The first bodybuilding contest was organized by Eugen Sandow in September 14, 1901. Eugen Sandow was a bodybuilder who liked to display his muscular physique. He had an audience which really enjoyed watching him. He presented a "muscle display performance" and he and other bodybuilders simply liked to display their bodies as part of strength demonstrations or wrestling matches.
On September 14, 1901 the first bodybuilding competition, called the "Great Competition" was held in the UK. It was judged by Eugen Sandow among others. The contest was a great success that many people were turned away because they exceeded its capacity. The trophy presented to the winner was a bronze statue of Sandow sculpted by Frederick Pomeroy.
The most prestigious bodybuilding contest today is the Mr. Olympia, and since 1968, the winner has been presented with the same bronze statue of Sandow that he himself presented to the winner at the first contest.
On January 16, 1904, the first large-scale bodybuilding competition in America took place at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The winner was Al Treloar winning a $1,000 cash prize, a substantial sum at that time.
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