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Mr. Olympia 2013, Las Vegas

The Mr. Olympia title awarded to the winner of the professional men’s bodybuilding contest at Joe Weider’s Olympia Weekend. This is an international bodybuilding competition that is held annually by the International Federation of BodyBuilding & Fitness (IFBB).

Created by Joe Weider as a way of enabling the Mr. Universe winners to continue competing and earn money, this has now become the highlight of the bodybuilding calendar for competitors and bodybuilding fans alike.

In more recent times the Olympia title was held for 8 straight years by Ronnie Coleman (1998–2005). This equals the record held by Lee Haney from 1984 to 1991. Phil Heath currently holds the title from the 2012 Olympia.

The first Mr. Olympia

The first Mr. Olympia was held on September 18, 1965 at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, New York City. It was at this competition that Larry Scott won his first title, subsequently going on to also win the 1966 Mr. Olympia title before retiring undefeated.

Placing joint third at the 1966 Mr. Olympia, the departure of Larry Scott and a greatly improved physique then led to the 1967 competition being won by Sergio Oliva. This heralded a new era in bodybuilding competition. At 5 ft 10ins and 240 lbs Oliva, nicknamed “The Myth”, displayed a 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, unlike anything seen in prior competitions.

His upper arms measured nearly 23 inches and his chest measured at 59 inches, which tapered down to a 28 inch waist and two 31 inch legs.

The first Mr. Olympia, Larry Scott

Oliva would go on to win the Mr. Olympia competition in 1967, 1968, and 1969 – where he would defeat Arnold Schwarzenegger 4 to 3, marking Schwarzenegger’s first and only loss in a Mr. Olympia competition.

This is also when many bodybuilders, who are still well known and widely respected today, to set foot on the Mr. Olympia stage. Bodybuilders such as Frank Zane, Franco Columbu and Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Mr Olympia 2013

Mr Olympia Weekend

As well as the main Mr. Olympia and Ms. Olympia events, this year’s Olympia has an entire 4 day weekend of strength and bodybuilding competitions and offers the chance to meet some of your bodybuilding idols.

The dates for the 2013 Olympia weekend are from September 26th to September 29th.

Events over the course of this year’s Olympia include:

  • A chance to meet the Olympians before the competition
  • Arm Wars Vengeance – Arm wrestling super series
  • Olympia Pro Powerlifting Championships
  • Olympia’s Rhino Crossfit Championships
  • Olympia Boxing
  • Olympia Kickboxing
  • Olympia America’s Strongest Man
  • and many, many more. You can find the full events schedule on the official Mr Olympia site.
  • Qualified for the 2013 Mr Olympia

    Centopani, Evan
    Curry, Brandon
    Cutler, Jay
    Elssbiay, Mamdouh
    Greene, Kai
    Heath, Phil
    Jackson, Dexter
    Martinez, Victor
    McMillan, Cedric
    Piotrkowicz, Robert
    Rhoden, Shawn
    Warren, Branch
    Winklaar, Roelly
    Wolf, Dennis
    USA
    USA
    USA
    Egypt
    USA
    USA
    USA
    Dominican Republic
    USA
    Poland
    USA
    USA
    Curacao
    Germany

    Previous winners

    2012
    2011
    2010
    2009
    2008
    2007
    2006
    2005
    2004
    2003
    2002
    2001
    2000
    1999
    1998
    1997
    1996
    1995
    1994
    1993
    1992
    1991
    1990
    1989
    1988
    1987
    1986
    1985
    1984
    1983
    1982
    1981
    1980
    1979
    1978
    1977
    1976
    1975
    1974
    1973
    1972
    1971
    1970
    1969
    1968
    1967
    1966
    1965
    Phil Heath
    Phil Heath
    Jay Culter
    Jay Cutler
    Dexter Jackson
    Jay Cutler
    Jay Cutler
    Ronnie Coleman
    Ronnie Coleman
    Ronnie Coleman
    Ronnie Coleman
    Ronnie Coleman
    Ronnie Coleman
    Ronnie Coleman
    Ronnie Coleman
    Dorian Yates
    Dorian Yates
    Dorian Yates
    Dorian Yates
    Dorian Yates
    Dorian Yates
    Lee Haney
    Lee Haney
    Lee Haney
    Lee Haney
    Lee Haney
    Lee Haney
    Lee Haney
    Lee Haney
    Samir Bannout
    Chris Dickerson
    Franco Columbu
    Arnold Schwarzenegger
    Frank Zane
    Frank Zane
    Frank Zane
    Franco Columbu
    Arnold Schwarzenegger
    Arnold Schwarzenegger
    Arnold Schwarzenegger
    Arnold Schwarzenegger
    Arnold Schwarzenegger
    Arnold Schwarzenegger
    Sergio Oliva
    Sergio Oliva
    Sergio Oliva
    Larry Scott
    Larry Scott
    Las Vegas, NV
    Las Vegas, NV
    Las Vegas, NV
    Las Vegas, NV
    Las Vegas, NV
    Las Vegas, NV
    Las Vegas, NV
    Las Vegas, NV
    Las Vegas, NV
    Las Vegas, NV
    Las Vegas, NV
    Las Vegas, NV
    Las Vegas, NV
    Las Vegas, NV
    New York, NY
    Los Angeles, CA
    Chicago, IL
    Atlanta, GA
    Atlanta, GA
    Atlanta, GA
    Helsinki, Finland
    Orlando, FL
    Chicago, IL
    Rimini, Italy
    Los Angeles, CA
    Gothenburg, Sweden
    Columbus, OH
    Brussels, Belgium
    New York, NY
    Munich, Germany
    London, England
    Columbus, OH
    Sydney, Australia
    Columbus, OH
    Columbus, OH
    Columbus, OH
    Columbus, OH
    Pretoria, South Africa
    New York, NY
    New York, NY
    Essen, Germany
    Paris, France
    New York, NY
    New York, NY
    New York, NY
    New York, NY
    New York, NY
    New York, NY

    2013 Mr. Olympia winner

    With Phil Heath, Kai Greene and Jay Cutler all the main favourites for taking the title this year, who is your favourite to win the 2013 Mr. Olympia in four weeks time?


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