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The Loss of a Legend: Remembering Larry Scott

The distinction will always be his, even after his recent passing at age 75. Larry Scott was known as “The Legend” and made history as being named the first-ever Mr. Olympia back in 1965 at the Brooklyn Academy of Music and successfully defended his title the following year.


So as we reflect on his great accomplishments, his legacy is cemented in not only his success on stage, but in gyms worldwide. The next time you work arms, chances are that one of the movements will include Scott Curls on a Scott (please don’t call it preacher) Bench. Due to his most outstanding characteristic, a staple biceps exercise carries Scott’s moniker and also includes the piece of equipment it is performed on.

Born in 1938 in Idaho, Scott won his first contest – the Mr. Idaho – at the young age of 20 after only three-plus years of training. He subsequently moved to California and began competing in the AAU. He won the two most prestigious titles at the time in the Mr. America (1962) and Mr. Universe (1964).


Joe Weider invited him to the inaugural IFBB Olympia and Scott won it in the contest’s first two years. He then announced his retirement from bodybuilding. He made a brief comeback in 1979 and competed twice in Canada.


Here is Scott’s full contest history:


1959 Mr. Idaho, 1st

1960 Mr. California – AAU, Winner

1960 Mr. California – AAU, Most Muscular, 1st

1960 Mr. Los Angeles – AAU, Most Muscular, 3rd

1960 Mr. Los Angeles – AAU, 3rd

1961 Mr. Pacific Coast – AAU, Most Muscular, 1st

1961 Mr. Pacific Coast – AAU, Winner

1962 Mr. America, Medium, 2 and Overall

1963 Mr. Universe, Medium, 1st

1964 Mr. Universe, Medium, 1st and Overall

1965 Mr. Olympia, 1st

1966 Mr. Olympia, 1st

1979 Canada Diamond Pro Cup, 9th

1979 Grand Prix Vancouver, Did not place


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