There have been many exciting announcements regarding the 2019 Olympia; which includes 4-time Mr. Olympia Jay Cutler being named the honorary ambassador for the big weekend, and Mark Wahlberg promoting his brands this year.
But, Chief Olympia Officer Dan Solomon made some announcements at the New York Pro competition on Saturday and let’s just say we’re going to see some interesting changes. To start, the men’s and women’s physique finals will take place on the main arena stage, which means the winners from all eight pro divisions will be crowned on the Friday and Saturday evening of the finals. (via Mrolympia.com)
“We’ve worked hard to maximize the Olympia experience for all competitors,” said Dan Solomon. These are the best of the best and they deserve every opportunity to stand on the sport’s most prestigious stage. Our producer for the weekend, Tamer El-Guindy, has a lot planned for both the Friday evening and Saturday evening arena productions.”
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Announcement: For the first time in Olympia history, the champions of all 8 Olympia pro divisions will be crowned during the Friday & Saturday evening Arena finals. During a visit to the podium at Saturday night’s sold-out New York Pro, Chief Olympia Officer Dan Solomon revealed that the Finals for both the Men’s Physique Olympia and Women’s Physique Olympia will now be held on the main arena stage. Solomon stated, “These are the best of the best and they deserve every opportunity to stand on the sport’s most prestigious stage. Jim Manion, president of the IFBB Professional League, explains, “These changes are great for the fans as well as the athletes. This means that every competitor, in all divisions, can train to one day stand on the Olympia arena stage.” Additionally, the Olympia’s 212 Bodybuilding Final has been moved to Friday night with its champion crowned at the end of the evening. Solomon adds, “The crowning of the 212 champion is a great way to end the Friday evening show. The 212 athletes will also benefit from the chance to compete in a more standard one-day format.” While details have yet to be announced, Solomon indicated that plans are in the works to increase prize money in the women’s divisions. “The women have become such an important part of the Olympia experience and we are planning to award more total prize money to the women than any event in the history of the sport.” Tickets are now on sale at MrOlympia.com @dansolomon_official @tamerelguindy @t_manion @jmmanion @caydenriley
IFBB President Jim Manion also had some great things to say about the changes this year…
“These changes are great for the fans as well as the athletes. This means that every competitor, in all divisions, can train to one day stand on the Olympia arena stage.”
But the announcements didn’t end there… the 212 division final will conclude Friday night’s event with the winner being crowned. Plus, Dan Solomon is working to increase the prize money for female competitors as he made the following statement…
“The women have become such an important part of the Olympia experience and we are planning to award more total prize money to the women than any event in the history of the sport.”
Sometimes change is a good thing and so far we’ve seen quite a few regarding the 2019 Olympia. But the good thing is that the competitors and fans can all benefit from these changes, and have some exciting stuff to look forward to this year.