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Joe Weider’s 2006 Olympia Weekend

A July 19th press release has information about the 42nd rendition of the Olympia Weekend. The biggest news are:

  • An increase in Mr. Olympia prize money, $66,000 more than last year. $546,000 this year, with $155,000 going to to the first place competitor (Ronnie Coleman – wanna bet?)
  • New format for Mr. Olympia (prejudging is held in conjunction with the finals for Fitness Olympia and Ms Olympia on Friday night)
  • Women’s contests prejudging (Fitness, Figure and Ms. Olympia) will be held at the Olympia Expo friday afternoon, with the finals for Figure Olympia held Saturday night in conjunction with Mr. Olympia finals.
  • As always, the Expo promises to be bigger than the year before, including “World’s Fittest Model Search”, and SMA Tournament (Sports Martial Arts).

Olympia Ticket Info: To order call the Orleans Arena Box Office at (702) 284-7777 or toll-free at (888) 234 2334. You can also order tickets online at

Joe Weider's 2006 Olympia Weekend


Woodland Hills, CA: July 19, 2006

The 42nd rendition of the biggest weekend in bodybuilding and fitness promises to be a history-making event.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Contact event promoter Robin Chang at (818) 595-0466 or visit

In the world of sports, moments of major historical significance are extremely rare. Records fall all the time, sure, but the generation-spanning achievements that every true fanatic knows of may happen once or twice in your lifetime — if you’re lucky. Baseball has DiMaggio’s 56-game hitting streak. Hoops has Wilt Chamberlain’s 100-point game. Hockey has the Montreal Canadien’s 24 Stanley Cup titles.

Now, bodybuilding is on the precipice of one of those magical moments. Ronnie Coleman will take the stage at the Orleans Arena Sept. 29-30 to try to achieve what no one has done before. Not Dorian Yates at six titles, not Arnold Schwarzenegger at seven titles — right now, Coleman stands tied with Lee Haney, each with eight Sandow trophies apiece. If the former police officer from Arlington, Texas, can win one more, he’ll own a record that could conceivably stand forever: Nine Mr. Olympia triumphs.

But on the flip side is the possibility of bearing witness to an upset of epic proportion — if Coleman lost, it would be the most shocking outcome ever in a professional bodybuilding contest. And a victory is far from guaranteed.

Indeed, events of the past year seem to be conspiring against the reigning champ, not the least of which is Father Time —Coleman has thus far stood seemingly invincible to the effects of age, but now at 42 he’s nearing uncharted territory for an Olympia champion. (Only one, 43-year-old Chris Dickerson in 1982, has been older.)

And that may be the least of Coleman’s worries. Onstage, he will be flanked by the best bodybuilders on the planet, including a few future Hall of Famers and a man who has come in second three times running, Jay Cutler. With a hometown Las Vegas crowd behind him, and the only lats in the sport that match up to Coleman’s, 32-year-old Cutler is ready to finally taking the Mr. O crown he’s come excruciatingly close to.

Other competitors who come in with the credentials to win an O include two-time defending Arnold Classic champ Dexter Jackson, five-time Masters Olympia champ Vince Taylor, two-time Olympia Challenge Round champ Gustavo Badell, and the only man to ever beat Coleman since he started his reign — 300-pound Gunter Schlierkamp.

Danger for Coleman lurks throughout the lineup — the judges have been rewarding the smaller aesthetic physiques in 2006, including Ironman winner Lee Priest and Ironman runner-up David Henry, along with Australian Pro champion Ronny Rockel. All plan to be on hand for the 42nd annual Olympia.

And don’t forget this fact — in 1997, the year before his current winning streak began, Coleman finished ninth. If he could do it, certainly another unheralded competitor from the field could. Remember, the athletes in the Olympia qualified to be there — each and every one of them are proven at the highest level of the sport, and are very capable of taking the crown. All the hype, all the prognostication, doesn’t mean a thing until the men step out in front of the judges and thousands of screaming fans. This year, it promises to be a moment like no other before it. Las Vegas, Sept. 28-Oct. 1: Be there for an extreme event like no other on earth.

Dates: Sept. 28-Oct. 1

Prize Money: The total prize money for the Mr. Olympia contest has increased from $480,000 to $546,000 this year. The money from the Challenge Round — which will not be included this year — and last year’s Wildcard Showdown, $60,000 in total, will be distributed among all the athletes. First place: $155,000. Second: $90,000. Third: 60,000. Fourth: $48,000. Fifth: $38,000. Sixth: $30,000. Seventh: $18,000. Eighth: $17,000. Ninth: $16,000. Tenth: $14,000. Eleventh and lower: $4,000 each. (The combined total prize money for the Mr., Ms., Figure and Fitness Olympia competitions is $725,000.)

Olympia Finals: This format should ensure a packed Orleans Arena both Friday and Saturday night.

Women’s Contests: On Friday afternoon, prejudging for all the women’s contests — Fitness, Figure and Ms. Olympia — will be held at the Olympia Expo at the Las Vegas Convention Center, followed by the finals of the Fitness O and Ms. O Friday night at the Orleans, in conjunction with the men’s initial showdown. Figure finals will be held Saturday night as part of the Mr. Olympia finals, again at the Orleans Arena.

Bigger Fitness Expo: Friday and Saturday’s Olympia Expo will be packed with booths, giveaways and entertainment, including a model search and the Sport Martial Arts Tournament put on with help from Black Belt magazine, where 16 of the country’s top amateur fighters will do battle. While the tournament will feature some of the best amateurs, the Ultimate Fighting Championship will also bring some of its top professional fighters for fans to meet.

Fittest Model Search: Hardbody Entertainment, the title sponsor of the Olympia Weekend, kicked off the inaugural World’s Fittest Model Search in May in search of the world’s top undiscovered physiques. The top 15 male and 15 female finalists will appear in Vegas, with the ultimate winners crowned during the Olympia Weekend.

Plenty of Free Transportation: First, in response to feedback from last year’s show, the number of buses running between the Orleans Hotel and the Las Vegas Convention Center will be tripled, making it much easier for fans to catch everything during the action-packed weekend.

Party With The Pros: The Olympia After-Party, where VIP ticketholders mingle with fitness, figure and bodybuilding stars, takes place after Saturday night’s show. It will be followed Sunday morning with the Olympia Superstar Seminar, giving those who made the trek to Vegas one last chance to ask questions and get training and nutrition advice from the top athletes in the contests.

Olympia Ticket Info: To order call the Orleans Arena Box Office at (702) 284-7777 or toll-free at (888) 234 2334. You can also order tickets online at

Thursday – Orleans

Press Conference (Orleans Showroom)
Meet the Olympians (Orleans Arena)

Friday – Las Vegas Convention Center (10 AM–5 PM)

Women’s Judging – Bodybuilding, Fitness and Figure
SMA Tournament – Round 1 & 2

Friday – Orleans Arena (7 PM)

Women’s Finals – Fitness & Ms. Olympia
Mr. Olympia Judging

Saturday – LVCC (10 AM – 5 PM)

Hardbody Entertainment’s World’s Fittest Model Search
SMA Tournament – Semi & Finals
Battle of the Biceps

Saturday – Orleans Arena (7 PM)

Mr. Olympia & Figure Finals
Olympia Victory Gala

Sunday – Orleans Hotel (11 AM)

Olympia Superstar Seminar

These are the men qualified for the Mr. Olympia, up through the New York Pro contest May 20. More athletes can qualify during the Europa Super Show (in Texas) August 26, The Montreal Pro September 3, the Atlantic City Pro September 23, and the Santa Susanna Pro (in Spain) September 24.

Troy Alves
Melvin Anthony
Gustavo Badell
Darrem Charles
Bob Cicherillo
Ronnie Coleman
Jay Cutler
Phil Heath
Dave Henry
Dexter Jackson
Dennis James
Victor Martinez
Mustafa Mohammad
Lee Priest
Ronny Rockel
Günter Schlierkamp
Vince Taylor
Branch Warren


Woodland Hills, CA: February 16, 2006


American Media, Inc. (AMI) and the International Federation of Bodybuilding & Fitness (IFBB) announced today that Joe Weider’s 2006 Olympia Weekend competitions (Mr. Olympia, Ms. Olympia, Fitness Olympia and Figure Olympia) will be held at the Orleans Arena and the Olympia Fitness Expo at the Las Vegas Convention Center. The weekend kicks off on Thursday, September 28th and concludes Sunday, October 1st.

This year’s Super Bowl of Bodybuilding, Mr. Olympia, will see current titleholder Ronnie Coleman go for an unprecedented 9th straight Sandow on Saturday night, September 30th. If successful, Coleman will break Lee Haney’s record of 8 Mr. Olympia titles. On the women’s side, Yaxeni Oriquen (Ms. Olympia), Jen Hendershott (Fitness Olympia) and Davana Medina (Figure Olympia) will return to defend their titles.

One major schedule change moves the Mr. Olympia Prejudging to Friday night (September 29th) at the Orleans Arena (last year it was held on Saturday morning). In addition, the Ms. Olympia Finals will move to Friday night at the Arena as well. Also taking place at the Arena on Friday night is the Fitness Olympia Finals. The Figure Olympia Finals will shift to Saturday night with the Mr. Olympia Finals. The Ms. Olympia, Fitness Olympia and Figure Olympia prejudging will take place at the Expo on Friday, September 29th. The 8,000 seat Orleans Arena hosted its first Olympia competition in 2005 and proved to be the ideal venue for the event.

The Olympia Expo will return to the Las Vegas Convention Center September 29th-September 30th, with increased space on the main floor to accommodate a greater number of new exhibitors than ever before, plus a host of new events. The UFC Octagon and mixed-martial arts exhibition that was a big hit last year is scheduled to be back.

To handle the traffic flow to and from the Convention Center and the Orleans, as well as other popular Vegas hotels and destinations, a fleet of buses will be providing free transportation throughout the weekend.

IFBB President, Ben Weider commented “This year’s Olympia will be the biggest ever, spearheaded by Ronnie Coleman’s attempt to win his 9th Mr. Olympia title. And, in the Orleans Arena and Las Vegas Convention Center, we have the two premiere locations in Las Vegas to showcase our athletes and our industry.

AMI Chairman David Pecker added, “We intend to make this years Expo bigger and better than ever. Through this venue, we believe there is a significant opportunity to increase consumer awareness about bodybuilding and fitness and allow our exhibitors to reach a mainstream audience as well as their core customers.

Tickets for the events will go on sale at the Orleans Box Office starting March 31st. Watch for more details at ,, and starting March 1st. For more information, contact Olympia Weekend Director Robin Chang at 818-595-0466.


July 22, 2006 - Posted by | Bodybuilding, Figure, IFBB, Mr. Olympia, Olympia Weekend

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