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A semi-relaxed pose of Arnold Schwarzenegger at the 1974 Mr. Olympia in New York City. The contest prize money was $1000, which it had been since 1967. For some reason, the 1966 prize money was 5 times as much at $5000 and apparently, in 1965, the first year of the contest, there was no prize money. In 1974, the lightweight and heavyweight divisions debuted at the Mr. Olympia contest and lasted until 1979. Generally, no one today considers the divisions relevant. Franco won the 1974, 1975, and 1976 Mr. Olympia Lightweight Class, making him a three-time Lightweight winner of the Mr. Olympia but the only one Mr. Olympia from 1974-1976 that anyone associates Columbu winning is the 1976 title in which he also won the overall. To further drive home the point, how often have you heard Mike Mentzer referred to as the 1979 Heavyweight Mr. Olympia or Ken Waller as the 1976 Heavyweight Mr. Olympia?
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