By Joe Pietaro, MuscleSport Mag
After finishing in third place in the 2007 Mr. Olympia, 38 year-old Dexter Jackson knows that the window of opportunity may be closing on him. In September, he will give it another go, this time coming off three consecutive first place finishes in the calendar year.
Earlier, Jackson won the Arnold Classic, IFBB Australian Grand Prix VIII and the IFBB New Zealand Grand Prix. While that is a nice accomplishment, the Mr. O is a whole different world.
Persevering through his career, Jackson finished third in the 1992 NPC Southern States Lightweight Division. He next took the stage three years later, which was also his first victory in the NPC USA Championships Light-Heavyweight Division.
Jackson turned professional in 1999, which included a ninth place finish in his inaugural Olympia show. He would not taste victory again until the 2002 Grand Prix England, and has finished first on eight different occasions since then.
Competing in eight out of the last nine Mr. Olympia contests (he missed the 2005), Jackson has finished ninth, ninth, eighth, fourth, third, fourth, fourth and third. To break into the top two, he will need to come into Las Vegas looking the way he has all year, possibly even better.
At the Australian Grand Prix, Jacksonâ€™s thighs were extremely impressive, as was his abdominal section. His obliques appeared as if they were carved away from his midsection and all of his 5â€²6â€³ frame looked to be in peak condition.
Having his eye on the prize, Jackson knows what he has to do in September. â€œIâ€™ve beaten everybody else and Jay (Cutler) is the only person I havenâ€™t beaten and heâ€™s the Mr. Olympia, so heâ€™s the man to beat,â€ he said. â€œI donâ€™t look behind me, I only look what is in front of me.â€
And the time in front of him is getting shorter.