Pro bodybuilder and 7x Mr. Olympia champ Phil Heath reveals he will be doing commentary for the Olympia 2022 pay-per-view.
7x Mr. Olympia champion Phil Heath has officially announced that he will be hosting and commentating at the Olympia 2022. The news comes after many questioned whether or not Heath would a comeback and compete at this year’s Olympia. News of the hosting gig essentially confirms that he will not be competing.
The Olympia 2022 weekend will be taking place on December 15-18 in Las Vegas, NV. It’s the biggest event of the bodybuilding season – essentially the super bowl of bodybuilding. It’s the very competition that helped make Phil Heath a star. He was able to dominate the Mr. Olympia competition for seven years straight – becoming one of the most legendary bodybuilders in the sport.
Phil Heath’s dominance came to a halt in 2018 when he placed second behind Shawn Rhoden. Since then – he has not been able to reclaim the title and tie for the world record of most Olympia wins, currently held by Ronnie Coleman and Lee Haney with eight titles. In 2021, Phil Heath did not compete – leading to questions as to whether or not he would return this year or in the future.
But it seems that 2022 will now be the second straight year that Phil Heath does not compete. This has been all but confirmed by the news that he will be hosting and doing commentary for the Olympia 2022 pay-per-view event. The news was announced on his Instagram on Friday night.
“I AM VERY EXCITED TO BE APART THIS YEARS MR OLYMPIA WEEKEND IN LAS VEGAS THIS DECEMBER. COMMENTATING AT THIS YEARS EVENT PROVIDES ME AN OPPORTUNITY TO EXPRESS MY LOVE AND SUPPORT TO ITS ATHLETES WHO DEFINITELY SACRIFICE A TON TO BE ON THIS HISTORIC STAGE.
TO THE FANS I LOVE YOU ALL AND PLEASE KNOW THAT I WILL DO MY ABSOLUTE BEST IN THE BOOTH, ILLUSTRATING THE BODY OF WORK THESE AMAZING ATHLETES SHOWCASE! SHOUT OUT TO JAKE WOOD, DAN SOLOMAN, THE IFBB PRO LEAGUE, @MROLYMPIALLC AND JIM MANION FOR HELPING MAKE THIS ALL POSSIBLE. SEE YOU ALL IN VEGAS!!!”
Phil Heath hosting the Olympia 2022 pay-per-view brings serious star power to the broadcast – which has been slowly expanding it’s production year over year. After going full pay-per-view rather than free broadcast, the PPV has included behind the scenes streams, expo streams, and a fully commentated livestream of the competition.
This news comes shortly after Generation Iron Network released the official teaser trailer for Kai – the life story biopic of Kai Greene. The documentary feature highlights the life of Phil Heath’s biggest rival. Notably, Phil Heath made an appearance in the film with a new exclusive interview – reflecting on his career and rivalry against Greene. It will be the first time in years where Heath has spoken deeply on his relationship with Greene. You can watch the trailer below:
For more information about Kai – make sure to go to the official landing page. The film will be coming soon later this summer 2022.
It seems Phil Heath will be getting a double dose of additional attention this year between the film and his hosting duties at the Olympia 2022. He will surly provide deep play-by-play insight into the details, techniques, and skill put on display on stage. Currently, there has been no announcement of who will be doing commentary duty alongside Heath – if any.
Generation Iron will provide updates on this story as it develops. For more information about the Olympia 2022 weekend and all things bodybuilding – stick around the Generation Iron Fitness Network.