The 2021 Mr. Olympia went down in Orlando, Florida, from October 7th-10th. These are the complete results and recap of the bodybuilding action from the most prestigious competition in the sport.
This year the Olympia brought with it a ton of exciting action, from start to finish. Moving from its usual home of Las Vegas to Orlando, the bodybuilders who took the stage were competing for more than just the coveted Sandow, but also for a record setting total prize money of just under $1.6 million.
There were a total of 11 divisions that competed this year, including the first ever appearance of the Wellness Division on the big stage. The other divisions competing were as follows:
- Men’s Open
- 212 Division
- Classic Physique
- Men’s Physique
- Ms. Olympia
- Figure Division
- Fitness Division
- Women’s Physique
- Bikini Division
- Wellness Division
- Wheelchair Division
As always, the biggest attraction at the 2021 Mr. Olympia was, of course, the Men’s Open Bodybuilding division. Fans were excited to see if reigning champ Big Ramy would be able to bring his best package to the stage, like he did last year to win the title, and continue his reign of terror over the rest of the division.
That said, there were a lot of competitors looking to stop that from happening, even if 7x time champ Phil Heath was not a part of the roster this year. There were former champs like Brandon Curry, as well as crafty veterans like William Bonac and Hadi Choopan, and new guns like Nick Walker and Hunter Labrada in the mix.
This was just one part of what made this year’s Olympia so exciting from start to finish. Throughout the entire lineup there were storylines that made for exciting theater, on top of seeing the best bodybuilders in the world compete.
In the end, only one person in each division would be victorious, winning the Sandow trophy and the title of champion. By the end of the weekend, this is how the scorecards played out.
2021 Mr. Olympia Complete Results
Mr. Olympia (Men’s Open)
The biggest attraction for the Olympia is always the Men’s Open, which this year saw a boost from fans who were excited to see what kind of physique reigning champ Big Ramy would bring to the stage. It was clear that if he could match his package from 2020, it would be a sure-fire win.
In the end, Ramy was a little off compared to that 2020 package, but it was nowhere near enough for him to be dethroned. He won the contest, leaving 2019 champ Brandon Curry to come in second place, and Hadi Choopan to find himself in third.
- Winner — Mamdouh “Big Ramy” Elssbiay, $400,000
- Second Place — Brandon Curry, $150,000
- Third Place — Hadi Choopan, $100,000
- Fourth Place — Hunter Labrada, $40,000
- Fifth Place — Nick Walker, $35,000
The 212 Olympia was the division that had the most shock in its results, at least for some. Heading into the event, it seemed that Shaun Clarida would be able to retain his title, or perhaps lose to former champ Kamal Elgargni.
Instead it was Derek Lunsford who broke his longstanding streak of being the bridesmaid and never the bride, finally winning the 212 title. This improved physique dropped Clarida to second, while putting Elgargni in third.
- Winner — Derek Lunsford, $50,000
- Second Place — Shaun Clarida, $20,000
- Third Place — Kamal Elgargni, $10,000
- Fourth Place — Angel Calderon Frias, $5,000
- Fifth Place — Nathan Epler, $3,000
Classic Physique is the fastest growing division in bodybuilding, and it did not disappoint at the 2021 Mr. Olympia. Chris Bumstead was the two-time champ heading into this contest, but Terrence Ruffin and Breon Ansley were hot on his tail.
In the end, the top three mirror that of last year, with Chris defending his title, Terrence coming in second, and the former champ Breon bringing up the third place position. However there were two newcomers rounding out the top five, proving just how quickly this division is growing.
- Winner — Chris Bumstead, $50,000
- Second Place — Terrence Ruffin, $15,000
- Third Place — Breon Ansley, $10,000
- Fourth Place — Urs Kalecinski, $3000
- Fifth Place — Ramon Rocha Querioz, $2000
The running joke when it came to the Men’s Physique Division, was that there was a bit of a game of hot potato going on between the two-time champ Brandon Hendrickson, and former champ Raymont Edmonds, who took the title in 2019. However this year, things were a totally different story.
Hendrickson retained his title, earning his third Men’s Physique Olympia win. However Edmonds dropped to fifth place, with the likes of Erin Banks, Diogo Montenegro, and Kyron Holden coming ahead of him.
- Winner — Brandon Hendrickson, $50,000
- Second Place — Erin Banks, $15,000
- Third Place — Diogo Montenegro, $10,000
- Fourth Place — Kyron Holden
- Fifth Place — Raymont Edmonds
This was the second year that the Ms. Olympia took place, since being removed from the big show in 2014. However this year proved that it is still tough to beat the gritty veterans that the division has to offer.
Reigning champ Andrea Shaw defended her title, winning the contest for a second year in a row. This left longtime vets Helle Trevino and Margie Martin coming in second and third place, respectively.
- Winner — Andrea Shaw, $50,000
- Second Place — Helle Trevino, $20,000
- Third Place — Margie Martin, $10,000
- Fourth Place — Mona Poursaleh, $5,000
- Fifth Place — Irene Andersen, $4,000
The Figure Division never ceases to offer entertainment, but the main story has been the dominance of champ Cydney Gillon. She held four titles going into this contest, and looked to secure a fifth.
In the end, she did just that, proving that even though her competitors are improving, they are not on her level. That said, if anyone did come close to beating her, it was certainly Natalia Soltero, who came in second, and Stephanie Gibson, who landed in third place.
- Winner — Cydney Gillon, $50,000
- Second Place — Natalia Soltero, $20,000
- Third Place — Stephanie Gibson, $10,000
- Fourth Place — Jessica Reyes Padilla, $5,000
- Fifth Place — Nicole Zenobia Graham, $4,000
Known for their elaborate solo routines, the Fitness Olympia is always worth the watch. Leading the charge on this division had been Missy Truscott, who won the title in 2020 after beating Whitney Jones.
However Whitney struck revenge this year, regaining her title and putting Missy back in second place. Rounding out the top three in this division was another former champ, Oksana Grishina.
- Winner — Whitney Jones, $50,000
- Second Place — Missy Truscott, $20,000
- Third Place — Oksana Grishina, $10,000
- Fourth Place — Ariel Khadr, $5,000
- Fifth Place — Jaclyn Baker, $4,000
When two-time champ Shanique Grant announced that she was retiring, the woman who took her title, Sarah Villegas offered her $20,000 to make a return. In hindsight, this might have been because Sarah knew this was the only lady who could push her onstage.
Villegas won the 2021 Women’s Physique Olympia, defending the title and capturing her second Sandow. Coming just behind her was Natalia Coelho, who made a solid account of herself en route to second place, as well as first-timer Brooke Walker, who looks to be the future of this division.
- Winner — Sarah Villegas, $50,000
- Second Place — Natalia Coelho, $20,000
- Third Place — Brooke Walker, $10,000
- Fourth Place — Barbara Menage, $5,000
- Fifth Place — Ana Harias, $4,000
Always the most stacked division at the Olympia, this year’s Bikini lineup had something different to offer. With the decision from 2020 champ Janet Layug to sit this year out, the title was up for grabs to any of the ladies who could take it.
In the end, it was Jennifer Dorie who showed the complete package needed to snatch the crown and win first place. To do so, she beat out veteran competitors Lauralie Chapados, and Ashley Kaltwasser.
- Winner — Jennifer Dorie, $50,000
- Second Place — Lauralie Chapados, $20,000
- Third Place — Ashley Kaltwasser, $12,000
- Fourth Place — Maureen Blanquisco, $5,000
- Fifth Place — Elisa Pecini, $4,000
Another reason that the 2021 Mr. Olympia was worth tuning into, was the fact that it featured the first ever appearance of the Wellness Division. This is a division that sees the female athletes judged on their overall package and presentation.
Making history as the first ever Wellness Olympia champ was Francielle Mattos. She was able to beat out the likes of Angela Borge and Isabella Nunes, who each made a good account of themselves, but did not ultimately beat Francielle.
- Winner — Francielle Mattos
- Second Place — Angela Borges
- Third Place — Isabella Nunes
- Fourth Place — Yarishna Ayala
- Fifth Place — Julia Chitara
Always an inspiring competition, the Wheelchair Olympia looks at athletes who are differently abled, yet work hard all the same. This year also saw recognition of the first female Wheelchair athlete to earn an IFBB Pro Card, Jen Pasky Jaquin.
To the surprise of few, Harold Kelley continued his reign as the only champion in this division’s history. That said, we saw a lot of improvements from the likes of Gabriele Andriulle, who scored second place, and Antoni Khadraoui, who placed third.
- Winner — Harold Kelley
- Second Place — Gabriele Andriulle
- Third Place — Antoni Khadraoui
- Fourth Place — Adelfo Cerame Jr.
- Fifth Place — Tyler Brey
Congratulations are in order for all of the winners of the 2021 Mr. Olympia. This was an incredible year of competition, and each person is more than deserving of their win.
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