Heading into the 2003 Olympia, the placings seemed almost predetermined- with Coleman as a five time winner, Jay Cutler as his perennial runner up and Arnold Classic winner, and the remainder of the field fairly predictable from the outset, the event itself was almost anti-climactic. There was little promoters could do that would ramp up intrigue pre-event- the top two men were firmly ensconced and there seemed little that could be done to usurp their positions as numbers one and two.
Rather than rest on his laurels, Ronnie Coleman arrived at the 2003 Olympia armed and ready. Drier than ever, he stepped onstage at a gargantuan 5’11” and 287 pounds, in the best shape of his life. He dominated the entire field from every angle, and from the back it was almost as if no one else bothered to train their posterior chain. Pullin in his sixth win was a foregone conclusion from the moment he first disrobed at the press conference.
Jay Cutler was ready to do battle, but the 39-year-old Coleman was just too big and shredded for Cutler to really challenge him. Standing 5’9” and 260 ripped pounds, Cutler lacked the sheer massiveness of Coleman but challenged him as always in the ab and thigh pose.
Third place went to the eventual Mr. O Dexter Jackson, who displayed his trademark full bellies and incredible symmetry. At 5’6” and 220 pounds, the Blade lacked the size necessary to really challenge for the top spot, but he made an impression in a field of big men simply due to the beauty of his classically balanced physique.
In fourth place was Dennis James, who cracked the finals in the Olympia for the first time. At 5’8” and 260 pounds, he managed to display conditioning he’d never reached before to elbow his way into the finals, but not enough mass or detail to push his way into the top three.
Fifth place went to a diminished Gunter Schlierkamp, who appeared flat in spite of his size. At 6’1” and 285lbs it is hard to call the man small, but he was a full 15 pounds lighter than he’d been the previous year, which was his best ever physique.
Rounding out the top six was Kevin Levrone, a holdover from the Dorian Yates era. Though not at his best, Levrone still had what it took to finish in the top six and continue to cement his position as one of the greatest bodybuilders in history. Read about 2003 Olympia.