It’s official, Shawn Rhoden is out of the 2020 Olympia.
Currently embroiled in an ongoing legal battle, Shawn Rhoden finds himself on the outside looking in. With the issues still not completely resolved it appears that the 2018 Olympia champion is sitting out 2020.
Despite sitting out, Shawn Rhoden has still been hard at work in the gym, pushing himself as if he were competing.
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We may not see Shawn Rhoden back on stage until 2021. The 2018 Olympia champion addressed these issues in a recent interview stating the following:
“Listen, I know a lot of people give a lot of flack to the Olympia LLC and IFBB Pro League about having Shawn compete and whatnot,” said Rhoden.
“But there’s a due process for everything that’s going on with me, and I’m willing to go through that process. The next time I step on stage, I’m going to step on stage with nothing hindering me from being the best me or taking the focus off of me competing and the 2020 Olympia is not for me this year.
“You guys heard it here first. I want to be on stage at 100% and competing as Shawn Rhoden with nothing hanging over my head. Once this process is complete I will be on stage.
“Nothing means more to me than being on stage competing,” he continued. “This will go away. This will be behind me and I will be able to focus on everything, not just but bodybuilding but Shawn Rhoden’s life and everything else and getting my life back. Until then I’m training as if I’m competing because nothing has changed. I’m still training, I’m eating, I’m working out because I know at the end of the day I will be back on stage competing, and I will be competing on stage as Shawn Rhoden and nothing else.”
To see the full video interview, click here.
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