And we’re back with another installment of our Olympia Profile series. Every day as we count down to the 2014 Mr. Olympia we will highlight one of the top qualifiers for this year’s competition.
Today we highlight Dexter “The Blade” Jackson:
Nickname: “The Blade”
Weight: 240 lbs
Birthdate: November 25, 1969
2013 Competition History
Arnold Classic – 1st
IFBB Australian Pro Grand Prix – 1st
Mr. Olympia – 5th
EVLS Prague Pro – 2nd
Tijuana Pro – 1st
At the 2007 Mr. Olympia competition, Dexter Jackson placed third. He then received a wave of criticism claiming that he would most likely never place any higher. Boy did he prove everyone wrong.
In 2008, Dexter Jackson came back and in a surprise move took the Sandow trophy right out of Jay Cutler’s hands. The bodybuilding world was shocked. Yet Jackson was unable to hold onto that glory for long. In the following years he has not been able to earn another Sandow trophy – joining the ranks of only two other bodybuilders who share the distinction of only winning once: Chris Dickerson and Samir Bannout.
Despite this, Jackson has always placed somewhere in the top six every year following that 2008 Mr. Olympia and continues to dominate in other championships throughout the seasons – placing first in many competitions including his most recent Tijuana Pro win last year.
Dexter Jackson also has a very special reason to be celebrated. Not only did he win the Mr. Olympia in 2008 – but he also placed 1st in the Arnold Classic that same year. And on top of that, he also placed 1st in the 2012 IFBB Masters Olympia. These three impressive feats can be considered the triple crown of bodybuilding. One that very few have the right to claim. He is a well decorated athlete – it’s no wonder why he places in Olympia year after year.
Will He Take the Sandow?
It’s unlikely that Jackson will be able to grab another Sandow trophy. His win was way back in 2008 and he hasn’t been able to even place second behind Phil Heath in the past years. Will he place top three? Probably not. But he has a good chance of making it into the top five.