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Phil Heath

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Phil Heath
Bodybuilder
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Heath in October 2012
Personal info
NicknameThe Gift
The Next Big Thing
Born (1979-12-18) December 18, 1979 (age 39)
Seattle, Washington, U.S.
Height5 ft 9 in (175 cm)[1]
WeightContest: 240 lb (109 kg)
Off season: 275 lb (125 kg)[1]
Professional career
Pro-debut2006 Colorado Pro Championships,
Best winMr. Olympia, 2011–2017
PredecessorJay Cutler
SuccessorShawn Rhoden
ActiveYes

Phillip Jerrod "Phil" Heath (born December 18, 1979)[2] is an American IFBB professional bodybuilder and former Mr. Olympia. He is a seven-time Mr. Olympia winner, having placed first in the competition every year from 2011 to 2017. His latest win tied him with Arnold Schwarzenegger for the third all-time number of wins behind Lee Haney (8) and Ronnie Coleman.

Early life[edit]

Heath was born and raised in Seattle, Washington.[3] He attended Rainier Beach High School, where he was team captain and shooting guard on the varsity basketball team.[3] He attended the University of Denver in Denver, Colorado on an athletic scholarship, where he majored in business administration while playing shooting guard for Denver's Division I basketball team.[3][4]

Bodybuilding career[edit]

Heath entered bodybuilding in 2002. In 2005, he won the overall title at the NPC (National Physique Committee) USA Championships, earning the right to compete as an IFBB Pro. He won his first two IFBB professional events the following year: The Colorado Pro Championships and The New York Pro Championship. In 2007, Heath placed fifth at the Arnold Classic.[5] Although he still qualified to compete in the 2007 Mr. Olympia contest, Heath, nevertheless, decided not to enter the contest, stating that he needed additional time to improve his form.

Heath won the 2008 Iron Man show and placed second to Dexter Jackson at the 2008 Arnold Classic. In his 2008 Mr. Olympia debut, Heath finished third to become the first novice to place in the top three since Flex Wheeler in 1993. He claimed the fifth position at the 2009 Mr. Olympia title and second place at the 2010 event. He gained the crown in 2011. Heath defended the title of Mr Olympia consecutively six times since then until 2018 when he placed second to Shawn Rhoden.

Other ventures[edit]

Professional wrestling[edit]

On October 20, 2013, during the countdown to TNA's Bound for Glory pre-show, Heath accompanied The BroMans (Jessie Godderz and Robbie E) to the ring for their tag team gauntlet match, which they won; later in the night, he accompanied them to their TNA World Tag Team Championship match against Gunner and James Storm. After the match, Heath celebrated their title victory with them in the ring and backstage during an interview.[6]

Competitive history[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Phil Heath". bodybuildingpro.com. Retrieved 27 July 2014.
  2. ^ phillipheath.com - About Phillip Heath Archived 2011-11-21 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ a b c "Phillip Heath". denverpioneers.com. Retrieved April 3, 2018.
  4. ^ Branch, John (October 28, 2016). "No One Is Looking at This Headline". The New York Times. Retrieved April 3, 2018. got a Division I basketball scholarship at the University of Denver. He majored in business and averaged 1.3 points over four seasons.
  5. ^ http://contest.bodybuilding.com/results/1484
  6. ^ "TNA Bound for Glory 2013 Results".

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