“Its So Sad to See Mutant Like This”: As Nick Walker Ends Up in Wheelchair Owing to Horrible Injury, Bodybuilding World Is Devastated

Published 11/01/2023, 4:01 PM EDT

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This year something surprising happened in the world of bodybuilding before Mr. Olympia 2023 event. Many male and female bodybuilders withdrew, much to the surprise of us all. The Olympia is a prestigious event started by Joe Weider, back in 1965. Arnold Schwarzenegger helped make it a mainstream sport, and everybody had dreamt of winning this coveted title once. The hardest part is when they prepare and sacrifice everything to be a part of this event, and some unfortunate incident forces you to back out from it, breaking the athlete’s heart.

Nick ‘the Mutant’ Walker, who lost the previous year’s competition to Hadi Choopan and Derek Lunsford, made a promise to himself that he would win this year. However, just a day before, Walker announced the devastating news that he would not take part in this year’s contest due to injury. Later on, he shared a video of him sitting in a wheelchair.

Nick Walker’s heartbreaking withdrawal from Olympia


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Mr. Olympia shared a video on their Instagram account where Walker sadly said that it was a difficult decision to make, but “I will not be competing in this year’s Mr. Olympia due to a hamstring tear.” His brutal injury made him quit this year.

The IFBB pro’s latest Instagram post disheartened his fans and followers around the world. He captioned this reel video, “Making the best of it.” He’s showing his mental strength during this difficult time. Because Olympia is scheduled on 2nd November. It must be killing him inside that despite coming this close to performing on the prestigious stage, he won’t be able to do that anymore. The discipline he maintained, and the sacrifices he made to pursue his dream, ended for this year.


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Regardless of his situation, the Mutant made a strong statement, and said, “I know myself there’s just another reason for me to come back stronger, another reason to come back.” He showcased his determination. But seeing him in a wheelchair broke this fan’s heart.

Fans are praying for Walker’s fast recovery

They flooded the comments section and showered on their love and support. “It’s so sad to see Mutant like this.”Another fan expresses their feelings, “breaks my heart seeing that, here’s to a quick a** recovery and a big W next year,” One user sends him a prayer, “My Prayer go out to you.”


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The majority of people wrote to his post, “Nooo–champ brotha I’m sorry migoo’ injuries be part of the game. Hope you heal up niece.” Other fans stated, “Crazy seeing him in a wheel chair, tear must have been severe.”  Many showed their faith in him and added, “You’ll come back stronger champ, we believe in you.” One of the strongest competitors in the Men’s open division quits, who do you think would win? Tell us in the comments below.

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Arpita Shrivastava


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Arpita Shrivastava is a bodybuilding writer at EssentiallySports. She holds a Master's Degree in Mass communication. She has done her graduation in Hindi literature From Delhi University.
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Anuj Jacob