By Shawn Ray
Since 2010 Phil Heath’s name has been synonymous with Mr. Olympia until 2019 when he finally took a year off to fully recover from back to back surgeries on his abdomen.
Phil’s first Mr. Olympia attempt in 2009 landed him in 5th place, not a bad place to be considering he held back before actually competing in the Olympia despite qualifying to participate.
A quick review of his 2010-2019 contest results reveals Phil’s dominance of the decade.
- 2010 Arnold Classic, 2nd
- 2010 Mr. Olympia, 2nd
- 2011 Mr. Olympia, 1st
- 2011 Sheru Classic, 1st
- 2012 Mr. Olympia, 1st
- 2012 Sheru Classic, 1st
- 2013 Mr. Olympia, 1st
- 2013 Arnold Classic Europe, 1st
- 2014 Mr. Olympia, 1st
- 2015 Mr. Olympia, 1st
- 2016 Mr. Olympia, 1st
- 2017 Mr. Olympia, 1st
- 2018 Mr. Olympia, 2nd
No bodybuilder comes close to Phil with the level of consistency he displayed during a decade that has reached the finish line! While some are quick to point out that you’re only as good as your last contest, Phil who was facing imminent stomach surgery still managed to finish the show as first runner-up at the most prestigious event of the year.
Phil has never accepted the defeat to Shawn Rhoden and has unfinished business to be sure!
He has etched his name in the annals of bodybuilding history not only by winning 7 consecutive Mr. Olympia titles, but also by giving back to the industry with his successful NPC Phil Heath Classic held in Texas every year.
This year Phil stayed busy promoting his annual Make it Fit Charity Fundraiser held every year at the Arnold Classic in Columbus, Ohio.
During an extended time away from competing this past year, hardcore bodybuilding fans have yearned for his return to the Olympia stage and a full recovery in time for the 56th Joe Weider Mr. Olympia in Las Vegas with a return for a run at an 8th victory, a feat that would place him among the best to ever walk the earth.
Congratulations Phil for all you’ve contributed to the sport, raising the bar on the level of competition and giving back to those who love and follow the sport you’ve helped build since bursting in the scene back in 2005!