Mister Olympia

Mister Olympia

Mister Olympia is one of the most popular international bodybuilding competitions. It is organized annually by the IFBB, or the International Federation of Bodybuilders.

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Winning this competition is considered the highest distinction in the practice of professional bodybuilding. Joe Weider is the man to whom we owe this competition. In the early years, this competition allowed Mr. Universe winners of the tournament to compete and earn money. The first edition of the competition took place in September 18th , 1965.

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History of Mr. Olympia

Until 1965, it was quite difficult for bodybuilders to maintain their skills in this sport. The winners of the Mr. Universe competition, Mr. World and Mr. America used them to assert their superiority. However, these arguments have never resulted in any conclusion. One day, Joe Weider and Larry Scott ate at a popular restaurant and Larry lamented how he had won the title of Mr. Universe and Mr. America and that there was nothing left to do for him.

Larry Scott en 1964

Joe spent some time reviewing the existing bodybuilding competitions and concluded that no competition corresponded to what he imagined to be the future of the sport. So he decided to create the ultimate contest – Mister Olympia. The first competition was launched in 1965. The first Mr. Olympia contest was won by Larry Scott. He even won the competition the following year.

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Brooklyn Music Academy de nos jours

The first competition was held in the famous Brooklyn Academy of Music.

When Larry Scott ventured outside after the show, the crowd was completely overexcited. The third edition of Mr. Olympia introduced a new era in the world of bodybuilding. Sergio Oliva was the winner of the next three competitions.

 

In 1970, Arnold Schwarzenegger dethroned Sergio Oliva. The year before, he had come second. In 1976, a small bodybuilder named Franco Columbo won the competition. It was the first time a bodybuilder of his size won the contest. Frank Zane was then crowned Mr. Olympia for the next three years.

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The Mr. Olympia contest is considered the most coveted of bodybuilding. Over the years, many champions have come and gone in this sport. However, winning Mr. Olympia is still considered the ultimate honor in professional bodybuilding. Lee Haney and Ronnie Coleman have the record of eight victories.

It is worth mentioning that the contest is completely professional. If you want to participate in Mr. Olympia, you must have outstanding results in high-level competitions, as Mr. Universe and Mr. World. In case you have been unable to confirm that you are a famous bodybuilder in these competitions, you can not participate in Mr. Olympia. For this reason, you will find only the most popular and recognized athletes in this competition.

In 2005, the Mr. Olympia competition was held in October. It was hosted in Las Vegas at the Orleans Arena , Orleans Hotel. Other events were also held at the popular Las Vegas Convention Center.At first, a press conference was organized. It helped to introduce the various competitors of the four events.

During the press conference, the audience were allowed to ask questions to their favorite fitness competitors or bodybuilders. The competition ended with an Olympia seminar. It was organized on Sunday after the main show. During the seminar, bodybuilders discussed their experiences and feelings in relation to the show.

 

The controversial Sydney show

In 1980, there was an important controversy about the contest. This edition of the event was held in Sydney, Australia. The conflict was about the participation of Arnold Schwarzenegger. He had already announced his retirement from the competition in 1975. It is important to mention that he had won six consecutive Mr. Olympia titles.

While Arnold was commenting on the eve of the competition, he has shocked the entire world of bodybuilding by declaring that he would participate in the competition, in pursuit of a seventh Mr. Olympia title.

Many participants considered this issue as a major disaster. Indeed, a number of judges had business and professional relationships with Arnold Schwarzenegger. The event was promoted by Paul Graham, who was a good friend of Arnold. When Arnold was on stage, it was clear that Schwarzenegger worked hard to sculpt the upper body, but could not work his legs. According to most bodybuilding experts, he would not have won this years competition.

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olympia 1980, line up

In 2003, Schwarzenegger was elected Governor of the State of California. He then showed his love for bodybuilding and made an appearance without warning in the Mr. Olympia contest to watch the show. The crowd became ecstatic and applauded throughout the competition. He told the 6,000 spectators that it felt like home again. Arnold still believes he would not have been able to achieve this great success without bodybuilding.

 

Is the contest rigged?

When dealing with a subjective sport like bodybuilding, there will always be speculation about the fact that the contest is rigged, especially when there is an unpopular result. It is worth mentioning that 13 judges must work together to announce the result. It is therefore very unlikely that the contest is rigged.

However, it is important to understand that, over 40 years, only 10 winners have been announced. Once someone wins the competition, he continues to win in consecutive years. The main reason may be that bodybuilding is subject to trends and fashion. Everyone tries to imitate the winner and alter his workouts and his diet accordingly. Currently, the physical of Phil Heath is considered ideal. So as long as he continues to participate, it is very unlikely that he would lose.

 

Mr. Olympia trophy

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Sandow trophy

In the bodybuilding world, something extraordinary took place in September 14th, 1901. Eugen Sandow, who was a popular entrepreneur in Anglo-German Physical Culture, organized the first ultimate physical contest in the world. At the time, it was called the Great Contest ..

Among a group of 60 candidates, three winners were carefully selected. Each of these lucky winners were presented with an exceptional prize.

The beautifully carved trophy looks like Mr. Sandow himself.

During the 1980 edition of Mr. Olympia, the new trophy was presented. Therefore, he remained a great symbol of bodybuilding. It is considered the most coveted prize. But, again, if you want to enter the contest, you must build a strong reputation in other popular competitions, including Mr. Universe, Mr. World and Mr. America.

 

Mister Olympia competition is so popular that there are now several categories.
figure contest

Figure Olympia

 

 

 

The winners of the Mr. Olympia trophy

 

2016

Phil Heath

Phil Heath

2015

Phil Heath

Phil Heath

2014

Phil Heath

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2013

Phil Heath

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2012

Phil Heath

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2011

Phil Heath

Phil-Heath36

2010

Jay Cutler

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2009

Jay Cutler

jay cutler

2008

Dexter Jackson

Dexter Jackson

2007

Jay Cutler

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2006

Jay Cutler

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2005

Ronnie Coleman

ronnie coleman

2004

Ronnie Coleman

ronnie coleman

2003

Ronnie Coleman

ronnie coleman

2002

Ronnie Coleman

ronnie coleman

2001

Ronnie Coleman

ronnie coleman

2000

Ronnie Coleman

ronnie coleman

1999

Ronnie Coleman

ronnie coleman

1998

Ronnie Coleman

ronnie coleman

1997

Dorian Yates

Dorian_Yates

1996

Dorian Yates

Dorian_Yates

1995

Dorian Yates

Dorian_Yates

1994

Dorian Yates

Dorian_Yates

1993

Dorian Yates

Dorian_Yates

1992

Dorian Yates

Dorian_Yates

1991

Lee Haney

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1990

Lee Haney

lee-haney

1989

Lee Haney

lee-haney

1988

Lee Haney

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1987

Lee Haney

lee-haney

1986

Lee Haney

lee-haney

1985

Lee Haney

lee-haney

1984

Lee Haney

lee-haney

1983

Samir Bannout

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1982

Chris Dickerson

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1981

Franco Columbu

1980

Arnold Schwarzenegger

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1979

Frank Zane

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1978

Frank Zane

frank zane super stero

1977

Frank Zane

frank zane super stero

1976

Franco Columbu

1975

Arnold Schwarzenegger

schwarz

1974

Arnold Schwarzenegger

schwarz

1973

Arnold Schwarzenegger

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1972

Arnold Schwarzenegger

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1971

Arnold Schwarzenegger

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1970

Arnold Schwarzenegger

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1969

Sergio Oliva

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1968

Sergio Oliva

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1967

Sergio Oliva

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1966

Larry Scott

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1965

Larry Scott

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