The Dates for the 2021 Olympia Have Been Revealed

When will the 2021 Olympia take place?

It looks like the changes from 2020 are carrying over to the 2021 calendar year for the Olympia. Usually the Olympia take place in September and has for the past several years. That is before the global health crisis was a thing. But now it appears that the dates for the 2021 have finally been revealed.

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With all the forced lock downs, the venues for the Olympia were slim if not nonexistent. At one point Planet Hollywood was set to be the stage of the event when it was taking place in Las Vegas. Eventually though that was also shut down and it was called into question if the 2020 show would even go down.

We would eventually see the 2020 Olympia moved from Las Vegas to Orlando, Florida. The event took place in December at the end of 2020 and was historic in its line up. It also saw veterans of the game getting sick in the process. While it was a success, the virus sweeping the globe is still an issue. As such, it appears that the 2021 show could be pushed back from September once again.

Olympia officials have announced the dates of the 2021 Olympia to be taking place in October 7-10 once again in Orlando, Florida. The dates were originally hinted at by Jay Cutler, a man very locked into the ins and outs of the bodybuilding community.

Here’s the official announcement below.

The fitness industry’s most prestigious event has announced a return to Orlando, Florida for its 2021 world championship weekend. After overcoming significant challenges in 2020, organizers of Joe Weider’s Olympia Fitness & Performance Weekend have begun planning for a return to Central Florida here in 2021, the weekend of October 7-10.

President & Chief Olympia Officer Dan Solomon shares, “Our team has been busy evaluating options for this year’s event and we’re excited to announce that Orlando has been selected as the host location. The entire city welcomed our fans and athletes with open arms last year and our sights are now set on taking things to a whole new level this year.”

The Orange County Convention Center will once again host the Olympia’s main events, including the 57th edition of the Mr. Olympia competition along with the new Olympia World Fitness Festival, formally known as the Olympia Expo. The Hyatt Regency Orlando (connected to the convention center) will serve as the official host hotel.

IFBB Professional League President Jim Manion adds, “The best athletes in the world dream of reaching the Olympia stage. After seeing what the Olympia team accomplished in 2020, I’m already looking forward to seeing all of you this October in Orlando.”

For the first time in its history, Olympia Weekend will include 11 IFBB Professional League divisions, highlighted by Big Ramy’s first attempt to defend his Mr. Olympia title and the arrival of the Wellness Olympia. The event also features the return of the Amateur Olympia, a pro qualifier open to ALL NPC athletes (registration opens soon).

Olympia owner Jake Wood explains, “It was a proud moment for all of us watching the industry come together in 2020 for an Olympia Weekend we won’t soon forget. But that was just the beginning. Our team is already working to raise the bar even higher this October. You’re not gonna want to miss what we’ve got planned.”


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This now puts into question when the 2020 Arnold Classic Ohio will take place. While it usually takes place in March, the show has since been postponed with no new dates mentioned. Could we see the Arnold Classic take place just before the Olympia this year or will it perhaps be afterwards?

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Managing Editor at Generation Iron, Jonathan Salmon is a writer, martial arts instructor, and geek culture enthusiast. Check out his YouTube, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and Sound Cloud for in-depth MMA analysis.

Jonathan Salmon
Managing editor of Generation Iron, Jonathan Salmon is a writer, martial arts instructor, and geek culture enthusiast. He has been writing about bodybuilding, combat sports, and strength sports for over 8 years. Check out his YouTube, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and Sound Cloud for in-depth MMA analysis.