So with Kai’s recent pulling out after the prejudging in Prague, it got me thinking which is worse for an athlete of such high visibility.
Obviously an amateur athlete feeling unwell, or even knowing full well he’s not looking too good the day of a show has many different things to consider compared to an IFBB Pro who makes his living based on his contest placings and how his fans perceive him.
By all, accounts (and there’s video around the 'net if you wanna find some), he was very very off. A smooth compared to the Olympia, and even noticeably bloated in the midsection. While at the same time, guys who finished at the big O behind him, were well very much on their games in Prague.
A few things to consider:
-Kai complained to Bob Chic that he was curled up backstage not feeling well
-He made several trips to the First Aid area
-His coach (George Farrah) was loudly bragging after the prejudging how Kai was gonna come in tighter in the evening and easily take the show
-Many spectators had Kai easily not in the top spot
-Lotta speculation on other sites about if Kai’s lost his expected top 2 in the world spot after this year’s Olympia
Now,… in your opinion, does this hurt his reputation with fans of the sport?
I personally have a few mixed feelings, having been unwell myself during preps, but also having witnessed others obviously faking issues and injuries to cover up for bad showings.