Former DU Hoops Player Wins Mr. Olympia

DENVER (CBS4) – A former University of Denver men’s basketball player has won the 2011 Mr. Olympia contest.

Phil Heath, nicknamed “The Gift,” beat out four-time winner Jay Cutler (no, not that Jay Cutler!) He is just the 13th winner since the event started in 1965.

The contest took place last weekend in Las Vegas.

Heath joined names like Lee Haney, Ronnie Coleman and Arnold Schwarzenegger as the world champion in bodybuilding.

Watch a CBS4 Classic report from Reggie Rivers in 2008 after Heath’s 2008 Ironman Pro Champion win:

“I feel awesome. Words cannot describe how I feel right now,” Heath said told “I’m so happy that I was able to do it and able to have fun while doing it.”

Heath, 31, of Arvada, was a member of the DU Pioneers from 1998-2002. He played 65 games as a point guard and shooting guard before beginning his professional career in bodybuilding.




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