Torn hamstring takes prime contender out of the combo.
Even “The Mutant” is human.
Sadly for Nick Walker, his Olympia journey has already come to an finish attributable to a hamstring tear he suffered whereas coaching for an important bodybuilding present of the 12 months. Regardless of his finest efforts, the third-place finisher on the 2022 Mr. Olympia couldn’t overcome an harm that occurred on the worst potential time.
With the 2023 Olympia weekend about to get underway in Orlando, FL, from Nov. 2-5, Walker introduced his determination to bow out of the competition by way of an Instagram submit on Oct. 31, 2023.
Though he appeared stage-ready on the floor, the 2021 Arnold Traditional winner revealed his hamstring stays a serious situation.
“I attempted to push by means of it. I attempted to do no matter I may and get no matter remedy I may, nevertheless it simply progressively obtained worse,” Walker defined. “It didn’t progress in any approach, form, or type. Me and my crew thought it was finest that we simply pulled out as a result of we knew there was simply no shot of us putting top-three at this level, or larger. And we don’t need to drop putting.”
After all, recent changes to the Olympia Qualifying System stipulate that solely the highest three finishers within the 2023 Mr. Olympia mechanically safe a spot within the 2024 contest. Regardless that Walker completed behind solely Hadi Choopan and Derek Lunsford within the Males’s Open division a 12 months in the past, he absolutely would have confronted an uphill battle to fend off the likes of 2023 Arnold Classic champion Samson Dauda and 2019 Mr. Olympia winner Brandon Curry for third place on one totally wholesome leg.
After delivering the information to promoters and officers, the 2021 Arnold Traditional winner stated he obtained nothing however assist from IFBB Professional League president Jim Manion and Olympia proprietor Jake Wooden.
“They requested me if I ever wanted something and that simply makes me proud to be a part of this group,” Walker stated.
Transferring ahead, there are main ramifications for everybody concerned. Walker faces a troublesome job to get better from a torn hamstring and remind everybody why he was thought of one of many prime contenders to take residence the Mr. Olympia crown in 2023. In the meantime, his absence opens the door even wider for somebody like Dauda, Curry, and even Hunter Labrada, who took residence the 2023 Tampa Pro Men’s Open title in August, to punch their ticket to subsequent 12 months’s present with a top-three end.
In spite of everything, with Walker, two-time Mr. Olympia champion Mamdouh “Big Ramy” Elssbiay, 2022 Bigman Weekend Professional winner Brett “The Butcher” Wilkin, and 2023 Toronto Pro Supershow winner Ian Valliere all withdrawing for varied causes, the stage gained’t be fairly so crowded (or aggressive) with a number of massive names lacking.
Though it could be straightforward for Walker to view his setback negatively, he confirmed spectacular resolve and interior energy when talking about what’s subsequent.
“If I realized something from that is that something can occur at any given second,” he defined. “But it surely’s the way you deal with it; it’s what you do this defines who you’re and the character you’ll turn out to be.”
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