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« on: April 07, 2009, 03:23:09 PM »


This is great news in times of a recession...  from Flexonline!

http://www.flexonline.com/olympia_prize_money/news/717


American Media Inc. (AMI) and the IFBB Professional League announced today that the total prize money for the 2009 Olympia, presented by MuscleTech and brought to you by Bodybuilding.com, will be increased to $800,000. Included in that total is a $200,000 purse for winning the Mr. Olympia, an increase of $45,000 from 2008. Overall, the total prize money has been increased by over $60,000 from last year's event.

"We are thrilled to announce the increase in prize money for the 2009 Olympia," said AMI Chairman, President and CEO David J. Pecker. "The Olympia Weekend is the biggest and best event in bodybuilding, so we believe the prize money for the competitors should be a reflection of that. As far as what's at stake, the Olympia is clearly setting the standard."

The Arnold Classic is the closest to the Olympia in terms of total prize money awarded. In 2009, $466,000 in total prize money was awarded at the Arnold Classic. In addition to men's bodybuilding, the prize money has also increased for the Figure Olympia and the 202 Showdown. Also, for the first time in history, the purse for the runner-up in a men's bodybuilding contest will reach the six-figure mark, as the second-place finisher will receive $100,000 in prize money.

"The partnership between AMI and the IFBB Pro League is obviously working in the direction, as David Pecker and Ben Weider promised, to make the Olympia the best contest in the world," IFBB Professional League Chairman Jim Manion said. "They are giving more back to the bodybuilders than anyone ever has. All the female competitors should be happy because the increased prize money makes everybody even across the board. The IFBB professional League is happy to be working with AMI in such a positive relationship as we continue to move bodybuilding forward in honor of Ben Weider."

When AMI took over the Olympia in 2004, the total prize money for Olympia Weekend was $540,000. Included in that total was a $120,000 purse for the Olympia winner.

For complete information on Joe Weider's 2009 Olympia Weekend, go to www.mrolympia.com!



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« Reply #1 on: April 07, 2009, 03:24:58 PM »

awesome
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« Reply #2 on: April 07, 2009, 03:26:28 PM »

I wonder how much Weider makes at the Mr O weekend. With all the booths and audience to the expo and so on.

He could probably give away ALOT more money to the bb,s
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« Reply #3 on: April 07, 2009, 03:26:45 PM »

i hear that..whats the breakdown...like the full one
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« Reply #4 on: April 07, 2009, 03:27:35 PM »

200k for the male winner

20k for the female.   Grin

thats about 15k too much for the female though.
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« Reply #5 on: April 07, 2009, 03:40:43 PM »

.....and so many people on here say that you cant make a good living from bodybuilding.
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« Reply #6 on: April 07, 2009, 03:41:46 PM »

thats a decent prize for first place!
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« Reply #7 on: April 07, 2009, 03:43:46 PM »

str8 ballin
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« Reply #8 on: April 07, 2009, 03:44:49 PM »


This is good news.

Thanks, Obama! 
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« Reply #9 on: April 07, 2009, 03:47:14 PM »

chump change to getbiggers except maybe QuakerOats?
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« Reply #10 on: April 07, 2009, 03:47:23 PM »


$200K for first prize...  and we are coming into one of the greatest anticipated Mr. Olympias to date...

From where I see,

Dexter Jackson, Jay Cutler, Phil Heath, Victor Martinez, or Kai Greene can take the top prize here...

Of course, there will also be Branch Warren, Silvio Samuel, Toney Freeman and Melvin Anthony too...

Cracking the top 10 for other bodybuilders is going to be very tough this year if this line up holds...

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« Reply #11 on: April 07, 2009, 03:53:07 PM »

http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/poker/columns/story?columnist=rosenbloom_steve&id=2366459
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« Reply #12 on: April 07, 2009, 03:54:06 PM »

now it is worth to live the dream!
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« Reply #13 on: April 07, 2009, 03:55:25 PM »

$200K for first prize...  and we are coming into one of the greatest anticipated Mr. Olympias to date...

From where I see,

Dexter Jackson, Jay Cutler, Phil Heath, Victor Martinez, or Kai Greene can take the top prize here...

Of course, there will also be Branch Warren, Silvio Samuel, Toney Freeman and Melvin Anthony too...

Cracking the top 10 for other bodybuilders is going to be very tough this year if this line up holds...



WOLF?!?! damnit ron.  Silvio but not wolf?


Check yourself bro!!   Grin
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« Reply #14 on: April 07, 2009, 03:55:48 PM »

$200K for first prize...  and we are coming into one of the greatest anticipated Mr. Olympias to date...

From where I see,

Dexter Jackson, Jay Cutler, Phil Heath, Victor Martinez, or Kai Greene can take the top prize here...

Of course, there will also be Branch Warren, Silvio Samuel, Toney Freeman and Melvin Anthony too...

Cracking the top 10 for other bodybuilders is going to be very tough this year if this line up holds...



wow, the first place prize doubled
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« Reply #15 on: April 07, 2009, 03:57:08 PM »

$200K for first prize...  and we are coming into one of the greatest anticipated Mr. Olympias to date...

From where I see,

Dexter Jackson, Jay Cutler, Phil Heath, Victor Martinez, or Kai Greene can take the top prize here...

Of course, there will also be Branch Warren, Silvio Samuel, Toney Freeman and Melvin Anthony too...

Cracking the top 10 for other bodybuilders is going to be very tough this year if this line up holds...




Ron, don't bail on Wolf.  He will be in the top 6 for sure, he won't make the same mistakes as last year.
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« Reply #16 on: April 07, 2009, 03:57:33 PM »

WOLF?!?! damnit ron.  Silvio but not wolf?


Check yourself bro!!   Grin
Ron has made this exact post before and everybody cried wolf
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« Reply #17 on: April 07, 2009, 03:58:25 PM »

wow, great news for pro bodybuilding!
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« Reply #18 on: April 07, 2009, 03:58:48 PM »

wow, the first place prize doubled

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155k last year buddy.
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« Reply #19 on: April 07, 2009, 04:00:05 PM »

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155k last year buddy.

i'm sure at some point it was 100 k  Grin
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« Reply #20 on: April 07, 2009, 04:02:11 PM »

Wow, what a Pecker!  Good Job in raising the cash
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« Reply #21 on: April 07, 2009, 04:04:17 PM »

$200K for first prize...  and we are coming into one of the greatest anticipated Mr. Olympias to date...

From where I see,

Dexter Jackson, Jay Cutler, Phil Heath, Victor Martinez, or Kai Greene can take the top prize here...

Of course, there will also be Branch Warren, Silvio Samuel, Toney Freeman and Melvin Anthony too...

Cracking the top 10 for other bodybuilders is going to be very tough this year if this line up holds...



Get the fuck out..Not for nothin.. but 200k in one show aint peanuts.. People talked about prize money and they stepped up big time...in a recession...
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« Reply #22 on: April 07, 2009, 04:38:57 PM »

With all the Millions Joe weider has made over the years, it's about freaking time the Olympia money shift to second gear.
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« Reply #23 on: April 07, 2009, 04:43:01 PM »

this should be great news for  Mr Olympia competitors. at least, The Olympia winner will have some spare change to spend. Giving that 2/3 of that money will be spent on Gears and stuff
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« Reply #24 on: April 07, 2009, 05:25:39 PM »

This is great news.

I'm definitely going this year; SchmoeCalendar is already almost fully booked. Haven't picked the hotel yet. Any suggestions?
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