Gustavo Badell

gustavo badell 2008Gustavo Badell aka the Freakin’ ‘Rican was born November 3, 1972 is honored to add Gustavo Badell to its Legends section. Gustavo had great stage presence and even though he was not the tallest bodybuilder around, he went head to head with the best their was. He placed third at the Mr. Olympia on two occasions making him a true legend in the sport of bodybuilding.

Gustavo was born in Venezuela, but his family moved to Puerto Rico when he was five years old. He began lifting weights at the age of fifteen to increase his size for boxing. Gustavo gained muscle incredibly fast, and when he was 19 entered and won his first bodybuilding competition; the 1991 Junior Caribbean Bodybuilding Championships.

After only six years of weight training he was able to turn pro by winning the 1997 Caribbean Championships. His first IFBB appearance was in 1998 when he competed in the IFBB Grand Prix of Germany. He first competed in the IFBB Night of Champions (now called the New York Pro) in 1999, where he placed 14th. His first Ironman Pro Invitational came in 2000, where he placed 18th.

His first Mr. Olympia appearance was in 2002, where he placed 24th. His first Arnold Classic was in 2004, where he placed 7th. His pro placings have been lackluster until 2003 when he started placing higher, in part because of help from fellow pro bodybuilder Milos Sarcev. Gustavo has been featured in many fitness and magazine articles as well as appearing on the cover of FLEX magazine. He is also featured in numerous advertisements for MuscleTech, normally for Nitrotech Hardcore protein powder and Masstech weight-gain powder.


Bodybuilding titles

1991 Junior Caribbean Championships, overall winner
1997 Caribbean Championships, overall winner (received pro card)
1997 World Amateur Championships Heavyweight, 10th
1998 Grand Prix Germany, 9th
1999 Grand Prix England, 17th
1999 Night of Champions, Did Not Place
1999 World Pro Championships, 14th
2000 Ironman Pro Invitational, 18th
2000 Night of Champions, Did Not Place
2000 Toronto Pro Invitational, Did Not Place
2000 World Pro Championships, 11th
2001 Grand Prix England, Did Not Place
2001 Ironman Pro Invitational, 16th
2001 San Francisco Pro Invitational, 11th
2002 Ironman Pro Invitational, 13th
2002 Night of Champions, 10th
2002 Mr. Olympia, 24th
2002 Southwest Pro Cup, 6th
2002 Toronto Pro Invitational, 3rd
2004 Arnold Classic, 7th
2004 Ironman Pro Invitational, 3rd
2004 San Francisco Pro Invitational, 4th
2004 Show of Strength Pro Championship, 3rd
2004 Mr. Olympia, 3rd
2005 Arnold Classic, 3rd
2005 Ironman Pro Invitational, 1st
2005 Mr. Olympia, 3rd
2006 Arnold Classic, 4th
2006 San Francisco Pro Invitational, 1st
2006 Mr. Olympia, 6th
2007 Arnold Classic, 4th
2007 Mr. Olympia 8th
2008 Ironman Pro Invitational, 2nd
2008 Arnold Classic, 6th
2008 Mr. Olympia, 10th
2009 Atlantic City Pro, 1st
2009 Mr. Olympia, 13th
2012 Arnold Classic, 13th