• Michelle Marchante

The Man, The Myth, The Legend

This column was published by FIU Student Media's The Beacon. Image courtesy of graspublishing.com

Michelle Marchante/Staff Writer

“Only his sight beat me,” Arnold Schwarzenegger said in the Mr. Olympia bodybuilding competition of 1969 when Sergio Oliva first stepped onto the stage.

With a 27” waist, 58” chest and 22” arms, Oliva was a force to be reckoned with, being the only man in the world to ever defeat Schwarzenegger.

It’s been three years after his death on November 12, 2012 and not only has the bodybuilding world failed to find another man that could even come close to Oliva’s legendary status but he continues to appear and be discussed in bodybuilding magazines, newspapers and websites all around the world.

The reason for this isn’t because he’s a bodybuilding legend but because he continues to be an inspiration for people everywhere. He’s a prime example of what it means to follow the American dream.

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