Name: Shawn Ray

Nickname: The Giant Killer

Birth date: 9/9/1965

Division: Men’s Open

Height: 5’5″

Competition Weight: 205 – 215 lb

2001 Mr. Olympia4th
2000 Mr. Olympia4th
1999 Mr. Olympia6th
1998 Mr. Olympia5th
1997 Mr. Olympia3rd
1996 Mr. Olympia2nd
1996 Arnold Classic5th
1996 Ironman Pro3rd
1995 Mr. Olympia4th
1994 Mr. Olympia2nd
1993 Mr. Olympia3rd
1992 Mr. Olympia4th
1991 Mr. Olympia5th
1991 Arnold Classic1st
1990 Mr. Olympia3rd
1990 Arnold Classic1st* (later disqualified)
1990 Ironman Pro1st
1988 Mr. Olympia13th
1987 National Championships1st
1987 Mr. California1st
1986 Junior National Championships2nd
1985 Junior World Championships1st
1985 NPC Teen National Championships1st
1985 Teen Mr. Orange County1st
1984 NPC Teen National Championships2nd
1984 Teen Mr. California1st
1984 NPC Teen Mr. Los Angeles3rd
1983 California Gold Cup1st
1983 Orange Coast Championships2nd


Shawn Ray is an IFBB-certified pro bodybuilder from Fullerton, California. He was not a very athletic child, but joined a gym in college and quickly became immersed in the fitness and strength training lifestyles. He began to compete and was inspired to continue after placing second at the 1983 Orange Coast Championships, his first competition. He earned his pro card at the 1987 National Championships.

Ray is known for having an impressively long career in the industry, competing for over thirty years. During that time, he has only placed outside of the top five once. He cites bodybuilders Chris Dickerson and Bob Paris as two of his greatest inspirations for becoming a bodybuilder. He is also a published other and wrote The Shawn Ray Way to detail how he made it to the pro stage starting off as an amateur bodybuilder late in the game.

Scandal marked his career in 1990, when his first place win at the Arnold Classic was rescinded after he failed to pass a drug test. However, he went on to compete in and place first in many other bodybuilding competitions. He is currently retired and works with the SmartShake fitness nutrition company. He also previously wrote for Muscular Development and currently works at Generation Iron as a Senior Analyst.

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