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Jay Cutler To Sit Out 2012 Mr. Olympia, Sheru Classic

Stating that his business ventures have taken valuable time away from contest preparation, Jay Cutler is going to sit out what will amount to nearly two full years by the time he takes the stage again. The four-time Sandow winner had been behind in his training and diet since undergoing surgery to repair a torn left bicep in February.


Cutler said in a statement on the official Muscular Development website:

“I will not be competing this year in the Mr. Olympia. I did try to get back on track with my training and my eating, but there was simply too much going on with my business ventures. The only way I would compete is if I can put 100 percent into it, and the timing wasn’t right for this year. And honestly, it wasn’t until mid-July that I even made the decision to return in 2013 and try to get my title back from Phil, just like I got it back from Dexter in 2009. But this year, for the first time in 10 years, I want to just sit back and watch the show— who moves up, who moves down— and start training full-throttle for the 2013 Mr. Olympia not too long after. Next month in MD, I will give the full story behind my decision to sit this one out, and how and why I know I can get my title back next year.”

Finishing as Phil Heath’s runner-up at both the 2011 Olympia and Sheru Classic, Cutler seemed like the top choice to have a shot at regaining the title. This announcement comes as a mild surprise – but not a shocking one – due to the surgery and Cutler’s physical appearance the past few months. Always known as a mass monster, the Massachusetts native seemed much slimmer when seen at expos and other personal appearances.

The difference was so obvious that it appeared Cutler’s strategy had changed to coming in with more of a v-taper in an attempt to wrest the championship back from the more aesthetic Heath. But it now becomes clear that the smaller physique may not have been totally intentional. For what it’s worth, seeing a slimmed down yet extremely muscular Cutler would have been very interesting, indeed, and possibly hard to beat.

Now the questions begin if this is in fact the beginning of the end for one of the most popular bodybuilders in the industry. Taking off two years is not easy to come back from, especially considering that Cutler will be 40 by the time the 2013 O comes around.

The sport is more interesting with Cutler up there in Las Vegas every year. Hopefully we haven’t seen the last of him.


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