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Chris Dickerson


Chris-Dickerson-1_sizedChris Dickerson (born Henri Christophe Dickerson on August 25, 1939 in Montgomery, Alabama), is a former American bodybuilder.

Dickerson was born to Mahala Ashley Dickerson as the youngest of triplets. He studied music and is an accomplished opera singer in addition to his career in athletics.
hris Dickerson’s career spanned 30 years and included approximately 50 contests. Over the decades, he built a dense and symmetrical physique augmented by a dramatic style of posing. Dickerson earned third place at the 1965 Mr. Long Beach (California), his first contest; he placed fourth at the 1994 IFBB Masters Olympia, his last contest.

Two particular achievements stand out in Dickerson’s long career: in 1970, he became the first black AAU Mr. America, and by winning the IFBB Mr. Olympia in 1982, at age 43, he became the most senior winner of the sport’s most prestigious contest.

Dickerson won the Mr. Olympia once (1982), a distinction he shares with Samir Bannout (1983) and Dexter Jackson (2008).
Aiding Dickerson throughout his career was 1999 Hall of Famer Bill Pearl. In addition to the 1982 IFBB Mr. Olympia, Dickerson won nine other IFBB pro shows in the late ‘70s and early ‘80s, making him one of the most successful competitors of all time.

Something of a Renaissance man, Dickerson studied music and is an accomplished opera singer – no wonder, then, that his posing routines were always pure theater. Dickerson lives in Manhatten, where he has a thriving personal-training business.

During the 1960’s, Dickerson did much physique modeling. His 1970’s nude work for photographer Jim French is today considered some of the best in a admittedly limited field. Chris appeared in French’s hardcover photo essay, Man (1972) and also posed for the photographer ten years later. These photos ran in an issue of Olympus, published by Colt Studios.

Bodybuilding titles
1966 Mr North America – AAU, 2ndChris-Dickerson-14_sized
1966 Mr New York State – AAU, Overall Winner
1966 Mr Eastern America – AAU, Overall Winner
1966 Mr Atlantic Coast – AAU, Overall Winner
1966 Junior Mr USA – AAU, Most Muscular, 1st
1966 Junior Mr USA – AAU, Winner
1967 Mr California – AAU, Winner
1967 Mr America – AAU, Most Muscular, 4th
1967 Mr America – AAU, 6th
1967 Junior Mr America – AAU, Most Muscular, 5th
1967 Junior Mr America – AAU, 4th
1968 Mr USA – AAU, Most Muscular, 2nd
1968 Mr USA – AAU, Winner
1968 Mr America – AAU, Most Muscular, 3rd
1968 Mr America – AAU, 3rd
1968 Junior Mr America – AAU, 3rd
1969 Mr America – AAU, 2nd
1969 Junior Mr America – AAU, 2nd
1970 Universe – NABBA, Short, 1st
1970 Mr America – AAU, Most Muscular, 1st
1970 Mr America – AAU, Winner
1970 Junior Mr America – AAU, Most Muscular, 1st
1970 Junior Mr America – AAU, Winner
1971 Universe – NABBA, Short, 1st
1973 Universe – NABBA, Short, 1st
1973 Universe – NABBA, Overall Winner
1973 Pro Mr America – WBBG, Winner
1974 Universe – Pro – NABBA, Short, 1st
1974 Universe – Pro – NABBA, Overall Winner
1975 World Championships – WBBG, 2nd
1975 Universe – Pro – PBBA, 2nd
1976 Universe – Pro – NABBA, Short, 2nd
1976 Universe – Pro – NABBA, 3rd
1976 Olympus – WBBG, 4th
1979 Mr. Olympia – IFBB, Lightweight, 4th
1979 Grand Prix Vancouver – IFBB, 2nd
1979 Canada Pro Cup – IFBB, Winner
1979 Canada Diamond Pro Cup – IFBB, 2nd
1980 Pittsburgh Pro Invitational – IFBB, 2nd
1980 Mr. Olympia – IFBB, 2nd
1980 Night of Champions – IFBB, Winner
1980 Grand Prix New York – IFBB, Winner
1980 Grand Prix Miami – IFBB, Winner
1980 Grand Prix Louisiana – IFBB, 2nd
1980 Grand Prix California – IFBB, Winner
1980 Florida Pro Invitational – IFBB, Winner
1980 Canada Pro Cup – IFBB, Winner
1981 Professional World Cup – IFBB, 2nd
1981 Mr. Olympia – IFBB, 2nd
1981 Night of Champions – IFBB, Winner
1981 Grand Prix World Cup – IFBB, 2nd
1981 Grand Prix Washington – IFBB, Winner
1981 Grand Prix New York – IFBB, Winner
1981 Grand Prix New England – IFBB, 2nd
1981 Grand Prix Louisiana – IFBB, Winner
1981 Grand Prix California – IFBB, Winner
1982 Mr. Olympia – IFBB, Winner
1984 Mr. Olympia – IFBB, 11th
1990 Arnold Classic – IFBB, 8th
1994 Olympia – Masters 50+ – IFBB, 1st

Official website: www.chrisdickerson.net

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chris_Dickerson_(bodybuilder)

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