Check out some of these lesser-known facts below about the historic Mr. Olympia.
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Welcome to Las Vegas
Las Vegas, NV, has been home to the Mr. Olympia competition since 1999, but the first Mr. O in 1965 was held more than 2,500 miles away, in New York’s Brooklyn Academy of Music.
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Larry the Legend
Larry Scott won the crown—literally—at the ’65 Mr. O. The late, great Joe Weider, founder of Muscle & Fitness and the Mr. Olympia, awarded Scott a bejeweled crown.
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The Mr. Olympia contest name was inspired by Washington-based Olympia Brewing Company, founded in 1896 by Leopold Schmidt.
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Dexter Jackson holds the record for most Olympia appearances with 16. Ronnie Coleman’s 15 is second.
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The Rookie and The Vet
The youngest Olympia competitor was Harold Poole, who was 21 years, 9 months when he competed in 1965. The oldest, Albert Beckles, was 53 years, 2 months when he stepped onstage in 1991.
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1968 and 1971 featured only one contestant—Sergio Oliva and Arnold Schwarzenegger, respectively. Uh, they won.
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New York to Paris
Paris hosted the event in 1971, the first time the competition wasn’t held in New York.
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Age Is Just A Number
Schwarzenegger’s 1970 victory made him the youngest winner ever (23 years, 2 months). Chris Dickerson became the oldest (43 years, 1 month) when he took home top honors in 1982.
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Mr. Olympia Legends
Most O Wins: Ronnie Coleman (1998–2005) and Lee Haney (1984–1991) each have eight Sandow trophies.
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The Magic Number is 13
Only 13 bodybuilders have actually won the Mr. Olympia over its 51-year history.
Be sure to catch all the action onstage with the Amazon live webcast, which will be available at amazon.com/olympia2017 or on the Amazon Video app, of the IFBB Pro League Olympia finals, September 15-16, from Orleans Arena. For tickets and the complete event schedule, go to mrolympia.com.