This December 17-20th at Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida will play host to the Joe Weider Mr. Olympia Weekend for the first time in 56 years. In 1965, Joe Weider and his brother Ben promoted the first Mr. Olympia Contest that featured the worlds best built men and eventual Two-Time Champion, Larry “The Legend” Scott in Brooklyn, New York.
Since then the contest has been held all over the world from Germany, Sweden, Finland, Australia to all over the United States including New York, Ohio, Chicago, Los Angeles, Atlanta and Long Beach, California before finally calling Las Vegas home from 1999 to 2019. This year for only the second time in history, the Mr. Olympia Weekend Extravaganza returns to Orlando, Florida since 1991 where the great Lee Haney from Atlanta, Georgia won his 8th and final Sandow Trophy then promptly retired at the ripe old age of 31 years.
The Mr. Olympia Championship is International Contest that Joe & Ben Weider created in the 1960’s that is rich in tradition and has brought us many Champions from around the globe crowning the Best Built Man with the Eugene Sandow Trophy for the calendar year. These amazing athletes come from around the globe in search of victory and include legends such as , The Lion of Lebanon from Beirut, Samir Bannout.
The former Governor of California and Blockbuster Action Hero, The Austrian Oak, Arnold Schwarzenegger would win the title seven times from Graz, Austria which included an infamous comeback in 1980 after a five year layoff as he pursued his Acting career. The Shadow, Dorian Yates from Birmingham, England took home six consecutive Mr. Olympia Titles with only 1 Pro defeat from 1990 to 1997 before retiring due to injury.