The 1980 Mr. Olympia competition was an ‘IFBB Professional Body Building Competition’, which was held in October 1980 at Sydney Opera House in Australia. Dating back to 1967, Paul had brought many top bodybuilders out to Australia (Dave Draper being the first) to guest pose at the IFBB Nationals. Even today, more than 30 years after it took place, it is still highly debated and discussed on bodybuilding forums all over the world. The second round was the mandatory poses. His legs were some of the best onstage with cords of thick muscle popping out of his thighs and his freaky calves bunched up and looking ready to explode. [2], 1980 Mister Olympia - Arnold Schwarzenegger's come back title, Full and complete contest (poor quality footage), Mr. Olympia 1980 - Magyar felirattal (With Hungarian Subtitles), Contest highlights (clear and better quality footage), Mister Olympia 1981 w Roy Callender, Samir, Tom and Franco (Fan filmed). Everyone said he was in good shape especially considering he had only had 7 weeks to train prior to his arrival. While tanning outside by his pool, the chair he was sitting on collapsed. He was regarded as the bodybuilding phenomenon of the decade, even century and is a legend today. Bev Francis (Australia's strongest woman) also gave a posing routine. His quadriceps were thick and separated and his calves were perfectly shaped and massive. Kawashima was another close friend from Hawaii who often brought Arnold to the Islands to guest pose. Maintenance Programs for High School Footballers, Bodybuilding Benefits of Nut & Seed Butters, The Science of Your Comeback: How to Approach Training & Nutrition After a Period of Detraining, Boost Performance with Ancient Adaptogen Superfoods. (Worse Than 1980). Those points would be added to the total scores before the final placings were announced. At one point, he was standing slightly off to the side and out of the best lighting onstage. During the many comparisons at the prejudging, Arnold was the center of attention. In 1980, Zane injured himself by the pool and was out of the competition, so the time seemed right for a new champion to be crowned, and all eyes were on Mike Mentzer, who had scored a perfect 300 in the Mr. Universe. He looked lean one moment and big the next. The cocky winner from “Pumping Iron” didn’t know how this movie would end. In the end, the 1980 Mr. Olympia contest would go down in history as one of the most exciting and controversial bodybuilding contests in the history of the sport. For most of the bodybuilding fans, however, discussions and controversies regarding the 1980 Mr. Olympia controversy will never stop. Yes, you heard right! As the crowd roared its approval, Arnold held up both hands in surrender to State and walked off the stage to laughs and cheers. The controversy involves Arnold Schwarzenegger. After witnessing the controversial decision, they decided not to air the contest after all. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); Write CSS OR LESS and hit save. His arms, however, were as magnificent as his glory days. Since then, a total of only 14 bodybuilders have won the coveted Sandow trophy and earned the title of Mr. Olympia. The 1984 Mr. Olympia contest was an IFBB professional bodybuilding competition held in October 1984 at the Felt Forum in New York City, New York. Mentzer, who was one of the hardest and most complete packages on the stage, if a little flat, was enraged when handed the fifth place trophy. In the previous three years, Zane had always posed for Arnold to get his input prior to the contest. Arnold Schwarzenegger, Chris Dickerson, Frank Zane, Mike Mentzer, Boyer Coe, Roger Walker and Roy Callendar were the bodybuilders most often compared by the judges. Reg had won "The Universe" three times and had made five 'Hercules' films in the early 60's when he weighed 253 lbs. ", "Should he have won? The popular television show “60 Minutes” contemplated doing a story on the contest because of its unpopular outcome. Only Jacques Blommaert and Dan Howard gave him an 18 and 19, respectively. Joe Weider presented Arnold with his trophy and check and both struck the victory pose, arms up! “No”, said Arnold, “I’m just getting ready for a movie (“Conan the Barbarian”). Ali, the undisputed king of boxing, was embarrassed in his loss to Holmes, a former sparring partner of the champ. In the end, no one won the 1980 Olympia. I can't remember whether or not I ducked out to get something to eat or not between the judging and the main show as the rest of the day was such a highlight by comparison. Bill also said Arnold wasn't in his best shape but fairly good shape at the 1980 Olympia. [1] Lee Haney held the first record number of wins from 1984 to 1991. Mr. Olympia was created in 1965 by the late Joe Weider, the father of bodybuilding, to determine who was the greatest bodybuilder on the planet. During the judging break, before the main show, I was walking around the foyer talking to some of my friends about the judging and the comparisons between the guys as well as taking some photos which I thought may be of interest. When he posed, especially from the side, he was lacking in thickness compared to the bigger bodybuilders. The crowd gave a rousing cheer when it was announced that competitor number four was, in fact, Arnold Schwarzenegger. Check out my article about the 1980 Mr. Olympia.