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Mr. Olympia 2022 First Call Out Full of Bodybuilding Beasts: Big Ramy, Brandon Curry, and Others

Published 12/17/2022, 3:09 AM EST

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Mr. Olympia 2022 weekend is finally here, and the best in the business are raring to go. Mamdouh ‘Big Ramy’ Elssbiay, Brandon Curry, Blessing Awodibu, Hadi Choopan, and Michal Krizo Krizanek — everyone is set to exhibit their bodies and stand a chance to win the ultimate title.

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The main highlight of today’s Mr. Olympia event came in the form of the Men’s Open Pre-Judging. The judges called out some major names in the first callout group of the night, minus Michal Krizanek and Blessing Awodibu. This could very well be the group that sees the most no. of people fighting for the title.


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Check out the full details of the First Callout Group below.

Some major names feature in the First Callout Group of Men’s Open of Mr. Olympia 2022

After some impressive individual posing from all the finalists of the Men’s Open category, it was time for the judges to call them out for a group showdown. With 15 men standing on one side of the stage and 16 on the other, anticipation grew by the second. But the judges did not keep the audience waiting for a big showdown as the defending champion, Mamdouh Elssbiay, was put up against Brandon Curry.

The rest of the field included Samson Dauda, Hadi Choopan, Derek Lunsford, and Nick Walker.


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The six bodybuilders stood toe to toe as the announcer called for different poses. In a fierce field, the competition seemed too close to call a clear winner from the group. It will be interesting to see which of these men takes home the famed Sandow Trophy.

A closely knit matchup throughout the Mr. Olympia field

The callout routine was as straightforward as always. The announcer kept announcing the poses each bodybuilder had to hit. Front Double Biceps, Front Lat Spread, Side Chest, Double Back Biceps, Back Lat Spread, Side Tricep, and Abdominals & Thighs completed the 360° round-up.


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The callout judges made a curious call by keeping the defending champ, Big Ramy, on the far right side throughout the routine. Dauda, Curry, and Walker dominated the center stage for the showcase showdown. The final callout saw a repeat of the first one as they asked all six bodybuilders to come back on stage for another showdown. The showcase positions remained rather unchanged from the first round.

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At the end of the day’s events, Derek Lunsford and Hadi Choopan emerge as the fan favorites to win the title. But, as things stand right now, it is anyone’s game heading into the finals.


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Written by:

Naman Gopal Srivastava


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Naman Gopal is a US Sports Writer at EssentiallySports. Naman is an Undergraduate in Journalism and Mass Communication, with a minor’s degree in Cinematography from the Maharashtra Institute of Technology. An ardent fan of basketball and soccer, Naman was once a national level soccer player himself.
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Simar Singh Wadhwa