He appeared on stage at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL on December 19, 2020. Mamdouh “Big Ramy” Elssbiay was crowned Mr. Olympia in 2020 and received a check for $ 400,000. 2019 winner Brandon Curry finished second and Phil Heath, who has won seven Mr. Olympia titles, finished third. Here are the full top 5 from Mr. Olympia for 2020:
2020 Mr. Olympia Top Five
- winner – Mamdouh Elssbiay, $ 400,000
- Second place – Brandon Curry, $ 150,000
- third place – Phil Heath, $ 100,000
- fourth place – Hadi Choopan, $ 45,000
- fifth place – William Bonac, $ 40,000
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Big Ramy, who is from Egypt, has participated in a total of seven Olympias, including this year’s show. His lowest place was on his 2013 debut, where he finished eighth. His highest ranking before 2020 was 2017. He finished second on that show. Big Ramy also won the People’s Champ Award – an award that fans voted on – which debuted in 2018. With his win in 2020, Big Ramy is the only bodybuilder to have won both the Mr. Olympia and People’s Champ awards.
Before this year’s Olympics, the squad was on the move. Cedric McMillan, Flex Lewis, and James Hollingshead all retired. Then, a week before the big event, Roelly Winklaar tested positive for COVID-19 and had to withdraw to the disappointment of many fans. Despite so many worthy competitors from the lineup, the 2020 Olympics were still delivering.
This marked the first time since 2018 that Phil Heath had appeared on stage when he was dethroned by Shawn Rhoden. Again, this was easily (and obviously) Big Ramy’s best package yet. At 290 pounds, Big Ramy managed to maintain a tight, ripped midsection and general conditioning level rarely seen by a competitor of this size. Hadi Choopan and William Bonac looked great too, finishing fourth and fifth respectively.
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This was especially Dexter Jackson’s swan song. At the age of 51 years and four decades in competition, the 2008 Mr. Olympia got a standing ovation and performed a moving posing routine. He then gave a speech and thanked God, all the staff at IFBB and Olympia and his fans, to whom he attributes the impressive length of his career.
With this O victory, Big Ramy is the 16th man to have won the Mr. Olympia since the competition began in 1965. The bodybuilding superbowl is in the books and another champion is crowned. If you missed any of the promotions, check out our coverage of the Olympic competition below:
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