DeMey was a prodigy who burst onto the scene with a bang in the early ’80s. With Hollywood looks and stage charisma to spare, DeMey was a strong presence in competition and magazines throughout the decade. His appeal prompted writer Terry Leahy to comment in the November 1987 issue of FLEX, “Looking at him, you’d swear Berry DeMey was just a gimmick thought up by Joe Weider to decorate the Mr. Olympia stage.”
As a youth, Berry DeMey favored swimming, running, martial arts and boxing. At 16, he picked up bodybuilding, earing his first competitive victory at the 1979 Mr. Ironman in Holland, where the 17-year-old took the under-190-pound title. Leading up to the contest, his preparation was unique, to say the least. He ate three whole chickens every day – nothing else – and put together his posing routine by arranging still photos from magazines and improvising seques from one pose to the next.
In May 1982, DeMey won the heavyweight class of the European Championships in Zurich, Switzerland, and in November, he and onstage partner Erica Mes won the inaugural European Mixed Pairs competition in London. He was able to visit the United States for the first time in 1983, staying and training for two months; that year, he also traveled to Singapore, where he placed second among heavyweights at the IFBB World Amateur Championships, a placing he repeated in 1984.
Finally, at the World Games in 1985, he won the heavyweight and overall title, securing a pro card and a spot in the Mr. Olympia. He wasted no time, announcing his presence in the IFBB ranks by taking a very respectable sixth.
From 1986 through 1990, DeMey competed in the IFBB, and made three more appearances at the Olympia, where his best placing was third in 1988. This high mark capped off his most successful year as a pro, with seven top-three finishes overall and one fourth-place trophy.
In 1991, DeMey defected to Vince McMahon’s World Bodybuilding Federation, an organization that folded after just two events.
DeMey rejoined the IFBB for two more contests, the 1993 Night of Champions (where he took 10th) and the 1994 Arnold Classic (where he slipped to 15th). At 32, after many worthy accomplishments, the “Flexing Dutchman” called it a bodybuilding career.
Today DeMey is a well established photographer and as well has helpes promote prominent athletes in the sport of bodybuilding.
1994 IFBB Arnold Classic And Internationals 15th
1993 IFBB Night Of The Champions 10th
1990 IFBB Grand Prix Holland 4th
1988 IFBB Olympia 3rd
1988 IFBB Grand Prix England 3rd
1988 IFBB Grand Prix France 3rd
1988 IFBB Grand Prix Germany 2nd
1988 IFBB Grand Prix Greece 3rd
1988 IFBB Grand Prix Italy 4th
1988 IFBB Grand Prix Spain 3rd
1987 IFBB Olympia 6th
1987 IFBB Grand Prix France 6th
1987 IFBB Grand Prix Germany 6th
1986 IFBB Olympia 5th
1986 IFBB Night Of The Champions 6th
1985 IFBB Olympia 6th
1985 IFBB World Games 1st
1984 IFBB World Amateur Championships 2nd
1983 IFBB World Amateur Championships 2nd
1982 IFBB European Championships 1st
Official website: berrydemey.com
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