Chris Dickerson was no ordinary bodybuilder with a competitive history as a bodybuilder that spans over 30 years entering 55 bodybuilding competitions in those 30 years and walking away as the winner in many of them. He was born in Montgomery, Alabama, United States on August 25 1939.
Chris was the youngest of three triplets that were born to Mahala Dickerson and she sent Chris to music school when he showed an interest in music. Chris studied music for many years and became a very accomplished opera singer. His amazing posing routines are still celebrated today.
Chris Dickerson entered his very first bodybuilding competition in 1965 where he placed third place at the Mr. Long Beach competition. His partner when he trained for most of his competitions was the former Mr. Universe Bill Pearl. Chris was the very first African-American AAU Mr. America winner.
But Chris was the first in a number of different ways, being the oldest bodybuilder to ever win the IFBB Mr. Olympia contest, which he did at age 43. Chris is also one of only two bodybuilders to win titles in both the Mr. Olympia as well as the Masters Olympia competitions, together with Dexter Jackson.
Chris Dickerson won the IFBB Mr. Olympia in 1982 but he did that by also winning the AAU Mr.Universe competition as well as winning the NABBA Mr.Universe 5 times over a ten year period. Chris just got better and better as any good bodybuilder is always doing better than he did the previous year.
Chris started competing as a bodybuilder with the AAU and then moved to NABBA but still set his sights on competing in the IFBB which he started doing in 1979 after he got his Pro-card and entered the Mr. Olympia in 1979 where he placed 4th.
The next year Chris came back the and placed second which is exactly what Chris had been doing all his life as a competitive bodybuilder, always managing to improve his position getting better and better. He did not improve his placing the next year as he placed 2nd again in the 1981 Mr.Olympia.
But after winning the Night of the Champions as well as the Grand prix winner in New York city he came back the next year and finally won the Mr.Olympia in 1982. Chris then stopped competing as a professional bodybuilder and concentrated on his music.
He then competed again in 1990 placing 8th and the Arnold Classic and then we did not see him again for four years until he came back for one last final bang when he showed up at the masters Mr.Olympia and easily won that competition.
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