Rich Gaspari

rich-gaspariBorn May 16, 1963

A month after his 20th birthday, Gaspari won the NPC Junior Nationals in Union, New Jersey. A year later, in 1984, he won the light-heavyweight class at the NPC Nationals and a week after that qualified to become an IFBB pro by winning the IFBB World Amateur Championships in Las Vegas.

20080912171756Gaspari’s nine victories in the IFBB were spread among five countries; the first win was in Columbus, Ohio, at the 1986 World Pro Championships. A week later, he also won the Los Angeles Pro show. His next six wins were on the Grand Prix circuit with two each in 1987 (Germany and France) and four in 1988 (Germany, Spain, France and Italy). He returned to Columbus in 1989 for a victory at the inauguralArnold Schwarzenegger Classic.

Gaspari redefined the sport with his shredded and full condition. At his first Mr. Olympia, in 1985, he finished third, and for the next three years, he was the runner-up to Lee Haney. Gaspari’s determination knew no limits and it could be argued that he rose as high as anyone could, given his genetics, which were reminiscent of Larry Scott in his early years.

The 1989 Olympia was the first IFBB contest in which Gaspari placed lower than third – he took fourth place. He competed every year from 1985 through 1996 except for 1993, and rumors persist that he may emerge to do battle at the Masters Olympia soon.

35+Rich+Gaspari+pictureBodybuilding titles
1983 NPC Junior Nationals Overall Winner
1983 NPC Junior Nationals HeavyWeight, 1st
1983 NPC Nationals HeavyWeight, 5th
1984 NPC Nationals Light-HeavyWeight, 1st
1984 World IFBB Amateur Championships Light-HeavyWeight, 1st
1985 IFBB Night of Champions 2nd
1985 IFBB Mr. Olympia 3rd
1986 IFBB Los Angeles Pro Championships Winner
1986 IFBB Mr. Olympia 2nd
1986 IFBB World Pro Championships Winner
1987 IFBB Grand Prix France Winner
1987 IFBB Grand Prix Germany 2nd
1987 IFBB Grand Prix Germany (2) Winner
1987 IFBB Mr. Olympia 2nd
1988 IFBB Grand Prix England 2nd
1988 IFBB Grand Prix France Winner
1988 IFBB Grand Prix Germany Winner
1988 IFBB Grand Prix Greece 2nd
1988 IFBB Grand Prix Italy Winner
1988 IFBB Grand Prix Spain (2) 2nd
1988 IFBB Grand Prix Spain Winner
1988 IFBB Mr. Olympia 2nd
1989 IFBB Arnold Classic Winner
1989 IFBB Mr. Olympia 4th
1990 IFBB Mr. Olympia 5th
1991 IFBB Arnold Classic 7th
1991 IFBB Mr. Olympia 10th
1992 IFBB Arnold Classic 13th
1994 IFBB Chicago Pro Invitational 16th
1994 IFBB Niagara Falls Pro Invitational 15th
1994 IFBB Night of Champions – Did not place
1995 IFBB Canada Pro Cup 5th
1995 IFBB Night of Champions 12th
1996 IFBB Canada Pro Cup 11th
1996 IFBB Florida Pro Invitational 12th
1996 IFBB San Jose Pro Invitational 16th

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