Brandon Curry MIA at 2023 Olympia Press Conference

One of the biggest mysteries of the 2023 Olympia weekend has been involving the 2019 Mr Olympia winner.

Brandon Curry was not in attendance at the Olympia Press Conference in the Orange County Convention Center because he was reportedly hospitalized before the kickoff of bodybuilding’s biggest weekend in Orlando, FL. Rumors have been swirling around that he was going to miss the contest due to these unknown medical issues.

Those rumors were so profound that Olympia announcer Bob Cicherillo addressed them and stated that Brandon “looked like he would be out of the show.”

In a text message with Curry during the press conference, he confirmed directly that he is fine but is waiting on clearance from his doctor before he announces whether he intends to compete in the 59th Mr. Olympia show.

“Just want to be responsible,” Curry says.

As of this writing, there has been no reports or confirmation as to Curry’s status. If he is cleared, IFBB Pro League officials would have to confirm Curry’s participation. Prejudging is scheduled to start on Friday, November 3rd at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando. The finals are slated to take place of the following evening. The Tennessee native was one of two past champions set to compete in the men’s open division. The other is defending champion Hadi Choopan. Curry was fourth in the 2022 Mr Olympia in Las Vegas, Nevada. Earlier this week, top Olympia contender, Nick Walker withdrew from the Olympia due to a hamstring tear.

Muscle & Fitness will continue to monitor this development and will share updates as they are shared. Live coverage of all 11 world championship events at the Olympia can be seen live on the Olympia pay-per-view at

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