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AAU Mr. America

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AAU Mr. America was a bodybuilding competition started by the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU). It was first held on 4 July 1939 and the winner was named "America's Best Built Man". In 1940 this was changed to what is now known as the Mr. America contest.

In the mid-1940s, Joe and Ben Weider started the IFBB as an alternative to the AAU. They held their opposing contest the IFBB Mr. America in 1949 and then from 1959 onwards. The AAU voted to discontinue holding bodybuilding competitions in 1999.

In 2004 the World Bodybuilding & Fitness Association (WBFA) announced they had acquired the rights to the Mr. America name and would resume running contests under that banner.

In 2016 the rights of Mr. America were acquired by Bruce Ebel and is currently active.


Year Overall Winner
1938 Bert Goodrich
1939 Roland Essmaker
1940 John Grimek
1941 John Grimek
1942 Frank Leight
1943 Jules Bacon
1944 Steve Stanko
1945 Clarence Ross
1946 Alan Stephan
1947 Steve Reeves
1948 George Eiferman
1949 Jack Delinger
1950 John Farbotnik
1951 Roy Hilligenn
1952 Jim Parks
1953 Bill Pearl
1954 Dick DuBois
1955 Steve Klisanin
1956 Ray Schaefer
1957 Ron Lacy
1958 Tom Sansone
1959 Harry Johnson
1960 Lloyd Lerille
1961 Raymond Routledge
1962 Joe Abbenda
1963 Vern Weaver
1964 Val Vasilieff (also spelled Vasilef or Vasilief)
1965 Jerry Daniels
1966 Bob Gajda
1967 Dennis Tinerino
1968 Jim Haislop
1969 Boyer Coe
1970 Chris Dickerson
1971 Casey Viator
1972 Steve Michalik
1973 Jim Morris
1974 Ron Thompson
1975 Dale Adrian
1976 Kalman Szkalak
1977 Dave Johns
1978 Tony Pearson
1979 Ray Mentzer
1980 Gary Leonard
1981 Tim Belknap
1982 Rufus Howard
1983 Jeff King
1984 Joe Meeko
1985 Michael Antorino
1986 Glenn Knerr
1987 Richard Barretta
1988 William Norberg
1989 Lou Laluz
1990 Peter Miller
1991 Joe DeAngelis
1992 Mike Scarcella
1993 Billy Nothaft
1994 Andrew Sivert
1995 Terence Hairston
1996 Doug Rieser
1997 Bill Davey
1998 Anthony Kremar
1999 Tracey Dorsey

1988 Mr America-AAU Winner List[edit]

Overall Winner
William Norberg


Place Tall
1st Rory Leidelmeyer
2nd Robert Gosch
3RD Jim Badra
4th Alex Sicignano
5th Bob Good

Medium-Tall 1 William Norberg 2 Peter LaReau 3 Peter Moen 4 Greg Ladd 5 Braulio Medina

Medium 1 Casey Kucharyk 2 Abe Cuesta 3 Doug Brown 4 Greg Long 5 Brian Silk Sr

Short 1 Bryan McCluskey 2 David Brown (3) 3 Don Lemieux 4 Brian Homka 5 Rod Ketchens

See also[edit]

  • List of professional bodybuilding competitions

Further reading[edit]

  • Fair, John D. Mr. America: The Tragic History of a Bodybuilding Icon (2015) Excerpt

External links[edit]

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