Tuesday, January 21, 2020
Bob Paris
Bob Paris: The most oft-discussed bodybuilders of any area come in three varieties- the winningest, the most massive, and the most aesthetic.  For better or worse, the latter group seems to find its way into the “it’s nice he/she tried” and “it’s cute they bothered to show up” realm...
Vince Taylor
Vince Taylor: Due to the ridiculous overabundance of badass bodybuilders in the 1990s, most of whom bore personalities to match their larger-than-life physiques, certain names slip through the cracks.  These are people who in spite of what was usually a consistently awesome physique, usually could find their way to...
Milos Sarcev
Milos Sarcev: Few bodybuilders in history have cemented themselves in the minds of the fans quite like Milos Sarcev in terms of tenacity and prolific competition.  Competing over sixty times as a pro in ten years is no mean feat- Sarcev essentially had no offseason.  Nor did he have...
Gary Strydom
Gary Strydom: Over the years, bodybuilding has had some serious "golden boys"- guys who didn’t have to be the best bodybuilder on Earth, just the most beloved.  A pretty boy with a brutal physique who were the dude that other guys wanted to be and most women wanted to...
Porter Cottrell
Porter Cottrell: For the decades between 1965 and 2008 (when a separate contest for lighter competitors was created), bodybuilding had four decades of a phenomena known as “the giant killer”- lightweight bodybuilders whose aesthetics and shape managed to topple far bigger lifters from the top spots.  The sport had...
Markus Rühl
Markus Rühl: The Olympia has had some mass monsters who were always crowd favorites, in spite of the fact that they never really challenged for the crown. Guys like Ferrigno and Brutal Bertil Fox and Paul Dillett  and Big Ramy clumped around the bottom of the top ten, casting...
Bev Francis
Bev Francis: It’s likely that most people cannot name a female multi-sport phenom in the vein of Jim Thorpe or Donald Dinnie, or even Michael Jordan or Roy Jones Jr, though they should be able to name one- Bev Francis (b. 1955).  Though politics prevented her from ever wearing...
Shawn Ray
Shawn Ray: Though he is now likely known more for complaining about bodybuilding than he is for having competed in the sport, Shawn Ray was one of the most prolific competitors of the 1990s, as well as one of the most successful.  Well known for having always been “the...
Nasser El Sonbaty
Nasser El Sonbaty: Although it seems hard to conceive at this point, the first Mr. Olympia in which the resident mass monster of the 1990s competed boasted not one, not two, but five bodybuilders over 275 pounds.  Of those five, only one, “The Professor” Nasser El Sonbaty, regularly challenged...
Kevin Levrone
For whatever reason, it seems as though there is a dramatic changing of the guard when new Mr. Olympia are crowned.  In the transition from one legacy to another, the men “holding” court as it were for the reigning champ change just as quickly as the champ, as if...