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OLYMPIA WEEKEND: ONE MILLION DOLLARS IN PRIZE MONEY!

Joe Weider’s Olympia Fitness and Performance Weekend has reached a milestone—correction, a million dollar milestone. Yes, bodybuilding’s biggest weekend has hit the $1,000,000 mark.

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Joe Weider’s Olympia Fitness and Performance Weekend has reached a milestone—correction, a million dollar milestone. Yes, bodybuilding’s biggest weekend has hit the $1,000,000 mark, making Olympia Weekend’s total prize money figure the richest in the industry—by a country mile! Check out the increases in total prize money per division: Mr. Olympia has jumped from $650,000 to $675,000; the Olympia 212 Showdown has grown from $40,000 to $65,000; and the inaugural Olympia Men’s and Women’s Physique Showdowns kick in $20,000 a piece, and those figures combined with the other divisions add up to one million dollars in total prize money.

For years, the goal was to reach one million dollars by the 50th anniversary of Olympia Weekend, which would have been 2014. But thanks to the hard work and combined efforts of American Media Inc. and its CEO and chairman David J. Pecker, the IFBB Professional League and its president Jim Manion, and title sponsor Ultimate Nutrition, presenting sponsor Bodybuilding.com, and other valued sponsors, Joe and Ben Weider’s lifelong dream has become reality—ahead of schedule. And let’s not forget the folks who really made this possible, the fans.

“Without the fans none of this would have happened,” Manion said. “Whether you’re a fan who attends year after year, a fan who can only make a special trip once in a while, or a first-time fan, it’s because of your support of the event and the sport, that Olympia Weekend has been getting bigger every year and I know that with all the exciting things happening in the industry, it will continue growing in the coming years. The sky’s the limit.”

Ultimate Nutrition presents the 2013 IFBB Joe Weider’s Olympia Fitness and Performance Weekend, brought to you by Bodybuilding.com, September 26-29 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Get your tickets now at www.mrolympia.com.

TOTAL PRIZE MONEY BREAKDOWN

  • Mr. Olympia: $675,000
  • 212 Showdown: $65,000
  • Ms. Olympia: $60,000
  • Fitness Olympia: $60,000
  • Figure Olympia: $60,000
  • Bikini Olympia: $40,000
  • Men’s Physique Showdown: $20,000
  • Women’s Physique Showdown: $20,000

Total: $1,000,000

Joe Weider’s Olympia Fitness and Performance Weekend has reached a milestone—correction, a million dollar milestone. Yes, bodybuilding’s

Mr. Olympia 2019 Results: Prize-Money Payouts for Winner and Top Contestants

Featured Columnist II September 15, 2019 Comments Comment Bubble Icon

Brandon Curry saw off competition from William Bonac and Hadi Choopan to be crowned Mr. Olympia 2019 on Saturday at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

The 36-year-old claimed the title for the first time in his career and becomes the 15th contestant to lift bodybuilding’s prestigious Sandow Trophy.

Curry’s victory also sees him take home the top prize-money payout of $400,000 , while Bonac collects $150,000 and Choopan wins $100,000, per Derek Hall of Middle Easy.

Mr. Olympia 2019 Prize Payouts

1. Brandon Curry: $400,000

2. William Bonac: $150,000

3. Hadi Choopan: $100,000

4. Dexter Jackson: $45,000

5. Roelly Winklaar: $40,000

Curry lived up to his billing as one of the pre-tournament favourites in the absence of 2018 championShawn Rhoden and seven-time winner Phil Heath.

The American followed up his win at the Arnold Classic USA in March with another impressive display and was a cut above the rest when it came to physique, conditioning and symmetry.

Curry spoke to RxMuscle’s Siddique Farooqi about his “overwhelming” win afterwards and how he had prepared for the event:

Bonac finished second to Curry at the Arnold Classic, and it was the same result for the 37-year-old in Las Vegas. The result is his highest finish at Mr. Olympia, beating his previous best of third in 2017, and comes despite the Ghanaian firing his coach Neil Hill in the buildup to the event.

Meanwhile, Choopan not only finished third but also took home the People’s Champion title on his first appearance at Mr. Olympia:

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Mr. Olympia 2019: Hadi Choopan of Iran Wins People Choice Award https://t.co/aDUeVAv07E #MrOlympia2019 #mrolympia #HadiChoopan https://t.co/qtLuEnL9mm

The popular Iranian has enjoyed an eventful few weeks. He only landed in the United States at the end of August after finally gaining a visa that ensured he would be able to compete, per Generation Iron.

Choopan was also involved in a backstage “verbal fight” during the competition:

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REPORT: Hadi Choopan gets into verbal fight with members of Oxygen Gym backstage at Olympia 2019. #Olympia2019 #HadiChoopan #Bodybuilding #GenerationIron Full story: https://t.co/5YVInj4sCk https://t.co/NkmTuVxxvB

However, the 31-year-old more than deserved his third place and surprised many with an impressive performance on his debut.

Yet the title belongs to Curry who maintained his momentum from the Arnold Classic and will be hoping to continue his success.

He can expect Bonac and Choopan to continue to challenge, while great rivals Heath and Kai Greene could return for Mr. Olympia 2020, according to Tom Miller at Fitness Volt.

Brandon Curry saw off competition from William Bonac and Hadi Choopan to be crowned Mr. Olympia 2019 on Saturday at the Las Vegas Convention Center…