Mr. Olympia Winners List: It is a title for the participant in the bodybuilding competition held every year in the United States. It is the biggest bodybuilding contest managed by the International Federation of BodyBuilding & Fitness (IFBB). This competition’s name is Joe Weider’s Olympia Fitness and Performance. Nowadays, This contest is divided into a few categories such as men’s bodybuilding (Mr. Olympia) and women’s bodybuilding (Ms. Olympia), bikini contest, 212lb Bodybuilding, and classic physique. It also has a bodybuilding product exhibition on that weekend.
The very first Mr. Olympia contest happened in 1965, in New York City. It also has prize money which is given to the winner. There are only two bodybuilders out of the Mr. Olympia winners list who won the most Mr. Olympia titles. Lee Haney and Ronnie Coleman have eight straight Mr. Olympia title-winning streaks.
Here is the list of All Mr. Olympia Winners Till 2023:
Some notable Mr. Olympia winners include Arnold Schwarzenegger, Lee Haney, Ronnie Coleman, Dorian Yates, Jay Cutler, Phil Heath, and more. These individuals, through their dedication, discipline, and exceptional physique, have become synonymous with excellence in the world of bodybuilding, inspiring countless enthusiasts to pursue their fitness goals.
1. Larry Scott
Larry Scott won the very first two titles in 1965 and 1966 contests. He was also known by the nicknames “The Legend” and “The Golden Boy”. He was the first bodybuilder who was very famous at that time. Scott retired after his 1966 victory. Harold Poole was runner-up in both years. He was the youngest bodybuilder aged 21 who competed in 1965. Larry died in March 2014.
2. Sergio Oliva
Sergio Oliva was the winner of the 1967 Mr. Olympia bodybuilding competition. It was the beginning of the golden era of bodybuilding. Olivia was also known by the name “The Myth.” He showed incredible Muscle Mass and changed the definition of bodybuilding. Oliva put some serious muscles with a wide and large V-shaped upper body along with a narrow muscular waist. He won 3 titles from 1967 to 1969 Mr. Olympia. In 1969, He defeated Arnold Schwarzenegger. Arnold lost only one competition in his career.
3. Arnold Schwarzenegger
Arnold Schwarzenegger won in the 1970 contest. He came second in 1969. He defeated Oliva in 1970 and 1972. Arnold won till 1975 Mr. Olympia title. In 1975, he retired from bodybuilding and got a chance in Hollywood with his very first bodybuilding-based movie Pumping Iron. but After 5 years, he competed again and reclaimed his 7th win in 1980. Arnold became a legend and the most famous among all Mr. Olympia’s winners.
4. Franco Columbu
Franco had the nickname ” The Sardinian Strongman.” Because he was a powerlifter and weightlifter as well as a professional bodybuilder. He was born in Sardinia, Italy. After Arnold’s retirement, he won IFBB Mr. Olympia in 1976 and reclaimed his title again in 1981. In 1981, he also retired.
5. Frank Zane
He won three consecutive contests in 1977, 1978, and 1979. He was not having big muscles such as Arnold or Oliva. But he had magnificent lean muscle mass with a complete definition of each muscle. His competitors had great muscle mass but with less definition or muscle symmetry. Frank showed and highlighted his aesthetic body to all bodybuilders. He is one of the best bodybuilders in history because of his body symmetry and muscle definition.
6. Chris Dickerson
Henri Christophe’s career was 30 years long. Dickerson is a bodybuilder who has the most bodybuilding titles in history. He was one of only two bodybuilders who won Mr. Olympia and Masters Olympia along with Dexter Jackson. Henri was the first African-American who won Mr. Olympia in 1982. He retired from bodybuilding in 1994.
7. Samir Bannout
His career lasted for 17 years. Samir had a nickname ” The Lion of Lebanon”. Samir won the 1983 title. He had some arguments with the IFBB officials over wrong behavior. because of that, he was banned for 3 years as a punishment. Later news came, that he competed in the WABBA Federation, which is why he was banned.
8. Lee Haney
Lee had a record of winning eight consecutive times from 1984 to 1991. His record is still unbeaten and shared with Ronnie Coleman. After 1991, he retired from professional bodybuilding. But he was selected as a Chairman of the President’s Council on physical fitness and sports by President Bill Clinton after his retirement. He is the first bodybuilder who has won most of Mr. Olympia winners titles.
9. Dorian Yates
Yates had a nickname “The Shadow”. Because he avoided media and interviews all the time. He was the first English bodybuilder who won 6 titles from 1992 to 1997. he is the fifth bodybuilder who has the longest winning streak after Ronnie, Lee, Phil, and Arnold.
He was also the first bodybuilder who experimented with Growth Hormones. Yates also admitted that he stayed on the steroid cycle most of the time. because he won all titles and competitions from 1992 to 1997. In 1997, Yates retired due to several injuries in the body.
10. Ronnie Coleman
He is the second bodybuilder in history who won the same number of Mr. Olympia winners title as Lee Haney. He won eight times. Ronnie is suffering from a lower back injury for a very long time because he pushed his weight lifting limits to the extreme level. he is one of the greatest bodybuilders in history. Ronnie set the record for the most IFBB Titles wins. But Later Dexter Jackson broke his record. He always did 800lbs squat and deadlift as well as a 2400lbs leg press. In 2006, he lost to Jay Cutler.
11. Jay Cutler
Jay started bodybuilding when he was just 18 years old. He studied criminal justice. Later, he became a bodybuilder. Cutler is the third bodybuilder in history who reclaimed his title after losing it. He won his first Mr. Olympia Title in 2006 and was crowned again in 2007. In 2008, Dexter Jackson defeated the cutler. Jay came back bigger in 2009 and defeated Phil heath in 2010. he retired in the 2013 contest and came in 6th position.
12. Dexter Jackson
Dexter has another name “The Blade”. he won his only single Mr. Olympia title in 2008. Jackson is also having a record for winning Arnold Classic five times. He is the only person who has won both Arnold Classic and Mr. Olympia in the same year. After 10 years of winning, he is still competing in the biggest bodybuilding competition. Dexter also won Masters Olympia at the age of 43 in 2012.
13. Phil Heath
Phil is seven times Mr. Olympia’s champion from 2011 to 2017. He is sharing this winning record with Arnold and became the fourth bodybuilder who won the most number of titles. Phil started his career in 2002. But he completed his Mr. Olympia in 2008 and places third. He defeated Jay Cutler in 2011 and won his first title.
14. Shawn Rhoden
Shawn is also known by the nicknames ” Flexatron” and ” Jamaican Muscle Machine”. he moved to the United States in 1990. he started his career in 1992. But Shawn won his IFBB entry card for Mr. Olympia winners in 2010. Because of his alcohol addiction and several injuries, his career is 26 years long. Also, He won his first title in Mr. Olympia 2018 competition approximately after 26 years. Shawn is the oldest bodybuilder who won Mr. Olympia out of all winners at the age of 43 years and 7 months.
15. Brandon Curry
Brandon Curry is a professional bodybuilder from America. He loves to compete in the heavyweight category. Curry is winner of Mr. Olympia 2019 Championship title. He won his first title in 2003 Supernatural Bodybuilding. In 2011, he came in 8th position in that Competition. Finally, He won this 2019 Mr. Olympia results. He had a tough fight with William Bonac. Hadi Choopan came in 3rd position.
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16. Mamdouh Elssbiay ( Big Ramy )
Mamdouh is also known as Big Ramy and was born in Al-Sebea city. He worked so hard in his life. Before entering into professional bodybuilding, he was a fisherman. He moved to Kuwait and started his professional bodybuilding career.
He defeated Brandon Curry and seven-time champion of champions Phil Heath. After winning Mr. Olympia’s title, he missed Europa Pro Bodybuilding Championships due to Covid-19. He won the highest bodybuilding title Mr. Olympia in 2020 in just 10 years of his career.
After a year in 2021, He won the title again. This he was leaner and with more definition in muscles. He outranked everyone. Now he is holding 2 consecutive titles. He entered the category of Mr. Olympia winners list who won more than once.
17. Hadi Choopan
Hadi Choopan is also known by his nickname “The Persian Wolf”. He is an Iranian professional bodybuilder who competes in the men’s open bodybuilding division in the IFBB Pro League. Hadi choopan won his first 2022 Mr. Olympia title. He born on September 26, 1987 in Sepidan county, Southern Iran.
He defeated 2 times champion 2020-2021 Big Ramy and secured first place in 2022. But he lost 2023 finals to Derek Lunsford. The bodybuilding community offered hadi support as well as criticism during the 2023 Mr. Olympia finals. Many criticized choopan for his bad sportsmanship when he took off his silver second place medal and left the stage shortly after the results were announced.
18. Derek Lunsford
American professional bodybuilder Derek Lunsford was born on May 14, 1993, and he competes in the IFBB Pro League’s men’s open bodybuilding division. He emerged victorious in both the 2023 Mr. Olympia and the 2021 Mr. Olympia, marking his first victory in the tournament over two divisions.
Lunsford competed in the 212-lb category at the 2017 IFBB Tampa Pro, where he made his professional bodybuilding debut and won his first show. It was revealed in March 2021 that he has begun working with bodybuilding coach Hany Rambod. He defeated Shaun Clarida, the current champion, to win the 212 Mr. Olympia in October 2021.
On his debut, he placed second in the 2022 Mr. Olympia competition, after Hadi Choopan. Derek Lunsford became the first competitor to win in two weight classes in 2023 when he took home the Mr. Olympia winners title and the People’s Champion Award.
These are all Mr. Olympia winners from 1965 to 2023. Derek Lunsford is currently holding this title. but Hadi Choopan will try to come back in 2024 Mr. Olympia to reclaim his title again. it will be fascinating to see the rivalry between Hadi Choopan and Derek Lunsford.
Mr. Olympia 2024 Top Qualifiers
- Derek Lunsford (USA)
- Hadi Choopan (Iran)
- Samson Dauda (United Kingdom)
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