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Nashville, Tennessee’s Brandon Curry wins 2019 Men’s Open Bodybuilding Olympia

Brandon Curry, 36, is the first bodybuilder from Tennessee, United States to win 2019 Men’s Open Bodybuilding Olympia. He bested 15 other qualifiers during the 2019 Mr. Olympia competition in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States on September 14, 2019.

In the same competition, Curry finished eighth in 2011 and in 2017. He ranked 16th in 2015.

Born in Nashville, Tennessee on October 19, 1982, Curry attended gymnastic classes when he was a kid. He went to Hunters Lane Comprehensive High School in Nashville where he played football and competed in wrestling and track and field.

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Woah…almost 24 hours until pre judging here in Las Vegas at the @mrolympiallc 2019! Has it really been another year already!?! I just want to take the time to say thank you to my support system! God, my wife, kids, extended family and friends and incredible fans! I ain’t never in my life felt so much push and drive for any show before. Just 3 years ago at the press conference @ifbbprobobchick asked me why I wasn’t in the 212 division and exactly 3 years later (today), he said I had favor to win in many people’s predictions. Man. I can’t tell you what that moment felt like. Lol. 3 years ago at this show I was last place. And in 2017 I wasn’t even invited to be a part of the press conference. Times have changed. I hit a point in my career where I had to assess myself and ask myself if I would continue my pursuit or to push and give it all I’ve got! Thank God I met my coach that year and my wife pushed me out the door and off I went to Kuwait. I literally had nothing left to lose. This is gonna be the first Olympia all my kids see me compete in. This is going to be the first time my parents and both of my sisters watch me compete together. The first time my extended Hawaii family made it to be here, my wife’s dad passed away exactly 2 years to the day on Saturday…yep he passed away when my wife and kids were here the day before i competed in 2017! So when her step mom arrived today she showed me that she wore my father in laws picture, drivers license and everything tucked away around her neck so he’s here with us on the anniversary of his passing. It struck me to see that and hit me right in the heart. I’m thankful. Thankful for bodybuilding, and for the @ifbb_pro_league. I’ve been able to provide for my family through the sport. I’ve been able to travel the world through the sport and meet friends from around the world through BODYBUILDING. And I’ve learned many of the most valuable lessons in my life through the sport that has helped groom me into the man I am today. Now that I got all that out the way since i have all this time as I sit and wait for tomorrow…WHO’S READY for the big show!?!?

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Currently earned his bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science from the Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. On June 17, 2006, he finished first in 2003 Supernatural Bodybuilding, which was his first bodybuilding competition.

Prior to the 2019 Mr. Olympia, Curry won the 2013 Arnold Classic Brasil, the 2017 New Zealand Pro, the 2017 Arnold Classic Aus, the 2017 Ferrigno Legacy and the 2019 Arnold Classic. Here is the complete list of 2019 Men’s Open Bodybuilding Olympia results: 

RANK

QUALIFIER COUNTRY FINAL SCORE

PRIZE MONEY

1 Brandon Curry United States 14 $400,000
2 William Bonac Netherlands 21 $150,000 
3 Hadi Choopan Iran 29 $100,000 
4 Dexter Jackson United States 43 $45,00
5 Roelly Winklaar Curacao 45 $40,000
6 Steve Kuclo United States 60
7 Cedric McMillan United States 81
8 Lukas Osladil Czech Republic 84
9 Akim Williams United States 86
10 Patrick Moore United States 96
11 Luke Sandoe United Kingdom 104
12 Jonathan de la Rosa United States 120
13 Maxx Charles United States 134
14 Juan Morel United States 136
15 Michael Lockett United States 150
16 Mohamed Shaaban Egypt 159

 

It was on July 25, 2008 when Curry turned professional after winning both the heavyweight division and the overall of the NPC USA Bodybuilding and Figure Championships. Here is a clip featuring the Nashville native:

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