Bodybuilding and the Olympics


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Will Bodybuilding be a Part of the Olympics

Should bodybuilding become an Olympic sport? Obviously the bodybuilding community is favorable of this idea, but the Olympic committee hasn't bought in yet. And it may be more difficult now that Ben Weider is no longer pumping the idea of an Olympic slot.

Bodybuilding is the most subjective of the weight lifting sports but that should not be a hindrance as other Olympic sports such as ice dance and skating all hinge on subjective judgment.

What about the title? Would the Mr. Olympia title come under the auspices of the Olympics? Who would judge the events? Would the governing bodies of the sport be willing to forego their hold on the events or would they try to insert themselves in the Olympics?

Drug testing under the Olympic banner would most likely be ramped up as well, tougher than the pedestrian approach taken by today's bodybuilding organizations. Even the most ignorant schoolchild can see that today's bodybuilders are overloaded on chemicals. And perhaps that is why the Olympic sponsors haven't come knocking on bodybuilding's door. Or maybe it is that bodybuilding may be in secular decline, and the Olympics are all about what is hot at the moment.

Finally, there is the pay issue. Mr. Olympia and the various other professional venues pay the winners whereas the Olympic gold is the final prize for the winner but no money. Would today's Mr. Olympia competitors be willing to make that quarter million dollar exchange for Olympic glory?


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