As a seven-time Mr. Olympia champion, Arnold Schwarzenegger is a figure in the world of bodybuilding. As the face of the sport in the 1970s, he was the main reason why it became so popular. It was only a few bodybuilders who defeated the Austrian Oak in bodybuilding competitions, including Frank Zane, Sergio Oliva, and Chester Yorton. Only Sergio Oliva beat him in the Mr. Olympia contest.
A photo of the 1969 Mr. Olympia competition surfaced on the internet recently. Fans relived the moment as they commented on the picture.
Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sergio Oliva’s rare photo attracts fans
The Old School Gym Facebook page shared the winning moment of ‘The Myth’ at the 1969 Mr. Olympia and captioned it, “The time when Sergio beat Arnold Schwarzenegger.” The young Arnie appears in the picture next to the winner. In the comments section of this post, bodybuilders shared their memories of the contest.
As one commenter put it, the Golden era of bodybuilding was “the big and smooth days.” A fan recalled how the 75-year-old used to impress the bodybuilding world.
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Another fan recalled the events that followed Arnie’s defeat in his maiden Mr. Olympia competition and said he went on to win multiple times afterwards. A fan subtly quoted, “Arnold: I’ll be back.” As another comment read, “The good old days.” However, the Austrian Oak once compared himself to the Governator, before he lost in 1970 at Mr. Olympia.
Sergio Oliva’s arm size was surprisingly bigger than The Austrian Oak’s
According to Sergio Oliva, in the late 60s, Arnold’s arms were only 19 inches long, and he was only 19. “I was the only one with arms that were bigger than my head,” he said.
After building a chest of 57 inches and arms of 22 inches, Oliva was shocked when Arnie defeated him for the title of Mr. Olympia in 1970.
It was always Arnold Schwarzenegger’s goal to be the best version of himself in every arena. And at 75 years old, he is still inspired by his journey. What do you think about the resurfaced image? Let us know in the comments below. He followed the same mantra in both acting and politics.