Mr. Olympia Weekend is only 3 weeks away. In addition, American Media Incorporation (AMI) confirmed that the prize money is raised to $1.36 million this year, split between both men and women.
Mr. Olympia began in 1965 in New York City, solely as a bodybuilding show. The first event had 13 competitors promoted by the legendary Joe Weider.
The winner of the first edition was Larry Scott who received a prize check of 1000 dollars. Money changes in value but in 2017, seven-time Mr. Olympia Phil Heath earned $400,000 for his first place.
This year the prize money hits a new all-time high of $1.36 million, which also will be the biggest payout to the female competitors.
Since the start, the Olympia has grown tremendously and has also become a global establishment with amateur shows all over the world where athletes can win an IFBB Pro card.
How the exact prize money is divided for each division was not mentioned in the featured press release.
In addition, the Olympia weekend will be held at the Orleans Arena, Las Vegas September 13-16.