Mr. America (contest)
|Given for||Physical fitness, trained muscular structure|
|First winner||Bert Goodrich|
|Most recent||Shevon Cunningham (2016)|
The Mr. America contest is a bodybuilding competition started by the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU). It was first held on July 4, 1939, and the winner was named "America's Best Built Man". In 1940 this was changed to what is now known as the Mr. America contest.
In the mid-1940s, Joe and Ben Weider started the IFBB as an alternative to the AAU. They held their opposing contest, the IFBB Mr. America, in 1949 and then from 1959 through 1977. The AAU voted to discontinue holding bodybuilding competitions in 1999. In March 2017, AAU Strength Sports Chairman Martin Drake brought bodybuilding and fitness back to the AAU.
In 2004, the World Bodybuilding & Fitness Association (WBFA) announced they had acquired the rights to the Mr. America name and would resume running contests under that banner.
In 2015, rights to Mr. America were acquired by Bruce Ebel, and the contest's annual event cycle resumed via MRA Promotions. Qualifying events in spring are sponsored by the National Gym Association (NGA), Nspire Sports League (NSL), and Ultimate Fitness Events (UFE). The next Mr. America Expo and contest was to have been held in Baltimore in October 2017.
1988 AAU Mr. America winners
|5th||Brian Silk Sr|
|2nd||David Brown (3)|
|Year||Location||Overall Winner (MRA)|
|2015||Rochester, New York||Cleveland Thomas|
|2016||Washington, D.C. (Six Flags America)||Shevon Cunningham|
|2017||Baltimore, Maryland||[to be determined]|
|2018||Baltimore, Maryland||[to be determined]|
- "Mr. America History". mramerica.com. Retrieved May 22, 2017.
- "Mr. America Qualifying Events". MRA Promotions. Retrieved May 22, 2017.
- "Mr. America Info and Registration". mramerica.com. Retrieved May 22, 2017.
- John D. Fair, Mr. America, Appendix
- "IFBB Physique America Release 2018 Calendar". International Federation of Bodybuilding and Fitness. Retrieved February 10, 2018.
- Fair, John D. Mr. America: The Tragic History of a Bodybuilding Icon (2015) Excerpt
- The Mr. America Contest: A Brief Background
- The History of the Mr./Ms. America Contest
- The Mr. America Contest: 1988 Competition
- Official Mr. America Page
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