Lee Priest grew up in Wallsend Australia. His mother was also a bodybuilding competitor. Priest started training at the age of 12 with the help and support of his grandfather. He competed for the first time at the age of 13 and won. He went on to win numerous other competitions leading up to him winning the IFBB Mr Australia at 17, 18, and 19. Priest competed at the World's Championship at 17, where he placed 4th. At 19 he again competed and won The Mr. Australia title, but was not allowed to get his pro card in Australia because of his young age. It was then Priest decided to enter an amateur competition, Niagara Falls Championships. While there, Priest was discovered and given his pro card. Priest became one of the youngest men ever to turn IIFBB pro at the age of 20.
4. Sergio "The myth" Oliva
Born in Cuba on July 4, 1941 In 1963 Oliva moved to Chicago, Illinois. There he worked at a local steel mill and began working out at the Duncan YMCA. Working 10-12 hour days at the steel mill and putting in another 2.5–3 hours at the gym gave Oliva very little time for anything else. Soon the bodybuilding grapevine was abuzz with gossip about a Cuban powerhouse who lifted more than any of the local Olympic champs. Oliva won his first bodybuilding competition the Mr. Chicagoland contest in 1963. Then he was successful again at the Mr. Illinois in 1964 but he lost in 1965 at the AAU Jr. Mr. America winning 2nd place even though he won the trophy for "Most Muscular." In 1966, he won the AAU Jr. Mr. America and again he claimed the trophy for "Most Muscular". He then joined the International Federation of BodyBuilders IFBB in which he won both the professional Mr. World and Mr. Universe Contests. In 1967 he won the prestigious Mr. Olympia contest, making him the undisputed world champion of bodybuilding.
Oliva then went on to win the Mr. Olympia title three years in a row, at 5 feet 11inches and at a contest weight that went from 235 lbs up to his most massive at 255 lbs. Oliva's 1968 Mr Olympia win was uncontested. A Guinness World Record that stands to this day. In 1969 he won his 3rd consecutive Mr Olympia by beating a Mr Europe, Mr International and Four time Mr Universe winner Arnold Schwarzenegger. Arnold tells of their first encounter in his 1977 autobiography 'Arnold the Education of a Bodybuilder.' "Then for the first time, I saw Sergio Oliva in person. I understood why they called him the Myth. It was as jarring, as if I'd walked into a wall. He destroyed me. He was so huge, he was so fantastic, there was no way I could even think of beating him. I admitted my defeat and felt some of my pump go away. I tried. But I'd been so taken back by my first sight of Sergio Oliva that I think I settled for 2nd place before we walked out on the stage... I never like to admit defeat, but I thought Sergio was better. There were no two ways about it.
Sergio Oliva died on November 12, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois from apparent kidney failure. He was 71. His death marks the first passing of any of the Mr. Olympia title holders.
BODYBUILDING TITLES :
1963 Mr Chicago - 1st 1964 Mr Illinois - 1st ■ 1964 Mr America – AAU, 7th ■ 1965 Junior Mr America – AAU, 2nd ■ 1965 Junior Mr America – AAU, Most Muscular ■ 1965 Mr America – AAU, 4th ■ 1965 Mr America – AAU, Most Muscular ■ 1966 Junior Mr America – AAU, Winner■ 1966 Junior Mr America – AAU, Most Muscular ■ 1966 Mr America – AAU, 2nd ■ 1966 Mr America – AAU, Most Muscular, ■ 1966 Mr World – IFBB, Overall Winner ■ 1966 Mr World – IFBB, Tall, 1st Overall ■ 1966 Mr Universe – IFBB Winner ■ 1966 Mr. Olympia – IFBB, 2nd ■ 1967 Mr. Olympia – IFBB, Winner■ 1967 Universe – IFBB, Overall Winner ■ 1968 Mr. Olympia – IFBB, Winner Uncontested ■ 1969 Mr. Olympia – IFBB, Winner ■ 1970 Mr World – AAU, Pro Tall, 2nd■ 1970 Mr. Olympia – IFBB, 2nd ■ 1971 Universe – Pro - NABBA, Tall, 2nd ■ 1972 Mr. Olympia – IFBB, 2nd ■ 1972 Mr Galaxy - WBBG, 1st ■ 1973 Mr International/ Mr Azteca – IFBB, Professional, 1st ■ 1973 Mr Galaxy - WBBG, 1st ■ 1974 Mr International – WBBG, Professional, 1st ■ 1975 Mr Olympus – WBBG, Winner ■ 1976 Mr Olympus – WBBG, Winner ■ 1977 Pro World Championships – WABBA, 1st ■ 1978 Mr Olympus – WBBG, Winner ■ 1980 Pro World Championships – WABBA, 1st ■ 1980 Professional World cup - WABBA, Winner ■ 1981 Professional World Cup – WABBA, Winner ■ 1984 Mr. Olympia – IFBB, 8th ■ 1984 Professional Mid-States Championships – WABBA 1st ■ 1985 Mr. Olympia – IFBB, 8th
3. Serge Nubret ( The black panther )
Serge Nubret was born on the 6th of October 1938 in Anse-Bertrand, Guadeloupemoved. Later he moved on to France with his family in 1950 to pursue his scholarship, when he was 12 years old. after only 2 years of training. Living up to his words, in 1960 he joined the International Federation of Bodybuilders, and was declared World's Most Muscular Man in Montreal.Nubret is best known in the bodybuilding documentary Pumping Iron where he competed as a last-minute entry against (eventual seven time winner) Arnold Schwarzenegger for the title of Mr. Olympia in 1975. While he looked fantastic, Serge finished second in the Tall Man category to Schwarzenegger, while Lou Ferrigno finished third. He was known for his excellent chest development, which would scare off fellow contestants.
BODYBUILDING TITLES :
1958: Mr. Guadeloupe ■ 1960: IFBB World Most Muscular Man ■ 1963: NABBA Pro Mr. Universe (2nd) ■ 1964: NABBA Pro Mr. Universe (2nd) ■ 1969: NABBA Pro Mr. Universe (3rd) ■ 1969: IFBB Mr. World (Tall) (2nd) ■ 1970: IFBB Mr. Europe (Tall) ■ 1972: IFBB Mr. Olympia (3rd) ■ 1973: IFBB Mr. Olympia (3rd) ■ 1975: IFBB Mr. Olympia (Heavy Weight, 2nd) ■ 1976: NABBA Pro Mr. Universe ■ 1976: WBBG Mr. Olympus (2nd) ■ 1977: NABBA Pro Mr. Universe (2nd) ■ 1977: WBBG Mr. Olympus ■ 1977: WBBG Pro Mr. World ■ 1978: NABBA Pro. Mr. Universe (2nd) ■ 1981: Pro WABBA World Championships ■ 1983: Pro WABBA World Championships
2. Arnold Schwarzenegger ( The Austrian Oak)
You must be very much familiar with this name already. Born on July 30, 1947) is an Austrian American actor, politician, businessman, investor, and former professional bodybuilder. Schwarzenegger served two terms as the 38th Governor of California from 2003 until 2011. Schwarzenegger began weight training at the age of 15. He won the Mr. Universe title at age 20 and went on to win the Mr. Olympia contest seven times. Schwarzenegger has remained a prominent presence in bodybuilding and has written many books and articles on the sport. Schwarzenegger gained worldwide fame as a Hollywood action film icon. He was nicknamed the "Austrian Oak" and the "Styrian Oak" in his bodybuilding days, "Arnie" during his acting career and more recently "The Governator" (a portmanteau of "Governor" and "The Terminator" – one of his best-known movie roles)
BODYBUILDING TITLES :
■ 1965 Mr. Europe - Junior (Germany) ■ 1966 Best Built Man of Europe (Germany) ■ 1966 Mr. Europe (Germany) ■ 1966 International Powerlifting Championship (Germany) ■ 1967 NABBA Mr. Universe - Amateur (England) ■ 1968 NABBA Mr. Universe - Professional (England) ■ 1968 German Powerlifting Championship (Germany) ■ 1968 IFBB Mr. International (Mexico) ■ 1969 IFBB Mr. Universe - Amateur (USA) ■ 1969 NABBA Mr. Universe - Professional (England) ■ 1970 NABBA Mr. Universe - Professional (England) ■ 1970 Mr. World (USA) ■ 1970 IFBB Mr. Olympia (USA) ■ 1971 IFBB Mr. Olympia (France) ■ 1972 IFBB Mr. Olympia (Germany) ■ 1973 IFBB Mr. Olympia (USA) ■ 1974 IFBB Mr. Olympia (USA) ■1975 IFBB Mr. Olympia (South Africa) ■ 1980 IFBB Mr. Olympia (Australia)
1. Frank Zane ( The Chemist )
Zane is a three-time Mr. Olympia (1977 to 1979). His reign represented a shift of emphasis from mass to aesthetics. Zane's proportionate physique featured the second thinnest waistline of all the Mr. Olympias (after Sergio Oliva), with his wide shoulders making for a distinctive V-taper. He stood at 5'9" and had a competition weight of 187-195 pounds when he won Mr Olympia (He weighed over 200 lbs when he competed in the 1960s). Zane is one of only three people who have beaten Arnold Schwarzenegger in a bodybuilding contest (1968 Mr. Universe in Miami, FL) and one of the very few Mr. Olympia winners under 200 pounds. Overall, he competed for over 20 years (retiring after the 1983 Mr Olympia contest) and won Mr America, Mr Universe, Mr World and Mr Olympia throughout his illustrious career.
BODYBUILDING TITLES :
■ 1961 Mr. Pennsylvania (17th place) ■ 1962 Mr. Keystone (Winner) ■ 1963 Mr. Keystone (2nd) ■ 1965 Mr. Sunshine State (Winner) ■ 1965 IFBB Mr. Universe (1st, Medium Height category) ■ 1966 IFBB Mr. America (1st, Medium) ■ 1967 IFBB Mr. America (1st, Medium) ■ 1967 IFBB Mr. Universe (3rd, Tall) ■ 1968 IFBB Mr. America (Winner) ■ 1968 IFBB Mr. Universe (Winner) ■ 1970 NABBA Mr. Universe (Winner) ■ 1971 NABBA Pro Mr. Universe (1st, Short) ■ 1972 NABBA Pro Mr. Universe (Winner) ■ 1972 IFBB Mr. Olympia (Under 200lbs, 4th) ■ 1974 IFBB Mr. Olympia (Under 200lbs, 2nd) ■ 1975 IFBB Mr. Olympia (Under 200lbs, 4th) ■1976 IFBB Mr. Olympia (Under 200lbs, 2nd) ■ 1977 IFBB Mr. Olympia (Under 200lbs & Overall Winner) ■ 1978 IFBB Mr. Olympia (Under 200lbs & Overall Winner) ■ 1979 IFBB Mr. Olympia (Under 200lbs & Overall Winner) ■ 1980 IFBB Mr. Olympia (3rd, after suffering a near-fatal injury at his home, requiring le ngthy hospitalization) ■ 1981 - did not compete (boycotted the Mr Olympia contest after the controversial 1980 contest) ■ 1982 IFBB Mr. Olympia (2nd) ■ 1983 IFBB Mr. Olympia (4th, after suffering another accident on his bicycle, requiring extensive shoulder surgery shortly after the contest)