Mr Olympia 2016 is the 51st instalment of the contest which was founded by the ‘Godfather of Bodybuilding’ Joe Weider. The winner is crowned at the Joe Weider’s Olympia Fitness & Performance Weekend which now takes place annually in Las Vegas. We’ve all heard of the Mr Olympia legend Arnold Schwarzenegger who dominated the competition in the 1970s taking his first crown at the age of 23. Amongst his many recording breaking stats he remains one of just a handful of winners who doesn’t come from the USA. Can you name the others? Our video journeys the prestigious Mr Olympia competition from its inception under Joe Weider in 1963 to the present day competition, which is a whole new beast - not just in terms of overall competitor physique, but prize money and pectoral size.
MR OLYMPIA FACTS TO IMPRESS YOUR FRIENDS
Here are a few awesome facts that we couldn’t fit in our video but thought were too good to leave it. Feel free to memorize as many facts as you want for some bar ammunition to impress your friends.
First time winners - aside from the very first winner, Larry ‘The Legend’ Scott, no other winner has won the competition at the first time of asking.
Times tried before winning - the title is jointly held by Franco Colombu and Frank Zane at 5. If your name is Frank, expect a 5 year wait!
Bravery award - Frank Zane came 3rd in 1980 after a near fatal-injury and lengthy hospitalisation.
Winning Streak - with current champion Phil Heath, America are on an 18 year winning streak.
INTRIGUING OLYMPIA INFORMATION
A few more fascinating Mr Olympia facts:
Arnie will be back - after his early retirement, Arnie came back to regain his title in 1980 after getting himself in tip-top condition during the filming of Conan.
Country domination - In 51 years of competition one country reigns supreme. In terms of winners it is: America 32 vs 19 Rest of the World.
The Big Ron - it’s not only Ronnie Coleman’s thighs which are enormous. He also holds the record for heaviest winner (296lb), biggest arms (24”), biggest waist (36”) and biggest calves (22”).
One Title Club - 3 men have won the competition on just one occasion: Chris Dickerson (1982), Samir Bannout (1983) and Dexter Jackson (2008).