Here’s what some of bodybuilding’s more seasoned veterans can expect this summer.
After an absence of over ten years, the 2023 Masters Olympia competition will return this summer from August 26-27, 2023 in Cluj-Napoca, Romania. While the full list of participating athletes across 10 competition classes will be announced on April 24, 2023, the competition organizers have revealed what some of the bodybuilders can potentially win with their exemplary performances. (Note: the list will probably not include a legend.)
On February 23, 2023, the Masters Olympia announced this Total prize money for the 2023 repeat of the competition would be $229,000. Presumably the money relates to what is likely to be the flagship event in the men’s Open division (45+). At the time of writing, it is unclear how this money will be divided into this category or among the other relevant departments, if any.
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At the last edition of the Masters Olympia, held in 2012, 2008 Mr. Olympia champion Dexter Jackson won the men’s open portion. He would take home $75,000 for his efforts. For comparison to the modern returns of the competition, here is a breakdown of the 2012 Masters Olympia men’s Open totals ($145,000):
2012 Champions Olympia | Men’s Open prize money
- Dexter Jackson: $75,000
- Toney Freeman: $35,000
- Dennis James: $20,000
- Edward Nunn: $10,000
- Ronny Rockel: $5,000
If the $229,000 in 2023 is indeed just for the Men’s Open, that means the organization has increased the winning incentive by $84,000. If it’s the prize money for the entire competition, it’s unclear how both editions broadly compare at the time of writing this article.
Here is an overview of the classifications for each division at the 2023 Masters Olympia.
2023 Masters Olympic Divisions
- Gentlemen open — From 45 years
- women open — From 45 years
- 212 body building — From 45 years
- male physics — From 40 years
- physique of woman — From 40 years
- Classic physique — From 40 years
- wellbeing — From 40 years
- bikini — From 40 years
- fitness — From 40 years
- figure — From 40 years
Participating athletes wishing to apply for a roster spot at the 2023 Masters Olympia have until April 10, 2023 to complete a relatively simple process. They must email the competition organizers a “Letter of Intent” that includes their age, nationality, competition background and all social media platforms. Athletes have the option to attach a video no longer than one minute to their submissions. You can also insert any pictures of her body. A full list of selected participants will then be announced on April 24, 2023.
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While much of the bodybuilding world will understandably be fixated on the upcoming 2023 Olympic competition, the return of the Masters remains notable. Giving a platform to established veterans who want to compete on stage could be seen as a qualitative advance for the sport as a whole. When the official list of contestants is released, there will be a better idea of who could host a show in Romania.
Featured image: @mastersolympiaofficial on Instagram
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