Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Harold Poole: Uncrowned Mr. Olympia.

Harold Poole: Uncrowned Mr. Olympia

Born December 25, 1943
Louisville, Kentucky, USA
Poole arrived (without wrapping) as a 1943 Christmas day gift to his parents in Louisville, Kentucky. His athleticism was apparent after he became quarterback on the football team at Shortridge High School in Indianapolis. He placed fourth in the state high-school wrestling championships, ran 440 yards in 50 seconds, and put the 12-pound shot 55 feet.

A speech problem caused Poole major concern, so he took off from school for a year to attend the Bogue Institute for Stammerers in Indianapolis.

In 1960, Poole entered the Mr. America and at age 16 took 18th place. His final AAU teen opportunity came in June 1963, where he won most muscular, but was the runner-up to Vern Weaver.

Three months later, Poole switched to the IFBB and, at age 19, he won the Mr. Universe. The next year, he became the first African-American to be named Mr. America (Chris Dickerson, in 1970, was the first African-American to win the AAU Mr. America). Poole then became the only man to compete in the first three Mr. Olympia contests.

He retired from IFBB competition following the 1982 Night of Champions when he placed out of the top 10.


Contest History

Mr America - AAU, 18th
Mr Mid-America - AAU, Most Muscular, 2nd


Mr America - AAU, 4th
Junior Mr America - AAU, Central Overall Winner


Mr America - AAU, Most Muscular, 1st
Mr America - AAU, 2nd
Mr North America - AAU, Winner


Mr America - AAU, Most Muscular, 1st
Mr America - AAU, 2nd
Teen Mr America - AAU, 2nd
Universe - IFBB, Tall, 1st
Universe - IFBB, Overall Winner


Mr America - IFBB, Tall, 1st
Mr America - IFBB, Overall Winner


Olympia - IFBB, 2nd


Olympia - IFBB, 2nd


Pro Mr America - WBBG, Winner
Olympia - IFBB, 3rd


Pro Mr America - WBBG, Winner


Mr USA - IFBB, Tall, 1st


Mr World - IFBB, Tall, 3rd


Canada Pro Cup - IFBB, Did not place


Night of Champions - IFBB, 11th


Canada Pro Cup - IFBB, 9th
Grand Prix California - IFBB, Did not place
Grand Prix New England - IFBB, 9th
Night of Champions - IFBB, 6th


World Pro Championships - IFBB, 9th



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