1997 Mr. Olympia

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The 1997 Mr. Olympia contest was an IFBB professional bodybuilding competition held on September 20, 1997, at the Terrace Theater in Long Beach, California.


Total prize amount awarded was $285,000.[1]

Place Prize Name
1 $110,000 England Dorian Yates [2]
2 $50,000 Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Nasser El Sonbaty
3 $30,000 United States Shawn Ray
4 $25,000 United States Kevin Levrone
5 $15,000 Canada Paul Dillett
6 $10,000 Australia Lee Priest
7 $8,000 Switzerland Jean-Pierre Fux
8 $7,000 United States Chris Cormier
9 $6,000 United States Ronnie Coleman
10 $5,000 Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Miloš Šarčev
11 United States Mike Francois
12 Barbados Charles Clairmonte
13 United States Mike Matarazzo

Notable events

  • Dorian Yates won his sixth consecutive Mr. Olympia title despite tearing his left triceps three weeks before the competition
  • Flex Wheeler withdrew from the competition after he was car-jacked by two thieves, whom he fought, and scared off, but not before he had taken on some bruises and damages to his arm [3]
  • This year the contest involved a two-day format, prejudging Friday night, and finals Saturday night, last time this happened was 1989


  1. ^ "1997 Mr. Olympia Contest Winner Dorian". MuscleBase.
  2. ^ "Mr. Olympia Contest Results". getbig.com. September 30, 2012.
  3. ^ "1997 Olympia: Flex Wheeler". getbig.com.

External links

  • Mr. Olympia

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