Injuries to Many Top Contenders an Unexpected â€œGiftâ€
By Joe Pietaro, MuscleSport Mag
The bodybuilder known as â€œThe Giftâ€ may receive an unexpected one come September 27. Phil Heath was not being spoken about as a top three contender for the Mr. Olympia title, but after a few good men had to drop out due to injuries, his stock has risen.
Victor Martinez finished a controversial second to Jay Cutler at last yearâ€™s Olympia, but suffered a knee injury earlier in the year. Branch Warren tore a tricep and Kai Green is recovering from a hernia.
Heath did not compete in the â€˜07 Olympia, but has had a productive year. He won the Iron Man contest and finished second to Dexter Jackson two weeks later at the Arnold Classic. The former University of Denver basketball star may make a statement at this show, even if it to finish ahead of Jackson.
Considering that this is his first time going for the Sandow, if Heath can finish in the top three, that would be a big step for the 28 year-old. A top-five is more likely.