As bodybuilders prepare for the 2023 Mr. Olympia it is unfortunately normal to see athletes drop out regardless of a long year of competitions, training, and prep. This sad fact became a reality for Women’s bodybuilding staple Kristina Mendoza. In an emotional post on Instagram, Mendoza revealed she wouldn’t be competing due to her body not responding adequately during prep.
Kristina Mendoza has been dedicated to improving her physique since she started back in 2016. After two years of placing in the top five, she decided to make an attempt to earn her Pro card. Her first try at the 2018 Chicago Pro would leave her just shy of her goal with her taking second. This only fueled the fire for Kristina Mendoza as she was determined to find success.
The following year, Mendoza returned for the 2019 IFBB Chicago Pro where she ultimately placed first and secured her Pro card. Wasting no time, Mendoza rushed into her first Pro debut just nine weeks later at the 2019 IFBB Pro Rising Phoenix and fell into the 16th spot at one of female bodybuilding’s biggest competitions. While her eagerness may have been her downfall, her ability to adapt and persevere is what has propelled her to success as of late.
Women’s Bodybuilding Kristina Mendoza Shares Heartfelt Message To Fans As She Withdraws From The 2023 Olympia
This year, fans saw Kristina Mendoza kill it on stage at the 2023 Chicago Pro where she took first and earned her qualifier for the Olympia stage. Though in September, Mendoza dropped in the ranks as she placed eighth at the Rising Phoenix Arizona Pro.
Despite her hard work all year it seems Mendoza wasn’t satisfied with the results as she recently took to Instagram to share her emotional withdrawal for the Olympia competition.
Hello friends, fans, and family.
I am heartbroken to announce that….
*I will not be competing at this years 2023 Mr. Olympia.*
Long story short, many of you know that I have been on prep since January and at this point in time my body is no longer cooperating nor responding to prep. As much as I have dreamed and worked to be on that Olympia stage, I will not allow ego nor outside influence dictate my decision. I do not solely want to step on the Olympia stage due to the fact that I have qualified… I want to be at my very best when I do so.
It was not an easy choice to make, but I have come to peace with my decision.
Sometimes all you can do is leave it in Gods hands and rest.
Thankful and grateful for the continuous love and support. 🙏🏽✨” Kristina Mendoza wrote.
Seeing that this would be her first time on bodybuilding’s biggest stage, fans were extremely let down by the sudden disappointment. Kristina Mendoza isn’t the first to announce their removal of the competition and sadly it’s possible she won’t be the last.
Former two-time Mr. Olympia champion Mamdouh ‘Big Ramy’ Elssbiay broke the news of his decision to sit out the 2023 Mr. Olympia following his sudden fall from the throne in 2022 when he took fifth place.
This was one of the biggest backslides in the history of Olympia champions. Undeterred, Big Ramy competed at the 2023 Arnold Classic where he placed fourth. Many expected him to avenge the title and compete at Mr. Olympia but he recently shared his sudden change of heart so he could focus on correcting the problems with his physique.
Mr. Olympia is the most prestigious competition in the sport of bodybuilding. Only the best of the best grace the stage and just a select few will ever hold the title of Mr. Olympia. Our team at Fitness Volt looks forward to her eventual return!