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Kai Greene An Olympia Factor After New York Pro Win

Needing a dominant performance in the 2011 New York Pro, Kai Greene didn’t disappoint. With the backing of an enthusiastic home town crowd, the Brooklyn native had it sealed up at pre-judging. Bringing a physique that won him two consecutive Arnold Classics, Greene was vastly improved from the last time we saw him on stage at the 2010 Mr. Olympia.

Last September, Greene had a bloated midsection and fell out of the top six. He then decided to not defend his Arnold title and use the New York Pro as a warm up for the Olympia. When asked by emcee Bob Cicherillo if he can in fact unseat Jay Cutler in Las Vegas, Greene was coy and joked with an ambiguous answer. “I’d like to thank my entire team,” he said with a laugh and a smile. But come September, this will be anything but funny.

Cutler has won four of the last five Olympias and will be a tough out. Phil Heath was a close second to Greene at the 2010 Arnold and gave his buddy Cutler a run for his money six months later. ‘The Gift’ is not going anywhere and has had a full year – like Cutler – to prepare for the O. Branch Warren won the Arnold and has finished in the top three two years in a row in Vegas.

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What all of that means is that Greene will need to be in his best shape just to break into the top three. Sure, he can accomplish that but may need to wait until Cutler hangs up the posing trunks before adding a Sandow to his trophy case.

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