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#BBGOAT: Shawn Ray vs. Lee Haney

The #BBGOAT (BodyBuilding Greatest of All Time) is MAXS.COM.AU’s knockout competition to determine who the fans think is the greatest bodybuilder of all time. We started with our top 16 of the Greatest Bodybuilders of all time and now we’re asking YOU to do the hard work – that is, narrow it down to one. Set up in much the same way as a tennis tournament, each week you’ll see head-to-head match-ups, with the winner of those progressing to the next round to square off with their next challenger. From 16, we’ll go to 8, to 4, and ultimately our final. So cast your VOTE and decide just who is the greatest bodybuilder in history!

We’re talking Coleman vs. Columbo; Phil vs. Flex, Arnie vs. Jay – It’s time for the fans to have their say! You’ll be able to cast your vote below.

Round 1 continues a Shawn Ray takes on record holding Lee “Total-Lee Awesome” Haney.


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Shawn Ray

  • Nickname: The Giant Killer
  • Born: September 9, 1965
  • Height: 5’5″ (165cm)
  • Weight: 205 lb (93kg) (contest) 225 lb (102kg) (off-season)
  • Pro Debut: IFBB Night of Champions, 1988
  • Best Win: IFBB Arnold Classic, 1991
  • Predecessor: Mike Ashley
  • Successor: Vince Taylor

By The Numbers: Pro Comps: 16 | 1st Places: 1 | 2nd Places: 2 | 3rd Places: 3 | Arnold Classic Wins: 1 | Mr. Olympia Wins: 0.

Commonly referred to as the “Giant Killer”, Shawn Ray often gave up at east 50-50lb and 4-5” to his competitors. This stat being all the more impressive with the fact that throughout his career, Ray beat every competitor he met on stage at least once – with the exception of Lee Hanney and Dorian Yates.

In over three decades on the circuit and 30 major bodybuilding competitions, Ray only failed to place in the top five once. Shawn Ray has an impressive list of victories along with long term success at the Mr. Olympia weekend. Here’s a look at his Olympia contest history:

  • 1988 Mr. Olympia – 13th Place
  • 1990 Mr. Olympia – 3rd Place
  • 1991 Mr. Olympia – 5th Place
  • 1992 Mr. Olympia – 4th Place
  • 1993 Mr. Olympia – 3rd Place
  • 1994 Mr. Olympia – 2nd Place
  • 1995 Mr. Olympia – 4th Place
  • 1996 Mr. Olympia – 2nd Place
  • 1997 Mr. Olympia – 3rd Place
  • 1998 Mr. Olympia – 5th Place
  • 1999 Mr. Olympia – 5th Place
  • 2000 Mr. Olympia – 4th Place
  • 2001 Mr. Olympia – 4th Place

Lee Haney

  • Nickname: Total-Lee Awesome
  • Born: November 11, 1959
  • Height: 5’5″ (165cm)
  • Weight: 248 lb (112kg) (contest) 260 lb (118kg) (off-season)
  • Pro Debut: IFBB Night of Champions, 1983
  • Best Win: 1991 Mr. Olympia
  • Predecessor: Frank Zane
  • Successor: Dorian Yates

By The Numbers: Pro Comps: 16 | 1st Places: 11 | 2nd Places: 2 | 3rd Places: 3 | Arnold Classic Wins: n/a | Mr. Olympia Wins: 8.

In 1991 Lee Haney became the first Bodybuilder in history to take out eight consecutive Mr Olympia titles – beating Arnolds seven title record. After a long history of bodybuilding success, Haney is now retired and is an educator and trainer and works with many world-class athletes. He has served as a member of the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports since December 1998.

Haney owns two fitness centers in Atlanta and has been recognized by the President’s Council on Physical Fitness, the United States Sports Academy and the International Federation of Bodybuilding. In 1994, Mr. Haney established Harvest House, a non-profit retreat facility for children on a forty-acre farm near Atlanta. Harvest House features nature tours, a petting zoo, and an eight-week summer camp for 12-15 year olds. Mr. Haney received a degree in youth counseling from Spartanburg Methodist College.

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