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Dexter "The Blade" Jackson, the 2008 Mr. Olympia and the most successful IFBB Professional League competitor, has announced that the 2020 Mr. Olympia will be his last competition. The news of the impending resignation of the bodybuilding legend was announced in a press release from the National Physique Committee.
"I've been thinking long and hard about how my career should end," Jackson said in the press release. “I want to go out on my own terms. I am still able to win every show I attend, and in September I make one last attempt to take a second Sandow home. The Olympia is the biggest show in bodybuilding and I want my final poseown to take place on this Vegas stage against the best in the world. "
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DEXTER JACKSON: "OLYMPY 2020 WILL BE MY FINAL COMPETITION" In bodybuilding circles, he was called the 8th wonder of the world. His 29 professional victories are a world record. His 9 combined Arnold Classic victories are also a record, as are his 20 appearances on the Olympic stage. At 50, Dexter Jackson remains one of the best bodybuilders in the world, but all good things must come to an end. 12 years after winning the Mr. Olympia 2008, Dexter will fight for the 2020 Mr. Olympia title, but this time The Blade will do it for the last time. "I spent a lot of time thinking about how my career should end." Jackson explains: “I want to go out on my own terms. I am still able to win every show I attend, and in September I make one last attempt to take a second Sandow home. The Olympia is the biggest show in bodybuilding and I want my final poseown to take place on this Vegas stage against the best in the world. “Dexter adds," Olympia 2020 will be my last competition. I hope that everyone who has supported me will be there to make it special. " Dexter will also compete in Arnold Classic events in Columbus, Australia and Brazil earlier this year before targeting Las Vegas. The Olympia purchased last week by Jake Wood continues to make headlines. It has recently been reported that longtime 212-pound champion Flex Lewis will return to the stage at this year's Mr. Olympia, and the organizers also announced the selection of Shaquille O’Neal as an honorary ambassador for the 2020 Olympic weekend. This year, Ms. Olympia's women's competition is back after a six-year layoff and plans for an unannounced exhibition expansion are well underway. Dan Solomon, Chief Olympia Officer, explains: “Dexter is one of the most remarkable athletes of our generation. The opportunity to see his last competition will be emotional for all of us. We plan to make it special. “For more information, including tickets and exhibitor opportunities, visit MrOlympia.com. @npcnewsonlineofficialpage @mrolympiallc @ifbb_pro_league @dansolomon_official #olympia #ifbbprofessionalleague #dexterjackson #bodybuilding #legend
Jackson's successes are diverse. In addition to winning the Sandow 2008 and beating Jay Cutler, he also won five Arnold Classics – more than any other competitor – and is one of the oldest bodybuilders at 50. His other records include 29 wins in the IFBB Professional League and 20 appearances in the Olympics.
With this announcement, Mr. Olympia 2020 will be one of the most exciting competitions of recent times. The seven-time 212 champion Flex Lewis will appear in the Open division after accepting a special invitation. The Ms. Olympia competition returns and Shaquille O & # 39; Neal is this year's Olympian Honorary Ambassador.
This will also be the first Olympics under the new owner Jake Wood, long-time industry expert and Wings of Strength promoter.
Buy tickets at mrolympia.com so you can be in Las Vegas from September 9th to 13th.