Craig Golias discusses the Olympia 2020 lineup while admitting that he doesn’t follow as much due to less impressive physiques.

Craig Golias doesn’t compete in professional bodybuilding but that doesn’t mean he isn’t passionate about the sport. His dedication to getting as huge as possible originally stemmed from his love of bodybuilding as a sport. He does admit though, that he doesn’t follow it as much as he used to. He blames this on the sport being less impressive compared to the 90s and early 2000s. Regardless, we wanted his take on the upcoming Olympia 2020 lineup. In our latest GI Exclusive interview, Craig Golias shares his thoughts on the Mr. Olympia 2020 competition.

Before we dove into questions about the Mr. Olympia 2020, we asked Craig Golias if he still followed the sport regularly. He explained that he does still follow the sport but admittedly far less than he used to. What’s the reason for his falling off? Golias doesn’t find it as exciting as it once was in the 90s and early 2000s.

“I’m not super impressed with it like it used to be back in the day,” Craig Golias states during our video call. “Like late 90s/early 2000s. Those were the golden days of bodybuilding. Those were the days where like, we were still fighting for it. Now a days it’s just like, oh it’s cute. You know?”

While the 70s is more traditionally called the golden era of bodybuilding, there has been a growing rise of appreciation for the 90s specifically. For a new generation of bodybuilders and fans, the term “golden era” has now been used somewhat frequently to describe the 90s era of athletes.

This is somewhat normal as the sport’s history continues to grow. New generations bring new perspective on the sport. As the Arnold Schwarzenegger era of bodybuilding fades further into the past, new decades of the sport take the spotlight for best era.

With that part of Craig Golias’ answer in mind – it makes more sense for his take on the Olympia 2020 lineup in general. While he doesn’t say anything negative, he doesn’t seem to have an extreme passion for what to expect.

There are a few exceptions of course, which you can notice in the tone of Golias’ voice when he talks about them. Golias was very excited to see what Flex Lewis can do in the Men’s Open and mentions it briefly here. Unfortunately, Lewis recently announced he was dropping out of the show due to an injury. This interview was taken a shortly before the announcement.

Craig Golias was also very excited about Brandon Curry and seeing if he could retain his Mr. Olympia title. While some past legends have criticized Curry’s physique as a Mr. Olympia champion, it seems Golias doesn’t hold him up to his previous “cute” comment at the start of our interview. He was most excited to see Curry stand next to Lewis on stage. Sadly, again, this won’t be happening.

Beyond the Men’s Open, Golias shares some quick thoughts on the Classic Physique Olympia and who he preferred between Breon Ansley and Chris Bumstead. These two athletes have been in a bit of a fun rivalry lately and will be facing off this December for the Olympia throne. You can check out Golias’ thoughts in the interview segment.

Check out Craig Golias’ full comments on the Olympia and bodybuilding today in our latest GI Exclusive interview segment above.

Derek Dufour
Derek Dufour has been managing all digital operations on the Generation Iron Network for over six years. He currently manages a team of editors, writers, and designers to provide up-to-date content across the GI Network.