10th Place: Lionel Beyeke Coming off a controversial first place finish at the Flex Pro mid-February, and a well-deserved 6th place finish at the Arnold Classic, Lionel Beyeke is looking to make an impact during his Olympia debut in Las Vegas. Albeit having one of the most phenomenal structures in the IFBB, Beyeke and his current trainer, Hany Rambod, have yet to figure out how to bring in a complete, razor-sharp package. Beyeke is equally known for his proportions as he is his lackluster conditioning. Typically smooth all over, Beyeke will have a tough time cracking the top-ten on muscle insertions alone. 9th Place: Dexter Jackson Since his 2008 Mr. Olypmia win, Dexter Jackson has been on a continuous decline when faced with his top-tier peers. Known in the past for his “blade-like” conditioning, Dexter has since begun to appear duller. With the symmetry of a circle, Dexter will need to really work hard to edge out younger, and hungrier competitors to crack the top 6. 8th Place: Roelly Winklaar After two disappointing 4th place finishes at the Tampa Pro and Dallas Europa Supershow, Roelly Winklaar and his coach Sibil (AKA “Grandma), seemed to find a better formula in bringing a more full 1st place package at the Nordic Pro. Despite the weak line-up, Roelly has shown that, although he has the potential, still hasn’t fully found himself at the top of his game. With a pair of guns to rival any top competitor, and hamstrings that pop out like piano wire, Roelly will find himself comfortably in the top 10 if he can come in full. 7th Place: Ben Pakulski Although lacking in structure, Ben Pakulski has the mass and conditioning to ensure a spot in the top 10. When looking at Ben Pakulski, it is difficult not drawing comparisons to the most recent Arnold Classic Champion: Branch Warren. With nearly unrivaled overall leg development, and a torso that could use a few more good off-seasons of work, Ben Pakulski is sure to bring a diced physique to overcome his weak points and exploit the lack of conditioning in his competitors. 6th Place: Shawn Rhoden With two strong, and well-deserved, 1st place finishes at the Tampa Pro and Dallas Europa Supershow, Shawn Rhoden is the man to watch. In the past, Shawn Rhoden was known for his poor conditioning, super smooth look, and highly distracting herniated belly-button. Maybe it was the removal of the hernia, but whatever it was, Shawn “wowed” bodybuilding fans when he brought the goodies (striated glutes!), drawing comparisons to the legendary Flex Wheeler. In the future, expect Shawn Rhoden and Lionel Beyeke to divide the fans, granted Beyeke figures out how to peak. 5th Place: Evan Centaponi With two consecutive 3rd place finishes at the Arnold Classic, Evan Centaponi has decided to take the leap and compete in his first Mr. Olympia. Always a fan favorite, Evan has yet to fulfill his bodybuilding potential. With his near 6’ height, Evan still has a few years before he can fully fill out his chest and fully develop his wide back. Because he is so tall and wide, don’t expect Centaponi to win an Olympia by next year. At 30 years of age, Evan still has a lot of time in the sport of Bodybuilding. 4th Place: Dennis Wolf After being disappointed with his second 2nd place finish at the Arnold Classic, Dennis Wolf will be looking to edge out Branch Warren and prove himself the better bodybuilder. Being one of the tallest top-tier bodybuilders, Dennis is unparalleled when it comes to width. He can go toe-to-toe with any competitor from the front (not including his calves), and from the waist up from the back. However, Dennis is known for coming in softer in the glutes and hamstrings, but if he can bring in tight, he may secure his spot in the top 3. 3rd Place: Branch Warren No other bodybuilder on this stage is as controversial as Branch Warren. The simple mention of his name will draw cheer or a look of disgust. With torn muscles all over his body and posing routine that leaves something to be desired, many people wonder how Branch continuously finds himself winning shows and fighting for the top 3 spots. The answer? Branch outworks every competitor when it comes to conditioning. Branch knows he can’t beat anyone under the merits of “pleasing to look at,” so he does what he can: brings in razor-sharp conditioning every time, and always deliver. If no other competitor can match Branch on conditioning, then he will have fans sweating as they begin announcing the placings.