In the beginning…
Mark Jerrold Henry was born June 12, 1971 in Silsbee, Texas and it was evident from the very beginning that Mark was going to be special. Surprisingly, Mark was only seven poinds when he was born, but by the time he was in the fourth grade, he weighed 220 pounds. His mother, Barbara Jean, purchased Mark’s first weight set when he was 10 years old and Mark excelled from the outset in the sports that would make him famous.
Luckily for Mark, Silsbee High School had one of the top powerlifting programs in the state and Mark would lead them to new heights with his special talent, Mark also excelled in football, where he would have the opporunity to play with his brother Patrick, one of the top players in the state. Patrick, the valedictorian of his class, went on to play football at Texas A&M where he anchored one of the best defenses in the history of college football.
At only 19 years of age, Mark came out of nowhere to quality for the Olympic team and earn a trip to the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona, Spain. At 6-foot-3-inches tall and 366 pounds, Mark became the largest weightlifter in the history of the Olympics games. He placed 10th in the super heavyweight class.
With a taste of the Olympics behind him, Mark was more determined than ever to make a return trip in 1996 and began competing in earnest all of the world. He won the United States Olumpic Festival Championships in 1993 and 1994. In 1995, training with Terry Todd, Mark won both the powerlifting and weighlifting National and Drug free Championships. At the Pan American games, he racked up gold, silver and bronze medals as weel as the world championship, setting several world records in the process.