Kevin Levrone

img_1352926629Born: July 16, 1966, in Baltimore, Maryland

The requisite five-year waiting period after retirement from IFBB competition has passed, and the IFBB can induct one of the top competitors ever to grace an IFBB posing dais; Kevin Levrone.  The Maryland Muscle Machine’s impressive 20 wins out of 64 contests, and a total of 50 showings within the top three, more than qualify him for Hall of Fame membership.

Born in Baltimore, Maryland, on July 16, 1965, Kevin Mark Levrone was the youngest of six children in a family of two brothers and three sisters, the eldest of which is 17 years older than Kevin.  His Italian father and African-American mother, sadly, would not live to witness any of their son’s IFBB triumphs.  At age 10 (the year his father passed), Levrone began fooling around with his elder brother’s barbell, but followed no serious routine.  His mother died in December 1989, a little more than two years before Kevin did battle in the IFBB.

7b811_ORIG-KevinLevroneIn 1990, Levrone sold his construction business to construct instead what some aver is the best body to have never won the Mr. Olympia.  He won his first contest at 23 when, in his hometown, he was declared Mr. Colossus (1989); the following year, he became NPC Maryland State champion.  The door to the pros opened for him after his November 1991 overall win at the NPC Nationals in Pittsburgh.

In May 1992, Levrone placed third in his plunge into the pro ranks at the Chicago Invitational, won by Porter Cottrell.  A week later, at the Night of Champions, Levrone won and Cottrell carried away second place.  A few months later (still in his rookie year) he was runner-up to Dorian Yates at the 1992 Mr. Olympia.  Levrone would eventually flex his muscles in 25 American cities and 38 cities overseas spread among 12 countries.

Levrone told FLEX in May 1999 that his long-term goal was to win 20 pro shows – he met that goal and managed top five in all events save for two (once in 1997 and 2003).  No one who has competed in 50 IFBB pro events comes close to his feat of top three placings in that number of contests.  Not bad for someone who famously took it easy for long stretches of the offseason, putting training intensity on the back burner as he allowed his body to recover.

Kevin_Levrone_2Of all his contests, perhaps the one that stands out most is one he didn’t win.  In 2002, a rejuvenated Levrone came out of seemingly nowhere to push champion Ronnie Coleman to the limit, as Coleman went for the fifth of his eight Mr. O titles.  Big Ronnie may have been the one to take the title home that night in Vegas, but many in the audience saw it going the other way.

Levrone had many interests outside of bodybuilding, including leading his band, Fulblown, and pursuing an acting career.  After the 2003 Show of Strength in Atlanta, Levrone finished third and hung up the trunks to focus on his other pursuits full-time.  Gone from the bodybuilding stage, yes, but as an all-time great, he will never be forgotten among the muscle masses.

Height: 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Off Season Weight: 120 kg (260 lb)
Competition Weight: 110 kg (240 lb)
Arm Size: 60 cm (24 in)
Leg Size: 82 cm (32 in)
Waist Size: 82 cm (32 in)
Chest size: 144 cm (57 in)
Broadcaster: 136 cm (54 in)

kevin+levrone+(20)Bodybuilding titles
1991 Junior Nationals – NPC, HeavyWeight, 2nd
1991 Nationals – NPC, HeavyWeight, 1st
1991 Nationals – NPC, Overall Winner
1992 Chicago Pro Invitational, 3rd
1992 Night of Champions, 1st
1992 Mr. Olympia, 2nd
1993 Grand Prix France (2), 5th
1993 Grand Prix Germany (2), 1st
1993 Grand Prix Spain, 3rd
1993 Mr. Olympia, 5th
1994 Arnold Classic, 1st
1994 Grand Prix England, 2nd
1994 Grand Prix France 1st
1994 Grand Prix Germany, 2nd
1994 Grand Prix Italy, 1st
1994 Grand Prix Spain, 2nd
1994 Mr. Olympia, 3rd
1994 San Jose Pro Invitational, 1st
1995 Grand Prix England, 2nd
1995 Grand Prix Germany, 1st
1995 Grand Prix Russia, 1st
1995 Mr. Olympia, 2nd
1996 Grand Prix Spain, 2nd
1996 Grand Prix Switzerland, 3rd
1996 Mr. Olympia, 3rd
1996 San Jose Pro Invitational, 1st
1997 Arnold Classic, 2nd
1997 Grand Prix Czech Republic, 1st
1997 Grand Prix England, 1st
1997 Grand Prix Finland, 1st
1997 Grand Prix Germany, 1st
1997 Grand Prix Hungary, 1st
1997 Grand Prix Russia, 2nd
1997 Grand Prix Spain, 1st
1997 Mr. Olympia, 4th
1998 Grand Prix Finland, 2nd
1998 Grand Prix Germany, 2nd
1998 Night of Champions, 2nd
1998 Mr. Olympia, 4th
1998 San Francisco Pro Invitational, 1st
1998 Toronto Pro Invitational, 2nd
1999 Arnold Classic, 2nd
1999 Grand Prix England, 3rd
1999 Mr. Olympia, 4th
1999 World Pro Championships, 3rd
2000 Arnold Classic, 3rd
2000 Mr. Olympia, 2nd
2001 Grand Prix England, 1st
2001 Mr. Olympia, 3rd
2002 Arnold Classic, 5th
2002 Grand Prix Australia, 4th
2002 Mr. Olympia, 2nd
2003 Arnold Classic, 5th
2003 Mr. Olympia, 6th
2003 Show of Strength Pro Championship, 3rd



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