Head judge Steve Weinberger talks Big Ramy’s loss and his future.
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After the 2017 Mr. Olympia competition – there was a loud chorus of fans complaining that the wrong choice had been made. That for the first time in seven years, Phil Heath should have lost the competition. This is pretty common from super fans of other athletes – but this year the complaints seemed particularly loud. Most likely because this was the closest that anyone had come to threatening Phil Heath since the 2012 Mr. Olympia where Kai Greene squared off against Phil.
Big Ramy had been a constant fan favorite going into the Olympia – but his conditioning always fell short. Most people understood this – his placing was pretty much black and white. But this year Big Ramy was so on point many believed he should have won. That’s not the case. Time can’t be changed. But I wanted to have IFBB Pro head judge Steve Weinberger address the controversy and give his insights into the judging process… and why fans were so enraged by this year’s decision. What followed was an in depth conversation not only about Phil Heath vs Big Ramy… but about all of the divisions and the evolution of bodybuilding thus far. You can watch part 1 of our conversation in the Iron Cinema episode above!
– Vlad Yudin