10 Interesting Facts About The Mr. Olympia Competition

Here are some cool facts about the history of the Mr. Olympia contest!

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The Mr. Olympia contest is undoubtedly the standard by which the world’s greatest bodybuilder is determined (although some may argue that this may no longer be the case).

But fans know it’s the ultimate fitness competition and we’re only a few days away from learning who will hoist the Sandow to become the face of Joe Weider’s Olympia Fitness and Performance Weekend.

Here are 10 facts about the Mr. Olympia contest that you may or may not have been aware of…

1. Total Mr. O’s crowned

Only 14 men have been crowned overall Mr. Olympia since 1965 when Larry Scott was the first to win the contest to 2018 when Shawn Rhoden won his first title. 

All The Mr. Olympia Winners
All The Mr. Olympia Winners

2. Where did “Olympia” come from?

You’d be really surprised to know that the “Olympia” name came from a brewing company based in Washington which was founded in 1896 by Leopold Schmidt.

Olympia Brewing Company
Olympia Brewing Company

3. Home of the Olympia

Las Vegas, Nevada has been the home for the Olympia since 1999. But from 1965 until 1999, multiple places have hosted the event. 

Las Vegas
Las Vegas

4. Mr. O win on the first attempt and undefeated record 

So, not only did Larry Scott win the first Olympia contest ever, but he was technically the first and only competitor to accomplish this feat on the first attempt. And since he only competed again the following year (1966) and won, Larry Scott is also the only champion to have never lost the title.

Larry Scott

5. Who has the most wins in Olympia history?

Ronnie Coleman (1998-2005) and Lee Haney (1984-1991) are tied for most Olympia wins with 8 titles each. And their wins were consecutive with no gaps in between.   

Lee Haney And Ronnie Coleman
Lee Haney And Ronnie Coleman

6. Record for most Olympia appearances

Nobody has competed on the Olympia stage more than “The Blade” Dexter Jackson who has made 19 appearances (won Olympia in 2008). He also has the most IFBB wins in history.

Dexter Jackson 28-Year Career In Bodybuilding
Dexter Jackson 28-Year Career In Bodybuilding

7. Unopposed wins

Sergio Oliva was the only man to compete at the 1968 Mr. Olympia competition because the rest of the competitors apparently had more important things going on in their lives at the time (more for him).

And in 1971, Arnold Schwarzenegger put on a one-man show because the other three competitors (Sergio Oliva, Roy Callendar, and Franco Columbo) were disqualified before the competition. 

Arnold Schwarzenegger And Sergio Oliva

8. Youngest and Oldest champion

Arnold Schwarzenegger holds the record for youngest Mr. Olympia champion by winning his first title in 1970 at 23 years and 2 months. While Shawn Rhoden won the competition in 2018 at the age of 43 years and 5 months

Chris Dickerson And Arnold Schwarzenegger

9. Competitors who have won more than once

All but 4 legends have won the Olympia more than once and the ones who have repeated are Larry Scott (2), Sergio Oliva (3), Arnold Schwarzenegger (7), Franco Columbo (2), Frank Zane (3), Lee Haney (8), Dorian Yates (6), Ronnie Coleman (8), Jay Cutler (4), and Phil Heath (7).

Arnold Schwarzenegger And Franco Columbo
Arnold Schwarzenegger And Franco Columbo

10. Eugen Sandow

The Mr. Olympia trophy (Sandow trophy) was named after Eugen Sandow who was an iconic bodybuilder, and showman who also competed in Strongman.

And the first Sandow trophy was award at the 1977 Mr. Olympia competition in honor of his contribution to the sport.

Mr. Olympia Sandow Trophy

There you have it, 10 interesting Mr. Olympia facts which you can add to your history knowledge if you didn’t know about them before.

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