Originally posted on Muscular Development
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Of all the characters I’ve met in chronicling this zany sport over the past 40 plus years one of the more interesting and unpredictable individuals I’ve encountered is Kevin Levrone, who in a pro career spanning 1992 through 2003 competed in 62 contests. Out of those he won 20 (including two Arnold Classics: 1994 and ’96) and only finished out of the top five twice (8th at the ’97 Arnold Classic and 6th at the 2003 Olympia) while being Olympia runner-up four times (1992, ’95, 2000, and “02).
But despite that record of consistency (which in longevity, accumulation of contests, and number of high finishes is unique) what was, is, different about the Baltimore native is that he has always been …. well, different. With him you never knew what he would do next. His extra-curricular activities ranged from starting his own rock band, Full Blown, in which he was lead singer, to after retiring launching a movie career and appearing in the 2007 release Redline, to challenging British Olympic sprinter Dwain Chambers to take him on in a 60 meters dash. That confrontation took place on December 11, 2002, at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa, Southern California, with Chambers blazing home in 6.64 seconds (world record is 6.39 seconds) and Kevin coming in about a second later. Still it was a helluva performance for the bodybuilder, as at 250 pounds he was 60 pounds or so heavier than his adversary.