Evolution of Bodybuilding

Ed Corney

tumblr_libeisvU2z1qi5r0fo1_400Born November 9, 1933, Hawaii
As a teenager, the native Hawaiian witnessed Steve Reeves, Abbye “Pudgy” Stockton and George Eiferman strolling the beach in Waikiki circa 1947 and it triggered his interest in body improvement.

In 1950, Corney enlisted in the U.S. Coast Guard and served in New York City, then moved to California where Millard Williamson encouraged him to begin weight training.

ECorney0014At 160 pounds and age 33, Corney entered and won his inaugural contest, the Mr. Fremont (as in Fremont, California) in 1967. He probably holds the record for most guest posings at this event at about two dozen! Wins in 1968 include Mr. Heart of California, Mr. Northern California and Mr. Golden West.
He continued to climb the bodybuilding ladder with impressive wins at the 1970 Iron Man, the 1971 AAU Mr. California, the 1971 IFBB Mr. USA, the 1972 IFBB Mr. America and the 1972 IFBB Mr. Universe that was held in Baghdad, Iraq.

In the movie Pumping Iron, as Corney flowed flawlessly from one fluid movement to the next, Arnold Schwarzenegger said, “Now that’s what I call posing.” Corney’s pioneering transitions stamped him as unique at the time, and he is still revered for his posing skill.

In 1994, when the Masters Olympia summoned champs out of retirement, Corney rejoined the physique fray at age 60, winning the over-60 category of the event in 1994 and 1995, then placing 11th overall in 1996 and second in the over-60 group in 1997. In 1998, following a 10th-place finish at the only Masters event ever held at the Arnold Schwarzenegger Classic, Corney retired again. Recently, he suffered a stroke, but he has fought back amazingly and is actively helping others who are similarly afflicted.

golden-age-legends-part-2-legends-talk-fame-identity-pumping-iron_cBodybuilding titles
1968 Mr California – AAU, 5th
1968 Mr Northern California – AAU, Winner
1969 Mr Western America – AAU, Winner
1970 Mr America – AAU, 11th
1970 Mr California – AAU, Most Muscular, 2nd
1970 Mr California – AAU, Did not place
1970 Iron Man, Winner
1971 Mr America – AAU, 4th
1971 Mr America – IFBB, Short, 1st
1971 Mr California – AAU, Most Muscular, 1st
1971 Mr California – AAU, Winner
1971 Mr USA – IFBB, Short, 1st
1971 Mr USA – IFBB, Overall Winner
1971 Universe – IFBB, Medium, 3rd
1972 Mr America – IFBB, Short, 1st
1972 Mr America – IFBB, Overall Winner
1972 Mr International – IFBB, Short, 1st
1972 Universe – IFBB, Medium, 1st
1972 Universe – IFBB, Overall Winner
1973 Mr World – IFBB, Medium, 1st
1974 Mr International – IFBB, Short, 1st
1974 Mr World – IFBB, Short, 1st
1975 Mr. Olympia – IFBB, LightWeight, 2nd
1975 Universe – Pro – IFBB, 2nd
1976 World Pro Championships – IFBB, LightWeight, 2nd
1976 Mr. Olympia – IFBB, LightWeight, 3rd
1977 Mr. Olympia – IFBB, LightWeight, 2nd
1977 Mr. Olympia – IFBB, Overall, 3rd
EdCorney11978 Night of Champions – IFBB, 4th
1978 Mr. Olympia – IFBB, LightWeight, 4th
1978 Mr. Olympia – IFBB, Overall, 7th
1979 Canada Pro Cup – IFBB, Did not place
1979 Florida Pro Invitational – IFBB, 7th
1979 Grand Prix Pennsylvania – IFBB, Did not place
1979 Night of Champions – IFBB, 8th
1979 Mr. Olympia – IFBB, LightWeight, 9th
1979 Pittsburgh Pro Invitational – IFBB, 8th
1979 Universe – Pro – IFBB, 5th
1979 World Pro Championships – IFBB, 5th
1980 Grand Prix Miami – IFBB, 6th
1980 Grand Prix Pennsylvania – IFBB, 6th
1980 Night of Champions – IFBB, 4th
1980 Mr. Olympia – IFBB, 11th
1980 Pittsburgh Pro Invitational – IFBB, 6th
1980 Universe – Pro – IFBB, Did not place
1980 World Pro Championships – IFBB, Did not place
1981 Mr. Olympia – IFBB, 13th
1983 Mr. Olympia – IFBB, 14th
Super Bowl of Bodybuilding – PBA, 4th
1994 Olympia – Masters – IFBB, Masters 60+, 1st
1994 Olympia – Masters – IFBB, 10th
1995 Olympia – Masters – IFBB, Masters 60+, 1st
1995 Olympia – Masters – IFBB, 11th
1996 Olympia – Masters – IFBB, 11th
1997 Olympia – Masters – IFBB, Masters 60+, 2nd
1998 Arnold Classic – IFBB, Masters, 10th
2004 IFBB Hall Of Fame

Official website: edcorney.net

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