Chris Dickerson (bodybuilder)

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Chris Dickerson
— Bodybuilder —
Personal info
Born (1939-08-25) August 25, 1939 (age 75)
New York City, New York, U.S.[1]
Height 5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)
Weight 190 lb (86 kg)
Professional career
Pro-debut Mr Atlantic Coast, 1966
Best win IFBB Mr. Olympia, 1982
Predecessor Franco Columbu
Successor Samir Bannout
Active Retired 1994

Chris Dickerson (born Henri Christophe Dickerson) is an American former professional bodybuilder.

Early life[edit]

Dickerson was born on August 25, 1939 to Mahala Ashley Dickerson as the youngest of triplets. He studied music and is an accomplished opera singer in addition to his career in athletics.

Bodybuilding career[edit]

One of the world's most titled bodybuilders, Dickerson's competitive career spanned thirty years; he was known for both his heavily muscled, symmetrical physique and for his skills on the posing dais.

Dickerson first entered bodybuilding competition in 1965 by taking third place at that year's Mr. Long Beach competition.

He trained for many of his most important competitions in the 1980s with former Mr. Universe Bill Pearl.

He was the first African-American AAU Mr. America, the oldest and first openly gay winner of the IFBB Mr. Olympia contest at age 43, and one of only two bodybuilders (along with Dexter Jackson) to win titles in both the Mr. Olympia and Masters Olympia competitions.[2]

Dickerson won the Mr. Olympia once (1982), a distinction he shares with Samir Bannout (1983) and Dexter Jackson (2008).

Dickerson retired in 1994 and was inducted into the IFBB Hall of Fame in 2000.

Today, Dickerson lives in Florida where he continues to train, conduct seminars, and correspond with current athletes.

Modeling[edit]

During the 1960s, Dickerson did much physique modeling.

His 1970's nude work for photographer Jim French is today considered some of the best in an admittedly limited field.

Chris appeared in French's hardcover photo essay, Man (1972) and also posed for the photographer ten years later.

These photos ran in an issue of Olympus, published by Colt Studios.[3]

Bodybuilding titles[edit]

  • 1966 Mr North America - AAU, 2nd
  • 1966 Mr New York State - AAU, Overall Winner
  • 1966 Mr Eastern America - AAU, Overall Winner
  • 1966 Mr Atlantic Coast - AAU, Overall Winner
  • 1966 Junior Mr USA - AAU, Most Muscular, 1st
  • 1966 Junior Mr USA - AAU, Winner
  • 1967 Mr California - AAU, Winner
  • 1967 Mr America - AAU, Most Muscular, 4th
  • 1967 Mr America - AAU, 6th
  • 1967 Junior Mr America - AAU, Most Muscular, 5th
  • 1967 Junior Mr America - AAU, 4th
  • 1968 Mr USA - AAU, Most Muscular, 2nd
  • 1968 Mr USA - AAU, Winner
  • 1968 Mr America - AAU, Most Muscular, 3rd
  • 1968 Mr America - AAU, 3rd
  • 1968 Junior Mr America - AAU, 3rd
  • 1969 Mr America - AAU, 2nd
  • 1969 Junior Mr America - AAU, 2nd
  • 1970 Universe - NABBA, Short, 1st
  • 1970 Mr America - AAU, Most Muscular, 1st
  • 1970 Mr America - AAU, Winner
  • 1970 Junior Mr America - AAU, Most Muscular, 1st
  • 1970 Junior Mr America - AAU, Winner
  • 1971 Universe - NABBA, Short, 1st
  • 1973 Universe - NABBA, Short, 1st
  • 1973 Universe - NABBA, Overall Winner
  • 1973 Pro Mr America - WBBG, Winner
  • 1974 Universe - Pro - NABBA, Short, 1st
  • 1974 Universe - Pro - NABBA, Overall Winner
  • 1975 World Championships - WBBG, 2nd
  • 1975 Universe - Pro - PBBA, 2nd
  • 1976 Universe - Pro - NABBA, Short, 2nd
  • 1976 Universe - Pro - NABBA, 3rd
  • 1976 Olympus - WBBG, 4th
  • 1979 Mr. Olympia - IFBB, Lightweight, 4th
  • 1979 Grand Prix Vancouver - IFBB, 2nd
  • 1979 Canada Pro Cup - IFBB, Winner
  • 1979 Canada Diamond Pro Cup - IFBB, 2nd
  • 1980 Pittsburgh Pro Invitational - IFBB, 2nd
  • 1980 Mr. Olympia - IFBB, 2nd
  • 1980 Night of Champions - IFBB, Winner
  • 1980 Grand Prix New York - IFBB, Winner
  • 1980 Grand Prix Miami - IFBB, Winner
  • 1980 Grand Prix Louisiana - IFBB, 2nd
  • 1980 Grand Prix California - IFBB, Winner
  • 1980 Florida Pro Invitational - IFBB, Winner
  • 1980 Canada Pro Cup - IFBB, Winner
  • 1981 Professional World Cup - IFBB, 2nd
  • 1981 Mr. Olympia - IFBB, 2nd
  • 1981 Night of Champions - IFBB, Winner
  • 1981 Grand Prix World Cup - IFBB, 2nd
  • 1981 Grand Prix Washington - IFBB, Winner
  • 1981 Grand Prix New York - IFBB, Winner
  • 1981 Grand Prix New England - IFBB, 2nd
  • 1981 Grand Prix Louisiana - IFBB, Winner
  • 1981 Grand Prix California - IFBB, Winner
  • 1982 Mr. Olympia - IFBB, Winner
  • 1984 Mr. Olympia - IFBB, 11th
  • 1990 Arnold Classic - IFBB, 8th
  • 1994 Olympia - Masters 50+ - IFBB, 1st[4]

Personal life[edit]

Dickerson is gay and came out as such during the late 1970s. He had three serious relationships, but is now single.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "IFBB Chris Dickerson". Ifbbpro.com. 1939-08-25. Retrieved 2014-06-29. 
  2. ^ a b "Exclusive Conversation with Chris Dickerson". Healthyblackmen.org. Retrieved 2014-06-29. 
  3. ^ "Who is Chris Dickerson?". opentopia.com. 16 March 2013. Retrieved 16 March 2013. 
  4. ^ "Chris Dickerson". Musclememory.com. 1939-08-25. Retrieved 2014-06-29. 

External links[edit]

Mr. Olympia
Preceded by:
Franco Columbu
First (1982) Succeeded by:
Samir Bannout