Uncrowned kings of bodybuilding
We all know the great thirteen that prides itself with Sandow statuette as the supreme award of professional bodybuilding. But attention should be paid to those that have never reached the glory, but they should have …
1st Kevin Levrone
The Maryland Muscle Machine’s icon of his time. Described as a “cool guy” premium proportions was the best in its variation side chest pose. Shoulders as mountains and hands which are not many could boast made him challenge for absolutely everyone. He has won numerous professional competitions, there were rumors about a possible Olympia title. He knows what it’s like to have a silver or gold medal is still somehow a step ahead. Kevin everyone knows and very specific method of preparation, and the fact that a good part of the year did spend almost all of the resting and then a few months before the competition, “put in the maximum speed”. For many today, Kevin one of those who were able to carry Olympia title and it’s hard not to see why not.
2nd Flex Wheeler
Kenneth Wheeler was perhaps the greatest potential. It is said that in some competitions had not had any real preparation, and always tearing up the stage. Nicknamed the Sultan of symmetry. All on his figure was as crossed out from the opposite side. It looked like a nice transition between the old and the new age, and although he was not on the level with a huge, never looked small. The biggest clash had 98. It was a historic night in which they remained standing only Flex and Coleman, as at the end of all, we all know it.
3rd Shawn Ray
Sugar Shawn Although small, it was dynamite in every sense. He won the competition and the fans, dealt with self-promotion. Shawn was everywhere, except at the top of Mister Olympia. Several times well shook the throne of Dorian Yates, and out of shape never appeared. Master posturing and theatrics – videos of his routines are now the most watched on YouTube when it comes to presentation on stage. Shawn Ray has left an indelible mark on bodybuilding, and that Sandow that time went to him, sport might have been different!
Of course, there are bodybuilders who were able to knock down the occasional king of bodybuilding, but when it comes to the recognition and effective career, these three are far above the rest of the pack. Flex, Levrone and Ray have set standards that are only Mister Olympia could overcome!
Phil Heath Biography
Phillip “Phil” Jerrod Heath (born December 18, 1979 in Seattle, Washington) is an American IFBB professional bodybuilder and Mr. Olympia winner.
Phil Heath grew up in Seattle, WA and attended Rainier Beach High School, where he played shooting guard on the varsity basketball team. One of his former high school teammates, Jamal Crawford, currently plays for the Los Angeles Clippers. Heath attended the University of Denver on a full athletic scholarship. While at Denver, Heath double-majored in IT and Business Administration and played shooting guard for Denver’s Division I basketball team.
Phil Heath entered bodybuilding in 2002. In 2005 he won the overall title at the NPC (National Physique Committee) USA Championships, earning the right to compete as an IFBB Pro. He won his first two IFBB professional events the following year: The Colorado Pro Championships and The New York Pro Championship.
In 2007, Heath placed fifth at the Arnold Classic. Although he still qualified to compete in the 2007 Mr. Olympia contest, Heath, nevertheless, decided not to enter the contest, stating that he needed additional time to improve his form. Heath then won the 2008 Iron Man show and placed second to Dexter Jackson at the 2008 Arnold Classic. In his 2008 Mr. Olympia debut, Heath finished third, becoming the first novice to place in the top three since Flex Wheeler in 1993. He was a favorite for the 2009 Mr. Olympia title, but a stomach virus caused him to arrive 6 lbs lighter than planned on the first day, and this resulted in his taking fifth place in the competition. In 2010, he took second place at the Mr. Olympia contest when Jay Cutler won his final title, but after improving the following year Heath defeated Cutler and became Mr. Olympia for 2011. In 2012, Heath successfully defended his Mr. Olympia title against Kai Greene.
Heath has been featured in many fitness and magazine articles, and has also appeared on the cover of FLEX magazine. Heath currently resides in Denver, Colorado, and trains at Armbrust Pro Gym in Wheat Ridge, Colorado. Phil has released four bodybuilding DVDs: “The Gift”, “The Gift Unwrapped”, “Journey to the Olympia” and Becoming the Number 13. The latter three films were directed by Jonathan McFarlane and released by Bodybranded Films.
| 2003|| Northern Colorado State, Novice, Light-Heavyweight 1st and overall|
| 2003|| NPC Colorado State, Light-Heavyweight, 1st|
| 2004|| NPC Colorado State, Heavyweight, 1st and Overall|
| 2005|| NPC Junior Nationals, HeavyWeight, 1st and Overall|
| 2005|| NPC USA Championships, HeavyWeight, 1st and Overall|
| 2006|| Colorado Pro Championships, 1st|
| 2006|| New York Pro Championship, 1st|
| 2006|| BBC Classic, 1st|
| 2007|| Arnold Classic, 5th|
| 2008|| IFBB Iron Man, 1st|
| 2008|| Arnold Classic, 2nd|
| 2008|| Mr. Olympia, 3rd|
| 2009|| Mr. Olympia, 5th|
| 2010|| Arnold Classic, 2nd|
| 2010|| Mr. Olympia, 2nd|
| 2011|| Mr. Olympia, 1st|
| 2011|| Sheru Classic, 1st|
| 2012|| Mr. Olympia, 1st|
| 2012|| Sheru Classic, 1st|
The 1998 Mr. Olympia contest was an IFBB professional bodybuilding competition held on October 10, 1998 at Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York.
The total prize money awarded was $300,000.
Dorian Yates, who sustained a severe tricep injury before winning the 1997 Mr. Olympia, announced his retirement leaving way for a new champion.
Ronnie Coleman surprised the field by winning the title over the more established favorites, Flex Wheeler, Nasser El Sonbaty, and Shawn Ray.
Paul Dillet was suffering from severe dehydration and passed out after just 10 minutes of pre-judging, and dropped out of the competition.
Mr Olympia 1998 results
|3.||35,000$||Nasser El Sonbaty||11||16||17||16||60|
|10.||10,000$||Jean Pierre Fux||53||51||53||157|
The 1997 Mr. Olympia contest was an IFBB professional bodybuilding competition held on September 20, 1997 at the Terrace Theaterin Long Beach, California, California.
Total prize amount awarded was $285,000.
Dorian Yates won his sixth consecutive Mr. Olympia title despite sustaining a torn triceps three weeks before the competition
Flex Wheeler withdrew from the competition after he was car-jacked by two thieves, whom he fought, and scared off, but not before he had taken on some bruises and damages to his arm.
This year the contest involved a two day format, prejudging Friday night, and finals Saturday night, last time this happened was 1989.
Mr Olympia 1997 results
|2.||Nasser El Sonbaty|