Fans have been wondering if 7x Mr. Olympia Phil Heath would take the stage again at the 2021 Olympia. Now his coach, Hany Rambod has confirmed that this will not be the case.
Heath returned to the stage last year, in an attempt to earn his eighth Mr. Olympia title. In the end, he would come in a somewhat controversial third place score, falling behind Big Ramy and Brandon Curry.
Since then Phil has shown some improvements to his midsection, which was his biggest weakness, and hinted at some major things that he had in the works, leading some to wonder if he would be competing at the 2021 Mr. Olympia. However his coach, Hany Rambod spoke in a Q&A on YouTube and confirmed that Phil will not be competing at this year’s Olympia.
“This is a question that so many people have been asking me. I’m going to go ahead and go, we’re less than three weeks out. The reason why people are asking me this is because they saw Hadi (Choopan) with me, they saw Derek (Lunsford) with me, and they saw Andre (Ferguson) with me. They said ‘Where’s Phil, how come he’s not with you? You haven’t posted about him, you haven’t talked about him,'” Rambod said.
“Let me get this wide and clear for everybody out there. Phil Heath, seven-time Mr. Olympia, is not doing the 2021 Mr. Olympia. The bottom line is he’s not doing the Olympia because he doesn’t need to. He’s going to go into more details about what other things he’s working on and everything else, but right now, bottom line is just he’s not doing the show.
“For those of you who are like ‘Oh he was doing it, did he pull out?’ No. He didn’t pull out, he was never planning on doing the Olympia this year,” Rambod added.
“Now could he do the Olympia? I mean Phil’s very dangerous. If he decides to do something, believe me… It’s one of those things where he could do any show, he’s a threat to any show he does. But right now, absolutely he is not dong the 2021 Mr. Olympia. I don’t know how to make that any clearer.”
While it is disappointing to fans of Phil Heath to hear that he is not competing in Florida next month, this is something he has been essentially suggesting for a while. That being said, it will be interesting to see what his next move is.
Phil Heath Bodybuilding History
- 2003 Northern Colorado State, Novice, Light-Heavyweight 1st and overall
- 2003 NPC Colorado State, Light-Heavyweight, 1st
- 2004 NPC Colorado State, Heavyweight, 1st and Overall
- 2005 NPC Junior Nationals, HeavyWeight, 1st and Overall
- 2005 NPC USA Championships, HeavyWeight, 1st and Overall
- 2006 Colorado Pro Championships, 1st
- 2006 New York Pro Championship, 1st
- 2007 Arnold Classic, 5th
- 2008 IFBB Iron Man, 1st
- 2008 Arnold Classic, 2nd
- 2008 Mr. Olympia, 3rd
- 2009 Mr. Olympia, 5th
- 2010 Arnold Classic, 2nd
- 2010 Mr. Olympia, 2nd
- 2011 Mr. Olympia, 1st
- 2011 Sheru Classic, 1st
- 2012 Mr. Olympia, 1st
- 2012 Sheru Classic, 1st
- 2013 Mr. Olympia, 1st
- 2013 Arnold Classic Europe, 1st
- 2014 Mr. Olympia, 1st
- 2015 Mr. Olympia, 1st
- 2016 Mr. Olympia, 1st
- 2017 Mr. Olympia, 1st
- 2018 Mr. Olympia, 2nd
- 2020 Mr. Olympia, 3rd