Born March 8, 1960, Cuba.
Labrada was born in Cuba at a time when Fidel Castro was freshly entrenched. When Lee was two, his grandmother fled with him to the United States. Lee’s parents followed later. He moved from Chicago, Illinois, to Jacksonville, Florida, where his first contest yielded a victory at the 1978 Teen Mr. Jacksonville. He stood above the others at 5’6″ and at a “gigantic” 130 pounds!
By 1979, Labrada had moved to Houston, Texas, to finish his bachelor’s degree in engineering and to build one of the best bodies ever to be seen on a physique stage.
After several attempts at earning a pro card, Labrada finally achieved that goal by winning the middleweight class at the 1985 World Amateur Championships in Sweden.
One of the shorter professionals to compete in the modern era of the IFBB, Labrada won eight of his 25 contests – including a pro debut victory at the 1986 Night of Champions. In his 25 pro contests, he never placed out of the top five and in 21 of those events, he was in the top three! Labrada entered the Mr. Olympia each year from 1987 to 1993, and he was the runner-up to Lee Haney in 1989 and 1990.
Labrada’s worst placing was at his farewell competition – he was fifth at the Arnold Schwarzenegger Classic in 1995. After that, he directed his energies into what has become the Labrada Nutrition company, which is very successful, and he has a family life that sets a good example for all.
Labrada is one of the few men in history to place among the top four contestants in seven consecutive Mr. Olympia shows, although the first-place title itself eluded him during his highly successful professional career.
1982 National Physique Committee [NPC] Texas Collegiate Championships (1st Place)
1982 NPC Junior Gulf Coast Championships (1st Place)
1983 NPC Texas Championships, 1st Middleweight and Overall
1984 NPC USA Bodybuilding Championships (2nd Place, Light Heavyweight)
1984 NPC National Bodybuilding Championships (5th Place, Middleweight)
1985 NPC National Bodybuilding Championships (1st Place, Middleweight)
1985 IFBB Mr. Universe (1st Place)
1986 IFBB Night of Champions (1st Place)
1987 IFBB Pro World Cup (2nd Place)
1987 IFBB Mr. Olympia (3rd Place)
1987 IFBB Pro German Grand Prix (3rd Place)
1987 IFBB Pro French Grand Prix (3rd Place)
1988 IFBB Mr. Olympia (4th Place)
1988 IFBB Pro German Grand Prix (3rd Place)
1988 IFBB Pro Greek Grand Prix (1st Place)
1988 IFBB Pro British Grand Prix (1st Place)
1988 IFBB Pro Spanish Grand Prix, Madrid (1st Place)
1988 IFBB Pro Italian Grand Prix (2nd Place)
1988 IFBB Pro French Grand Prix (2nd Place)
1988 IFBB Pro Spanish Grand Prix, Barcelona (1st Place)
1989 IFBB Mr. Olympia (2nd Place)
1989 IFBB Pro Dutch Grand Prix (1st Place)
1989 IFBB Pro Finnish Grand Prix (1st Place)
1990 IFBB Mr. Olympia (2nd Place)
1991 IFBB Mr. Olympia (4th Place)
1992 IFBB Mr. Olympia (3rd Place)
1992 IFBB Pro World Cup (1st Place)
1993 IFBB Ironman Pro Invitational (2nd Place)
1993 IFBB Arnold Schwarzenegger Classic (2nd Place)
1993 IFBB Mr. Olympia (4th Place)
1995 IFBB Arnold Classic (5th Place)
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