“Priceless”: Father of 8, Ronnie Coleman’s Adorable Snap With Never-Seen-in-Public Daughter Leaves Bodybuilding World in Awe

Published 09/05/2023, 9:15 AM EDT

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Eight-time Mr. Olympia Ronnie Coleman is among the most respected champions in the bodybuilding community. The 59-year-old former champion is still living life to the fullest, despite facing health issues. The father of eight regularly goes to the gym and attends events. However, unlike many bodybuilders whose family members often appear in their videos, Coleman chooses to keep his family life private.

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However, the bodybuilding icon took one of his daughters to a recent meet-and-greet event. As a newly inducted brand ambassador for the YoungLA apparel brand, Coleman attended a company event where he and other YoungLA brand ambassadors like Jay Cutler met fans. Earlier, King Coleman posted an adorable picture with his daughter, who made her first appearance at one of her father’s events.

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After his rival-turned-friend Jay Cutler, Ronnie Coleman is the second bodybuilder from the 2000s to join the apparel brand. This was also Coleman’s first event as one of the brand ambassadors of YoungLA. Besides the Arnold Classic winner, Jay Cutler, fitness influencer Lean Beef Patty, and others were part of the meet-and-greet.

The 59-year-old took his daughter Valencia Coleman with him. “Having fun with my daughter Val at the Meet and Greet with the @youngla athletes. The entire weekend was a blast,” wrote Coleman in the caption of his image. Coleman added, “They sold 15k tickets to this event and I think 15k showed up in my cue to take photos.”

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Ronnie Coleman married Rоuаіdа Сhrіѕtіnе Асhkаr in 2007. The French-Lebanese personal trainer met the then-champion at a sports fair in Paris in 1998, when Coleman won his first Mr. Olympia title. The pair dated for nine years before tying the knot. Coleman fathered two children with Achkar, Jamilleah Coleman and Valencia Coleman. Fans showered their love seeing the former champion post a picture with his daughter.

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The bodybuilding world’s reaction to the father-daughter duo

Bodybuilding fans loved seeing Coleman with his daughter. “Priceless,” commented one fan. Another fan found a resemblance between Valencia and The King’s mother. “Doesn’t she have your Momma’s beautiful smile(?)” commented the fan. “Hell yeah Big Ron quality family time,” wrote another fan. Meanwhile, one fan asked an interesting hypothetical question.

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“Imagine if Ronnie’s daughter started training,” wrote the fan. The comment is presently the most liked one on the post, with 184 likes. Another was glad to see Ronnie Coleman happy. “Yeah, buddy. Big shout out to the legendary 8x Mr Olympia,” the fan wrote. What did you think of Ronnie Coleman’s picture with his daughter Valencia? Tell us in the comments.

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Sagnik Bagchi is a sports writer at EssentiallySports who specializes in American sports. He has a deep understanding of combat sports, gymnastics, and weightlifting. He holds a Master's Degree in English Literature from a top university.
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