[1944 - Present]
Born in Portland, Oregon, Ken Patera is a former Olympic weightlifter and USA powerlifter who finished second in the 1971 World Weightlifting Championships, won four gold medals at the Pan American Games and represented the United States in the 1972 Summer Olympics. Patera also finished third in the first World's Strongest Man contest, which was held in 1977. Patera turned to professional wrestling in the early 1970s and evolved into one of the most effective heels in wrestling history for the World Wrestling Federation, National Wrestling Alliance and American Wrestling Association. In fact, Patera was named the Pro Wrestling Illustrated "Most Hated Wrestler of the Year" in 1977 and 1981. Patera held the WWF Intercontinental Championship in 1980. Patera had several managers during his professional wrestling career, most notably Bobby "The Brain" Heenan. Patera's favorite finishing move was the swinging full nelson.
BEFORE THE 1972 OLYMPICS, KEN WAS QUOTED AS SAYING THAT THE WINNER OF THE OLYMPICS WOULD BE THE LIFTER WHO HAD ACCESS TO THE BETTER DRUGS. THAT MAY HAY HAVE BEEN SO, BUT KEN PATERA NEVER HAD THE ABILITY TO TRAIN LIKE THE RUSSIANS. HE DID SUPER WITH WHAT HE HAD! HE REALLY LOST WEIGHT APPROPRIATELY AND LOOKED VERY MUSCULAR AS A WRESTLER.
I have met Kenny Patera numerous times in my life starting when I was a young kid going up to my Grandparents Cabin on SugarLake near MapleLake which was also the get away home of Promoter Wally Karbo of the AWA.On numerous occasions my family had the pleasure of meeting the Stars of the AWA at the Time even though there was (KAYABE) GOOD GUY ,BAD GUY on TV. THROUGH THE YEARS OF LIVING IN WHITE BEAR LAKE (HOME OF JIM BRUNZEL), AND JOINING HIS GYM AT THE TIME WHEN IT WAS OPEN , TO GOING TO THE PATERA GYM IN NORTH ST. PAUL WHERE KENNY WOULD SEE ME WALK IN THE GYM WITH A PAPER BAG AND SAY TO ME (HEY KID..THATS HOW I GOT STARTED GOING TO GYMS WITH A PAPER BAG) he would help me with proper ways of lifting, curling ect... to all the pain and gain, Kenny had a big smile on his face. I want to personal thank Mr.Patera for taking the Time to show some skinning little kid the proper ways of weightlifting , and the kindness you brought out in many people for being a SUPERSTAR ! THANK YOU!!!!!
I had the pleasure of being one of Ken's friends and roommates before the '72 Olympics. He liked the ladies, believe me. If anyone out there has Ken's contact information I would like to get it. I live in Atlanta and would like to make contact. Thank you.
Ken Patera was the ultimate pro wrestler and the perfect body for the job.
I was one of them. He loved to kiss his biceps, pose, and squeeze guys. He was ahead of his time - muscle worship ha ha
CaptainTit- you tool, dwilliams did not in any away, shape, or form say your "uncle" is gay. He was just stating a fact that many gays in the late '70's drooled over Ken Pateras body
HEY YOU THATS MY GREATGREAT UNCLE HES NOT GAY HES HAD OVER 50 GURL FRIENDS MAN!!! IF YOUR GONNA DISS SOMONE ACTUALY NO THE PERSON BEFORE U DO!!!
yes greeat physique and great strength. unmatched calves
The man was an icon to the gay-male audience whether he wants to admit it or not. His physique was flawless for it's time.