The beginning of a fantastic career.
If you were to ask anyone about 2015 in bodybuilding there’s no doubt that you’ll hear the same few topics brought up over and over again. That Big Ramy was the first man to hit an Olympia stage at over 300 lbs, that Kai Greene was unable to compete at this years event, and that Dexter Jackson was on fire. There’s no doubt about, the former Mr. Olympia champion has had quite the year. He has shown not only why he is one of the best bodybuilders in the world, but why he still has a potential shot at extending his legacy of greatness.
Just think about it. This time last year, any time someone brought up Dexter Jackson’s name it was quickly followed by the words “old man” or “retirement” or any other number of phrases that would indicate that the bodybuilder’s days at the top were coming to a sudden end. That however wouldn’t end up being the case – quite the opposite in fact.
Instead, rather than just hang it up or simply compete in a senior bodybuilding division, Dexter trained hard, made some small but needed improvements, and captured a record five wins at the 2015 Arnold Classic. He even went on to beat out men like Shawn Rhoden, Dennis Wolf, and Big Ramy to take second at the 2015 Mr. Olympia competition. This year showed the grit and determination of a man who has a bit more to prove before calling it quits and walking away from the sport.
Many may have thought Jackson was over the hill, that perhaps he couldn’t overcome the young guns of the division. But for those who have followed “The Blade” over the years, his top placing at this year’s Olympia came as little surprise. Just watch his impressive showing at his first Olympia event back in 1999 and you’ll see a competitor who was looking to make a name for himself.