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Phil Heath Talks About His Latest Win

Q&A with The Gift on capturing his 6th Sandow title.

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So it’s safe to say this was a statement win for you?

Definitely. I just tied Dorian Yates [with six Olympia wins]. I’m only going to be compared against legends. I’ve been compared with legends from the beginning. Honestly, I’m not going to let anyone steal this one from me by being negative, because that’s what people were doing in previous years. They were just so unable to say, “Hey, he did his job. Was he the greatest ever? No, but he did his job and got the win.” This year? Just crickets. No one’s saying anything.

Guys are so negative these days, and they’re unable to acknowledge how cool this sport has become. People have the nerve to say that bodybuilding is declining. How is that possible when there’s a packed house at the Olympia every year and guys like The Rock actually want to get involved? That brand right there is a billion-dollar brand. Why would The Rock want to associate himself with trash and something on the decline? He doesn’t, obviously. And we were doing fine before him, too.

"I WASN’T TRYING TO PLAY HEAD GAMES. I WAS TRYING TO KEEP IT AS CALM AND COOL AS EVER BECAUSE I KNEW I HAD IT WON."

How do you look at other competitors during a show, either backstage or while competing? Are you sizing them up or just worrying about yourself?

I try to get a friendly barometer of what’s going on, so I’ll look at guys, sure. Thing is, I’m still a fan of a lot of these guys, so I just want to see what they look like. I’ll look at all of them, then I’ll start looking at guys who are going to be my main competition. And I’ll think, “Oh, gosh, I really hope this person doesn’t think he has a shot, because he’s going to get embarrassed tonight.” And that’s what I told myself. Guys are going to get their feelings hurt. I looked at all of them, and I knew right away that they just did not have what I was about to present. I wasn’t trying to play any head games. I was just trying to keep it as calm and cool as ever this year because I just knew I had it won. I had it won backstage. I had it won at the press conference. When I finally peeled down backstage, I could see the reaction of everybody. They were trying really hard not to concede victory at that point, but they knew in their hearts that I wasn’t playing.

 

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