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Bodybuilding legend Sergio Oliva passed away yesterday at the age of 71



Nicknamed “The Myth”, Oliva won three consecutive Mr. Olympia titles from 1967-1969, becoming the first competitor with three Olympia wins. His rivalry with Arnold Schwarzenegger will go down as arguably the greatest in the history of bodybuilding.


Born in Cuba in 1941, Oliva represented his country as a member of the Cuban weight lifting team in the 1962 Pan American Games, held in Jamaica. While in Jamaica, Oliva snuck out of his quarters and escaped to the American consulate, where he received political asylum and was able to defect to the United States.


Oliva competed in his first bodybuilding contest two years later in 1964, winning the Mr. Chicago. He joined the IFBB in 1966 and went on to win the Mr. World and Mr. Universe titles and place 4th in the Mr. Olympia that year. Oliva last competed in the IFBB in 1985, placing 8th at the Mr. Olympia at the age of 43.


John A. Kemper, 67, of Madison, N.J., passed away on Wednesday, June 13, 2012, at Morristown Medical Center, Morristown, N.J. Relatives and friends are invited to attend the Funeral Mass at Our Lady Of Sorrows Church, 217 Prospect St., South Orange, N.J., on Tuesday, June 19, at 9:30 a.m. Interment is in Pleasantdale Cemetery, West Orange, N.J. Visitation will be held at Preston Funeral Home, 153 South Orange Ave., South Orange, on Monday from 4 to 9 p.m. For more information, please visitprestonfuneralhome.net. Mr. Kemper was born in Newark, N.J., and received his bachelor's degree from Montclair State College. A former pro competitive body builder, he owned and operated the Diamond Gym in Maplewood, N.J., from 1977 until his retirement in 2007. At the time of his death, he was the national vice president and New Jersey state chairman of the National Physique Committee (NPC), and an NPC/IFBB judge. He was a member of Our Lady of Sorrows Church, South Orange, N.J. He was the beloved husband of Shirley Corke Kemper; devoted father of Mara, Kimberly, Brianna, Olivia, and the late Christina Kemper; and loving grandfather of Samantha Molina. In lieu of flowers, donations made out to Shirley Kemper, P.O. Box 395, Madison, N.J. 07940 would be appreciated.



John DeFendis just confirmed that Steve Michalik has died at the age of 63. He was found by his girlfriend, dead at his home of a self inflicted gunshot wound. He had just recently had a kidney transplant. Source: Rx Muscle Some of his covers... And his competition record... 1968 Teen Mr America - AAU, 3rd 1971 Mr Apollo - AAU, Winner Mr Apollo - AAU, Most Muscular, 1st Junior Mr USA - AAU, 2nd .



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