|Review of the 2004 Mr. Olympia Contest Prejudging
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Based on the photos from Muscletime.com (some below) I've seen so far, and assuming the judges don't do anything dramatic like suddenly changing the way the Olympia has been judged all these years, this is how I see it:
Ronnie looks to be big all over and his condition overall is good. In some areas (his back, his conditioning seems even better than it was last year, reminding us of the condition he brought to the stage back when he competed in the 250-260 pounds range. His midsection, however, is looking to be less dry than it was last year. His midsection is watery but still tight, ESPECIALLY for a reported body weight nearing 300 pounds! His glutes still have their trademark striations, and his biceps and shoulders are as big as ever! All in all, if the judging doesn't change drastically, Ronnie should take home his seventh straight Sandow, bringing him to a tie with Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Seeing as the Mr. Olympia is a monster's contest, Jay Cutler should beat Dexter, despite not being as conditioned. His reported body weight is 270 pounds and he looks to be at his all time biggest. Last year, Ronnie seemed to dwarf Jay from all angles - check out THIS PICTURE from the 2003 Mr. Olympia Contest. Now, Jay looks human compared to Ronnie and that says a lot. Jay's condition and fullness is also good, although not as good in Ronnie's in some areas, and Dexter beats him overall for conditioning. This has been a great showing for Jay, and if all goes well, he should get his third 2nd place finish to Big Ron.
Dexter Jackson is looking to be at his all time best. As always, he has his conditioning nailed, and is hard as nails, from front to rear, top to bottom. His calves are still a bit small, and his lats are still a little high, but he looks like he packed on a bit of extra muscle while also staying bone dry and shredded.
Gustavo Badell placed 3rd at the 2004 Pro Ironman and some sensed than that he would be a threat. Well, he came into this show as exactly that - a threat to anyone trying to make the top 5. His conditioning and fullness were on, and overall his structure and symmetry is excellent for bodybuilding. His triceps were razor sharp, as were his abs and intercostals. A great showing for a very hard working pro bodybuilder who has a great future in the sport.
Markus Ruhl looked like he was at his all time biggest today. I would have him at around 290 pounds. His conditioning was good, but seemed to be sharper at the 2004 Arnold Schwarzenegger Classic. Markus made it a personal goal to place in the top five and it looks like he will have achieved that goal tonight.
Dennis James had another excellent showing, following up nicely with his performance at the 2003 Mr. Olympia Contest. He came in full and in good condition. Like Markus Ruhl, Dennis looked to be at his all time biggest, with reports having him at around 260-265 pounds.
All in all, the prejudging looks to have been one of the most competitive yet. Check back soon for a complete contest report.
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