in English Language and Literature from a multidisciplinary university. Pritha started her career as a content writer for a literary magazine.
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Abhishek Manikandan

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