Larry Dee Scott (October 12, 1938 – March 8, 2014), nicknamed “The Legend” and “The Golden Boy.”
It’s hard to believe 50 years have passed since the first Mr. Olympia, so in honor of that anniversary, here’s the first winner!
Larry was the first bodybuilder to win Mr. America, Mr. Universe, and Mr. Olympia competitions. He won the first two Mr. Olympia contests in 1965 and 1966 and the only Mr. Olympia to never receive a cash reward (1965). Instead, he was awarded a crown as a prize (it strongly resembled the Blue Bonnet Margarine crown that was depicted in TV commercials at that time).
From 1960 until his first retirement from competition in 1966, Scott was bodybuilding’s top superstar. Bodybuilding magazines soon began capitalizing on his clean-cut, all-American image. Larry’s popularity completely eclipsed all other bodybuilders of his time, including such famous personalities as Freddy Ortiz, Chuck Sipes, Dave Draper, Harold Poole, and Sergio Oliva. The phenomenon would become known as “Larry Fever” and reached its apex at the first Mr. Olympia competition in 1965. Scott won against Harold Poole and made history. His prize was a “jewel”-encrusted crown. One year later, Scott defended his title and received $1,000 as a prize, but no crown came with the title after 1965. Larry was one of the first bodybuilders to have 20 in. upper arms and was equally famous for his deltoid (shoulder) and forearm development.
Scott’s first retirement at the age of 28 sent shock waves throughout the sport. But Scott had other priorities (a second marriage), and after two Olympia wins, he felt he had done all he could do in competitive bodybuilding.
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