With an uncertain future hanging over his 2024 competitive season, Nick Walker has begun mapping out his next move. In a recent PURE B.S Podcast on YouTube, Walker revealed that he will compete at a Pro show to qualify for the 2024 Mr. Olympia if he doesn’t receive a special invitation.
After claiming the third-place position and the Olympia People’s Champ Award at the 2022 Mr. Olympia contest, many fans thought Walker was fast-tracking himself to the Sandow trophy in 2023. However, before he made it to the big stage once again, he detoured to Columbus, Ohio for the Arnold Classic. Despite the exceptional conditioning displayed by Walker, he landed in second place behind Samson Dauda.
Focusing on his lower body and improving his aesthetics, Walker was all set for his third Mr. Olympia appearance until disaster struck. He was forced to remove himself from the competition after suffering a hamstring and calf tear. Sidelined in a wheelchair, Walker watched Lunsford make history as the first-ever two-division Mr. Olympia champion.
Given the circumstances, Walker believes he deserves a special invite to the 2024 Mr. Olympia contest. Although that would be an ideal route to Mr. Olympia, Walker also shared that he’s prepared to win a Pro show to ensure his entry.
Nick Walker Addresses ‘Controversy’ Over Saying He Deserves 2024 Mr. Olympia Special Invite
Walker believes that Mr. Olympia’s 60th anniversary will belong to him.
“I’m supposed to win the 60th anniversary on home turf,” stated Walker.
As for his future, Walker emphasized he’ll compete and “win something” if Olympia organizers refuse to offer him a special invitation.
“Oh I want that invite. No. No. I want that invite. Here’s the thing. There’s a lot of controversy on that topic. Am I going to be mad if they say I don’t, no I’ll win something.
That’s fine. But if they give me one do I think it’s quote on quote deserving? Going off the situation, yeah. I do. So I don’t like to assume or expect because that’s when you get let down but either way, I’m cool with it.”
Walker intends to speak with his coach Matt Jansen “soon” to discuss their future contest plans.
“Yeah the year Ramy won his first Olympia was a special invite,” added Walker. “I’m just you know, that’s something that’s got to – me and Matt have to talk about future plans soon so.”
Despite Lunsford’s victory over Hadi Choopan, Walker was still convinced he could have won had he competed. Watching the event live was a bitter pill to swallow for the Open star, but he hasn’t given up hope on his bodybuilding dream.
Since claiming the sport’s greatest honor, Lunsford hasn’t missed a beat. From guest posing appearances to a full day of eating off-season video, he intends to represent the Mr. Olympia brand to the best of his ability.
Should Walker choose not to compete at the 2024 Arnold Classic as he has said, there are still several events he could enter to clinch a qualification. With rest and recovery top priorities for ‘The Mutant,’ it appears we could hear about his contest plans sooner rather than later.