by Shawn Ray
And just like that…..it’s officially over for one of our sports most decorated athlete of all time as The Welshman, James “Flex” Lewis calls it a career on his own terms after 4 years of competitive inactivity.
Flex will forever be known as bodybuildings Greatest 212 Pro Champion by virtue of his unchallenged 7 Consecutive 212 Olympia Victories! Flex wore the Olympia crown like a true champion and global Ambassador while building a legacy that will not soon be forgotten by fans and peers alike.
Flex just introduced the birth of his second child to the world and opened one of Las Vegas’ most popular training gyms just a stones throw away from the home of future NFL Super Bowl Champions, Las Vegas Raiders in the shadow of the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino off the 15 freeway.
One can only wonder if there was still enough Gas in the Tank for Flex to return to center stage of the Olympia when his business is thriving and the thirst for a return loomed large with the Mr Olympia returning to Las Vegas where the James family recently relocated to in order to build his future. However, with the recent announcement the fans are now at ease with the champion going out on his own terms leaving the world to wonder what might have been with the new 212 winner, Derek Lunsford grabbing front page headlines in the aftermath of his recent Guest Posing gig for the federation Prez, Jim Manion at the Pittsburgh Pro/Am last weekend………
As a former Olympia competitor of 13 years that competed at or near 212lbs for my entire Pro career, I’ve witnessed every one of Flex’ victories at the Mr Olympia and can honestly say that this year would have been the most highly anticipated 212 Contest Matchups in the sports history! That said, Flex’ final decision maybe his best decision to date as we the Fans are left wanting and wondering what might have been? Some questions and match-ups simply will have to take place in one’s mind and left to imagination which is the beauty of athletes coming up and others going out.
Dream Match up: Ray vs Lewis who wins?
While Flex is retiring from competing forever he’s hardly leaving the sport of bodybuilding as many top athletes train at his gym, he’s a sponsored Spokesman for several companies and continues to support the sport worldwide.
Flex Lewis competition history
- 2018 Mr. Olympia Weekend Bodybuilding: IFBB Pro 212 – 1st Place
- 2017 Mr. Olympia Weekend Bodybuilding: IFBB Pro 212 – 1st Place
- 2016 Mr. Olympia Weekend Bodybuilding: IFBB Pro 212 – 1st Place
- 2015 Mr. Olympia Weekend Bodybuilding: IFBB Pro 212 – 1st Place
- 2015 IFBB Pro 212 – 1st Place
- 2014 IFBB San Marino Pro: IFBB Pro 212 – 1st Place
- 2014 EVL’s Prague Pro 212 Bodybuilding: IFBB Pro 212 – 1st Place
- 2014 IFBB Korea Grand Prix 212: IFBB Pro 212 – 1st Place
- 2014 Mr. Olympia Weekend Bodybuilding: IFBB Pro 212 – 1st Place
- 2014 IFBB Arnold Sports Festival: IFBB Pro 212 – 1st Place
- 2013 EVL’s Prague Pro 212 Bodybuilding: IFBB Pro 212 – 1st Place
- 2013 Mr. Olympia Weekend Bodybuilding: IFBB Pro 212 – 1st Place
- 2012 EVL’s Prague Pro 212 Bodybuilding: IFBB Pro 212 – 1st Place
- 2012 British Grand Prix 212 Bodybuilding: IFBB Pro 212 – 1st Place
- 2012 Mr. Olympia Weekend Bodybuilding: IFBB Pro 212 – 1st Place
- 2011 Arnold Classic Europe Men’s Bodybuilding: Pro Men – 5th Place
- 2011 Mr. Olympia Weekend Men 202: Open – 2nd Place
- 2011 New York Pro Championships Men’s 202: Men’s 202 Class – 2nd Place
- 2011 Mr. Europe Grand Prix Men’s Open: Men’s Open List – 3rd Place
- 2011 IFBB British Grand Prix Men’s 202: Men’s 202 List – 1st Place
- 2009 IFBB Atlantic City Pro 202 Division – 1st Place
- 2009 IFBB 202 Challenge (Mr. Olympia) 202 Division – 5th Place
- 2008 Europa Pro Overall Division – 7th Place
- 2008 Europa Pro 202 Division – 1st Place
- 2008 Tampa Pro Open Division – 7th Place
We at Digital Muscle Media wish our sports Crown Jewel from Wales all the best and look forward to his next ventures and successes!
Editor in Chief.
12x Olympia Top 5 Finalist, Pro Bodybuilding Hall of Fame Inductee, International Master of Ceremonies, NPC Contest Promoter, Motivational Speaker, Social Media Influencer, Fitness Journalist