Walker was not satisfied with his recent Olympia output and teased a revival.
Nick Walker enters the 2022 Mr. Olympia with legitimate aspirations of capturing bodybuilding’s most prestigious title. A top-five finisher in his debut in 2021, Walker is expected by many to improve on that result and push former two-time defending champion Mamdouh “Big Ramy” Elsbia for the crown. As it turns out, Elssbiay falls short of retaining his title, but instead to Hadi Choopan. Walker would technically build on his Olympia debut by finishing third, but it still wasn’t exactly what he wanted.
On January 1, 2023, Walker appeared on a YouTube podcast episode Mutant & The Mouth. The debate reflects on his 2022 Olympia performance and looks forward to potentially completing his ascent to the top of bodybuilding’s highest peak in 2023. (Note: Video contains NSFW language.)
Walker doesn’t mince his words about his performance. In a candid assessment, the athlete admits that he was pleased with his third-place result but feels that he probably should have done more and could have finished in an ideal set-up. At the same time, he conceded that Derek Lunsford (second place) and Choupan could duck it out for a while at the top of the current Olympia pantheon. That is if rising stars like Samson Dauda (sixth place) and Andrew Jacked (eighth place) don’t break the party.
“I am very happy that I finished third [place],” Walker explained. “But as an overall package, I think I could have been second. Derek [Lunsford]sing [Choopan]And I’ll probably fight this for years unless it’s Samson [Dauda] Come out of the woodwork or if Andrew [Jacked] One time nails. I believe the three of us will be around for a while.
The next two contestants in Dauda and Jackd were surprised by Walker. The pair made enough of an impression on Walker to believe they could make some real noise with the right refinements in the next estimated year.
“I probably could have had Samson [Dauda] Rami was beaten [Elssbiay] To be honest,” Walker said. “Samson is a freak. I’m definitely excited to see what he can do at Arnold. [the Arnold Classic in March 2023]And what they can do at next year’s Olympia [in November 2023]. My personal opinion on Samson is that I think he should step away from Arnold and focus on making more improvements to Olympia. He can cause a lot of destruction. His only downfall was that he was not conditioned enough. … Andrew [Jacked] Made us look like amateurs. When this man is chilling in his little speedo, relaxing, you’re like, ‘What [expletive] Is that it?’ He is one of the nicest people. “
Walker himself will not participate in the 2023 Arnold Classic. As of 2022, he will focus his efforts on Olympia training to optimize his promising results.
Like many of his peers, 2023 will be an important year for Walker. Already a household name in the world of bodybuilding, all that was left for him to achieve was to capture his first career Olympia title. The next edition of the competition will be held in November 2023 in Orlando, FL. Given some of the names he’s impressed with, that task won’t come easily. As Walker surely understands, winning sport’s most prestigious prize rarely comes without some challenges.
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