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September 30, 2023
Bodybuilder Ed Corney Tribute

Bodybuilder Ed CorneyEd Corney Official Web site:

Ed Corney Bio

Ed Corney is widely regarded as the greatest poser that the sport of bodybuilding has ever known. Ed won the IFBB Mr. America, IFBB Mr. Universe , IFBB Masters over 60 Olympia (twice) and is a member of the IFBB Hall of Fame. As a classic bodybuilder of the Golden Age, he continues to serve as both a spokesman and ambassador for the sport.

Ed was born November 9, 1933 in Hawaii. In 1950, he enlisted in the U.S. Coast Guard and, after serving in New York City, moved out to California. It was there that he met bodybuilder Millard Williamson who encouraged him to begin weight training.

At 160 pounds and age 33, Corney entered and won his first contest in 1967, the Mr. Fremont, held in Northern California. His wins the following year included Mr. Heart of California, Mr. Northern California and Mr. Golden West.

Ed continued to climb the bodybuilding ladder with impressive wins at the 1970 Iron Man, the 1971 AAU Mr. California, the 1971 IFBB Mr. USA, the 1972 IFBB Mr. America and the 1972 IFBB Mr. Universe that was held in Baghdad, Iraq.

Corney achieved even broader public recognition as a result of his appearance in both the book and movie versions of "Pumping Iron". He was pictured on the cover of the book and on the posters for the movie. In the film we see Ed not only training along side Arnold Schwarzenegger, with an absolutely mind-numbing intensity, but also flowing flawlessly from one of his classic and unique poses to the next as Arnold comments, "Now that's what I call posing".

Corney's pioneering posing transitions distinguished him from his peers at the time, and his incredible stage performances are still revered and imitated to this day.

In 1994 Corney returned to competition. He won the 60+ division of the Masters Olympia in both 1994 and 1995, placed 11th overall in 1996 and took second in the 60+ division in 1997. He also competed in 1998 in the only Masters event ever to be held at the Arnold Schwarzenegger Classic.

This official website offers a comprehensive look at the man, his career and the legend that he has become.

Bodybuilder Ed Corney "Perhaps the most popular performance of the contest was by Ed Corney, 44, who received a standing ovation at both the prejudging and evening competition by virtue of what veteran observers claimed was the greatest posing routine in the history of the sport. Corney electrified the house with a most dramatic demonstration of grace and power". - Muscle Builder & Power Magazine - 1977 Mr. Olympia review

Ed's Contest History:

After having competed in a number of amateur contests during the previous eight years, Corney became an IFBB pro at age 41. Even though he was more than a decade older than his competitors, Ed placed second to winner Bob Birdsong (then in his twenties) at the 1975 Pro Mr. Universe contest.

From 1975 to 1983, Corney entered every Mr. Olympia except the 1982 show. This was a remarkable run that included five top 10 finishes. He also competed in the Night Of Champions contest three years running, and he placed in the top 10 every time.

Ed continued his amazing competitive career into his sixties. He won the over-60 division at both the 1994 and 1995 Masters Olympia events, placed 11th overall in 1996 and second in the over-60 category in 1997. In 1998, he took 10th at the Masters Invitational at the Arnold Schwarzenegger Classic.

Known for his great posing, Corney joined Frank Zane and Arnold Schwarzenegger at New York's Whitney Museum of Modern Art on February 25, 1976, for a posing demonstration (on a revolving platform) and a panel discussion. Corney told the group, "I look at myself as a piece of art. I have taken 20 years to develop my physical body into the shape it's in right now, and if that isn't art, I don't know what art is."

1967 Mr. Fremont
1967 Mr. Central California
1968 Mr. Heart of California
1968 AAU Mr. Northern California
1968 Mr. Westerner
1968 Mr. Golden West
1968 AAU Mr. California - 5th
1969 AAU Mr. Western America
1970 Mr. Pacific Coast
1970 Iron Man - 1st
1970 AUU Mr. America - 11th
1970 AAU Mr. California - Most Muscular, 2nd
1971 AAU Mr. America - 4th
1971 IFBB Mr. America - Short, 1st
1971 AAU Mr. California - Most Muscular, 1st
1971 IFBB Mr. USA - Short & Overall, 1st
1971 IFBB Universe - Medium, 3rd
1972 IFBB Mr. America - Short & Overall, 1st
1972 IFBB Mr. International - Short, 1st
1972 IFBB Universe - Medium & Overall, 1st
1973 IFBB Mr. World - Medium, 1st
1974 IFBB Mr. International - Short, 1st
1974 IFBB Mr. World - Short, 1st
1975 Mr. Olympia - Lightweight, 2nd
1975 IFBB World Pro Championships - Lightweight, 2nd
1976 Mr. Olympia - Lightweight, 3rd
1977 Mr. Olympia - 3rd
1977 Mr. Olympia - Short, 2nd
1978 IFBB Night of Champions - 4th

1978 Mr. Olympia - 7th
1978 Mr. Olympia - Lightweight, 4th
1979 IFBB Canada Pro Cup - Did Not Place
1979 IFBB Grand Prix Pennsylvania - Did Not Place
1979 IFBB Night of Champions - 8th
1979 Mr. Olympia - Lightweight, 9th
1979 IFBB Pittsburgh Pro Invitational - 8th
1979 IFBB Southern Pro Cup - 7th
1979 IFBB World Pro Championships - 5th
1980 IFBB Grand Prix Miami - 6th
1980 IFBB Grand Prix Pennsylvania - 6th
1980 IFBB Night of Champions - 4th
1980 Mr. Olympia - 11th
1980 IFBB Pittsburgh Pro Invitational - 6th
1980 IFBB Universe Pro - Did Not Place
1980 IFBB World Pro Championships - Did Not Place
1981 Mr. Olympia - 13th
1983 Mr. Olympia - 14th
1989 Superbowl of Bodybuilding PBA - 4th
1994 Master's Mr. Olympia - 10th
1994 Master's Mr. Olympia - 60+ Category, 1st
1995 Master's Mr. Olympia - 11th
1995 Master's Mr. Olympia - 60+ Category, 1st
1996 Master's Mr. Olympia - 11th
1997 Master's Mr. Olympia - 60+ Category, 2nd
1998 Arnold Schwarzenegger Classic - Masters, 10th
2004 Inducted into the IFBB Hall of Fame

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