National Heroes

The 12 Greatest NPC National Champions of All Time

Darren Burns



IFBB contest wins: 22

Number of Mr. Olympia apperances: 7

Highest Mr. Olympia placing: 3rd

After accepting the overall trophy from Lee Haney at the 1988 Nationals, Vince Taylor remarked that that would be the closest he’d ever get to Haney onstage. Of course, Taylor placed third in his Mr. Olympia debut in 1989 and third in 1991. Taylor would win 22 pro contests, including his pro debut (1989 Night of Champions), the 1992 Arnold Classic, a record five Masters Olympias, and a host of titles during the heyday of the Grand Prix contests in the post-Olympia European tours in the ’90s. Taylor last competed in the 2008 Atlantic City Pro, where he won the masters division and placed seventh in the open division.

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