Cory Everson
Athlete Spotlight,  Bodybuilding

Updated: Athlete Tribute to Cory Everson

One of the most elite physiques ever presented on prime time American television occurred when Cory Everson she first appeared on Hercules in 1995. The show had the balls to introduce a fit, well-muscled woman to mainstream America, and I’m glad of it. (If only they did the same with Wonder Woman — but that’s another matter.)


Cory is a six-time Ms. Olympia winner. 

As a young, new college graduate, Cory overcame a medical ailment; a blood clot in which doctors told her she could never walk again, and became a bodybuilder. Smart bodybuilding techniques saved her leg and out-smarted her the doctors. She also wrote books on health and fitness and has been a fitness advocate and icon for decades throughout various forms of media.
Cory’s Contest Record:
  • 1980 Ms. Mid America – 1st (Tall and Overall)
  • 1980 American Couples – 3rd
  • 1981 Ms. Midwest Open – 1st (Tall & Overall)
  • 1981 Ms. Central USA – 1st (HW and Overall)
  • 1981 Couples America – 1st
  • 1981 American Championships – 11th (MW)
  • 1982 Ms. East Coast – 1st (MW)
  • 1982 Bodybuilding Expo III – 2nd (MW)
  • 1982 Bodybuilding Expo Couples – 2nd
  • 1982 AFWB American Championships – 5th (HW)
  • 1982 IFBB North American – 1st (MW and Overall)
  • 1982 IFBB North American Mixed Pairs – 1st
  • 1983 Bodybuilding Expo IV – 1st (MW and Overall)
  • 1983 Bodybuilding Expo Mixed Pairs – 1st
  • 1983 U.S. Bodybuilding Championships Couples – 1st
  • 1983 AFWB American Championships – 8th (HW)
  • 1983 NPC Nationals – 2nd (HW)
  • 1984 American Women’s Championships – 1st (HW and Overall)
  • 1984 NPC Nationals – 1st (HW and Overall)
  • 1984 IFBB Ms. Olympia – 1st
  • 1985 IFBB Ms. Olympia – 1st
  • 1986 IFBB Ms. Olympia – 1st
  • 1987 IFBB Ms. Olympia – 1st
  • 1988 IFBB Ms. Olympia – 1st
  • 1989 IFBB Ms. Olympia – 1st

“Everson is unique in having never lost a Ms. Olympia contest.” – Wikipedia



A feature that impresses me about Cory, is her staunch beliefs about fitness, specifically women’s fitness. When she saw the physiques of female bodybuilders getting more masculine, she believed it was her time to exit the sport. Cory was a young athlete: a triple threat gymnast, track & field athlete, and badminton competitor. She believes in athletic ability over mere muscular gains. I agree with her philosophy, and admire that her principles guided her actions to retain focus on health and fitness via outlets off the bodybuilding stage. Cory has been an actress, humanitarian, author, and a businesswoman. And, she’s still going strong.
Article initially published on Sep. 6, 2013 - Updated and republished on May 3, 2018

As an athlete for over 18 years and a broke single mom for most of that time, I created this site to aid not only broke single parents to a life of fitness, but anyone who believes the road to fitness requires a lot of cash or time. In reality, the way to fitness is paved with knowledge and firm principles; teaching readers how to master both is the goal of this site.

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