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Totally Awesome Lee Haney

Lee Haney: Forever famous for smashing Arnold's Olympia record

Forever famous for smashing Arnold’s Olympia record Lee Haney was born on 11 November 1959 and grew up in a small town called Spartanburg in South Carolina. As a teenager he was fascinated by characters of strength like Samson and Hercules. He asked his parents to buy him a set ...

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Samir Bannout – The Lion of Lebanon

One of the first bodybuilders to display 'a Christmas tree'

One of the first bodybuilders to display ‘a Christmas tree’ Known in the bodybuilding world as ‘The Lion of Lebanon’, Samir Bannout won the sport’s most prestigious title, the Mr. Olympia in 1983 when he brought exceptional muscularity, especially in his lower back region (erector spinae muscles), to the stage ...

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Bodybuilding champ Chris Dickerson

Chris Dickerson: One of the most talented posers of the sport

One of the most talented posers of the sport With a perfect combination of size, balance and conditioning Chris Dickerson won the Mr. Olympia in 1982 at the age of 43 becoming the oldest Mr. Olympia winner. He only won the Mr. Olympia once, a distinction he shares with Samir ...

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Frank Zane – Master of aesthetics

One of the lightest bodybuilders to achieve success on stage

One of the lightest bodybuilders to achieve success on stage With his thin waist and wide shoulders, maths and chemistry teacher Frank Zane brought aesthetics to the Olympia stage that was considered by many bodybuilding fans as the best in the history of the sport. At 1.75m and weighing only ...

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Franco Columbu

Franco Columbu

The Sardinian strongman who became Mr. Olympia At only 1.65m and weighing 88kg Franco Columbu was shorter than most of his bodybuilding peers but that did not stop him from winning a prestigious Sandow in 1976 and again in 1981. Born on 7 August 1941 on the Italian island of ...

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The legendary Sergio Oliva

Sergio Oliva, the only man who defeated Arnold at the Olympia

The only man who defeated Arnold at the Olympia Cuban-born Sergio Oliva redefined the standards for muscle mass and density in the 1960s. Called “The Myth” because he was truly a sight to behold, Oliva achieved a level of muscularity above what was previously regarded by many as unattainable. Oliva ...

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Will 2016 be Kai Greene’s year?

Will 2016 be the year Kai Greene finally etches his name in bodybuilding's history books after a last-minute announcement that he was prohibited from competing at last year's Olympia?

Will 2016 be the year Kai Greene finally etches his name in bodybuilding’s history books after a last-minute announcement that he was prohibited from competing at last year’s Olympia? Olympia officials denied any claims that Kai was not allowed to compete but they did confirm that he failed to register ...

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Larry Scott – the world’s first Mr. Olympia

Larry Scott: The 1960s poster boy who inspired millions

The 1960s poster boy who inspired millions Nicknamed “The Golden Boy” and “The Legend” Larry Scott was the first competitive bodybuilder with 20 inch upper arms. He was also the sport’s first superstar and the most photographed bodybuilder of the time. Scott began pumping iron at the age of 16 ...

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Three bodybuilders to watch in 2016

Three bodybuilders to watch in 2016, Dexter Jackson, Sergio Olivia Jr. & Justin Compton

  Are you ready for the 2016 bodybuilding season? Timeless Dexter Jackson Can ‘The Blade’ slice up all opposition this year and achieve a victory over reigning champ Phil Heath at the Mr. Olympia? Can anyone hang with this age-defying wonder in the aesthetics department? No doubt Dexter would be ...

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