This weekend, the 48th edition of the most important bodybuilding competition known to man will be staged at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas. Each year since 1965, the Mr. Olympia contest has served as a gold standard, determining who in the bodybuilding universe can rightly call themselves the best in the world, for the next 364 days, at least.
Since Joe Weider endeavored to stage the inaugural event at the Brooklyn Academy of Music 47 years ago, 13 men have won the title of Mr. Olympia, starting with Larry “the Legend” Scott and most recently, Phil “the Gift” Heath. Each of these men has represented the pinnacle of his sport, and a number have gone up against one another in classic showdowns that are the stuff of legend. However, due to the span of time between the first and most recent editions, we’ll never get to witness all 13 champs duking it out onstage together.
Instead we are bringing you this gallery of champions, starting with Larry “the Legend” Scott and finishing with last year's Sandow winner, Phil “the Gift” Heath. Will this exclusive club welcome another member to its fraternity, or can "the Gift" keep on giving and repeat his win from 2011? Be sure to check muscleandfitness.com for up-to-the-minute coverage of the Olympia! More Power to you!