Name: Kai Greene
Nickname: The Predator, Mr. Getting It Done
Division: Men’s Open
Birth date: 6/24/1974
Competition Weight: 248 lbs
|2016 Mr. Olympia||Declined to compete|
|2015 Mr. Olympia||2nd|
|2014 Mr. Olympia||2nd|
|2013 Mr. Olympia||2nd|
|2013 Arnold Classic Europe||2nd|
|2013 EVLS Prague Pro||1st|
|2012 Sheru Classic||2nd|
|2012 Mr. Olympia||2nd|
|2011 Sheru Classic||3rd|
|2011 Mr. Olympia||3rd|
|2011 New York Pro||1st|
|2010 Mr. Olympia||7th|
|2010 Australian Grand Prix Pro||1st|
|2010 Arnold Classic||1st|
|2009 Mr. Olympia||4th|
|2009 Arnold Classic||1st|
|2009 Australian Grand Prix Pro||1st|
|2008 Arnold Classic||3rd|
|2008 New York Pro||1st|
|2007 Shawn Ray Colorado Pro||1st|
|2007 Keystone Pro||3rd|
|2007 New York Pro||6th|
|2006 Shawn Ray Colorado Pro||14th|
|2006 Ironman Pro Invitational||20th|
|2005 New York Pro||14th|
|1999 NPC Team Universe Championships||1st|
|1999 NPC World Amateur Championships||6th|
|1998 NPC Team Universe Championships||3rd|
|1997 NPC Team Universe Championships||2nd|
|1996 WNBF Pro Natural Worlds||1st|
|1994 NGA American Nationals||1st|
Before his 19th birthday, Kai Greene turned pro with a natural organization and held the distinction of being the youngest natural professional bodybuilder in the world. Kai’s pro status allowed him to take his competitive aspiration to a larger stage.
I won every professional title that organization had to offer. In the summer of 1997, I set my sights on gaining professional recognition with the IFBB. It was brought to his attention that in order to gain pro status he would have to first qualify through their amateur organization called NPC.
Kai’s competitive career with the NPC was filled with mixed success. As a natural athlete, his goal was to win the Team Universe and acquire pro status with the IFBB through the Amateur World Championship. In 1999, after two unsuccessful attempts, Kai won the heavyweight division and overall title at the Team Universe and was invited to compete at the World in Bratislava, Slovakia.
Recognizing that he had placed fourth out of dozens of the world’s best competitors, he was still disappointed. Kai took a four year hiatus to re-group and continue the never ending work on developing his physique. He was determined to take his rightful place in the pro ranks.
The nay-sayers said that it couldn’t be done, and I began to believe them. He went to school and focused on developing his talent as an artist while continuing to use his physique as an artistic learning tool. He continued to do what had always brought him great comfort and feelings of stability and consistency; He trained and trained hard, but not for the purpose of anything but his own peace of mind.
In 2004, it was brought up that the NPC Team Universe had become a Pro-Qualifier for the IFBB. Though he had been away from the competitive scene for five years, Kai made a commitment to himself that he would return to reclaim his title as Team Universe overall champion and ascend to the IFBB pro ranks. As a result of his dedication and desire to overcome the ever-surmounting odds against him, Kai arrived from his home in Jacksonville, Florida to NYC’s Tribeca Performing Arts Center to do damage. On August 8th 2004, the judges recognized the physique that he sculpted for so many years and awarded him the heavyweight and overall championship by unanimous decision. Kai’s day had finally come. After 16 years, Kai Greene finally made the transition to the IFBB Professional ranks.
Over the years, Kai has gained vast notoriety beyond what he could have imagined in his youth. Within the bodybuilding arena, Kai has been held as one of the most inspirational athletes of his time. With a seemingly unique, yet well developed vocabulary, Kai has made a seemingly unconscious effort to create a revolutionary approach to bodybuilding. He has changed bodybuilding’s fans, competitors and the overall perception of a once thought of as, “pick things up and put them down” bodybuilder.