The 2018 Mr. Olympia has come and gone and left us with a new champion, Shawn Rhoden! You may know him as Flexatron! With the Olympia being over for this year what better time to profile the Mr. Olympia Bodybuilding Competition! This article was written in 2011 but is still awesome!
Profiling The Mr Olympia Title
By Dane C. Fletcher
The title of Mr. Olympia has now been contested for 43 editions. These editions of the contest have been in the months of September, October and November in the different years and venues that it has been held inn these 43 years. To profile the Mr. Olympia title, this article will establish a trend of growth in the organization and popularity of the title based on two factors. The first determinant factor is the venues in which the title has been contested while the second factor is the number of contestants who have competed ion the various editions of the title contest.
As will be exemplified hereunder, the title has now ventured to the cities outside the US, after building a good repute and gaining considerable support. Secondly contestants have continued to increase per edition of the contest as compared to the pioneer editions where it was a contest between a few body builders over and over again.
For the past 43 editions of the Mr. Olympia title contests, 27 of them been have in the US. To the east of the Mississippi River, it has been held for a whooping 18 editions, 10 in New York alone. Columbus has hosted 6 editions while Atlanta, Georgia has been a venue of 3 editions of the contest. Chicago in Illinois has had a two time honor of hosting Mr. Olympia while Orlando, Florida has had the honor for once. To the west of the Mississippi River, the US has hosted 9 Mr. Olympia editions, 2 times in Los Angeles and an amazing 7 times in Las Vegas. Las Vegas has actually been the venue for the last seven consecutive Mr. Olympia Title contests.
Oversea venues of the Mr. Olympia title have been staged all across Europe and once in Australia. Among the cities which had had the honor, Paris in France, Pretoria in South Africa, Sydney in Australia, Munich in Germany, Essen in Germany, London in England, Rimini in Italy, Brussels in Belgium, Gutenberg in Sweden and Helsinki in Finland.
Besides the cities that have hosted the Mr. Olympia title contest, a notable trend can also been noted in the number of contestants that have entered as competitors in various contests. For the initial nine titles which were staged from the year 1965 to the year 1973, the average number of competitors was either 3 or 4 for each contest. In 1965 we had 3 contestants, in 1966 they increased to 4, in 1967 the same 4 contested, in 1968 there was only a single contestant, in 1969 they increased to 3, in 1970 the same 3 contested, but in 1971 only a single contestant took the dais, in 1972 the highest number so far (5) contested while in 1973 the number dropped to 3.
In the five years stretching from 1974 through 1979, there were two classes of competitors for the Mr. Olympia title. One class was for body builders weighing less than 200 pounds while the second class was for body builders weighing over 200 pounds. That is why, probably that is, the number of participating contestants increased to an average of 10 per edition, in these five years.
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