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    The Lion of Lebanon






    SAMIR BANNOUT

    Three months before Christmas 1983, Samir Bannout flexed his “decorated” lumbar region in Munich, West Germany, for the IFBB Mr. Olympia judges. Since then, the high definition found in a muscular lower back has been called a “Christmas tree”. Known as the “Lion of Lebanon” because of his birthplace (Beirut, Lebanon), Samir roared into America in 1974 and settled first in Detroit. In that city, he was crowned 1978 Mr. Michigan. In 1979, he won the Best in the World event and the light-heavyweight division of the IFBB World Amateur Championships.

    The latter win bequeathed him an IFBB pro card, and he made his debut (also in 1979) at the Canada Pro Cup, by which time he had moved to Venice, California. Bannout’s IFBB pro career spanned 53 contests; his 11 attempts at the IFBB Mr. Olympia are a record among those who have won the title – as he did in 1983. His last win was the 1990 IFBB Pittsburgh Pro Invitational, and the final sighting of Samir in contest mode was at the 1996 IFBB Masters Olympia where he finished in sixth place. His pro career had endured for 17 years.

    The Lion always was and still is renowned as one of bodybuilding’s more entertaining characters. His ability to mix quotes with poses never left the industry’s writers disappointed. Today, Samir lives in Los Angeles with his wife and two children and pursues several business interests, including the marketing of a supplement company.

    ABOUT SAMIR

    Nickname: The Lion of Lebanon
    Born: November 7, 1955
    Birthplace: Beirut, LEBANON
    Height: 5' 8"
    Weight: 210 lbs

    TITLES WON

    1979 IFBB Best in the World (Amateur)
    1979 IFBB World Championships (Lt Hvy)
    1983 IFBB Mr. Olympia
    1985 WABBA World Championship
    1986 WABBA World Championship
    1990 IFBB Pittsburgh Pro Invitational


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    He always amazed me

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    is there a good pic of his lower back available?

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    He was great.

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    i see. thanks.

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    Above all else,
    I believe that I have been successful
    as a bodybuilder because
    I love the sport ...
    if I didn't sincerely love the sport,
    I could never have put in
    the long hours of intense training
    nor monitored my diet as strictly
    as I have in order to win.
    Samir Bannout (Mr. Olympia)

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    When he comes to the West Coast he stays with a guy I know that works out at my gym.
    Let's all join together and SPEAK ENGLISH IN AMERICA.


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    Good old fashion dips..





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    Cool he's a lion too.
    Coarse edged youth, the irish pendants string from their smiles
    not yet plucked as to slacken the seams
    and drag down the features of age,
    no folds or creases from unkempt wear
    eyes of tranquilty, crystalline-beads
    no sign of despair in their hair, nor their hearts
    but oh they have yet to be experienced and that makes aging so very worth it...ML circa2012

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