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Down-Syndrome Bodybuilder Poses Next to Mr. Olympia People Choice Winner Nick ‘The Mutant’ Walker in a Historic Moment

Published 04/03/2023, 6:07 AM EDT

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It doesn’t take a special occasion for bodybuilding giant Nick Walker to entertain his fans with his insane physique. In recent times, fans went crazy as Nick ‘The Mutant’ Walker showed off his big guns and took various poses. Stood beside him was another bodybuilder who takes immense inspiration from Walker and is constantly impressed by him. As captioned by the former’s official Instagram page, meeting Walker was no short of witnessing “history last night.”

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Kyle Landi is a bodybuilder and fitness model, who also suffers from the rare condition of Down Syndrome. The 22-year-old’s efforts to defy all odds has often landed him posing alongside some of the elite bodybuilders of the sport such as eight-time Mr. Olympia Ronnie Coleman, four-time Arnold Classic winner Flex Wheeler, four-time Mr. Olympia Chris Bumstead, and the likes. This time, Landi posed alongside the 2022 Mr. Olympia People Choice Winner.

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An Instagram post by greenrangerkyle went, “We witnessed history last night. Kyle had an experience of a lifetime with @nick_walker39 what a great role model and representation of the bodybuilding and fitness community. Thank you Nic and to all of the men and woman in our community who rallied behind @greenrangerkyle”. Nick Walker too shared the post on his Instagram page.

That Landi “had an experience of a lifetime” is undoubtedly true. Not every day does someone get to meet the Mr. Olympia People’s Choice Award winner of 2022. Walker’s loyal fans crowned him the fan-favorite winner last year. And, once again, they made their presence felt yesterday with their loud cheers in the audience.


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Landi had a great time at the Pure Muscle Championships. The two truly entertained fans together. The bodybuilder, who despite his down syndrome, seemed unstoppable at the Arnold Classic 2023, continued to hit his purple patch yesterday. But his shining moment also must’ve been posing alongside the runners-up at 2022 Mr. Olympia.


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Not just in the live audience, but fans in the comment section also found the camaraderie shared between the two bodybuilders especially inspiring. Walker made the day of Landi, and brought joy to so many bodybuilding fans across the world. Would this go a long way into him claiming Mr. Olympia People’s Choice Award again this year? What do you think?

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Tanmay Roy


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Tanmay Roy is an American sports writer at EssentiallySports. For Tanmay, it was the Olympics that turned out to be the defining moment to take a serious interest in the field of sports. As a sports writer, he finds his inspiration from the early individual achievements of Michael Phelps, Pete Sampras, and John McEnroe.
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