Larry Dee Scott Dies: First Mr. Olympia Bodybuilder Was 75

Friday, 14 Mar 2014 03:59 PM

By Ken Mandel

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Pioneering bodybuilder Larry Dee Scott, who became the first Mr. Olympia in 1965, has died at age 75.

Born in Blackfoot, Idaho, in 1938, Scott would come to be known in bodybuilding circles as "The Legend." In addition to being a two-time Mr. Olympia, Scott was also crowned Mr. Idaho in 1959, Mr. America in1962, and Mr. Universe in 1963-1964.

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In his 1992 memoir called "Loaded Guns," Scott wrote that he developed 20-inch biceps by doing "preacher curls," as taught to him by bodybuilder Vince Gironda. He popularized them to point that they also became known as "Scott curls."

After Scott died March 8, seven-time Mr. Olympia Arnold Schwarzenegger offered his condolences this week via Twitter.

Scott is survived by his wife Rachel, whom he married in 1966, three children, and seven grandchildren. Two sons preceded him in death.

Scott's death comes nearly a year after Joe Weider passed away at 93. Another legendary bodybuilder, Weider trained Schwarzenegger and created the Mr. Olympia competition, which is now considered to the most important bodybuilding event in the world. It is held annually in Las Vegas.

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