An announcement was made during Olympia weekend that may just shake up the 202 division next year. Lee Priest, who has not competed since 2002, announced that he is coming back and intends on taking on Kevin English and the rest of the 202 division. He will begin preparing next month in his native Australia and will be filming his workouts for Muscular Development.
He said that his “good” arm measure 21 inches and his “bad” arm – his left, which he had recent surgery on – is 21 inches. Not too bad for a guy who stands at 5?4?. On a video on MD.com, Priest commented that the 202 is all about conditioning and that he had won shows in the past at 199 and 198 pounds.
He also called himself a “rebel” and a “loose cannon,” as well as a “guy who speaks his mind.” That is the Priest that bodybuilding fans have come to love and they wouldn’t have it any other way.
“With Infinite Labs an MD behind me, you’re going to see on hell of a comeback,” Priest commented on the video clip.
Priest, when in condition, is one of the most impressive bodybuilders on the circuit. Because of his short stature, he appears huge and should be the widest person on stage in the 202. The mass that he possesses is amazing and he also has a small waist to give him a great look.
You can view the long layoff in two ways: that it will be too long for him to get back into the swing of things or that his body is well rested from not having to go through the dieting process for what is going to be eight years. Figure on a little bit of each being reality and Priest may need a few contests to reach his full potential once again.
Here’s a vote of confidence that by the third time out, Priest, 38, will dominate the 202 class. Hopefully he competes in a show or two as a warm-up and qualify for the Olympia, where he may just have enough to dethrone English and take his place at the top.
LEE PRIEST CONTEST HISTORY
* 2002 Mr. Olympia – 6th
* 2002 San Francisco Pro Invitational – 1st
* 2002 SAN FRANCISCO GRAND PRIX – 1st
* 2002 IFBB Arnold Classic – 4th
* 2002 IRONMAN PRO INVITATIONAL – 2nd
* 2001 Ironman 7th, after bad virus
* 2000 Mr. Olympia 6th Place
* 2000 Night of Champions 5th Place Night of Fixes
* 1999 Ironman 6th Place
* 1999 Mr. Olympia – IFBB, 9th
* 1999 Ironman Pro Invitational – IFBB, 6th
* 1998 Olympia – IFBB, 7th
* 1997 San Jose Pro Invitational – IFBB, 4th
* 1997 Olympia – IFBB, 6th
* 1997 Ironman Pro Invitational – IFBB, 2nd
* 1997 Grand Prix Spain – IFBB, 3rd
* 1997 Grand Prix Russia – IFBB, 9th
* 1997 Grand Prix Hungary – IFBB, 3rd
* 1997 Grand Prix Germany – IFBB, 3rd
* 1997 Grand Prix Finland – IFBB, 9th
* 1997 Grand Prix England – IFBB, 6th
* 1997 Grand Prix Czech Republic – IFBB, 5th
* 1997 Arnold Classic – IFBB, 7th
* 1996 San Jose Pro Invitational – IFBB, 6th
* 1996 Ironman Pro Invitational – IFBB, 4th
* 1995 South Beach Pro Invitational – IFBB, 4th
* 1995 Ironman Pro Invitational – IFBB, 3rd
* 1995 Florida Pro Invitational – IFBB, 4th
* 1995 Arnold Classic – IFBB, 9th
* 1994 San Jose Pro Invitational – IFBB, 7th
* 1994 Night of Champions – IFBB, 12th
* 1994 Ironman Pro Invitational – IFBB, 4th
* 1994 Arnold Classic – IFBB, 7th
* 1993 Niagara Falls Pro Invitational – IFBB, 9th
* 1990 World Amateur Championships – IFBB, LightWeight,4th
* 1990 World Amateur Championships – IFBB, 4th
* 1990 Mr Australia – IFBB, Overall Winner
* 1989 Mr Australia – IFBB, Overall Winner