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The Best Physical Culturists of the 1970's

Posted: Sun Jun 30, 2019 10:26 am
by Harry Hayfield
The 1970's was the decade when muscle ruled the world. It was the decade that saw "Arnie" reached international levels of fame as he won the Mr. Olympia contest seven times, Lou Ferringo was cast as "The Incredible Hulk" television show that launched in 1977, and even Dave Prowse (who was more known for being a weightlifter in the 1960's) reached levels of fame unheard of when he was cast as both "The Green Cross Code Man" in 1975 and the body of Darth Vader in the Star Wars movies (although the character was voiced by someone else). This was also the decade when the ladies stood up and demanded to be counted with Nadia Comaneci of Romania becoming the first person ever to score a perfect 10 for an Olympic gymnastics routine and the formation of the National Women's Physique Championship which has its first title awarded in 1978

1) All nominees must have been born prior to 1950
2) All nominees must have come to public prominence between 1970 and 1979
3) Nominations will be accepted in text (name of physical culturist), images or video (labelled with the name, country of birth and date of image)
4) Nominations will close at 0000 PDT on July 8th 2019

Re: The Best Physical Culturists of the 1970's

Posted: Mon Jul 08, 2019 7:32 am
by Harry Hayfield
The nominations for the 1970's are:

Arnold Schwarzenegger (AUT)
Schwarzenegger began lifting weights at the age of 15. He won the Mr. Universe title at age 20 and went on to win the Mr. Olympia contest seven times, remaining a prominent presence in bodybuilding and writing many books and articles on the sport. The Arnold Sports Festival, considered the second most important professional bodybuilding event in recent years, is named after him. He is widely considered to be one of the greatest bodybuilders of all time, as well as the sport's most charismatic ambassador. During Schwarzenegger's early years in bodybuilding, he also competed in several Olympic weightlifting and powerlifting contests. Schwarzenegger's first professional competition was in 1963 and he won two weightlifting contests in 1964 and 1965, as well as two powerlifting contests in 1966 and 1968. In 1967, Schwarzenegger won the Munich stone-lifting contest, in which a stone weighing 508 German pounds (254 kg / 560 lbs.) is lifted between the legs while standing on two footrests. His personal records are: Bench 240kg (520lbs), Squat 247kg (545lbs), Deadlift: 320kg (710lbs) for a total of 807kg (1,775lbs). In 1970 he won the Mr. Olympia contest, was the first man to win it four times (1970 - 1973) and ended up winning it 6 times (a record not beaten until 1990 when Lee Haney won the title seven times.

Serge Nubret (FRA)
Nubret was born in France and by 1958 had already won a national title, but not in his native France, as he won the Mr. Guadeloupe title on one of the islands that France has territorial rights over. In 1960 he joined the International Federation of Bodybuilders, and was declared World's Most Muscular Man in Montreal. Nubret kept improving, winning the most prestigious titles including NABBA Mr. Universe in 1976 (London), WBBG Pro. Mr. World and Mr. Olympus in 1977 (New York) and another World champion title in 1981 (Geneva). In 1983, 23 years after his first world class achievement he became the WABBA World Champion in Rome, winning his fifth major title. At 65 years old Nubret offered a last show to his public during the 2003 World championships in France. Additionally to being recognized by experts, peers and fans as a reference in the bodybuilding field, Serge Nubret has also dedicated himself to development and promotion of Bodybuilding. He became the head of the France and Europe IFBB bodybuilding federation from 1970 to 1975. In 1975 he founded the World Amateur Body Building Association (WABBA) to host amateur body building competitions. Nubret was known for an unusual training regimen and an even more unusual diet, which often consisted of four pounds of horse meat per day

Franco Columbu (ITA)
Columbu was born in Ollolai, Sardinia (Italy). Starting his athletic career as a boxer, Columbu progressed into Olympic Weightlifting, powerlifting, and later bodybuilding, winning the title of Mr. Olympia in 1976 and 1981. Since 1969, Franco Columbu was considered to be one of the strongest men in the world. He held a number of powerlifting world records. He performed a strongman act of breaking a hot water bottle by inflating it orally, lifting vehicles onstage while another performer changed a tire, as demonstrated in the 1975 film "Pumping Iron" was also adept at moving cars without the owner's permission , and deadlifted over 320 kg (700 lbs). In 1977, Columbu competed in the first World's Strongest Man competition, placing fifth in overall points; a remarkable outing, considering Franco weighed much less than the other competitors. He was forced to drop from competition due to an injury. While leading the "refrigerator race", a downhill race while wearing a heavy, unwieldy refrigerator strapped to the racer's back, Franco stumbled and collapsed with a grotesquely dislocated leg, which was aired on national television. After a court settlement, he received a reported $1 million in compensation for his injury. After Arnold Schwarzenegger retired from bodybuilding competition in 1975, Franco Columbu became the next Mr. Olympia in 1976. After Schwarzenegger's comeback victory in the 1980 Mr. Olympia, Franco followed suit and won the 1981 Mr. Olympia.

Ken Patera (USA)
Ken Patera, from a Czech-American family, was strong and extraordinarily athletic, with many people in his family also successful in athletics. His brother Jack Patera played football for the Baltimore Colts and was the head coach for the Seattle Seahawks from 1976 until 1982. His brother Dennis Patera played for the San Francisco 49ers. Ken played football at Cleveland High School in Portland, Oregon, and wrestled weighing at 193 pounds. Track and field was his first love, however, and he competed in the high hurdles and high jump, but a serious ankle injury forced him to switch to the shot put and discus in high school. Ken grew to become one of the nation's premier track and field weight throwers, competing at Brigham Young University. After his disappointing sixth place finish in the shot-put at the 1968 Olympic trials, he turned his full and complete attention towards Olympic weightlifting. His personal records were: Snatch: 175kg (387lbs), Clean and Jerk: 229kg (506lbs) and Clean and Press: 229kg (506lbs) for a total of 633kg (1,393 lbs)

Geoff Capes (GBR)
First and foremost, Capes was a shot putter and represented his country over a span of 11 years, winning two Commonwealth Games and two Indoor European Championship titles. His first major games were the 1970 Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh, where he finished fourth. In the next two games in 1974 and 1978 he took the gold medal. In this period he also became the European Indoor Champion in both 1974 and 1976.[1] His first Olympic experience was in 1972 when he competed in Munich. The 21-year-old Capes did not make it past the qualifying round, but improved on this considerably four years later. Having thrown his personal best on 28 May 1976 at Gateshead of 21.55 m. Capes went into the 1976 Montreal Olympics as one of the favourites for the gold medal. He came second in his qualifying group but went on to come sixth overall in the final, the winner being Udo Beyer of East Germany. 1980 was the year that saw Capes put the best distance of his career and increased the British record to 21.68 m (71 ft. 3.5 in.) in Cwmbran on 18 May 1980 being a new Commonwealth and British record. He went into the Olympics as the athlete with the best distance of the year so far and was once again a favourite for the title. However, he eventually placed fifth, the winner being Vladimir Kiselyov who although putting an Olympic Record of 21.35 m was well short of Capes' distance prior to the Olympics. Capes said of his performance at the 1980 Moscow Olympics that the result that left him "numbed with disappointment". Capes is the most capped British male athlete of all time, receiving 67 International caps, and returning 35 wins, not including a further 35 caps for England. He is a winner of 17 national titles including being 7 times a winner of the AAA championship and three times UK champion, In 1983 he was voted Britain's best ever field athlete and his 1980 British shot-put record stood until 2003, when Carl Myerscough took the mantle. He transitoned to strength athletics in 1980 and in 1983 he won his first WSM title, winning again in 1985. In fact throughout his career between 1980 and 1986 he was never outside the top 4. His personal records are: Bench: 300kg (661lbs) raw, Squat: 380kg (836lbs) raw and Squat: 454kg (1,000lbs) from a height of 18 inches giving a total of 1,134kg (2,495lbs)

Nadia Comaneci (ROU)
Nadia Elena Comăneci was born on 12 November 1961, in Onești, which is a small town in the Carpathian Mountains, in Bacău County, Romania, in the historical region of Western Moldavia. In a 2011 interview, Nadia's mother Ștefania said that she enrolled her daughter into gymnastics classes simply because she was a child who was so full of energy and active that she was difficult to manage. Comăneci graduated from Politehnica University of Bucharest with a degree in sports education that gave her the qualifications to coach gymnastics. Her first competition was the 1975 European Gymantics Championships where she won the gold in the uneven bars, balance beam, vault and all around, but it was at the 1976 Montreal Olympics where she made her name winning the gold in the balance beam and the all around, but it was he performance on the uneven bars that was her starmarker as the judges couldn't find anything wrong and so awarded her the first perfect 10 in Olympic history (a situation that was so impossible that the official scoreboard showed 1.00 and it was only confirmed by means of an actual announcement in the stadium)

Voting is now open and will close on July 30th at 0800 PDT

Re: The Best Physical Culturists of the 1970's

Posted: Mon Jul 08, 2019 12:33 pm
by peter yates
Ken Patera.

Re: The Best Physical Culturists of the 1970's

Posted: Tue Jul 09, 2019 7:26 am
by raynobile
arnold .

Re: The Best Physical Culturists of the 1970's

Posted: Sun Jul 14, 2019 9:54 am
by David Gentle
Serge Nubret, he had a great aesthetic physique. David Gentle

Re: The Best Physical Culturists of the 1970's

Posted: Wed Jul 31, 2019 7:27 am
by Harry Hayfield
As with the 1960's we have three candidates each with one vote, therefore I shall do the same again as I did then.

Ken Patera: Although a high school athletics star, he did not take up Olympic weightlifting until 1968 and won his first Olympic weightlifting title in 1971, therefore it took him three years from starting his training in the sport he won a contest in to wining a contest.
Arnold Schwarzenegger: It is common knowledge that Arnie did not pick up a barbell until 1961 and won his first contest in 1965, therefore it took Arnie four years.
Serge Nubert: All we know about Serge is that he won his first title at the age of 20 (Mr. Guadeloupe) and therefore to beat Ken would have had to have started training at the age of 18, although there is no evidence to say when he started training, I find this a little unlikely.

The Best Physical Culturist of the 1970's is Ken Patera who qualifies for the final in December