Andrea Shaw Goes Back-To-Back, Wins 2021 Ms. Olympia

Shaw's upper body width and lower body separation earned a second Ms. Olympia title.

Nineteen bodybuilders sought the title of Ms. Olympia at the 2021 Olympia held from Oct. 7-10, 2021, in Orlando, FL. Reigning Ms. Olympia champion Andrea Shaw returned to the sport’s biggest stage to defend her crown. Her competition included 2020 Ms. Olympia runner-up Margie Martin, bronze medalist Helle Trevino, and the rest of 2020’s top six — MayLa Ash, Irene Andersen, and Monique Jones.

Despite the impressive physiques viewed by the judges, no one could best the two-time Rising Phoenix champion. Helle Trevino came closest in the pre-judging as the center comparison next to Shaw. Here are the top five results:

2021 Ms. Olympia Results

  1. Andrea Shaw, $50,000
  2. Helle Trevino, $20,000
  3. Margie Martin, $10,000
  4. Mona Poursaleh, $5,000
  5. Irene Andersen, $4,000


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2021 Ms. Olympia

The first callout in the Finals judging included Leah Dennie, Sheena Ohlig, MayLa Ash, Reshanna Boswell, LaDawn McDay, and Silvia Matta. Ash and Matta remained in the center of the first callout for its entire duration.

The second callout featured Nadia Capostosto, Janeen Lankowski, Irene Andersen, Michaela Aycock, and Virginia Sanchez. The broadcast team was impressed with the back-double-biceps poses from this entire callout. Ultimately, this callout filled out the middle of the scorecard.

The third callout was the rest of the field — the top four. Andrea Shaw was bumped right to the center next to Helle Trevino. Margie Martin and Mona Poursaleh joined the outer ranks of the top four. All the athletes looked supremely conditioned in this callout, but it was the separation in the glutes and hamstrings that put Shaw over the top to become a back-to-back Olympia champion.

2021 Olympia Weekend

The most prestigious event in bodybuilding has gotten off to a spectacular start with strong competition and tight races abound. The emergence of Wellness as a new competition category proves that the Olympia, which has recently come under new leadership, is intent on building a bigger and better show. 

However, there are far more fireworks ahead. The 2021 Mr. Olympia contest is still to come. We will see if Mamdouh “Big Ramy” Elssbiay can defend his title if a new champion will be crowned for the fifth year in a row.

If you’re hungry for more Olympia, BarBend is dedicated to providing the most thorough coverage of the event possible. You can check out recaps of pre-judging, callouts, and winner articles here: 

Mr. Olympia prejudging seemed to immediately narrow down to a final two — 2020 Mr. Olympia Mamdouh “Big Ramy” Elssbiay and 2019 Mr. Olympia Brandon Curry. There were some impressive physiques that stood out in the rest of the field though, specifically Nick Walker and Hadi Choopan, so the Finals on Saturday evening will be worth the watch.

2021 Olympia Schedule

Olympia Weekend runs from Oct. 7-10, with the pro competitions taking place on the eighth and ninth. Here’s the complete competition schedule:

  • Friday, Sept. 8, 9:00 a.m. EST: Morning Prejudging (Fitness, 212, Figure, Women’s Physique, Ms. O, Wellness)
  • Friday, Sept. 8, 7:00 p.m. EST: Evening Finals (212, Fitness, Figure, Women’s Physique, Ms. O, Mr. O Prejuding)
  • Saturday, Sept. 9, 9:00 a.m. EST: Morning Prejudging (Classic Physique, Men’s Physique, Bikini, Wellness Finals, Wheelchair Finals)
  • Saturday, Sept. 9, 7:00 p.m. EST: Evening Finals (Mr. Olympia, Men’s Physique, Bikini, Classic Physique)

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