Throwback Thursday: Former Mr. Olympia Chris Dickerson – Rare Fitness Cover

Chris Dickerson

Throwback Thursday: A rare occurrence in fitness media – Chris Dickerson, who in 1982 became the oldest bodybuilding competitor to win the prestigious Mr. Olympia title is featured with an African-American female model on the cover of Muscle & Fitness magazine in July 1980; Volume 41, Number 7.

Chris Dickerson’s career spanned over 30 years to include the Mr. Olympia title, aninduction into the International Federation of Bodybuilding and Fitness (IFBB) Hall of Fame in 2000, and a 2008 “Ben Weider LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD”.

This award is named after the iconic IFBB co-founder and Honorary Life President, Ben Weider, who has championed the benefits of a bodybuilding lifestyle for over sixty years. It was created to recognize an individual who has committed themselves to the advancement, promotion and lifestyle of the sport of bodybuilding.

Check out the list of some of Dickerson’s bodybuilding shows during his 30-plus-year career. 

Participated in the following shows* (Courtesy of Bodybuilding.com)

1994 IFBB Masters Olympia And Jan Tana Pro | Placed 4th

1994 IFBB Masters Olympia And Jan Tana Pro | Placed 1st

1990 IFBB Arnold Classic And Internationals | Placed 8th

1984 IFBB Olympia| Placed 11th

1982 IFBB Olympia | Placed 1st

1981 IFBB Olympia | Placed 2nd

1981 IFBB Night Of The Champions | Placed 1st

1981 IFBB Grand Prix California | Placed 1st

1981 IFBB Grand Prix Louisiana | Placed 1st

1981 IFBB Grand Prix New England | Placed 2nd

1981 IFBB Grand Prix Washington | Placed 1st

1981 IFBB Pro World| Placed 2nd

1980 IFBB Olympia | Placed 2nd

1980 IFBB Pittsburgh Pro | Placed 2nd

1980 IFBB Night Of The Champions | Placed 1st

1980 IFBB Canada Pro | Placed 1st

1980 IFBB Florida Pro | Placed 1st

1980 IFBB Grand Prix California | Placed 1st

1980 IFBB Grand Prix Louisiana | Placed 2nd

1980 IFBB Grand Prix Miami | Placed 1st

1980 IFBB Grand Prix Pennsylvania| Placed 2nd

1979 IFBB Olympia| Placed 4th

1979 IFBB Canada Diamond Pro Cup| Placed 2nd

1979 IFBB Canada Pro| Placed 1st

1979 IFBB Grand Prix Vancouver| Placed 2nd

1976 WBBG Olympus| Placed 4th

1976 NABBA Universe| Placed 2nd

1975 WBBG Mr. World| Placed 2nd

1975 PBBA Universe| Placed 2nd

1974 NABBA Universe | Placed 1st

1974 NABBA Universe| Placed 1st

1973 WBBG Mr. America| Placed 1st

1973 NABBA Mr. Universe| Placed 1st

1973 NABBA Mr. Universe| Placed 1st

1971 NABBA Mr. Universe| Placed 1st

1970 AAU Junior Mr. America| Placed 1st

1970 AAU Junior Mr. America| Placed 1st

1970 AAU Mr. America| Placed 1st

1970 AAU Mr. America| Placed 1st

1969 AAU Junior Mr. America| Placed 2nd

1969 AAU Mr. America| Placed 2nd

1968 AAU Junior Mr. America| Placed 3rd

1968 AAU Mr. America| Placed 3rd

1968 AAU Mr. America| Placed 3rd

1968 AAU Mr. USA| Placed 1st

1968 AAU Mr. USA| Placed 2nd

1967 AAU Junior Mr. America| Placed 4th

1967 AAU Junior Mr. America| Placed 5th

1967 AAU Mr. America| Placed 6th

1967 AAU Mr. America| Placed 4th

1967 AAU Mr. California| Placed 1st

1966 AAU Junior Mr. USA| Placed 1st

1966 AAU Junior Mr. USA| Placed 1st

1966 AAU Mr. Atlanitc Coast| Placed 1st

1966 AAU Mr. Eastern America| Placed 1st

1966 AAU Mr. New York City| Placed 1st

1966 AAU Mr. New York Metropolitan| Placed 1st

1966 AAU Mr. New York State| Placed 1st

1966 AAU Mr. North America| Placed 2nd

*This list may not reflect all shows for this participant

Ilen & Lauren Bell are the husband and wife team behind Black Fitness Today, born, in 2011, out of their motivation to change culture, build a platform and lead the charge. Their purpose is to help change the culture towards health and fitness in the African-American community, showcase those who are making an impact, and promote healthier living. They also aim to serve as a platform for African-American fitness and health professionals and enthusiasts who are otherwise overlooked in traditional fitness media.

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