Hunter Labrada has issued a statement discussing his 7th place finish at 2022 Mr. Olympia in mid-December while also confirming that he will be competing at two shows this year as he eyes another run at 2023 Olympia competition.
That was one of the biggest shocks I’d ever endured in my life, and it was in front of God knows how many thousands of people,” Labrada said in the video, according to FitnessVolt.
Labrada added that he has avoided social media since his 7th place finish at the event.
“I have been off social media” he added. “I haven’t been shooting YouTube video. I have been seeing my family and friends and keeping to myself because it shouldn’t come as a surprise to any of y’all by now, but I did not do what I was planning on doing at the Olympia this year. This is going to be the first time I kind of unpack that.”
“Placing seventh… sliding to fourth, I am no longer qualified for the Olympia this year so I will actually be competing in not one but two shows for sure outside of the Olympia this year. Regardless, if I win the first one, which I am going to do. The fact of the matter is I need to figure my peak out. We have a very good idea of where we went wrong in those final five days.”
“I’m really confident heading into this year. In addition to that confidence heading into this year, I’m fucking pissed off man. I put this timer up in my gym and worked every day for 342 days from last year’s Olympia to this Olympia — I came up short. Plain and simple, I came up short of what I wanted to do. At the end of the day, this is something I’ve always really preached throughout my preps, is keep your peace of mind,”
How you respond to adversity is what really makes you. I will never forget that fucking feeling of that first callout being called and me not being in it. It was in front of God knows how many people. The day and age that we live in. People have their favorites, and they can hide behind keyboards.”
“It was one of the biggest shocks I’ve ever endured in my life and it was in front of thousands of people. Between that, I was not in a very good headspace post-Olympia,” Labrada continued.
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