2020 Olympia Friday Finals Report — Fitness, Figure, 212, Women’s Physique, Ms. Olympia & Mr. O Pre-Judging

Day one of the 2020 is in the books. New champions were crowned, some retained titles, and the stage was set for the 2020 Mr. Olympia.

The first night of the Olympia Weekend is one of the most exciting evenings of the year in the sport of bodybuilding. Aside from the pre-judging of the Mr. Olympia contest, the finals of several divisions are held. The best athletes in each division step onstage against each other for the first time in a year to determine who will leave the stage as the world champion of their sport.

This year’s Olympia has been met with several forms of adversity but prejudging went smoothly on the morning of Dec. 18, 2020. The finals were expected to be the same at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. Aside from the Men’s Open prejudging, the Finals of the 212, Fitness, Figure, Women’s Physique, and the return of Ms. Olympia were the featured attractions of the evening. 

2020 Olympia Friday Night Finals Report

2020 Figure Olympia Finals Report

Even though it was a close call, Cydney “Vytamin C” Gillon was able to secure her fourth title and leaves Orlando as the 2020 Figure Olympia Champion. In her speech afterward, she dedicated her preparation and victory to her mother. Natalia Soltero placed as the runner-up, and Nadia Wyatt finishes in the top three for the second straight year.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Confirmation Callout One

  • An De Jeong, #7
  • Rhea Gayle, #4
  • Carly Sterling-Horrell, #12
  • Anna Banks, #2

Confirmation Callout Two

  • Jessica Reyes-Padilla, #9
  • Nadia Wyatt, #17
  • Cydney Gillon, #19
  • Natalia Soltero, #11
  • Nicole Graham, #5
  • Latorya Watts, #15

2020 Figure Olympia Final Standings

  • Winner — Cydney Gillon, $50,000
  • Second Place — Natalia Soltero, $20,000
  • Third Place — Nadia Wyatt, $12,000
  • Fourth Place — Nicole Graham, $7,000
  • Fifth Place — Latorya Watts, $6,000

2020 Fitness Olympia Finals Report

The Fitness division is so different from the others because the two-minute dance routines they perform in the Finals account for two-thirds of the overall score. This is by far the most entertaining division in the IFBB Pro League. Whitney Jones appeared to be the leader in the Physique round, but she was facing the return of four-time champion Oksana Grishina — who is notorious for dynamic, energetic routines.

Jones actually finished third after the routine round, which meant the fans would see a new champion crowned. It came down to the final moments, but Missy Truscott was actually able to top both past champions to become this year’s winner. She was presented her award by eight-time Fitness Olympia champ Adela Garcia. Grishina would finish as the runner-up.

2020 Fitness Olympia Final Standings

  • Winner — Missy Truscott
  • Second Place — Oksana Grishina
  • Third Place — Whitney Jones
  • Fourth Place — Ariel Khadr
  • Fifth Place — Jaclyn Baker

2020 Women’s Physique Olympia Finals Report

The inaugural Women’s Physique Olympia Champion, Dana Linn Bailey, was in the house to see Orlando’s action. She got to see the current crop of athletes pose off for this year’s title. Shanique Grant has had a stranglehold on this division over the last two years. The 25-year-old was the favorite to win her third title, but the Top 10 of this group was also brought out for the fans to see further comparisons. After a brief posedown by the top five, the fans saw the first upset of the weekend. Sarah Villegas would be named this year’s Olympia champion in this division, with Grant finishing as the runner-up.

Confirmation Callout One

  • Valentina Mishina, #9
  • Rachel Daniels, #6
  • Anne-Lorraine Mohn, #10
  • Brittany Watts, #15

Confirmation Callout Two

  • Ivie Rhein, #12
  • Natalia Coelho, #5
  • Shanique Grant, #17
  • Sarah Villegas, #14
  • Barbara Menage, #8
  • Daniely Castilho, #2

2020 Women’s Physique Olympia Final Standings

  • Winner — Sarah Villegas, $40,000
  • Second Place — Shanique Grant, $15,000
  • Third Place — Natalia Coelho, $12,000
  • Fourth Place — Barbara Menage, $6,000
  • Fifth Place — Ivie Rhein, $4,000

2020 Ms. Olympia Finals Report

New Olympia promoter Jake Wood greeted the return of the Ms. Olympia. Eight-time Ms. Olympia Lenda Murray was on commentary, and former Ms. Olympia Yaxeni Oriquen was in the lineup. Oriquen would ultimately announce her retirement on the stage. Ten-time Ms. Olympia Iris Kyle was scheduled to return, but she had to withdraw due to illness. In celebration of this contest’s return, all 15 competitors were compared onstage and posed individually before the final awards were presented. That award ultimately went to Andrea shaw.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Confirmation Callout One

  • Yaxeni Oriquen, #12
  • LaDawn McDay, #11
  • Kim Buck, #4
  • Janeen Lankowski, #9
  • Theresa Ivancik, #7

Confirmation Callout Two

  • Reshanna Boswell, #3
  • Nicki Chartrand, #5
  • Asha Hadley, #6
  • Margita Zamalova, #15

Confirmation Callout Three

  • Monique Jones, #8
  • MayLa Ash, #2
  • Margie Martin, #10
  • Andrea Shaw, #13
  • Helle Trevino, #14
  • Irene Anderson, #1

2020 Ms. Olympia Final Standings

  • Winner — Andrea Shaw, $50,000
  • Second Place — Margie Martin, $20,000
  • Third Place — Helle Trevino. $12,000
  • Fourth Place — MayLa Ash, $7,000
  • Fifth Place — Irene Anderson, $6,000

2020 212 Olympia Finals Report

After the ladies graced the Olympia stage, it would be the men’s turn. The 212 athletes competing pushed themselves and each other so they can present the best competitions possible. Defending champion Kamal Elgargni of Libya appeared to be facing a strong push from Shaun Clarida and George Peterson in prejudging. It would be Shaun Clarida that claimed the ultimate prize

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Confirmation Callout One

  • Guy Cisternino, #2
  • Angel Frias, #4
  • Derik Oslan, #14
  • Dectric Lewis, #10

Confirmation Callout Two

  • John Jewett, #6
  • George Peterson, #15
  • Derek Lunsford, #12
  • Ahmad Ashkanani, #1

Confirmation Callout Three

  • Shaun Clarida, #3
  • Kamal Elgargni, #17

After the top ten contenders composed their routines individually followed by a posedown for the fans, it was time to find out if Elgargni would hold on to the championship or if we would have a new titleholder. It would actually be “The Giant Killer” Shaun Clarida to win the gold medal and the first place prizes presented by four-time Mr. Olympia Jay Cutler and seven-time 212 Olympia champ Flex Lewis. Weighing 177 pounds, this is Clarida’s first Olympia title.

2020 212 Olympia Showdown Final Standings

  • Winner — Shaun Clarida, $50,000
  • Second Place — Kamal Elgargni,$20,000
  • Third Place —  George Peterson, $10,000
  • Fourth Place — Derek Lunsford, $6,000
  • Fifth Place — Ahmad Ashkanani,$4,000

2020 Mr. Olympia Pre-Judging 

The 16 best men’s bodybuilders on the planet met face to face and pose for pose to see who be crowned the next Mr. Olympia. The prejudging of the 2020 Mr. Olympia took place on Dec. 18, 2020, which was actually Phil Heath’s birthday. He hoped to celebrate by dominating the stage. To do that, he had to hold off defending Mr. Olympia Brandon Curry, 2008 winner Dexter Jackson, and the rest of the field in Orlando. The men’s Open is a two-night contest, so we won’t know the champion until Saturday night.

Group One

  • Hadi Choopan, #3
  • Mamdouh Elssbiay, #4
  • Phil Heath, #6
  • Brandon Curry, #16
  • William Bonac #1
  • Akim Williams, #15

Group Two

  • Justin Rodriguez, #12
  • Hunter Labrada, #8
  • Akim Williams, #15
  • Iain Valierre, #14
  • Dexter Jackson #7

Group Three

  • Juan Morel, #10
  • Antoine Vaillant, #13
  • Maxx Charles, #2
  • Seung Chul Lee, #9
  • Lukas Osladil, #11
  • Regan Grimes, #5

Group Four

  • William Bonac, #1
  • Brandon Curry, #16
  • Phil Heath, #6
  • Mamdouh Elssbiay, #4

Group Five

  • Justin Rodriguez, #12
  • Hunter Labrada, #8
  • Hadi Choopan, #3
  • Akim Williams, #15
  • Iain Valliere, #14
  • Dexter Jackson, #7

Group Six

  • William Bonac, #1
  • Brandon Curry, #17
  • Mamdouh Elssbiay, #4
  • Phil Heath, #6
  • Hadi Choopan, #3
  • Akim Williams, #15

Group Seven

  • Hadi Choopan, #3
  • Mamdouh Elssbiay, #4
  • Phil Heath, #6
  • Brandon Curry, #17

How Bodybuilding is Judged

If you’re new to the sport or simply need a refresher, check out our video guide on how bodybuilding is judged.

2020 Olympia Weekend Schedule

Friday, Dec. 18, 2020

9 a.m. EST — Morning Callout Report for Fitness, 212, Figure, Women’s Physique, Ms. Olympia

7 p.m. EST — Evening Finals Report for Fitness, 212, Figure, Women’s Physique, Ms. Olympia / Mr. Olmypia Pre-Judging

Saturday, Dec. 19, 2020

9 a.m. EST — Morning Callout Report for Classic Physique, Men’s Physique, Bikini, Wheelchair Olympia

7 p.m. EST — Evening Finals Report for Classic Physique, Men’s Physique, Bikini, Wheelchair Olympia / Mr. Olympia Finals

Editor’s note: Saturday pre-judging and the Wheelchair Bodybuilding Olympia has wrapped. You can read about the most recent Mr. Olympia update in our Saturday callout report.

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