Michal Krizo Krizanek Earns IFBB Pro League Status at 2022 Amateur Olympia Europe Show

The former IFBB Elite Pro is officially on the other side.

On Oct. 8, 2022, Michal Krizo Krizanek (a.k.a. Michal Krizo) made his NPC Worldwide bodybuilding debut at the 2022 Amateur Olympia Italy contest in Rome, Italy. His debut was also his final show as a member of the NPC because he won both the super-heavyweight and overall titles to earn his pro card in the IFBB Pro League.

The former IFBB Elite Pro superstar can now compete in contests for his new league, and he’s only one win away from competing in the 2022 Mr. Olympia contest, which is scheduled to be held Dec. 16-18 at the Zappos Theater in Las Vegas, NV.


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In the comment section of his celebratory post, Krizanek received congratulations messages from two-time Arnold Classic champion William Bonac, 2014 Arnold Classic winner Dennis Wolf, former competitor and current trainer Dennis James, and other members of the bodybuilding community as well as from many of his fans.

If Krizanek wants to compete in this year’s Olympia alongside defending champion Mamdouh “Big Ramy” Elssbiay, former champion and 2022 Arnold Classic winner Brandon Curry, and the rest of the lineup that is already qualified, he will have to jump into a pro show quickly. The cutoff date for qualifying for the Olympia is Nov. 20, 2022, and he won’t have enough time to earn points on the Olympia Qualifying System before then. He will have to win to get in.

The remaining Men’s Open shows between this writing and the cutoff date are below. Now that he has qualified for pro status, he can compete if he chooses in any of the following:

2022’s Remaining IFBB Men’s Open Contests

  • 2022 Prague Pro — Oct. 29, in Prague, Czech Republic
  • 2022 Musclecontest Brazil — Nov. 4-6, Brazil (City Not Announced)
  • 2022 Europa Pro — Nov. 6, in Spain (City Not Announced)
  • 2022 Romania Muscle Fest — Nov. 12-13 in Bucharest, Romania

As a member of the IFBB Elite Pro organization, Krizanek won 13 of the 14 contests he entered, including four Arnold Classic Europe titles. He also won one Arnold Classic Africa title under the Elite Pro banner. 

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