by Lloyd Swallows
Two-time and the original Mr. Olympia Larry Scott passed away today at the age of 75. Larry Scott won the very first Mr. Olympia contest in 1965 and repeated the feat the following year in 1966. Known for his massive biceps, Larry set a standard for arm development that was unmatched until Arnold Schwarzenegger won the Olympia title in 1970. Larry Scott is often cited as the first bodybuilder whose arms broke the 20″ barrier and he credited his amazing upper arm size to performing preacher curls (a/k/a Scott Curls).
Larry was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease in 2012 and was, by all accounts, a positive and optimistic man until the end, despite suffering through the deaths of two of his children.
In a bygone era in which steroids were at their infancy and the bodybuilders who used steroids typically took less than today’s HRT dosages, Larry Scott built a physique that is still far superior to 99% of what we see on a bodybuilding stage nearly 50 years later. This is a testament to his dedication, genetics and training.
Larry Scott will be remembered as not only the first Mr. Olympia but as a symbol of a time when physiques were earned through hard work and not through synthol, growth hormones, and insulin.
MuscleWeek sends its heartfelt condolences to the Scott family.