IFBB Pro League Legends Updates, Tribute to a Champion, Andrew Oye's IFBB Pro Athletes Roundup
Just Reported: Actor, entrepreneur and legendary Mr. Olympia Larry Scott passed away at 75. (October 12, 1938 -- March 8, 2014).
The "So What?":
Born in Blackfoot, Idaho, Larry Scott began weight training in his teens and won the Mr. Idaho contest in 1959. Scott headed west, attended California Air College and studied electronics. While in the "Mecca of Bodybuilding," a.k.a. southern California, he collected a string of victories, starting with the Mr. California contest in 1960. Under the tutelage of renowned trainer Vince Gironda, Scott built his famous 20-inch biceps and became a bodybuilding star in the era of IFBB Pro League athletes Dave Draper, Freddy Ortiz, Harold Poole, Leo Robert and Chuck Sipes.
On the strength of his physique, Scott played a minor role in American International Pictures' movie "Muscle Beach Party" (1964). Upon the founding of Joe Weider's International Federation of Bodybuilding & Fitness (IFBB), Scott would go on to win the inaugural Mr. Olympia contest in 1965, cementing his place in history. A successful defense of the title in 1966 and a subsequent retirement (at just 28) made him the only undefeated Mr. Olympia in the history of the title to date. In 1979, Scott made a brief return to the (non-Olympia) stage and permanently retired in 1980 to focus on his personal training, gym equipment and health supplements businesses. He was inducted into the IFBB Hall of Fame in 1999. In 2010, Scott was diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease, and he passed on March 8, 2014 in Salt Lake City, Utah.
1959 Mr. Idaho, 1st
1960 AAU Mr. California (1st)
1960 AAU Mr. California (Most Muscular, 1st)
1960 AAU Mr. Los Angeles (Most Muscular, 3rd)
1960 AAU Mr. Los Angeles (3rd)
1961 AAU Mr. Pacific Coast (Most Muscular, 1st)
1961 AAU Mr. Pacific Coast (1st)
1962 IFBB Mr. America (Medium, 1st and Overall)
1963 IFBB Mr. Universe (Medium, 1st)
1964 IFBB Mr. Universe (Medium, 1st and Overall)
1965 IFBB Mr. Olympia (1st)
1966 IFBB Mr. Olympia (1st)
1979 IFBB Canada Diamond Pro Cup (9th)
1979 IFBB Grand Prix Vancouver
Andrew Oye's Verdict:
As I reported in "Andrew Oye's Pro-Muscle Report," IFBB Pro Larry Scott received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2011 IFBB Pro World Masters Bodybuilding Championships, presented to him by IFBB Pro Lou Ferrigno, (TV's "Incredible Hulk"). Ironically, as part of my MUSCLE INK Magazine Champions Series, I was in the midst of planning a profile on the man nicknamed "The Legend," but I suppose this obit will serve as my tribute to the trailblazer. Before the current IFBB Pro Olympia Qualification Series, IFBB Pro Card or Sandow trophy were introduced, and before Mr. Olympia titleholders that came after him (IFBB Pro Sergio Oliva, IFBB Pro Arnold Schwarzenegger, IFBB Pro Franco Columbu, IFBB Pro Frank Zane, IFBB Pro Samir Bannout, IFBB Pro Lee Haney, IFBB Pro Dorian Yates, IFBB Pro Ronnie Coleman, IFBB Pro Jay Cutler, IFBB Pro Dexter Jackson and IFBB Pro Phil Heath), there was Larry Scott, who feared his career had peaked after winning Mr. America and Mr. Universe titles, thus, inspiring Weider to create the highest, most prestigious accolade -- Mr. Olympia.
There are many more interesting ironies and coincidences wrapped in the passing of Larry Scott: The fact that the bodybuilding icon passed just a week after fellow legend Arnold Schwarzenegger hosted one of the world's largest fitness and bodybuilding events -- the Arnold Sports Festival and Arnold Classic Championships. The fact that Scott outlived his successor, 3-time Mr. Olympia IFBB Pro Sergio Oliva, who unfortunately was the first of the 13 athletes to ever hold the title of Mr. Olympia to pass away (November 12, 2012). The fact that the bodybuilding pioneer who provided the platform for Scott to shine, IFBB Pro League founder Joe Weider, passed away around this time last year (March 23, 2013). And, sadly, the fact that this year the Mr. Olympia Bodybuilding Championships celebrates its 50th Anniversary and the athlete who led the elite brigade of champions cannot attend Joe Weider's Olympia Weekend, where his memory will hopefully be honored in some capacity as the "Super Bowl of Bodybuilding" -- the event "Where Legends Are Made" -- turns a half-century old.
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