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The Complete History of Mr Olympia Winners

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The Complete History of Mr Olympia Winners

The Mr. Olympia is widely considered the top bodybuilding competition in the world. It’s held annually by the International Federation of Bodybuilding & Fitness (IFBB) and has been brought to the masses by Arnold Schwarzenegger from his wins in the '70s and '80s.

First held in New York in September 1965 and still running today some 51 years later, the competition has been held around the world over the years, but it seems to have found its permanent home in Las Vegas, where the event has been hosted for the last 19 years.

Contrary to what most people think, Arnold Schwarzenegger doesn’t hold the record for the most wins that record is shared by Lee Haney and Ronnie Coleman, who have each won eight titles. Haney won his titles between 1984 and 1991 and Coleman between 1998 and 2005. (Schwarzenegger won it seven times.)

How much money do Mr. Olympia winners make?

Things have definitely changed over the years at Mr Olympia. Not only are the guys getting bigger but so is the award money  in 1965 Larry Scott received $1000; 10 years later it had risen to $2500. In 1990 it stood at $100,000 and in 2015 Phil Heath received $400,000.

It’s not all about the prize money though  it’s the Olympic games of the bodybuilding world, where winners get maximum exposure, increased sponsorship opportunities and of course bragging rights over everyone else.

What do Mr. Olympia winners do in the offseason?

  • Larry Scott (two-time winner) took his $2000 prize money and retired to focus on his family. He raised five kids and set up a personal training company before passing away in March 2014, having succumbed to Alzheimer's disease at the age of 75.
  • Lee Haney (current most wins, shared with Ronnie Coleman) retired at the age of 31 and used his bodybuilding knowledge to help others by setting up a personal training company. As well as helping regular gym goers, he has been the go-to trainer for professional athletes and coaches and even helped Evander Holyfield defend his two heavyweight titles. At 56 years old, he’s still going strong.
  • Ronnie Coleman (current most wins, shared with Lee Haney) was a serving police officer during most of his wins, although he retired from the force in 2003. His last competition was the 2007 Mr Olympia when he came fourth. He has launched his own range of supplements under the name ‘Ronnie Coleman Signature Series’, which are designed to provide bodybuilders with supplements that work and that he is happy to put his name against. Ronnie has suffered serious back issues, probably from the amount of training he has done, and he has had seven operations in the last nine years. Only recently has he been back in the gym .

The complete list of Mr. Olympia winners

1965 Winners

Larry Scott, 1965 – First Place

Larry Scott In Mr. Olympia

Harold Poole, 1965 – Second Place

Harold Poole in Mr. Olympia 1965

Earl Maynard, 1965 – Third Place

Earl Maynard

                                                   

1966 Winners

Larry Scott, 1966 – First Place

Larry Scott

Harold Poole, 1966 – Second Place

Harold Poole

Earl Maynard, 1966 – Third Place

Earl Maynard

1967 Winners

Sergio Olivia, 1967 - First Place

Sergio Olivia

Chuck Sipes, 1967 – Second Place

Chuck Sipes

Harold Poole, 1967 – Third Place

Harold Poole

1968 Winners

Sergio Olivia, 1968 – First Place

Sergio Olivia

1969 Winners

Sergio Olivia, 1969 – First Place

Sergio Olivia

Arnold Schwarzenegger, 1969 – Second Place

Arnold Schwarzenegger

1970 Winners

Arnold Schwarzenegger, 1970 – First Place

Arnold Schwarzenegger

Sergio Olivia, 1970 – Second Place

Sergio Olivia

Reg Lewis, 1970 – Third Place

Reg Lewis

1971 Winners

Arnold Schwarzenegger, 1971 – First Place

Arnold Schwarzenegger

                                      

1972 Winners

Arnold Schwarzenegger, 1972 – First Place

Arnold Schwarzenegger

Sergio Olivia, 1972 – Second Place

Sergio Olivia

Serge Nubret, 1972 – Third Place

Serge Nubret

1973 Winners

Arnold Schwarzenegger, 1973 – First Place

Arnold Schwarzenegger

Franco Columbu, 1973 – Second Place

Franco Columbu

Serge Nubret, 1973 – Third Place

Serge Nubret

1974 Winners

Arnold Schwarzenegger, 1974 – First Place (Overall Winner)

Arnold Schwarzenegger

1975 Winners

Arnold Schwarzenegger, 1975 – First Place (Overall Winner)

Arnold Schwarzenegger

1976 Winners

Franco Columbu, 1976 – First Place (Overall Winner)

Franco Columbu

1977 Winners

Frank Zane, 1977 – First Place

Frank Zane

Robby Robinson, 1977 – Second Place

Robby Robinson

Ed Corney, 1977 – Third Place

Ed Corney

1978 Winners

Frank Zane, 1978 – First Place

Frank Zane

Robby Robinson, 1978 – Second Place

Robby Robinson

Roy Callender, 1978 – Third Place

Roy Callender

1979 Winners

Frank Zane, 1979 – First Place (Overall Winner)

Frank Zane

1980 Winners

Arnold Schwarzenegger, 1980 – First Place

Arnold Schwarzenegger

Chris Dickerson, 1980 – Second Place

Chris Dickerson

Frank Zane, 1980 – Third Place

Frank Zane

1981 Winners

Franco Columbu, 1981 – First Place

Franco Columbu

Chris Dickerson, 1981 – Second Place

Chris Dickerson

Tom Platz, 1981 – Third Place

Tom Platz

1982 Winners

Chris Dickerson, 1982 – First Place

Chris Dickerson

Frank Zane, 1982 – Second Place

Frank Zane

Casey Viator, 1982 – Third Place

Casey Viator

1983 Winners

Samir Bannout, 1983 – First Place

Samir Bannout

Mohamed Makkawy, 1983 – Second Place

Mohamed Makkawy

Lee Haney, 1983 – Third Place

Lee Haney

1984 Winners

Lee Haney, 1984 – First Place

Lee Haney

Mohamed Makkawy, 1984 – Second Place

Mohamed Makkawy

Jusup Wilkosz, 1984 – Third Place

Jusup Wilkosz

1985 Winners

Lee Haney, 1985 – First Place

Lee Haney

Albert Beckles, 1985 – Second Place

Albert Beckles

Rich Gaspari, 1985 – Third Place

Rich Gaspari

1986 Winners

Lee Haney, 1986 – First Place

Lee Haney

Rich Gaspari, 1986 – Second Place

Rich Gaspari

Mike Christian, 1986 – Third Place

Mike Christian

1987 Winners

Lee Haney, 1987 – First Place

Lee Haney

Rich Gaspari, 1987 – Second Place

Rich Gaspari

Lee Labrada, 1987 – Third Place

Lee Labrada

1988 Winners

Lee Haney, 1988 – First Place

Lee Haney

Rich Gaspari, 1988 – Second Place

Rich Gaspari

Berry de Mey, 1988 – Third Place

Berry de Mey

1989 Winners

Lee Haney, 1989 – First Place

Lee Haney

Lee Labrada, 1989 – Second Place

Lee Labrada

Vince Taylor, 1989 – Third Place

Vince Taylor

1990 Winners

Lee Haney, 1990 – First Place

Lee Haney

Lee Labrada, 1990 – Second Place

Lee Labrada

Shawn Ray, 1990 – Third Place

Shawn Ray

1991 Winners

Lee Haney, 1991 – First Place

Lee Haney

Dorian Yates, 1991 – Second Place

Dorian Yates

Vince Taylor, 1991 – Third Place

Vince Taylor

1992 Winners

Dorian Yates, 1992 – First Place

Dorian Yates

Kevin Levrone, 1992 – Second Place

Kevin Levrone

Lee Labrada, 1992 – Third Place

Lee Labrada

1993 Winners

Dorian Yates, 1993 – First Place

Dorian Yates

Flex Wheeler, 1993 – Second Place

Flex Wheeler

Shawn Ray, 1993 – Third Place

Shawn Ray

1994 Winners

Dorian Yates, 1994 – First Place

Dorian Yates

Shawn Ray, 1994 – Second Place

Shawn Ray

Kevin Levrone, 1994 – Third Place

Kevin Levrone

1995 Winners

Dorian Yates, 1995 – First Place

Dorian Yates

Kevin Levrone, 1995 – Second Place

Kevin Levrone

Nasser El Sonbaty, 1995 – Third Place

Nasser El Sonbaty

1996 Winners

Dorian Yates, 1996 – First Place

Dorian Yates

Shawn Ray, 1996 – Second Place

Shawn Ray

Kevin Levrone, 1996 – Third Place

Kevin Levrone

1997 Winners

Dorian Yates, 1997 – First Place

Dorian Yates

Nasser El Sonbaty, 1997 – Second Place

Nasser El Sonbaty

Shawn Ray, 1997 – Third Place

Shawn Ray

1998 Winners

Ronnie Coleman, 1998 – First Place

Ronnie Coleman

Flex Wheeler, 1998 – Second Place

Flex Wheeler

Nasser El Sonbaty, 1998 – Third Place

Nasser El Sonbaty

1999 Winners

Ronnie Coleman, 1999 – First Place

Ronnie Coleman

Flex Wheeler, 1999 – Second Place

Flex Wheeler

Chris Cormier, 1999 – Third Place

Chris Cormier

2000 Winners

Ronnie Coleman, 2000 – First Place

Ronnie Coleman

Kevin Levrone, 2000 – Second Place

Kevin Levrone

Flex Wheeler, 2000 – Third Place

Flex Wheeler

2001 Winners

Ronnie Coleman, 2001 – First Place

Ronnie Coleman

Jay Cutler, 2001 – Second Place

Jay Cutler

Kevin Levrone, 2001 – Third Place

Kevin Levrone

2002 Winners

Ronnie Coleman, 2002 – First Place

Ronnie Coleman

Kevin Levrone, 2002 – Second Place

Kevin Levrone

Chris Cormier, 2002 – Third Place

Chris Cormier

2003 Winners

Ronnie Coleman, 2003 – First Place

Ronnie Coleman

Jay Cutler, 2003 – Second Place

Jay Cutler

Dexter Jackson, 2003 – Third Place

Dexter Jackson

2004 Winners

Ronnie Coleman, 2004 – First Place

Ronnie Coleman

Jay Cutler, 2004 – Second Place

Jay Cutler

Gustavo Badell, 2004 – Third Place

Gustavo Badell

2005 Winners

Ronnie Coleman, 2005 – First Place

Ronnie Coleman

Jay Cutler, 2005 – Second Place

Jay Cutler

Gustavo Badell, 2005 – Third Place

Gustavo Badell

2006 Winners

Jay Cutler, 2006 – First Place

Jay Cutler

Ronnie Coleman, 2006 – Second Place

Ronnie Coleman

Victor Martinez, 2006 – Third Place

Victor Martinez

2007 Winners

Jay Cutler, 2007 – First Place

Jay Cutler

Victor Martinez, 2007 – Second Place

Victor Martinez

Dexter Jackson, 2007 – Third Place

Dexter Jackson

2008 Winners

Dexter Jackson, 2008 – First Place

Dexter Jackson

Jay Cutler, 2008 – Second Place

Jay Cutler

Phil Heath, 2008 – Third Place

Phil Heath

2009 Winners

Jay Cutler, 2009 – First Place

Jay Cutler

Branch Warren, 2009 – Second Place

Branch Warren

Dexter Jackson, 2009 – Third Place

Dexter Jackson

2010 Winners

Jay Cutler, 2010 – First Place

Jay Cutler

Phil Heath, 2010 – Second Place

Phil Heath

Branch Warren, 2010 – Third Place

Branch Warren

2011 Winners

Phil Heath, 2011 – First Place

Phil Heath

Jay Cutler, 2011 – Second Place

Jay Cutler

Kai Greene, 2011 – Third Place

Kai Greene

2012 Winners

Phil Heath, 2012 – First Place

Phil Heath

Kai Greene, 2012 – Second Place

Kai Greene

Shawn Rhoden, 2012 – Third Place

Shawn Rhoden

2013 Winners

Phil Heath, 2013 – First Place

Phil Heath

Kai Greene, 2013 – Second Place

Kai Greene

Dennis Wolf, 2013 – Third Place

Dennis Wolf

2014 Winners

Phil Heath, 2014 – First Place

phil heath

Kai Greene, 2014 – Second Place

Kai Greene

Shawn Rhoden, 2014 – Third Place

Shawn Rhoden

2015 Winners

Phil Heath, 2015 – First Place

Phil Heath

Dexter Jackson, 2015 – Second Place

Dexter Jackson

Shawn Rhoden, 2015 – Third Place

Shawn Rhoden

2016 Winners

Phil Heath, 2016 – First Place

Phil Heath 2016

Shawn Rhoden, 2016 – Second Place

Shawn Rhoden 2016

Dexter Jackson, 2016 – Third Place

Dexter Jackson 2016

2017 Winners

Phil Heath, 2017 – First Place

Phil Heath

  • Image credit: Dan Ray

Mamdouh Elssbiay (Big Ramy), 2017 – Second Place

Big Ramy

  • Image credit: Dan Ray

William Bonac, 2017 – Third Place

William Bonac

2018 Winners

In an exciting contest, 7-time Mr Olympia Phil Heath was dramatically dethroned by longtime rival Shawn Rhoden. A contentious decision, most audience observers felt that Rhoden's superior abdominal striations played a key role in his victory and could possibly set professional bodybuilding for a journey back to its roots when symmetry, and a tight midsection were at least as important as outright mass.

Shawn Rhoden, 2018 – First Place 

Shawn Rhoden Mr Olympia 2018 winner

Phil Heath, 2018 – Second Place

Phil Heath 2018 Mr Olympia 2nd place

Roelly Winklaar, 2018 - Third Place

Roelly Winklaar Mr Olypia 3rd place 2018

 

2019 Winners 

 

  • Brandon Curry, 2019 - First Place 

Brandon Curry Mr Olympia 1st place 2019

 

  • William Bonac, 2019 - Second Place 

William Bonac Mr Olympia 2nd place 2019

 

Hadi Choopan, 2019 - Third Place 

 

Hadi Choopan  Mr Olympia 3rd place 2019

 

Image credit: Thomas Koch 

We can say for certain, we'll be in for a treat for 2020! Who's your money on?

About the Author

Reggie Johal

Reggie Johal is the founder of Predator Nutrition, a UK based health and supplement store. Reggie owes much of his extensive strength and fitness knowledge to his former career as a Great Britain American Footballer.

 

 


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