Derek Lunsford Speculates on Nick Walker’s Absence from the 2023 Mr. Olympia

The echoes of the 2023 Mr. Olympia, a spectacle that crowned Derek Lunsford as the new champion, still resonate in the bodybuilding community.

Amidst the triumphs and celebrations, there’s a notable absence—the absence of Nick Walker, a contender who, due to injuries, couldn’t grace the grand stage. 

In a recent Olympia TV interview, Derek Lunsford delved into the hypothetical, pondering how Nick Walker might have fared and what impact his presence could have had on the final standings.

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Derek Lunsford’s Historic Victory

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Before dissecting the what-ifs surrounding Nick Walker, it’s crucial to acknowledge the historic achievement of Derek Lunsford

His sculpted back and impeccable overall presentation secured him the coveted title of Mr. Olympia just over three weeks ago. 

Derek Lunsford’s journey to the top wasn’t an overnight success but a culmination of dedication, perseverance, and a previous second-place finish at the 2022 Olympia against Hadi Choopan.

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The Curious Case of Hadi Choopan’s Exit

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The 2023 Mr. Olympia awards ceremony held a moment of intrigue when Hadi Choopan, despite securing the silver medal, swiftly left the stage. 

Rumors and speculations circulated about potential consequences for Hadi Choopan’s actions, with some hinting at Joe Weider’s discontent.

Derek Lunsford, in the aftermath, clarified that he and Hadi Choopan share no animosity, putting to rest any conjectures about a strained relationship between the competitors.

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Nick Walker’s Unfortunate Sideline

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Amid the Olympian triumphs, Nick Walker’s absence looms large. A key favorite for victory, Nick Walker was forced to sit out due to injuries.

In this context, Derek Lunsford, in a conversation with Bob Cicherillo, offered insights into what might have unfolded had ‘The Mutant’ been part of the lineup.

Nick Walker’s Confidence and Derek Lunsford’s Perspective

Cicherillo probed Derek Lunsford about Nick Walker’s hypothetical placing, referencing Nick Walker’s confidence that he could have clinched the title. 

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Derek Lunsford, with a smirk and a nod to fellow bodybuilding personality Terrick El Guindy, navigated the delicate terrain of speculative discussions.

“I think he was bringing it, don’t get me wrong,” asserted Derek Lunsford when questioned about Nick Walker’s potential performance. While acknowledging Nick Walker’s improvements from the Arnold, Derek Lunsford envisioned a fierce battle for the third-place spot between Nick Walker and Samson Dauda.

A Hypothetical Battle: Nick Walker vs Samson Dauda

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The hypothetical scenario painted by Derek Lunsford places Nick Walker in a competitive clash with Samson Dauda for the third-place spot. 

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Derek Lunsford’s belief in Nick Walker’s prowess, coupled with an acknowledgment of Samson Dauda’s capabilities, adds an intriguing layer to the narrative of what could have been.

“I think honestly, he probably could have slipped into that third-place spot,” speculated Derek Lunsford, highlighting the unpredictability that defines elite-level bodybuilding competitions.

Nick Walker’s Future and Speculations for 2024

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In the aftermath of the setbacks, Nick Walker has been vocal about his aspirations and plans for the future. 

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Expressing a sense of deserving a special invite to the 2024 Mr. Olympia, Nick Walker, if not granted the invite, contemplates winning a Pro show for a guaranteed entry. 

Confirming his absence from the 2024 Arnold Classic adds another layer of uncertainty to his competitive trajectory.

Conclusion: The Uncharted Territory of Bodybuilding Speculation

As the bodybuilding community grapples with the aftermath of the 2023 Mr. Olympia, the absence of Nick Walker leaves room for speculation and hypothetical scenarios. 

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Derek Lunsford’s insights add a nuanced perspective to the what-ifs, creating a discourse that fuels conversations within the bodybuilding circles. 

The future holds uncertainties for Nick Walker, but his resilience and determination indicate that the stage is set for another chapter in his bodybuilding journey. 

In the realm of Olympia, where victories are celebrated and setbacks are met with resolve, the narrative continues, shaping the legacy of these athletes beyond the stage lights.

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