1967 Mr. Olympia – Champion Sergio Oliva



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Sergio Oliva – Mr. Olympia 1967-1969. Sergio Oliva (July 4, 1941 – November 12, 2012) was a bodybuilder known as “The Myth”. This name was arguably given to him by bodybuilder/writer Rick Wayne but Oliva himself has doubted this claim.

Supposedly Wayne had begun calling Oliva “The Myth” “ (because everyone who saw him at the 1967 Montreal World’s Fair said he was “Just. Joe and Ben Weider congratulating Sergio Oliva, 1967 Mr. Olympia The house lights once again dimmed and the hush of expectation fell upon the audience. The posing light was turned on illuminating the empty dais that waited like a dish to be served. Bud Parker, the MC, stepped to the microphone and said simply, “ Dave Draper “.

In 1967, he won the prestigious Mr. Olympia contest. Oliva then went on to win the Mr.

Olympia title three years in a row, at 5 feet 10 inches and at a contest weight of 225-245lbs. Oliva’s 1968 Mr Olympia win was uncontested. Dec 2, 2012 Sergio Oliva was the second Mr.

Olympia in bodybuilding history. He won 3 times Mr Olympia title. He died on Nov, 2012.

RIP. See more ideas about Mr olympia, Bodybuilding, Sergio. 2nd Mr. Olympia”The Myth” Sergio Oliva 1967,68 & 69!

September 9th, 2015, 08:45 PM In 1966 we saw the last of of Two-Time Mr. Olympia, Larry Scott who decided to Retire rather than face the Cuban, Sergio Oliva who by all accounts could win the Mr. Olympia for years to come!

Sergio Oliva ‎Mr. Olympia 1967 1969. FST-7 Refined: Hany Rambod’s EPIC Leg day with Steve Kuclo (Part 1/5). There are multiple Mr. Olympia’s in which only one man showed up, and won by default.

1968 was one of those years for Sergio Oliva. *Interact with me on social media*. The 1967 Mr. Olympia, won by Sergio Oliva, heralded a new era in bodybuilding competition.

At 5 ft 10 ins and 240 lbs Oliva, nicknamed “The Myth”, displayed an unforeseen level of muscle mass and definition, including a “V” shape of a large and a well-formed upper-body that tapered down to. IFBB Mr. Olympia 1967-1969, three consecutive times, 1968 uncontested and unchallenged Winner; 1967 യൂണീവേഴ്സ് IFBB, Overall Winner; 1968 Olympia IFBB, Winner; 1969 Olympia IFBB, Winner; 1970 Mr World AAU, Pro Tall, 2nd; SERGIO OLIVA: The Myth! Official Website; Sergio Oliva Profil. In 1967 Sergio Oliva competed in the 3rd Mr Olympia competition, held in Brooklyn, New York.

He defeated Chuck Sipes to become the second Mr Olympia winner in history. 1967 was also the year that Oliva won the IFBB Mr Universe title. In 1968 Sergio won what is probably the most unusual Mr Olympia in history – because he was completely unopposed.

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Sergio Oliva had also won the Mr. Olympia contest.

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By 1967, Oliva was on top of the bodybuilding world with the IFBB Mr. Universe and Mr. Olympia crowns to his name.

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By all rights, the 1971 Mr. Olympia should have been a classic competition between Arnold and Sergio, the new champion and the old, but the Cuban was not allowed to participate.

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The 1981 and 1982 Olympia winners were experienced competitors— Franco Columbu and Chris Dickerson, respectively—but within a few years these champions had retired and we entered an era in which massive physiques would dominate the Mr. Olympia.

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Lurie had attracted considerable talent: Boyer won his Mr. World Contest forfive straight years, and Oliva won his new Mr. Olympus Contest, a challenge to the Weiders’ Olympia, in 1975 and 1976.

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The first five Mr. Olympia winners — Scott, Oliva, Arnold, Frank Zane, and I — were all accorded superstar status.

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He’d taken his most recent Mr. Olympia title that fall in New York unopposed: not one of the other four bodybuilding champions invited to compete even showed up.

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This change can be seen in the physiques of more recent Mr. Olympia winners and top contenders; fewer were around the 300-pound (136 kg) mark onstage.

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His bodybuilding victories included five Mr. Universe (4 – NABBA [USA]) wins, and seven Mr. Olympia wins, a record which would stand until Lee Haney won his eighth consecutive Mr. Olympia title in 1991.

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Franco, who also won the Mr. Olympia title, was born with biceps attached much higher on his arm.

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  • think he could have won more if not for politics? his physique was pretty radical.

    controversial question: who do you think Arnold screwed over the most in his whole lifetime of bodybuilding politics? I feel like even though some greats of the golden era can claim it, Kai is still number one for Arnold attempting to personally humiliate him at his own victory on the damn stage named in honor of the guy doing the humiliating

  • Great content Nick! Bill Pearl One on the greatest of all time. Pearl, Park, and Oliva on the same lineup? That must have been extremely difficult for the judges to decide. Makes more sense now, the Weiders shutting out Sergio. Wouldn’t want the competition gloating about how your top champ wasn’t good enough to win at their comp. Damned politics.

  • My all time fave old school bodybuilder. His workout was impeccable, high volume training, heavy lifting, man, he was truly a work of art.

  • I worked at the Chicago health club at 6451 N Ridge av. Sergio would come in and do Benches and the Nautilus bicep and tricep machine where you add plates no weight selector. The year was 1976-77.I remember it was hot outside summertime and the AC was out and whoever gave me the assignment of spray painting the nautilus machines without AC and the fumes no wonder Sergio acted like a putz �� Take that shit up with the frigging moron who had me do that.

  • NICK!!! Every time I watch one of your videos they make me go “hmmmm.” You are currently unmatched with your in depth presentations. Keep up the good work.

  • He looked his best when he trained under Arthur jones at the nautilus facility in Florida doing hit..that’s when his arms were bigger than his head…..one in a million genetics

  • I met Mike Katz when he guest posed at the Mr. Can Am in Watertown, New York in the late 70s/ early 80s. I have never seen a bodybuilder with such an enormous chest as Mike Katz. He also was very friendly and humble.

  • what I find so funny is that Oliva probably had the best genetics overall for a bodybuilder and he still could not take Arnold…. Olivas arms were not pretty and his biceps did not Peak nor was his chest as good as Arnold’s…. Arnold at his best would blow oliva away and he did….. all of these people on here saying that Arnold was on Weiders secret sauce is ridiculous…. Oliva had the best access to everything out there just like Arnold did…. Arnold was better.!

  • I’m surprised you haven’t done a video on Arnold’s recent fourth cardiac surgery


  • I bought my Olympic barbell set from Bill Pearl at his gym in Pasadena Ca. in 1973 while still in high school. Then while in college in 1975 was able to train at his gym. Met Dave Johns and Rod Koontz there. Bill was there in his office every day. Great atmosphere to train. Saw him at, I believe, the 2003 Iron Man competition. Always welcoming and very approachable.

  • And his son cannot even hit a good front double Bicep. Sergio Oliva your son sucks in bodybuilding he didn’t learn from your posing. Sergio Oliva was an awesome poser and had great physique for his Time
    Much love for this Man

  • From listening to the way you presented this vid, the pics you used to visually show the story of this particular Mr O competion, I would say you have a fantastic future with-in the sport of bodybuilding. I know that you train and have competed as a natural athlete. What the sport currently needs absolutely more than anything is someone standing up to be the voice of reason and common sence. I really feel that if you already haven’t done so you should approach the big magazines Flex, Muscle & Fitness etc etc to write a monthly page based on how you make these vids. Be bold and believe in yourself and you will get there.<(')

  • its well known that J.Weider push the judges to chose Arnold to win, he needed a new face for his mag, a white good looking guy that can can speak english and to sell more magazines with the new winner, being that most of his subcriber where white.. Nothing against Arnold he didnt have control over that aspect, Sergio complain, but it didnt matter, when he was clearly the favorite. and it happen again the third time around.

  • John, I wish there were a way that your videos could be more widely promoted so that more people would benefit from your unparalleled level of understanding of the Golden Era… Your expertise is very much appreciated ��

  • He dieted for this show via Frank Zane and looked better the year before when he didnt. He was amazing. My favorite classic bodybuilder of all time.

  • Its amazing how Weider fucks up Oliva every fucking time.Did someone saw the pictures of Sergio s posing in this contest?? U could see them but in low quality.There is a story that many people don’t know, and that is -in all these pictures that Nick showed us, Sergio actually was smaller cuz he lost the pump.I dont remember how that happened, but it’s not Sergio’s fault.Since they were close, judges explained that Bill was sharper and Sergio was smooth…C’moon!!Bill was sharper?? BS!!! Later, Bill stated that he was drug free in this contest.

  • Amazing physique. And I went Cuba recently and some of the Afro Cuban guys were absolute units, even a couple old guys who didn’t train were big dudes. Something with the gene pool there man

  • I became interested in bodybuilding in 1981. I remember vividly the day i turned the page and it revealed Sergio Olivia doing the victory pose. It was jaw dropping. W-OW! Underneath were two words that personified such an amazing image. ‘The Myth’.

  • I’m a great fan of Bill, as a bodybuilder and a person, a true gentleman and hero of my all time favourite bodybuilder Mike Mentzer but for mass or condition he did not merit the win over Sergio here.
    Not even close. Just look at 3:23

  • Rick Wayne was an amazing bodybuilder, also a great Journalist writing for years for Muscle Builder/Muscle and Fitness!!
    These days, our own JOHN HANSEN is the best on the scenebest interviews and bodybuilding history on YouTube ever!!!

  • But it was only the 3rd (you said 4th,but from what I recall the Olympia started in 1965?) olympia,so I’m assuming it wasn’t to famous back then…

  • Sergio is the only body builder in history to have a waist that was smaller than his thighs. Some say Victor Richards did, but this was never confirmed.

  • Never again. Sergio has very long upper arms, yet his biceps are full from shoulder to elbow. The only other ones who come close to such fullness are short-armed guys.

  • Awesome that Sergio!! That last picture of him doing a front lat spread Damn that was awesome, dont think I have saw that picture before, You dug deep

  • Nick, I have no interest in bodybuilding whatsoever, none, but I clicked on one of your videos months ago and now they pop up as recommended. And I watch em, because you get to the point, and though Arnie is the only dude I even remotely recognize, you produce great content. Rock on \m/

  • In his 1977 autobiography, “Arnold: The Education of a Bodybuilder”, Arnold tells of their first encounter: “Then for the first time, I saw Sergio Oliva in person. I understood why they called him “the Myth”. It was as jarring as if I’d walked into a wall. He destroyed me. He was so huge, he was so fantastic, there was no way I could even think of beating him. I admitted my defeat and felt some of my pump go away. I tried. But I’d been so taken back by my first sight of Sergio Oliva that I think I settled for 2nd place before we walked out on the stage… I never like to admit defeat, but I thought Sergio was better. There were no two ways about it.”[4] However, Schwarzenegger won his first Mr. Olympia title by edging the Myth the following year with a score of 4-3. Oliva was banned from competing in the 1971 IFBB Mr. Olympia because he competed in the 1971 NABBA Mr. Universe. This was extremely controversial because Schwarzenegger had competed for this very same contest the year before and without Sergio to challenge Arnold, some felt that the contest was fixed. Arnold beat Sergio into 2nd place and was crowned Mr Olympia yet again in 1972. He said “In Essen, it seemed like all the top Bodybuilders turned up at their very best except for me. Sergio was back, even more impressive than I remembered.”[6]”Compared with all of the other Bodybuilders I’ve ever faced, Sergio really was in a class by himself. I was struck by that again the minute we were onstage. It was so hard to look impressive next to him with those incredible thighs, that impossibly tiny waist, those incredible triceps.”[7]

  • Dave Draper would have beaten him. As Joe Weider stated “Dave had a better upper body”. Also Dave was more aesthetically pleasing. Also I find Joe Weider discouraging Chuck Sipes, who was also a muscular marvel, from competing to be very strange.

  • Actually he guest posed until the late 80s at many international events. Including 80-81 in Australia, 86 Germany (small shows), 1978 mr. Olympia and possibly 1980 Mr. Olympia. He was also the IFBB head judge for many years or one of the leading men in that regard.

  • Got a question: Bodybuilders have a massive amount of muscle but don’t seem to be as strong as they look. Powerlifters seem to be stronger than they look. From acquiring all that muscle, what can bodybuilders do, strength wise, other “weightlifters” can not do? I did see the arm wrestling between Bjornsson and Devon Larrat. Amazing how Bjornsson’s strength and weight still could not overpower experience and technique. Be interesting to see a world strongest man do a bodybuilding workout and visa versa.

  • Bill Pearl the legend what a classic bodybuilder he was. Great job once again Nick, great content and information on your videos.

  • The camera work is really poor here i think although i’m not an expert, but it clearly try to hide his strenghts, his extremly small waist and great v-tape, and show some really not optimal angles. They can’t ruin everything tho it’s not possible with Sergio, but i wish i could see the whole video from the front.

  • I’m 49. Been a Weight Lifting enthusiast all my life. The way you bring back old school bodybuilding makes your channel top notch! Keep up the good work Nick!!

  • I met Bill Pearl at my home in 1960 near New Orleans, LA. I was 11 years old and remember how kind and unassuming he was. He was cast in a “B” Movie which my Dad was involved in during his prime as a bodybuilder and Title holder in the Industry. Somewhere in all of my Family’s “stuff” is a Polaroid photo of Bill holding my newborn little Brother on his massive forearm as his little head lay cradled in Bill’s hand!! He created quite a stir every time he walked into any establishment in the “Cajun Country” near Thibodaux, LA due to his massive build and “presence”. Truly an amazing man as an individual in addition to his career achievements.

  • He is without a doubt my all time favourite
    I received that same book as a gift back in 1977
    Still have it
    Still refer to it
    Great vid Nick ����

  • He looks awesome here. Had Bill competed against Arnold, the outcome would have been interesting.

    And weider was just being a piece of ������, probably a frickin’ racist too, keep Sergio down and always butt-licking Arnold

  • I have that book as well, that’s what I used in the past to design my training programs. It’s in storage now, I need to get it out of storage.

  • Once again, great work as usual! I also have an autographed picture of Bill Pearl doing his classic triceps pose. He had great arms. Bill had a relative who was friends with my uncle from OH. I met Bill at a random cookout in the summer of 1979. I would be forever hooked on bodybuilding.

  • Nick, Bill is my favorite bodybuilder, so, of course, I really like the video, but I must say that it’s quite “incomplete”… I mean no disrespect to you, just want to add that Pearl was coming back in response to Weider and Arnold challenge (they were challenging all champions to face Arnold on the Olympia), so Bill challenged back, he announced that 71 would be the last chance to any bodybuilder in the world to defeat him, but in “neutral territory”: NABBA!
    And I believe two others Olympians had accepted the challenge: Frank Zane and Chris Dickerson… I’m not so sure about Chris, he is (or was, at the time) a personal friend of Bill.
    Best regards!

  • I actually met this guy in 1986,at the university of San Francisco, where I was a grill cook,he was sitting at the table writing,he was super nice,and no one but myself new who he was,and he actually thanked me for noticing him!

  • The greatest symmetrical human physique of all times! Sergio’s wide shoulders, the natural V shape small waistline that men the world over dream of having and the arms formation are just breathtaking. Then his lower formation of legs made him magical to watch. The only other bodybuilder with such statute physique was Serge Nubret

  • Had Sergio been allowed to compete in 71 he would have beaten Arnold. The Weider brothers wanted to promote Arnold.Then they fixed the 80 olympia for Arnold to win again.When clearly Mike Menzer had the best physique.The audience was booing the final result.

  • Thanks for sharing Nick. I really love your vlogs on the history of body builders and some of the more unknown facts. Great stuff mate!

  • Many of Vince’s boys were winning loads of titles in this year.

    Had no idea Rick Wayne sang as part of contest warm up shows.
    I’m sure that footage, if it exists, would be very difficult to find.

  • This 1971 contest is recorded on “Sergio Oliva: The Myth” DVD. When Sergio raised his 20 and 1/8-inch arms in a crucifix pose, Park and Pearl should’ve packed their bags and gone home.

  • Bill Pearl not only a physical specimen and one of the greatest Bodybuilders of all time but also one of the strongest and hard working ever!Thanks Nick for spotlight on this legend!

  • Nick you know lots of things about bodybuilding history. You have lots of information about bodybuilding. I am Very impressed from you buddy.

  • Bodybuilders back then were so much more esthetically ideal than today’s mass monsters. I really hope Classic Physique catches on in a big way.

  • oh yeah, I agree. Sergio still would have dominated. That Harold Poole guy had a hard body BUT different level. Sergio beat Arnold the next year, right?

  • His legs are on point. His upper body isn’t quite as far along. His waist is wider than his father’s, so he doesn’t have that huge V taper senior had.  He has a lot of potential the question is how close is he to his genetic ceiling?

  • Really good images and info Nick! You absolutely never have bad, boring or bullshit content and not only do you keep ’em comin’ consistently but your quality is consistent as well. That’s the measure of a winner right there…………………..PEACE!!

  • I was at World Gym in Santa Monica in January 1981 and happened to be standing near the roman chair ab bench and all of a sudden Zabo comes out of nowhere and says to me ” I’m using that”

  • Pearl had one of the best physiques in the golden era. In my opinion.. Also didn’t he walk away from judging the 1980 Mr Olympia after he found out Arnold was competing..

  • Wikipedia: “The only Mr. Olympia winner whose thighs measured larger than their waist measurement (32-inch thighs and 28-inch waist).” https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sergio_Oliva

  • Bill was indeed vegetarian but felt he needed to temporarily return to meat eating for the 71 universe. He even admitted this in the magazines. I was at the 1978 Mr Olympia where Larry Scott and Bill Pearl guest posed so he did not stop like you said. Bill was 50. Do your research!

  • These are such great videos! What a contrast! Today we have” Mr YouTube “ guys that have never competed nor ever will but they have sooo many videos of themselves telling us what is needed to achieve greatness. Thanks for telling it like it is (or was).

  • Hi John love your videos I listen to them while prepping my meals! Keep up the awesome work and yes these videos deserve MANY more views! Great history and stories.

  • It bugs me to think that had I competed I would have been second in the Olympia that year six foot two, one hundred and thirty-five pounds and I can honestly say, incredible definition, no fat at all.

  • Oliva was superior to Pearl in EVERY way better chest, arms, calves, back, MUCH smaller waist, more conditioned AND bigger thighs, much more aesthetic, better flow, symmetry, proportion…literally EVERYTHING.

  • Nick! Awesome video!! Bill Pearl is legend! You are so right about Keys to the inner Universe that is the BIBLE of all bodybuilding books! I bought my copy decades ago and it was expensive back then but worth every penny! Pearl was also very strong, promoting bodybuilding by blowing up hot water bottles and bending large nails bare handed.. Thanks for posting!

  • Who the hell is that 1 person down voting this video??? I just fundamentally cannot understand who consciously hits dislike on this. Nick takes the time to research, collect quality images, and make a free video about HISTORY. How the fk does this trigger someone to dislike it?? Who are you and speak up for yourself sir.

  • man these physics are exactly what i attain to achieve, the whole kia green Phil health type is so off putting and totally un motivational for me, but thats just my opinion,

  • the decision was controversial to say the least
    maybe sergio could have been a tad more ripped but his structure was light years ahead and he had the edge in virtually all bodyparts over pearl
    those werent the days whe conditioning was the end all be all like now, so pearl winning=BULLSHIT

  • Bill Pearl is on a completely other level. Amazing top notch athlete.
    Also busting the myth that a man is no man without eating meat.

  • shits gay. u have 2do roids, but then u need 2b at least 6,0.then here another important part, the reach you have,you won’t look right with small reach, I’d say at the least a 6footer would need 76.5 inches but proportioned that way u have decent chest and back width 2wrk with,and decent arm length. if u have this,roid and work hard.that’s what Arnold had going for him, room 4mass and shape

  • Hey nick ive only watched a few of your vid’s and Id like to thank you for all the research you do into the golden era and todays ape like bodybuilders, ill be subscribing so please keep it coming.

  • Bill Pearl looked good but always seemed smooth, Sergio had superior genetics but I believe politics played a big part in the result.

  • I attended the first 6 Mr Olympia contests in NYC and in 1967, though I was a big Harold Poole fan, when Sergio Oliva came out and hit his first pose,which was a front lat spread, I said to myself, “Game Over” Thanks John for sharing…..

  • The Myth…. was his nickname… and from seeing that waist size vs. the arm HEIGHT when flexing,,, he was, is, and shall evermore be… The Myth.

  • Still after all these years is Sergio Oliva the most gifted BB when it comes to natural genetics of all times, if Sergio was a white USA guy, you would never ever heard about Arnold S!!
    If so then Sergio was the ultimate Weider poster -boy, but being black and not able to speak English very well, he was not “perfect to sell ” to the big white audiences, remember this was in the sixties with all the race-riots!!! and Joe Weider was just a business-man!!! Frank Zane sold the most copies back in the day, not even Arnold!!

  • In my opinion, both Bill Pearl and Sergio Oliva were outstanding bodybuilders with phenomenal genetic gifts. However, based on my experience, no trainee with less than their potential would benefit from the overwhelmingly high volume of exercise which they routinely performed. Finally, I believe that the issue of NABBA vs. IFBB is purely about bodybuilding politics and nothing of real substance. You could have called this video “When Mr. Weider, et al beat Mr. Pearl and Mr.Oliva.”

  • Thanks for sharing this video…. finally I can see why he was called “The Myth”… He actually looks like what Arnold said about him… specially his thighs…. GOAT