The fireworks are about to explode with the summer blockbuster of the year: promoter Jon Lindsay’s 2013 NPC USA Bodybuilding, Figure, Bikini, and Men’s and Women’s Physique Championships. Held July 26–27 in Las Vegas, NV, this is the premier pro qualifier in the West, so expect records to fall as the nation’s top amateurs put it on the line for the biggest jackpot of them all: an IFBB pro card. Class winners in men’s bodybuilding, the top two overall winners in female bodybuilding, and the top two in each height class for figure, bikini, and men’s and women’s physique will walk away as the newest members of the IFBB Pro League. That’s a whopping 53 pro cards!
For the past 30 years, the USA has been the gateway to greatness, a chance for the best amateurs in the nation to make their mark in the pros. We complied a list of the contest’s greatest winners, weighing not only the physiques at the time of their USA win, but what each went on to accomplish in their pro careers. Each has carved a place in the sport and attained bodybuilding immortality. Here, then, are the five greatest USA champions of all time.
Click next below for the Top Five