Whenever he decides to hang up his posing trunks, Mamdouh “Big Ramy” Elssbiay will undoubtedly be regarded as one of the best bodybuilders of all time. The 37-year-old athlete is the reigning two-time Mr. Olympia (2020-2021). He’s currently training to complete a legendary three-peat at this year’s edition of the prestigious contest in mid-December.
On August 10, 2022, Elssbiay shared a post on his Instagram where his upper body mass looks stacked. According to the bodybuilder, he weighs a massive 336.6 pounds at the time of the photo.
Unlike some of his peers, Elssbiay has automatic qualification to the 2022 Mr. Olympia thanks to his status as a previous winner. As such, Elssbiay can focus most of his training energy on preparing for December’s contest to take home another Olympia title.
Dating back to 2016, the bodybuilder has usually only competed in the Olympia while guest posing in other contests. He is on track to do the same in 2022, save for the absence of a guest-pose to this point. The year 2020 was the lone exception in that timeline when Elssbiay also competed at that edition of the Arnold Sports Festival. He took home third place.
Before his Olympia victories in 2020 and 2021, the International Federation of Bodybuilding and Fitness (IFBB) Pro League athlete accumulated six finishes in at least the top 10 at the competition. Elssbiay’s best result prior to an outright victory was a second-place finish at the 2018 Mr. Olympia.
While Elssbiay’s two consecutive Olympia titles are undoubtedly his career highlights to date, the Egyptian athlete does have other noteworthy accomplishments on his overall resume. According to NPC News Online, here’s a rundown of some of Elssbiay’s more notable achievements:
Mamdouh Elssbiay | Notable Career Results
- 2012 IFBB Amateur Mr. Olympia — First place (Men’s Over 100KG)
- 2013-2014 IFBB New York Pro — First place (Men’s Open)
- 2015 IFBB Arnold Classic Brasil — First place (Men’s Open)
- 2015 IFBB EVLS Prague Pro — Second place (Men’s Open)
- 2020 Arnold Sports Festival — Third place (Men’s Open)
- 2020-2021 IFBB Mr. Olympia — First place (Men’s Open)
Pushing for Legacy
In a May 2022 interview with the RWA Podcast, Elssbiay revealed he might retire from competitive bodybuilding at the age of 38. Considering the superstar’s birthday is on September 16, that would mean the upcoming Olympia might be the last time he stands on the legendary stage.
Should Elssbiay follow through with these potential retirement plans, he could have a unique opportunity to go on top as a three-time reigning champion. If Elssbiay’s bid at a third consecutive title is successful, he will join a club of who’s who in bodybuilding lore. The only athletes to ever win the Mr. Olympia at least three consecutive times are Arnold Schwarzenegger (1970-1973), Frank Zane (1977-1979), Lee Haney (1984-1991), Dorian Yates (1992-1997), Ronnie Coleman (1998-2005), and Phil Heath (2011-2017).
Elssbiay will vie for his third straight title at the 2022 Mr. Olympia on December 16-18 in Las Vegas, NV.
Featured image: @big_ramy on Instagram