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Mr. Olympia Prize Money Hits Record High $1mm

The Sandow winner and total cash prizes for the 212 showdown and Bikini Olympia divisions shoot up.

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When the great Joe Weider started Mr. Olympia in 1965, Larry “the Legend” Scott won the inaugural event and the quest for glory began. Since then, 12 other men, including Sergio Oliva, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Ronnie Coleman and Phil Heath have won the competition and etched their names into the tome of bodybuilding immortality. To put the massive growth, popularity and importance of the competition into perspective, when Scott won in 1965, he also walked away with $1,000 in prize money. According to the CPI Inflation Calculator, $1,000 in 1965 has the equivalent purchasing power as $7,395.08 in 2013.

As we fast approach the 49th edition of the most important bodybuilding competition known to man, the competitor who wins the Sandow later this year will also walk away with a cool $250,000. Combined with runner-up prize money, th Mr. Olympia payout will total $675,000 from last year’s $650,000. Total prize money for this year’s fitness exhibition is $1,000,000, the highest in Mr. Olympia history. The 212 Showdown total cash prize has increased from last year’s total of $40,000 to $65,000 and the Bikini Olympia total cash prize has gone from the 2012 figure of $30,000 to $40,000.

The total breakdown of prize money per division is as follows:
Mr. Olympia: $675,000
212 Showdown: $65,000
Ms. Olympia: $60,000
Fitness Olympia: $60,000
Figure Olympia: $60,000
Bikini Olympia: $40,000
Men’s Physique Showdown: $20,000
Women’s Physique Showdown: $20,000
Total: $1,000,000

The Sandow winner still pockets $250,000, but the total cash prizes for the 212 showdown and Bikini Olympia divisions go up.

Tennessee bodybuilder wins Mr. Olympia title, $400K

Posted: Sep 17, 2019 / 09:00 AM CDT / Updated: Sep 17, 2019 / 09:00 AM CDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — A bodybuilder from Nashville, Tennessee, has won the 2019 Mr. Olympia competition and the title’s $400,000 prize.

The Tennessean reports 36-year-old Brandon Curry is the first bodybuilder from Tennessee to win the premier bodybuilding competition, which started in 1965. The newspaper says Curry is only the 10th American to claim the title of Mr. Olympia.

He told the newspaper in an interview just before the competition this past weekend that he weighed about 217 pounds (98 kilograms), sometimes up to 265 pounds (120 kilograms) in the offseason.

The 5-foot-8 (1.7 meters) former high school and Middle Tennessee State football player won The Arnold Classic earlier this year. The Arnold Sports Festival’s website says Curry, also known as “The Prodigy,” earned $130,000 in that competition. Curry’s bodybuilding career started after he graduated from MTSU in 2005.

A bodybuilder from Nashville, Tennessee, has won the 2019 Mr. Olympia competition and the title’s $400,000 prize. ]]>