Scott Wilson is a respected bodybuilder who competed in the 1970’s and 80’s. After entering his first bodybuilding show as a result of a ‘dare’, he surprised his friends by walking away with a trophy.
Soon, the bodybuilder from San Diego earned his Pro Card and enjoyed a career spanning 2 decades. However, he spent his early twenties serving as a US Marine.
This is his story:
|Full Name: Scott Wilson|
|205 - 215lbs (88.5 - 93.0kg)||5'10" (177.5cm)||20"||73|
|Date of Birth||Nationality||Profession|
|August 6, 1950||American||US. Marine, Professional Bodybuilder|
|1970, 1980, 1990, 2000|
|Weight||205 - 215lbs (88.5 - 93.0kg)|
|Date of Birth||August 6, 1950|
|Profession||US. Marine, Professional Bodybuilder|
|Era||1970, 1980, 1990, 2000|
- Amateur Mr. San Diego – 1st
- AAU Mr. California – 1st
- Mr. America – 6th
- Mr. America – 3rd (Pro Card)
- WBBG Pro Mr. America – 1st
- NBA Natural Mr. America – 5th
- NBA Natural Mr. America – 3rd
- Mr. International – 2nd
- Canada Pro Cup – 7th
- Mr. International – 1st
- Grand Prix Denver – 6th
- Grand Prix Portland – 1st
- World Pro Championships – 5th
- Canada Pro Cup – 6th
- World Grand Prix – 6th
- World Pro Championships – 9th
- Night of Champions – 14th
- Los Angeles Pro Championships – 10th
- World Pro Championships – 12th
- Night of Champions – NP
- Grand Prix US Pro – 4th
- Niagara Falls Pro Invitational – 8th
- World Pro Championships – 6th
- Masters Mr. Olympia – 11th
- North Carolina Super Natural – 2nd
- Master’s Mr. Olympia – 10th
- Masters Mr. Olympia – 8th
- Bench Press – 263kg (580lbs)
- Squat – 340kg (750kbs)
- Deadlift – 333kg (735lbs)
Born and raised in San Diego, California (USA), Scott had always been interested in weight-lifting as a child. He reached a high-level in both wrestling and football during high school – but at this point, he had no ambition to pursue a career in sports.
Instead, Scott enlisted in the United Stats Marine Corps after graduating from high school.
After serving his time as a US Marine, Scott became known as the ‘athletic friend’; as a result, he was dared to enter a bodybuilding competition in 1974 – the Mr. San Diego show.
His years training as a soldier had helped him sculpt an impressive physique, and he overshadowed his competitors in this amateur competition. For this reason, the judges awarded him the 1st place trophy, much to his surprise.
Ultimately, this victory motivated Scott to continue down the path of bodybuilding.
Riding high from his success, it wasn’t long until Scott entered his second contest – the 1974 AAU Mr. California. Although this was Scott’s first reputable show, he didn’t let the pressure affect him.
After a year of training, the veteran’s physical progress paid off; he managed to walk away with his second trophy, but that wasn’t all he took home.
By winning the 1974 AAU Mr. California, Scott was awarded with the elusive Pro Card – surpassing all expectations by becoming a professional bodybuilder.
Between 1980 and 1988, Scott enjoyed an illustrious career as an IFBB Pro athlete – rubbing shoulders with the greatest bodybuilders of his era, and winning adding a further 2 trophies to his collection.
However, after career spanning 2 decades, Scott decided to finish his career as a competitive bodybuilder in 1988.
Return to Masters Mr. Olympia
Although Scott felt unable to compete with the younger athletes, he found the motivation to return to the stage in the Masters Mr. Olympia – competing against the likes of Robby Robinson and Lou Ferrigno.
The veteran wasn’t able to earn more trophies as a mature athlete, but he placed respectably between 1994-2000; his highest placement during this period was 8th in the 2000 Masters Mr. Olympia.
However, at the age of 50 in 2000, Scott finally decided to hang up his boots.
What We Can Learn From Scott Wilson
One thing we can take away from Scott’s story, is to always keep an open mind. Scott entered his first bodybuilding competition after being encouraged by his friends; although he didn’t plan on pursuing a career in fitness, he trained hard and walked away with the trophy.
Scott earned his Pro Card only a year later, and went on to establish himself as one of the most reputable athletes in his era – respected by many high-level athletes and revered for his wide shoulders and aesthetic physique.