Titles were won in the first day of competition.
Written by Chris Colucci
The first night of the 2022 Mr. Olympia contest wraps up after a pair of exciting rounds. On Friday, Dec. 16, 2022, in Las Vegas, NV, competitors in six separate divisions proceeded through the pre-judging round.
The evening saw competitors return to the stage to whittle down the crowd until only the champion remained.
2022 Olympia Results
After last minute withdrawals from both defending Fitness Olympia champion Whitney Jones and four-time Fitness Olympia champion Oksana Grishina, this year’s contest was truly up for grabs to any hungry competitor.
Missy Truscott, the 2020 Fitness Olympia winner, was the only former champion left in the field of 20 competitors. Her experience and abilities clearly made an impression as she earned her second Fitness Olympia title.
- Missy Truscott ($50,000)
- Jaclyn Baker ($20,000)
- Ariel Khadr ($12,000)
- Sarah Kovach ($7,000)
- Michelle Fredua-Mensah ($6,000)
The top five competitors were announced and included Ahmad Ashkanani, Kerrith Bajjo, Bryan Balzano, Shaun Clarida, Kamal Elgargni, Angel Calderon Frias, Oleh Kryvyi, Felipe Moraes, Keone Pearson, and Dean White.
From that group, the top five — Ashkanani, Clarida, Elgargni, Calderon Frias, and Kryvyi — performed individual posing routines, which smoothly transitioned to the ranking announcements.
- Shaun Clarida ($50,000)
- Angel Calderon Frias ($20,000)
- Kamal Elgargni ($10,000)
- Ahmad Ashkanani ($6,000)
- Oleh Kryvyi ($4,000)
In the largest Figure Olympia field ever, 39 athletes stepped on stage to vie for the title. After being narrowed down to a top 10, and soon a field of five, With the 2022 win, Cydney Gillon extended her legacy with a record six Figure Olympia titles.
- Cydney Gillon ($50,000)
- Jessica Reyes Padilla ($20,000)
- Lola Montez ($12,000)
- Jossie Nathali Alarcon Beceera ($7,000)
- Natalia Soltero ($6,000)
While Natalia Coelho does have an Women’s Physique Olympia record including two second placings (2018, 2021) and two third placing (2019, 2020), she came away this year with her first championship. Two-time champion and expected favorite Sarah Villegas took second, a position she hasn’t seen since the 2019 Women’s Physique Olympia.
- Natalia Coelho ($50,000)
- Sarah Villegas ($20,000)
- Brooke Walker ($12,000)
- Barbara Menage ($7,000)
- Ivie Rhein ($6,000)
Margie Martin announced earlier in the competition that would be her final contest after 11 years as a pro. At the end of the day, Martin ended with an extremely respectable fourth place finish. Two-time Ms. Olympia champion Andrea Shaw rightfully became a three-time Ms. Olympia champion.
- Andrea Shaw ($50,000)
- Angela Yeo ($20,000)
- Helle Trevino ($12,000)
- Margie Martin ($7,000)
- Branka Njegovec ($6,000)
The Wellness Olympia has only existed for two years and has nearly double in competitive size (growing the competitors on stage from 20 to nearly 40) while also adding an additional scoring round.
These changes weren’t enough to deter 2021 Wellness Olympia champion Francielle Mattos from repeating her dominant performance and securing another title.
- Francielle Mattos ($50,000)
- Isabel Nunes ($20,000)
- Angela Borges ($12,000)
- Kassandra Gillis ($7,000)
- Rayane de Souza Santana ($6,000)
The first round of the Men’s Open division took place, giving fans their first look at the competitors in the 2022 Mr. Olympia contest.
Two-time champion Mamdouh “Big Ramy” Elssbiay was a clear front-runner, but he was being pressed hard through multiple callouts with comparisons to expected challengers like 2019 Olympia winner Brandon Curry and unexpected dark horses like Samson Dauda and former 212 Olympia champion Derek Lunsford.
After a series of callouts, the top six competitors for the 2022 Mr. Olympia appear to be, in no particular order:
- Samson Dauda
- Brandon Curry
- Hadi Choopan
- Derek Lunsford
- Nick Walker
- Mamdouh Elssbiay
The Contest Continues
The Olympia weekend continues with more competition at 9 a.m. (Pacific), Saturday, Dec. 17.
- Classic Physique Olympia Pre-judging
- Men’s Physique Olympia Pre-judging
- Bikini Olympia Pre-judging
- Wheelchair Olympia — Pre-judging and Finals
This year’s Olympia contest concludes at 7 p.m. (Pacific) Saturday night.
- Men’s Open Mr. Olympia Finals
- Men’s Physique Olympia Finals
- Bikini Olympia Finals
- Classic Physique Olympia Finals
There’s still time to tune-in and watch the contests by purchasing a pay-per-view premium package for $69.99 at the Olympia website — www.olympiaproductions.com.
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