Joe Weider created the Mr. Olympia contest because he saw too many bodybuilders
retiring young after winning the Mr. Universe. Joe wanted a contest that could
determine who was truly the King of Bodybuilding, as a matter of fact at the
first Mr. Olympia in 1965 Larry Scott was given a crown. The concept was also that
a bodybuilder could win an unlimited about of times, so he could go on the defend
his title for years as many bodybuilders have done.
Joe says he first got the idea for the name from Olympia beer, but went on to
think about how it brought up visions of the Gods of Olympus such as Zeus and
The Mr. Olympia contest was first held in 1965 and has now become the "Super Bowl of
Bodybuilding" with the winner being recognized as the worlds top bodybuilder.
The prize money for the winner was originally $1,000 and is now up to $250,000.
The 1975 Mr. Olympia was captured in the classic docudrama "Pumping Iron" and
the 2012 Olympia was the subject of the new film "Generation Iron" which is this generations version of Pumping Iron.
Full list of Mr. Olympia winners:
Larry Scott 1965 and 1966
Sergio Oliva 1967, 1068 and 1969
Arnold Schwarzenegger 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974 and 1975
Franco Columbu 1976
Frank Zane 1977, 1078 and 1979
Arnold Schwarzenegger 1980
Franco Columbu 1981
Chris Dickerson 1982
Samir Bannout 1983
Lee Haney 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990 and 1991
Dorian Yates 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996 and 1997
Ronnie Coleman 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2005
Jay Cutler 2006 and 2007
Dexter Jackson 2008
Jay Cutler 2009 and 2010
Phil Heath 2011, 2012 and 2013
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