By Team Nutrex
As the ever-popular Mr. Olympia competition rapidly approaches for another year with incredible talent, we wanted to look back at where things all began and who has won this special title.
As you can expect, there are many multiple-year winners including some of the most notable names in the industry today.
Listed below are all of the Mr. Olympia contestants to be crowned champion since the inaugural year in 1965.
Let’s take a look.
1. Larry Scott (1965-1966)
The first Mr. Olympia champion and American bodybuilder to be crowned.
Larry Scott would go on to defend his title the very next year before subsequently retiring.
This marked the official start of the Mr. Olympia contest era in which notable bodybuilders would go on to see greater success.
2. Sergio Oliva (1967-1969)
An international bodybuilder also known as “The Myth”, burst onto the scenes from Cuba to take over the new spot as Mr. Olympia champion with his mind-blowing physique in 1967 and even beating one of the most iconic individuals in bodybuilding and acting before eventually being dethroned.
3. Arnold Schwarzenegger (1970-1975, 1980)
The legend himself and Pumping Iron star officially took over as the new Mr. Olympia champion in 1970 and went on to win an outstanding 7 titles over his glorified bodybuilding career before pursuing his acting career with box office hits that featured his incredible stature such as The Terminator and Conan the Barbarian.
4. Franco Columbu (1976, 1981)
Fellow Pumping Iron co-star and best friend of Arnold Schwarzenegger, Columbu destroyed a heavily competitive class in both 1976 and 1981 to solidify his tremendous bodybuilding resume.
Columbu was well known to have one of the most impressive chests and upper body definition with an incredible amount of size compared to many during this era.
Franco ultimately passed away in 2019 at the age of 78 due to an accident at sea.
5. Frank Zane (1977-1979)
Zane had brought aesthetics to the table during the end of the 1970’s and was a true testament to bodybuilding in general.
Frank was able to accomplish an incredible goal of 3 Mr. Olympia titles in a row and eventually changed how competitors would tailor their physique as Zane had a truly impressive physique and symmetry.
6. Chris Dickerson (1982)
Chris broke many boundaries and set high competition levels with his extraordinary physique which he had been continuously improving on leading into his first win for the Mr. Olympia title in 1982.
Dickerson is also the first black bodybuilder to grace the title as well as the first openly gay contestant.
7. Samir Bannout (1983)
The peak era of bodybuilding brought out a dominate competition between athletes of all backgrounds.
After winning his pro debut at the Mr. Universe in 1974, Samir quickly built up one of the highest quality builds the stage has ever seen.
Competing against the likes of Lee Haney and Frank Zane, Samir shined bright and collectively earned his first and only Mr. Olympia title.
8. Lee Haney (1984-1991)
The 8-time Mr. Olympia champion carried the bodybuilding community on his back for almost a full decade, winning title after title with perfect symmetry and size.
Haney blew the competition away every year he stepped on stage and is currently tied in first place with the most Mr. O championships won overall.
9. Dorian Yates (1992-1997)
During Yates’ career, a new standard of size was set for the Olympia as Dorian would consistently bring an eye-gazing amount of mass with each presentation on stage.
Yates would go on to win 6 straight Olympia titles throughout his dominance.
10. Ronnie Coleman (1998-2005)
Long considered as one of the best body builders of all time, Ronnie Coleman is well known for his intense training style as depicted in many small documentaries during his powerhouse journey that led to 8 straight Mr. O titles.
Coleman was also able to pursue his profession of a full-time police officer during his bodybuilding career.
11. Jay Cutler (2006-2007, 2009-2010)
Fellow rival of Ronnie Coleman, Jay Cutler came under fire in 2001 when he was shown to have used a banned diuretic during the Olympia that year which was eventually overturned, and his second-place finish helped push him into the spotlight for his first overall win in 2006.
Cutler would go on to win 4 Mr. Olympia titles during his tenure within bodybuilding.
12. Dexter Jackson (2008)
Jackson surprised many when he defeated the reigning champion, Jay Cutler.
Dexter also has a lengthy resume within bodybuilding where he would collect the most professional titles than any other competitor.
13. Phil Heath (2011-2017)
Most notable for his recent onslaught in taking the title for 7 straight years, Phil Heath was able to take down Jay Cutler during his prime and held the top spot for years to come.
Heath was a collegiate basketball player at the University of Denver where he was the main star before pursuing his passion in bodybuilding.
14. Shawn Rhoden (2018)
Rhoden quickly transformed into a dominate presence in the bodybuilding community with outstanding transformations and dedication.
During his career, Shawn has won 27 professional titles including the biggest of them all, Mr. Olympia in 2018. Rhoden seemed set to defend his Mr. Olympia throne in 2019 but has been under the microscope as of late due to an ongoing allegation and was subsequently banned from the 2019 competition.
15. Brandon Curry (2019)
The most recent Mr. Olympia winner, American Bodybuilder Brandon Curry was able to solidify an oddly competitive battle between Hadi Choopan and secured the crown with his symmetrical physique.
With talent seemingly depleted compared to years before, it was a chance for competitors like Curry to really dial in on their conditioning and gave others a chance to shine instead of being in the shadow of big names.