1981 Mr. Olympia

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The 1981 Mr. Olympia contest was an IFBB professional bodybuilding competition held on October 10, 1981 at the Veterans Memorial Auditorium in Columbus, Ohio.

Results[edit]

Total prize money awarded was $50,000.

Place Prize Name Points Posedown Total
1 $25,000 Italy Franco Columbu [1] 294 2 296
2 United States Chris Dickerson 289 2 291
3 United States Tom Platz 288 2 290
4 Canada Roy Callender 286 0 286
5 United States Danny Padilla 281 1 282
6 Germany Jusup Wilkosz 270
7 United States Dennis Tinerino 265
8 England Jonny Fuller 264
9 Lebanon Samir Bannout 263
10 Australia Roger Walker 261
11 Germany Hubert Metz 252
12 United States Carlos Rodriguez 249
13 United States Ed Corney 246
14 United States Steve Davis 241
15 United States Mike Katz 237
16 United States Ken Waller 235
17 Finland Jorma Raty 234

Notable Events[edit]

  • Franco Columbu won the contest despite it being his first Mr. Olympia appearance in five years and recovering from a major knee injury which severely impacted his leg muscle conditioning and overall symmetry
  • Franco's win was also controversial due to his friendship with Arnold Schwarzenegger who co-promoted the event, and Franco Fassi who was one of the judges
  • CBS was contractually obligated to pay $20,000 for filming rights, but decided to not film the event

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