The Mr. Olympia contest has served as a gold standard, determining who in the bodybuilding universe can rightly call themselves the best in the world, for the next 364 days, at least.
Since Joe Weider endeavored to stage the inaugural event at the Brooklyn Academy of Music 47 years ago, 13 men have won the title of Mr. Olympia, starting with Larry “the Legend” Scott and most recently, Phil “the Gift” Heath. Each of these men has represented the pinnacle of his sport, and a number have gone up against one another in classic showdowns that are the stuff of legend. However, due to the span of time between the first and most recent editions, we’ll never get to witness all 13 champs duking it out onstage together.
Instead we are bringing you this gallery of champions, starting with Larry “the Legend” Scott and finishing with the 2015 Sandow winner, Phil “the Gift” Heath.