The 2020 Olympia Weekend has already had multiple champions announce their returns to competition. Now the most decorated female bodybuilder of all-time has added herself to the list of competitors that will be competing on the biggest stage in bodybuilding.
Iris Kyle, the only athlete to win 10 Olympia titles in any division, has been announced to return to the Ms. Olympia, which will also be returning to the big stage this year. Chief Olympia Officer Dan Solomon confirmed the story directly to BarBend and also offered the following statement which teases that there may be more news about this event to come.
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Friends, Fans and Bodicafe.com Family, It Friday and for many of you it has been a hard week. Perhaps you are looking forward to a nice weekend off with friends and family. Nothing wrong with that, time to recharge the spirit and have fun. If fact, you should do some of that, but I challenge you to do more. What is your 1 year goal? Do you have a goal with a specific time line? I will let you in on a little secret, if you want greater success, write your goals down and look at them everyday. If you want to take the whole weekend off, go for it, but your competition isn’t. Whether it is bodybuilding, law, medicine, sports or academics; the best of the best push forward every day to get better. That’s right my friends, 365 days of advancement is just waiting for your participation. I will share more on goal setting in the future but you want them specific. If your goal is HUGE, you might have to break it down into steps. So here is my weekend challenge to you, read and learn something related to your goal and then apply that knowledge to get better. This is a process of self improvement and I want you to enjoy the journey. Together we will celebrate the struggle, the process and the victory. Iris Kyle MsO 10x
“The 2020 Olympia continues to get more exciting. Many of the all-time greats want to be a part of the new Olympia experience we are creating. In addition to Iris Kyle going for number 11, we will also witness the return of Oksana Grishina and Adela Garcia, two of the greatest fitness champions of all time, along with the highly anticipated return of Flex Lewis, and the emotional farewell to Dexter Jackson as he competes for the final time. And with 5 months still to go, I have a feeling there will be more big announcements to come.”
Kyle shared a statement when the official announcement was made.
“Now is the right time for me to return to the greatest stage in bodybuilding. I’ve had so many incredible moments at the Olympia and I am focused on winning one more. I’m dedicating this one to all the fans who continue to inspire me in so many ways.”
Kyle is the last Ms. Olympia to win the title before the contest was discontinued in 2014. The return of the contest had been announced earlier this year around the same time that the Olympia was sold to the new owner, Jake Wood. Aside from her 10 world championship titles, Kyle also has won the Ms. International title at the Arnold Classic on seven different occasions. All seven times she won the International, she also won the Olympia in the same year. No other athlete in any division won both major titles (Olympia and Arnold/International) in the same year as many times as she had.
Should she compete this year, she will be 46 years old. No athlete in any division had won the Olympia at any age over 43 years old.
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