The first Mr. Olympia was held on September 18, 1965, at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, New York City, with Larry Scott winning his first of two straight titles. The record number of wins is eight each by Lee Haney and Ronnie Coleman. Big Ramy currently holds the title.
About Mr. Olympia in brief
Mr. Olympia is the title awarded to the winner of the professional men’s bodybuilding contest at Joe Weider’s Olympia Fitness & Performance Weekend. The first Mr. Olympia was held on September 18, 1965, at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, New York City, with Larry Scott winning his first of two straight titles. The record number of wins is eight each by Lee Haney and Ronnie Coleman. Big Ramy currently holds the title. The film Pumping Iron featured the buildup to the 1975 Mr. Olympia in Pretoria South Africa and helped launch the acting careers of Arnold Schwarzenegger and Lou Ferrigno. There is also a female bodybuilder crowned, Ms. Olympia, as well as winners of Fitness Olympia and Figure Olympia for fitness and figure competitors. From 1994 to 2003, and again in 2012, a Masters Olympia was also crowned. Starting in 2016, a new division called Classic Physique was introduced.
starting in 2019, anew division called Wheelchair Olympia was added. The 1967 Mr Olympia, won by Sergio Oliva, heralded a new era in bodybuilding competition. At 5 ft 10 ins and 240 lbs Oliva displayed an unforeseen level of muscle mass and definition, including a \”V\” shape of a large and a well-formed upper-body that tapered down to a narrow waist. Arnold Schwarzenegger defeated Oliva at the 1970 Mr. Olympia after finishing second the year before, and also won in 1971. He went on to win the next three Mr. olympia competitions, including the 1975 edition, which was highlighted in the 1977 docudrama Pumping iron. Harold Poole holds two Mr. Olimpia distinctions: one is that he is the youngest ever competitor to have participated in the Olympia at the age of 21; the other is that he was the only man to compete in all three of the initial Mr. Olympic contests.