Lee Haney (born November 11, 1959 in Spartanburg, South Carolina) is a former American IFBB professional bodybuilder. Haney is the joint record holder, along with Ronnie Coleman, for winning the most Mr. Olympia titles, with eight.
Lee “Total-Lee Awesome” Haney’s IFBB Mr. Olympia career comprises a catalog of superlatives: he won more IFBB Mr. Olympia’s than anyone else (eight: 1984-1991); defeated more bodybuilders than anyone else in IFBB Mr. Olympia competition (83); traveled more extensively in doing so (all his IFBB Mr. Olympia wins were in different cities – five in the United States and three in Europe); and in his last IFBB Mr. Olympia victory (1991, when he handed Dorian Yates his last defeat) weighed 248 pounds, which up until that time made him the heaviest winner ever.
Besides mass, Haney possessed flowing lines and an onstage presence that defied anyone to beat him. After winning the 1979 Teenage Mr. America, Haney became the National Physique Committee’s first Nationals Overall Champion in 1982, then went on to win the IFBB World Amateur Championships heavyweight title that same year.
At age 23, he finished third in his IFBB Mr. Olympia debut in 1983, but took up his near-decade-long residency of the IFBB Mr. Olympia throne the following year
Lee Haney has one older brother, and two younger sisters. Father was a truck driver, mother was a housewife. Religion is Southern Baptist. Excelled in football when he was a teenager. Went to Broom High School; then to Livingstone College in Salisbury, North Carolina where he accepted a scholarship to play football. Received a degree in Juvenile Corrections.
Haney opened and owned two fitness centers by the time he was 21 years old. His gyms used to be called ‘The Animal Kingdom’, but now they are called Lee’s World Class Fitness Centers. Met his wife Shirley at the age of six in second grade; and started his romantic relationship during the 9th grade. Has two children, Joshua and Olympia.
Mr. Haney is an educator and trainer and works with many world-class athletes. He has served as a member of the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports since December 1998.
Mr. Haney owns two fitness centers in Atlanta and has been recognized by the President’s Council on Physical Fitness, the United States Sports Academy and the International Federation of Bodybuilding.
Height: 5′ 11″ / 180 cm.
Off Season Weight: 260 lbs / 118 kg.
Competition Weight: 245 lbs / 111 kg.
1979 Teen Mr. America
1979 Teen Mr. America Tall, 1st
1982 Junior Nationals Heavyweight & Overall, 1st
1982 Nationals Heavyweight & Overall, 1st
1982 World Amateur Championships Heavyweight, 1st
1983 Grand Prix England, 2nd
1983 Grand Prix Las Vegas, 1st
1983 Grand Prix Sweden, 2nd
1983 Grand Prix Switzerland, 3rd
1983 Night of Champions, 1st
1983 Mr. Olympia, 3rd
1983 World Pro Championships, 3rd
1984 Mr. Olympia, 1st
1985 Mr. Olympia, 1st
1986 Mr. Olympia, 1st
1987 Mr. Olympia, 1st
1987 Grand Prix Germany (II), 1st
1988 Mr. Olympia, 1st
1989 Mr. Olympia, 1st
1990 Mr. Olympia, 1st
1991 Mr. Olympia, 1st
Official website: www.leehaney.com