1990 Mr. Olympia

The 1990 Mr. Olympia contest was an IFBB professional bodybuilding competition held on September 15, 1990, at the Arie Crown Theater in Chicago, Illinois.


The total prize money awarded reached $200,000 for the first time ever.

Place Prize Name
1 $100,000[citation needed]   Lee Haney[1]
2 $31,500   Lee Labrada
3 $18,500   Shawn Ray
4 $12,500   Mike Christian
5 $10,000   Rich Gaspari
6 $8,000   Francis Benfatto
7   Frank Hillebrand
8   Samir Bannout
9   Andreas Münzer
10   Eddie Robinson
11   Mike Quinn
12   Ron Love
13   Jean-Luc Favre
14   Bernard Sealy

Notable eventsEdit

  • Lee Haney won his seventh consecutive Mr. Olympia title
  • This was the first edition of Mr. Olympia to employ drug tests. Amid criticism by spectators for lowering the quality of the event, the IFBB reversed its decision the following year.[2]
  • World Wrestling Federation (WWF) owner Vince McMahon and bodybuilder Tom Platz bought a booth at the competition as representatives of a new magazine known as Bodybuilding Lifestyles. However, when Platz appeared on-stage as its representative during the closing ceremonies, he announced the formation of the World Bodybuilding Federation—a short-lived competitor to the IFBB backed by WWF parent company Titan Sports.[3][4]


  1. ^ "Mr. Olympia Contest Results". getbig.com. September 30, 2012.
  2. ^ "Only Natural For Bodybuilders". The Seattle Times. Retrieved 2021-05-24.
  3. ^ Muchnick, Irvin (2007). Wrestling Babylon : piledriving tales of drugs, sex, death and scandal. Toronto [Ont.]: ECW Press. ISBN 978-1-55490-761-8. OCLC 244769018.
  4. ^ Dilbert, Ryan. "Vince McMahon's Failed Attempt to Take over Bodybuilding". Bleacher Report. Retrieved 2021-05-24.

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