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September 30, 2023
Bodybuilder Shawn Ray Tribute

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Shawn Ray

Location:   Placentia, CA, USA
Born:  September 9, 1965
Height:  5' 7"
Competition Weight:  215 lbs.

Shawn Ray Bio

He's built himself one of the finest bodies on the planet, and his reputation indicates he knows how to stretch a dollar 'til it screams. Will he ever win the Mr. Olympia? Stay tuned!

I have been competing for 17 years non-stop and have yet to fulfill my ultimate destiny of becoming Mr. Olympia. Experience has taught me to never give up on my dreams and fight 'til the end. When I began to realize bodybuilding was my career, I predicted by age 30 I would be done and on to something new and equally challenging. At age 34, reality tells me that if it ain't broke don't try to fix it. Bodybuilding is what I am good at.

I love my job, it's what dreams are made of and believe me, I feel more accomplished with what I have done than what many could only hope for. However, at age 34 I still have no Sandow trophy to show for all my hard work.

My focus when training for competition is second to none but when I am not training life's responsibilities are taking precedence over bodybuilding i.e.: planning for the future, a family, recreation, exploration, crosstraining and so on. True, I have plenty of gas left in my tank, yet I realize I am more than just an athlete, competitor and bodybuilder.

In over 30 major competitions, he has only failed to place in the top five once. He signed his first professional bodybuilding sponsor contract in 1988. He has been featured in two video documentaries, "Final Countdown", covering his preparations for a Mr. Olympia contest, and "Inside & Out", a look at his daily life. He is also mentioned in "The New Encyclopedia of Modern Bodybuilding" by Bill Dobbins and Arnold Schwarzenegger. He wrote a book about how to become a bodybuilder, named "The Shawn Ray Way". He is currently ranked #45 in the world.

In 1990, he won the Arnold Classic but was later disqualified after testing positive for steroids.

Bodybuilding Titles Won

1883 Orange Coast Championships--2nd Short
1983 California Gold Cup--1st Overall
1984 Mr. Los Angeles NPC--3rd Middleweight
1984 Mr. Teenage Los Angeles AAU--1st Short & Overall
1984 Teenage Mr. California --1st Middle & Overall
1984 Teenage National Championships--2nd Middleweight
1985 Teenage Mr. Orange County--1st Short & Overall
1985 Teenage National Championships--1st Lightheavy & Overall
1985 Jr. World Championships--1st Lightheavy & Overall
1986 Jr. National Championships--2nd Lightheavy
1987 Mr. California--1st Lightheavy & Overall
1987 National Championships--1st Lightheavy & Overall
1988 Mr. Olympia--13th Los Angeles
1989 Inactive
1990 Pro Ironman Champion--1st Redondo Beach
1990 Arnold Classic--1st (disqualified) Ohio
1990 Mr. Olympia--3rd Chicago, IL
1991 Arnold Classic--1st Ohio
1991 Mr. Olympia--5th Orlando, FL
1992 Mr. Olympia--4th Helsinki, Finland
1993 Mr. Olympia--3rd Atlanta, GA
1994 Mr. Olympia--2nd Atlanta, GA
1995 Mr. Olympia--4th Atlanta, GA
1996 Pro Ironman--3rd Redondo Beach, CA
1996 Arnold Classic--5th Columbus, OH
1996 Mr. Olympia--2nd Chicago, IL
1997 Mr. Olympia--3rd Los Angeles, CA
1998 Mr. Olympia--5th New York, NY
1999 Mr. Olympia--6th Las Vegas, NV
2000 Mr. Olympia--4th Las Vegas, NV
2001 Mr. Olympia--4th Las Vegas, NV

Shawn Ray Videos

Shawn Ray - The Final Countdown

Shawn Ray On Trainig Back

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