National Heroes

The 12 Greatest NPC National Champions of All Time


Darren Burns


IFBB contest wins: 2

Number of Mr. Olympia apperances: 13

Highest Mr. Olympia placing: 2nd

Shawn Ray of Placentia, CA, was already a sensation when he won the 1985 NPC Teen Nationals. Two years later, he swept the prestigious NPC California Championships and the light-heavy and overall titles at the Nationals, beating mammoth heavyweight winner Phil Hill in the process.
 After a less-than-stellar de-
but pro season (fourth at the 
Night Of Champions and 13th 
at the Mr. Olympia), Ray went on
to a spectacular career. Although he won only two contests (1990 Ironman Pro and 1991 Arnold Classic), he finished no lower than fifth for the remaining 12 years of his career, including runner-up in both the 1994 and 1996 Mr. Olympias. Had Ray competed in more contests, (after 1991, Ray did only the Mr. Olympia, the exceptions being 1996, when he placed third at the Ironman Pro and fifth at the Arnold Classic), one wonders what his contest win tally would’ve been.

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