Chris Dickerson, Who Broke Bodybuilding Barriers, Dies at 82


His Mr. America win signified more than muscles.

Like Miss Americas, Mr. America was expected to represent “this unbelievable image of the most perfect, virile American person,” a figure most often expected to be white, Richard Cavaler, a bodybuilding contest promoter and administrator who booked Mr. Dickerson in the 1970s, said in a phone interview. Along with physiques, judges took into account the contestants’ interview skills and their potential to represent the sport favorably on a…



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