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Ahead of 2022 Mr. Olympia Bodybuilding Championship, a Look Back at 2021’s Whopping 1.6 Million Prize Money Distribution

Published 10/08/2022, 12:30 PM EDT

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2021 Mr. Olympia, which was held in Orlando, Florida, was on a whole other level. Mamdouh “Big Ramy” Elssbiay claimed his back-to-back, Mr. Olympia. Because of the enormous prize money of $1.6 million, this Olympia was the biggest ever. During the Olympia, Chris Bumstead also became the three-time champion to win the Classic Physique Olympia.

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The Olympia takes place every year, and it is a huge event for people who enjoy bodybuilding as a profession or passion. The fans are eagerly waiting for the 2022 Olympia, which will be held on December 15th.


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Mamdouh Mohammed Hassan Elssbiay, also known as “Big Ramy” hails from Baltim, Egypt. Elssbiay tasted his first back-to-back victory this year. In the prejudging, Brandon Curry, the 2019 Mr. Olympia, and defending champion Elssbiay were dominating the show. Nick Walker and Hunter Labrada also showed great physiques. The championship was worth the hype for all the bodybuilding fans, and watching Elssbiay claim the title again was terrific.

What made 2021 Mr. Olympia such a big deal

With all the big shots like Mamdouh Elssbiay, Brandon Curry, Nick Walker, Hunter Labrada, and Hadi Choopan, participating in the event was also the hype of the year. There were also a lot of other professionals who had great physiques who participated. Every single moment was a blessing to the viewers and the bodybuilding fans.

The whole event was very successful as viewers were confused because Elssbiay, Curry, and Choopan had the potential for the number one spot.


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While breaking down the whole prize of Mr. Olympia, “Big Ramy” secured a hefty $400,000. As per others, Brandon Curry got $150,000, Hadi Choopan $100,000, Hunter Labrada $40,000, and finally Nick Walker with $35,000.

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Even seven-time Mr. Olympia champion Phil Heath was surprised by the results. The 2021 Mr. Olympia was a spectacular event in bodybuilding history, with not only the biggest prize pool but also great competitors.

The transformation of Mr. Olympia over the years

The first Mr. Olympia was held in 1965 when Larry Scott lifted the title of having the best physique in the world. Every year, a legend walks through this field and claims his award for maintaining such a great body. Legends like Arnold Schwarzenegger, Ronnie Coleman, and Lee Haney are very much respected in the bodybuilding community.


During the 70s, when these people used to make around $1000 every year, Now if we compare $1000 and $400,000, it is the same difference between hell and heaven. Bodybuilding used to be a very casual sport during the mid-1900s, but now it is one of the top-grossing sports.


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Both money and physiques have changed throughout the years and have proved that bodybuilding won’t fade away over the course of time.


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Rahul Goutam Hoom


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