KAI GREENE HAS A STANDING INVITATION TO THE OLYMPIA. HERE’S WHY THE “PEOPLE’S CHAMP” NEEDS TO COMPETE… AND THREE WAYS HE CAN WIN BODYBUILDING’S ULTIMATE TITLE.
In June, IFBB Pro League president Jim Manion issued a special invite to the 2017 Mr. Olympia, being staged on Sept. 15 and 16 in Las Vegas, to Kai Greene. The three-time (2012-14) Mr. Olympia runner-up hasn’t competed in bodybuilding’s show of shows since the 2014 event. This was the infamous occasion of when Kai went into Mr. T mode, berating and exchanging trash talk with reigning champ Phil Heath at the press conference, and then later at Friday’s prejudging he challenged his nemesis to something more physically hazardous than a double biceps shot.
From the fallout of that explosive incident it seemed Kai would never compete in the Olympia again, as his camp cited disagreements with the organizers. Against that scenario it remains true that the most awaited clash in modern bodybuilding is the one involving Messrs. Heath and Greene.
Even if Kai, in the meantime, has seemingly turned down the invite, it will remain open right up until 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 14. That is the scheduled start time of the 2017 Olympia press conference. So, especially given Kai’s gift for the dramatic, don’t write off the reality of seeing him stride into the conference room at the 11th hour to accept the invite.
With that option in mind, it’s pertinent to assess Greene’s chances of striking Olympia gold and toppling Phil Heath. For the academic hell of it, it’s worth examining the credentials the guy brings to the stage against a man he has not beaten in eight attempts since he won the 2010 Arnold Classic in Columbus, OH. Here are three ways Kai Greene can potentially overcome Phil Heath.
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ROUTE 1: RIPPED TO SHREDS
In this day and age, condition is, if not the top factor in separating one physique from another, then one of the key aspects, A guy with great shape and proportions but who is softish will lose out to the guy with a sinew-splitting condition whose physique does not flow as well. Phil versus Kai confrontations always come down to the freaky aesthetics of Phil Heath against the WTF “someone call Ripley’s Believe It or Not” musculature of Kai Greene. The deciding factor between the two has never really been condition, more like Phil’s 3-D look beating out Kai’s CGI (computer-generated imagery) look. But if Kai came in more ripped than he’s ever been, a process that probably means losing a certain amount of size, and retains eye-pooping fullness, then maybe it could be a game changer, a Sandow changer.
ROUTE 2: DROP THE MOST-MUSCULAR
Flashback to the climax of the 2014 Mr. Olympia contest. One last comparison is called for between the bitter foes of the weekend, Phil Heath and Kai Greene. They go through the eight comparisons, and as the duo completed the seventh pose, the abs and thighs comparison, the climax was approaching. Cue the eighth and final pose; the most-muscular. It was déjà vu and Groundhog Day rolled into one.
It always ends like this. The Mr. Olympia version of gunfight at the O.K. Corral was coming down to one single shot, bodybuilding’s money shot: the most-muscular pose. Those succinct…