Thursday, November 15, 2012

Rest in Peace, Sergio Oliva

One of bodybuilding's legends "The Myth" Sergio Oliva, has passed away from apparent kidney failure at age 71. The first non-white athlete to win Mr. America, Mr. World, Mr. International, Mr. Universe, and Mr. Olympia. Cuban born, Oliva, was the only guy to ever beat Arnold out of a Mr. Olympia title; and the second winner, in history, of bodybuilding's highest title. Hadn't competed in about 4 decades, yet still when people talk about "bodybuilding genetics" Oliva is often the first picture shown.
Incredibly long, and thick muscles with insertion points located deep within the joints; just an unreal physique. After leaving competition Oliva went on to a career as a Chicago police officer for over 25 years. In 1986 he survived being shot 5 times by his (then) wife. Did I mention the guy was tough? His son Sergio Oliva Jr, is following in his footsteps into pro bodybuilding competition.
1969 Mr. Olympia Competition, Sergio "The Myth" Oliva beats Arnold "The Oak" Schwarzenegger

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