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Dexter “The Blade” Jackson set to retire after the 2020 Olympia
By Loan Cat
There are a few names that come to mind when we think of bodybuilding legends - Dexter Jackson is among the greats. In 1992, Dexter entered his first competition at the NPC Southern States, lightweight division. Garnering third place for his first show, obviously lit a fire that became a tremendous and inspiring career.
An impressive 40 years of bodybuilding and 27 years of competition, 19 of which were on the Olympia stage, Dexter will take the stage for the last time at the Olympia 2020. Dexter’s Instagram account states:
#Repost @npcnewsonlineofficialpage with @get_repost ・・・ DEXTER JACKSON: “THE 2020 OLYMPIA WILL BE MY FINAL CONTEST” In bodybuilding circles he’s been called the 8th Wonder of the World. His 29 professional victories are a world record. His 9 combined Arnold Classic wins are also a record and so are his 20 appearances on the Olympia stage. At 50 years old, Dexter Jackson remains one of the top bodybuilders on the planet, but all good things must come to an end. 12 years removed from winning the 2008 Mr. Olympia, Dexter will compete for the 2020 Mr. Olympia title, but this time The Blade will be doing it for the final time. “I’ve thought long and hard about how I want my career to end.” Explains Jackson, “I want to go out on my own terms. I’m still capable of winning any show I enter and in September I’m taking one final shot at taking home a second Sandow. The Olympia is the greatest show in bodybuilding and I want my final posedown to be on that stage in Vegas against the best in the world.” Dexter adds, “The 2020 Olympia will be my final contest, so I hope everyone who has supported me will be there to make it special.” Dexter will also compete earlier in the year at Arnold Classic events in Columbus, Australia and Brazil before setting his sights on Las Vegas. Acquired last week by Jake Wood, the Olympia continues to make headlines. It was recently reported that long time 212lb champ Flex Lewis will be making his return to the stage at this year’s Mr. Olympia and organizers also revealed the selection of Shaquille O’Neal as Honorary Ambassador of the 2020 Olympia Weekend. This year marks the return of the Ms. Olympia women’s competition after a six year layoff and plans are well underway for a yet-to-be-announced expo expansion. Chief Olympia Officer Dan Solomon explains, “Dexter is one of the most remarkable athletes of our generation. The opportunity to witness his final competition will be emotional for all of us. We plan on making it special.” For more information including tickets and exhibitor opportunities, visit MrOlympia.com. @npcnewsonlineofficialpage @mrolympiallc @ifbb_pro_league @dansolomon_official #olympia #ifbbprofessionalleague #dex #dex
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“I’ve thought long and hard about how I want my career to end. I want to go out on my own terms. I’m still capable of winning any show I enter and in September I’m taking one final shot at taking home a second Sandow. The Olympia is the greatest show in bodybuilding and I want my final posedown on that stage in Vegas against the best in the world. The 2020 Olympia will be my final contest, so I hope everyone who has supported me will be there to make it special.”
Dexter will also compete earlier in the year at the Arnold Classic in Columbus, Australia and Brazil before heading to Vegas.
Chief Olympia Officer, Dan Solomon states:
“Dexter is one of the most remarkable athletes of our generation. The opportunity to witness his final competition will be emotional for all of us. We plan in making it special.”
Dexter’s phenomenal career he has had numerous accolades and wins, 29 in fact. In 2008, Dexter won Mr. Olympia where he beat out Jay Cutler and Phil Heath. Now, the young looking 50-year old legend will take the stage for the last time to bring home the title of Mr. Olympia 2020.
- As of 2019, Jackson has won a record-setting 29 IFBB professional bodybuilding titles.
- As of 2019, Jackson has made a record-setting 20 Mr. Olympia appearances.
- Jackson is the only bodybuilder to win the overall title in both the Mr. Olympia and Masters Olympia bodybuilding competitions.
- Jackson has won the original Arnold Classic five times (2005, 2006, 2008, 2013, 2015), more than any other bodybuilder.
- Jackson is one of only three bodybuilders to have won both the Mr. Olympia and the Arnold Classic bodybuilding competitions.
- Jackson is the fifth oldest bodybuilder (second oldest male bodybuilder) ever to win an open IFBB pro show at the age of 49 years 8 months and 9 days after Yaxeni Oriquen-Garcia the age of 49 years 10 months and 13 days Lisa Aukland at the age of 49 years and 364 days, and 50 years and 361 days, Betty Parisi at the age of 53, and Albert Beckles at the age of between 52 and 61.
Dexter, here at Muscle Insider, we wish you the best of luck in 2020 and in your future endeavors.