Cory Everson
Athlete Spotlight,  Bodybuilding

Athlete Tribute to Cory Everson

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

Cory is a six-time Ms. Olympia winner. 

As a young college graduate, Cory overcame a medical ailment: a blood clot in her leg that doctors said would cause her to never walk again. Regardless of the prognosis, she 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



What impresses me the most about Cory are 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 musculature. I agree with her philosophy and admire how her principles guided her actions to retain focus on true, functional health and fitness off the bodybuilding stage. Cory has been an actress, humanitarian, author, and 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 21 years and a broke single mom for most of that time, I created, now, to aid 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. LLAFIT - Lifelong Applied Fitness

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