The Masters Olympia comes again after 11 years away.

The Masters Olympia is coming again. Per a Dec. 1, 2022, announcement from the comparatively newly-created Instagram account @mrolympiamasters, the 2023 version of the competition will happen on Aug. 26-27, 2023, in Cluj-Napoca, Romania. The competitors’s return marks 11 years since its final version in 2012. It shall be a showcase of 10 aggressive divisions for collaborating athletes.

The 2023 Masters Olympia announcement detailed {that a} full checklist of invited athletes for all the roster shall be revealed on Apr. 24, 2023.

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To garner a spot within the 2023 Masters Olympia, potential athletes should submit a “letter of intent” to an official e-mail tackle — [email protected] — that denotes their age, nationality, aggressive background, and any private social media platforms. In any submissions, athletes even have the choice to incorporate a video software — now not than one minute) — and any photographs of their physique.

All purposes should be submitted by Apr. 10, 2023. At the time of this text’s publication, it’s unclear how the objects in each athlete’s software shall be evaluated for potential invites.

Here are the age necessities for every of the respective divisions on the 2023 Masters Olympia:

2023 Masters Olympia Required Ages By Division

  • Men’s Open — Age 45 and up
  • Women’s Open — Age 45 and up
  • Men’s Physique — Age 40 and up
  • Women’s Physique — Age 40 and up
  • Classic Physique — Age 40 and up
  • 212 Bodybuilding — Age 45 and up
  • Wellness — Age 40 and up
  • Bikini — Age 40 and up
  • Fitness — Age 40 and up
  • Figure — Age 40 and up

In the final version of the Masters Olympia in 2012 — which featured simply the Men’s Open division — 2008 Mr. Olympia champion Dexter Jackson captured the crown. Jackson’s win got here after the competitors was absent for about 9 years. Vince Taylor holds probably the most Masters Olympia titles, with 5 wins close to the flip of the twentieth century (1996-1997, 1999-2001).

There isn’t any scarcity of iconic rivals who might doubtlessly pose on the stage in Romania within the Summer of 2023.

There’s Jackson, who technically stays the defending champion. There’s seven-time Mr. Olympia (2011-2017) Phil Heath, who stepped away from bodybuilding after a third-place end result on the 2020 Mr. Olympia. He is evidently nonetheless conserving in form, judging from his media presence.

There’s additionally Jay Cutler. The four-time Mr. Olympia (2006-2007, 2009-2010) did shoot down rumors of a Masters Olympia return in mid-October 2022, however these plans might doubtlessly change within the coming months.

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With a whole lot of time earlier than the 2023 Masters Olympia kicks off, extra concrete info — akin to how followers can tune into the competition — will possible be revealed at a later time. Until then, a few of bodybuilding’s elder statespeople can begin earnestly coaching to indicate off their dynamite physiques in Romania subsequent August.

Featured picture: @mrolympiamasters on Instagram