“I Actually Broke That Curse”: Beast Jay Cutler Who Dethroned Legend Ronnie Coleman Talks About an Unheard “Curse in Bodybuilding”

Published 06/01/2023, 5:45 AM EDT

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Bodybuilding is a sport that demands discipline, dedication, and an unwavering commitment, but throughout its history, the sport has been surrounded by numerous beliefs and stereotypes. Such beliefs sometimes get over the minds of even professional bodybuilders. 4x Mr. Olympia Jay Cutler is one of them, who also heard about similar things during his heydays. But the legendary bodybuilder once revealed that rather than succumbing to such stereotypes, he worked hard to break them

One widely held notion prevailing in the sport for a long time was the curse of coming as a runner-up. For years, bodybuilding enthusiasts and experts believed that the competitor who consistently placed second would never manage to clinch the ultimate prize. Bodybuilders like Flex Wheeler, Shawn Ray, and Kevin Levon are legendary examples of such a notion.

Jay Cutler took five years to break the curse


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Cutler also had to go through the same, as despite his remarkable physique and relentless efforts, he fell short of defeating Coleman not once but four times. The curse of the runner-up seemed to have a tight grip on him, leaving many to question if he would ever overcome it. Cutler once opened up about the same notion in the Factz Podcast.

However, it was the dedication of the bodybuilder hailing from Massachusetts that finally brought an end to this long-standing debate. In 2006, after years of being haunted by the curse, the stage was set for a battle that would determine whether Cutler could finally break the curse and dethrone Ronnie Coleman.


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Jay Cutler emerged victorious, defeating Coleman and ending his eight-year reign as Mr. Olympia. It was a historic moment that shocked the bodybuilding community. Cutler’s victory not only marked the end of Coleman’s reign but also shattered the widely believed curse of the runner-up.  “So that was a curse, and I actually broke that curse when I actually won in 2006,” he said in the video. However, his journey after winning the competition became a bigger question for him. 

Cutler’s dilemma after winning the Mr. Olympia


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After years of relentless efforts and dedication, Cutler was finally able to get his hand on the greatest title of bodybuilding. However, he never thought about what he would do once achieving his dream. And the legendary bodybuilder found himself completely blank after the biggest moment of his career. “Now I was stuck because there is no further to go,” he said in the podcast. 

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The four-time Olympia added that he was advised to take up an acting career like Arnold. However, he said everyone has different interests and cannot follow the same path as their predecessors did.


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However, it would have been an interesting turn of events if the bodybuilding giant had made it to the big screen. What are your thoughts on Cutler’s take on breaking the unheard bodybuilding curse? Let us know your views in the comments section.

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Shivam Sharma


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Shivam Sharma is a sports writer at EssentiallySports, specializing in American sports. Holding a Bachelor's degree in Journalism, Shivam has previously worked as a writer and show host for a reputable entertainment brand. He has covered over 13 sports covered in his EssentiallySports journey.
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Simar Singh Wadhwa