Oh man, what a treat THIS was, seeing the Persian Wolf on North American soil!
Hadi Choopan completely dominated this class, beating Nathan DeAsha, Lukas Osladil, Iain Valliere, and Josh Wade. Seriously, I’ve never seen a physique like this up close in my entire life. The size, the symmetry, the conditioning, the presentation, everything was on point.
Normally he competes in the 212 division, so it was f’n AWESOME to see him compete with the “big boys.” Not sure if it was because he didn’t make weight, or if it was for shits and giggles. Either way, he flat out dominated.
With this win under his belt, that means he’s qualified for the 2019 Mr. Olympia in Las Vegas this September. Pretty f’n stoked to see how he compares against the likes of Dexter Jackson, Roelly Winklaar, William Bonac….. Oh wait. No, we will not see him on the Olympia stage. He’s Iranian, and you know what that means, right? He’s not allowed in the United States. Period. Due to Donald Trump’s travel ban, his US Visa application was once again denied. Pretty sure we can all agree that the only guns he’d be carrying in are physically attached to his shoulders? So brutal, IMO.
Not sure if getting the travel Visa to Canada will help him in the future, but we can all hope. After his win, while he was being interviewed on stage, he was visibly tearing and choking up at the prospect of not being able to compete in the Olympia. The dude definitely has a lot of support.
But it was still a treat for us lucky people in Vancouver to witness this spectacle. Dude was having a blast on stage, killed it on his presentation, and was super fun to watch during the epic posedown. Here’s hoping that one year soon, we’ll see him grace that Olympia stage!