The biggest bodybuilding competition of the year now has a date and location as the Olympia returns to Las Vegas.
The 2022 Olympia now has everything in place. Following the 2021 event, it was announced that the competition would move back to Las Vegas. Now, the official dates have been announced.
On Friday, Olympia Productions President Dan Soloman shared a video announcing the date for the Olympia. Soloman took to Instagram to say that the 2022 event will take place from Dec. 16-18 in Las Vegas.
““For those of you that haven’t heard, the Olympia Weekend in 2022 will be held right here in Las Vegas at Planet Hollywood the weekend of December 16th, 17th, and 18th. And I have to be honest with you guys, the things we have planned this year are going to absolutely blow your mind.”
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The Olympia will return to Sin City after two years in Orlando. Olympia production was sold to Jake Wood by American Media Inc. in 2020. Because of the pandemic, there were certain restrictions that did not allow the competition to take place in Nevada. This led to the 2020 and 2021 shows taking place in the Sunshine State.
The change did not affect Big Ramy. He won back-to-back titles in Orlando and has solidified himself as one of the best bodybuilders in the world. Brandon Curry has finished as the runner-up in each of the last two competitions after being crowned champion in 2019, which was the last show to take place in Las Vegas.
There are currently 11 divisions that compete at the biggest event of the year. This includes Wellness, which made its Olympia debut in 2021. Men’s Open continues to be the highlight of the weekend a d competitors have already started competing in order to qualify for the 2022 Olympia. So far, there are 12 athletes who have already earned qualification by either winning a show or finishing top five in Men’s Open in 2021.
- Rafael Brandao (2021 Romania Muscle Fest Pro winner)
- Hadi Choopan (3rd place in 2021)
- Shaun Clarida (2021 Legion Sports Fest Pro winner)
- Brandon Curry (runner-up in 2021)
- Samson Dauda (2021 EVLS Prague Pro winner)
- Nathan De Asha (2021 Yamamoto Pro Cup winner)
- Mamdouh Elssbiay (2021 Olympia champion)
- Angel Calderon Frias (2021 Bigman Weekend Pro Spain winner)
- Regan Grimes (2021 KO Pro Egypt Winner)
- Hunter Labrada (4th place in 2021)
- Joel Thomas (2021 Toronto Pro Supershow winner)
- Nick Walker (5th place in 2021)
Competitors will have plenty of chances to qualify in 2022. There are no more Men’s Open competitions currently planned this year. The next one is set to take place during the 2022 Arnold Classic on March 3-6 in Columbus. Athletes now have a date to target for the 2022 Olympia.