Phil Heath confirms he will take care of some “unfinished business” at the Mr. Olympia this December.
Ever since Phil Heath lost the Mr. Olympia title in 2018, fans were clamoring to know if he would return to try and match the world record of eight Olympia wins (matching legends Ronnie Coleman and Lee Haney). For the past two years we heard little in confirmation. Phil took off 2019 and remained mostly silent throughout 2020 so far. That is, until today. Via Instagram, Phil Heath has finally confirmed that he will be returning to compete at the Mr. Olympia 2020 this December.
While the details remain brief, Phil Heath finally avoided vague teases and instead posted a direct message to his fans:
It’s time to handle some #UnfinishedBusiness. See you at @MrOlympiaLLC this December. Link in bio. #TheOlympia
A short and sweet message, but a powerful one for fans of Phil Heath and fans of bodybuilding overall. This announcement fundamentally changes the game for what we can expect at this year’s Mr. Olympia.
Along with the Instagram announcement, Phil Heath launched a new website seemingly dedicated to tracking his journey towards the Mr. Olympia later this year. The main message? That Phil is going to obtain his eight win and his place as a world record holder.
After his initial defeat in 2018, Phil Heath sat down with Generation Iron to discuss the competition and how he handled the loss. After being a reigning champion for seven years straight and with his eyes on the world record – it was an emotional moment that made him question his future. Ultimately, it seems that the allure of the Olympia stage was too strong for Phil to pass up.
Of course, the Mr. Olympia this year overall has been facing some unexpected hurdles compare to previous years. The brand of the Mr. Olympia weekend was sold by AMI to Jake Wood earlier in the year. On top of that, the pandemic has caused the entire bodybuilding season to be put on hold and is only now just starting to pick back up again. The Olympia was postponed to December 2020. So far Jake Wood and company have been confident that the competition will not be further delayed – but with the world crisis growing in severity for the United States this past month, the future may be uncertain.
Hopefully things improve and the competition moves ahead as scheduled – as there is now a very big reason for everyone to pay attention to the Mr. Olympia 2020. Will Phil Heath make history? Only time will tell.