Corinna “Cory” Everson (born January 4, 1958) is an American female bodybuilding champion and actress. Cory won the Ms. Olympia contest six years in a row from 1984 to 1989.
Corinna Kneuer was born in Racine, Wisconsin and attended high school in Deerfield, Illinois. Cory attended the University of Wisconsin–Madison, where she was a multi-sport standout (gymnastics, track & field and badminton).
While attending the University of Wisconsin–Madison, Cory met Jeff Everson, a competitive bodybuilder who worked there as a strength coach. They married in 1982. While they were married, the Eversons built a successful mail-order clothing business called Sampson and Delilah.
Everson, who adopted a Russian child, is active with Nightlight Christian Adoptions, an adoption agency that brings orphans from Russia and Belarus to the US to stay with families looking to adopt a child.
Corinna Everson began to train seriously as a bodybuilder after her graduation, and made rapid progress. In the early years, she and Jeff trained at Ernie’s Gym on Sherman Avenue in Madison.
- 1980 Ms. Mid America – 1st (Tall and Overall)
- 1980 American Couples – 3rd
- 1981 Ms. Midwest Open – 1st (Tall & Overall)
- 1981 Ms. Central USA – 1st (HW and Overall)
- 1981 Couples America – 1st
- 1981 American Championships – 11th (MW)
- 1982 Ms. East Coast – 1st (MW)
- 1982 Bodybuilding Expo III – 2nd (MW)
- 1982 Bodybuilding Expo Couples – 2nd
- 1982 AFWB American Championships – 5th (HW)
- 1982 IFBB North American – 1st (MW and Overall)
- 1982 IFBB North American Mixed Pairs – 1st
- 1983 Bodybuilding Expo IV – 1st (MW and Overall)
- 1983 Bodybuilding Expo Mixed Pairs – 1st
- 1983 U.S. Bodybuilding Championships Couples – 1st
- 1983 AFWB American Championships – 8th (HW)
- 1983 NPC Nationals – 2nd (HW)
- 1984 American Women’s Championships – 1st (HW and Overall)
- 1984 NPC Nationals – 1st (HW and Overall)
- 1984 IFBB Ms. Olympia – 1st
- 1985 IFBB Ms. Olympia – 1st
- 1986 IFBB Ms. Olympia – 1st
- 1987 IFBB Ms. Olympia – 1st
- 1988 IFBB Ms. Olympia – 1st
- 1989 IFBB Ms. Olympia – 1st
Everson is unique in having never lost a Ms. Olympia contest.
Awards and honors
In January 1999, Everson was inducted into the IFBB Hall of Fame, as part of the inaugural group. She was inducted into the Muscle Beach Venice Body Building Hall of Fame on September 5, 2005.
At the 2007 Arnold Classic she became the first woman to be presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2008, Everson was inducted into the National Fitness Hall of Fame.