nasser_el_sonbatyNasser El Sonbaty (October 15, 1965 – March 20, 2013)

Many people say Nasser is the uncrowned Mr. Olympia as he placed a close second to Dorian Yates in 1997. This bodybuilder has had a fantastic career in the sport and he is a true legend that will always be missed.

Sonbaty was born in Germany. His father was Egyptian and his mother was from Yugoslavia (now Serbia), the city of Novi Pazar. He was a graduate of the University of Augsburg with a degree in history, political science, and sociology. He has two sisters and two brothers.

Nasser began practicing bodybuilding in 1983. His first competition was a Junior State Championship in Germany in 1985, where he placed 6th. His first appearance in the Mr. Olympia competition was in 1994, where he placed 7th. In total, Nasser competed in 13 amateur shows and 53 IFBB Pro shows. He qualified for 10 consecutive Mr. Olympia contests and entered nine Mr. Olympia competitions.

His best placing in the Mr. Olympia competition was in 1997, where he placed 2nd. Nasser was also known for being the bodybuilder who poses at guest posings and bodybuilds wearing spectacles, for having the ability to speak several languages, they may have also been the basis for his nickname “The Professor”. Despite weighing over 300 pounds in the offseason, he could still show his full abdominal muscles. He has been featured in many international fitness and bodybuilding magazines articles as well as being pictured on over 60 covers, including FLEX magazine.

He has resided in San Diego and Costa Mesa. He died in his sleep during a visit in Egypt, on March 20, 2013

index-1Contest History

1990 Grand Prix Finland, 8th
1990 Grand Prix France, 7th
1990 Grand Prix Holland, 8th
1991 Night of Champions, Did not place
1992 Chicago Pro Invitational, 19th
1992 Night of Champions, Did not place
1993 Grand Prix France, 3rd
1993 Grand Prix Germany, 3rd
1994 Grand Prix France, 4th
1994 Grand Prix Germany, 4th
1994 Night of Champions, 2nd
1994 Mr. Olympia, 7th
1995 Grand Prix England, 4th
1995 Grand Prix France, 3rd
1995 Grand Prix Germany, 3rd
1995 Grand Prix Russia, 3rd
1995 Grand Prix Spain, 3rd
1995 Grand Prix Ukraine, 2nd
1995 Houston Pro Invitational, 1st
1995 Night of Champions, 1st
1995 Mr. Olympia, 3rd
1996 Grand Prix Czech Republic, 1st
1996 Grand Prix England, 2nd
1996 Grand Prix Germany, 2nd
1996 Grand Prix Russia, Winner
Nasser El Sonbaty 21996 Grand Prix Spain, 3rd
1996 Grand Prix Switzerland, 1st
1996 Mr. Olympia, DQ
1997 Arnold Classic, 2nd
1997 Grand Prix Czech Republic, 3rd
1997 Grand Prix England, 3rd
1997 Grand Prix Finland, 4th
1997 Grand Prix Germany, 2nd
1997 Grand Prix Hungary, 2nd
1997 Grand Prix Russia, 3rd
1997 Mr. Olympia, 2nd
1998 Arnold Classic, 2nd
1998 Grand Prix Finland, 3rd
1998 Grand Prix Germany, 3rd
1998 Mr. Olympia, 3rd
1999 Arnold Classic, 1st
1999 Grand Prix England, 6th
1999 Mr. Olympia, 6th
1999 World Pro Championships, 6th
2000 Mr. Olympia, 5th
2001 Mr. Olympia, 9th
2002 Arnold Classic, 10th
2002 Mr. Olympia, 15th
2004 Night of Champions, 15th
2004 Show of Strength Pro Championship, 14th
2005 Europa Supershow, 14th