Phil Heath will not be present at the 2021 Olympia, confirmed by his coach Hany Rambod.
Phil Heath is one of the best bodybuilders to ever step on stage. He is a seven-time champion at the Olympia but will not seek win No. 8 — at least not in 2021.
On his podcast, “The Truth With Hany Rambod,” the legendary coach confirmed that Heath will not participate in the 2021 Olympia. Rambod was asked flat out if Heath was doing the Olympia and Rambod’s response was simple.
“Phil Heath — seven-time Mr. Olympia — is not doing the 2021 Mr. Olympia. Bottom line…because he doesn’t need to.”
Rambod made sure to highlight that Heath never pulled out of the Olympia lineup. Instead, there was no intention for him to do it at all. Rambod continued by explaining that Heath will be revealing some information soon about other projects that he is working on. Does Rambod believe that Heath could perform well at the Olympia? That is a different question entirely.
“Phil is very dangerous if he decides to do something. He’s a threat to any show he does.”
Phil Heath is tied with Arnold Schwarzenegger for second all-time with seven Olympia victories. Heath’s victories were consecutive from 2011-2017 making him one of three competitors to ever win seven in a row — along with Lee Haney and Ronnie Coleman. Heath trails only Haney and Coleman, who have both won eight Olympia titles in their careers.
Heath placed second at the Olympia back in 2018 and returned in 2020. He finished third behind the likes of Big Ramy and Brandon Curry. It will be interesting to see if the 41-year-old Heath decides to return to the Olympia stage and earn that eighth victory.
It is unknown when Heath will step on stage again or if he will ever decide to compete again. If he does, like Rambod said, he will be a force and a tough competitor to beat.