The Headline: ANDREW OYE'S IFBB PRO LEGENDS REPORT: MUSCLE BEACH HALL OF FAME INDUCTS IFBB PRO ED CORNEY, SHINES SPOTLIGHT ON MR. UNIVERSE BODYBUILDING CHAMPION AND THE OTHER FACE OF THE 'PUMPING IRON' DOCUMENTARYThe Item:
IFBB Pro League Legends Update, Special Appearances, Special Honors, Andrew Oye's IFBB Pro Athletes RoundupThe Scoop:
Just Reported: Over the Labor Day weekend, the 13th Annual Muscle Beach Hall of Fame (announced in association with the Muscle Beach Bodybuilding Championships contest) inducted its latest honoree in Venice Beach, California — former Mr. Olympia contender and retired professional bodybuilder IFBB Pro Ed Corney.The "So What?":
Born in Hawaii, former United States Coast Guard Officer Ed Corney began competing as an amateur in 1968 and won the Overall title of Mr. USA in 1971. The following year, he won his class and the Overall title of Mr. America in 1972. As reported in "Andrew Oye's Pro-Muscle Report," Corney earned his IFBB Pro card after winning 1st place in the Medium Class and the Overall title at the 1972 IFBB Mr. Universe Bodybuilding Championships. Corney competed in his first Mr. Olympia Championships in 1975, and this edition of the "Super Bowl of bodybuilding" was focus of the "Pumping Iron" film. Corney took 2nd place to Lightweight Division winner IFBB Pro Franco Columbu (who succumbed to Heavyweight IFBB Pro Arnold Schwarzenegger for the title).
Between 1976 and 1983, Corney competed in the Olympia seven more times, finishing 3rd among Lightweights in 1976 (won by Columbu) and 2nd among Lightweights in 1977 (won by IFBB Pro Frank Zane). Other highlights of the 5'7", 195 pounder's three-decade long competitive career include 4th place finishes at the Night of Champions in 1978 and 1980, and a string of appearances at the Masters Olympia between 1994 and 1997, claiming 1st place in the 60+ Class in 1994 (Overall won by IFBB Pro Robby Robinson) and in 1995 (Overall won by IFBB Pro Sonny Schmidt). Corney ended his run in the International Federation of Bodybuilding and Fitness at the 1998 Arnold Classic, where he took 10th place to Masters Division winner IFBB Pro Vince Taylor (IFBB Pro Flex Wheeler won the Open division). He was inducted in IFBB Hall of Fame in 2004.Andrew Oye's Verdict:
The current IFBB Pro Olympia Qualification Series just closed, qualifying IFBB Pro League athletes for next week's Joe Weider's Olympia Weekend -- nice timing for the Muscle Beach Hall of Fame to honor Olympia contender Ed Corney, the other face of "Pumping Iron." Undoubtedly, Arnold Schwarzenegger (eventual 7-time Mr. Olympia, Governor of California, and creator of the Arnold Sports Festival's Arnold Schwarzenegger Classic Bodybuilding Championships) was portrayed as the star of the seminal, Golden-Era bodybuilding documentary in a rivalry with IFBB Pro Lou Ferrigno. However, in the film, the would-be "Governator" praised Corney for his classic posing style with the famous line: "Now that's posing!" And, ultimately, it was Corney's physique that graced the iconic movie poster and accompanying book.
At 81, Ed Corney joins fellow Class of 2015 inductee IFBB Pro Danny Padilla (honored in July) and the list of previous MBHOF inductees: first-ever Mr. Olympia IFBB Pro Larry Scott; 3-time Mr. Olympia Frank Zane; 3-time Mr. Olympia Franco Columbu; first-ever Arnold Classic Champion IFBB Pro Rich Gaspari; 8-time Ms. Olympia IFBB Pro Lenda Murray; 6-time Ms. Olympia IFBB Pro Cory Everson; 2-time Ms. Olympia IFBB Pro Rachel McLish; 1983 Mr. Olympia IFBB Pro Samir Bannout; TV's "Incredible Hulk" star Lou Ferrigno; Hall of Fame IFBB Pro Lee Labrada, among others.
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