Throwback to the Time When Usually Humble Ronnie Coleman Pissed His Rivals at Mr. Olympia 2001 Conference

Published 09/01/2023, 2:00 PM EDT

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Everyone in the bodybuilding world knows the tale of Ronnie Coleman’s hardship and struggle. The 26 IFBB pro title holder’s journey towards becoming Mr. Olympia started after a free membership to the gym kick-started his career. An ex-cop, the 8x Mr. Olympia winner, is known for his usually humble nature.

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However, at the 2001 Mr. Olympia Press Conference, fans saw a different side of the bodybuilding legend. Engaged in a heated press conference with fellow legends, Jay Cutler, Kevin Levrone, and Shawn Ray in attendance, Coleman fired numerous verbal shots at his competitors.

Ronnie Coleman asks if something is wrong with his competitors’ bodies

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In what is touted as one of the most heated press conferences in Mr. Olympia’s history, Coleman crushes his competition in the press conference itself. After listening to Shawn Ray question the judges of the event, Coleman went on a tirade, accusing them of bringing it up because he was winning the event.

“Just because I am Mr. Olympia and I have won three times in a row, there seems to be something wrong with the judges. How come there can’t be something wrong with y’all’s bodies,” Coleman retorted. The legend also ridiculed Kevin Levrone, saying he had won three Mr. Olympias while Levrone had none.

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“When was the last time you beat me?” Coleman asked. Coleman’s performance in the conference was mirrored on stage when he went on to win his fourth title that year. The legend’s life, however, was not all hunky-dory, with him having had his fair share of injuries during his career.

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The King had broken screws in his back

With his immense focus on bodybuilding, Coleman often missed out on much-needed rest. The bodybuilder has undergone multiple surgeries to ease the pain in his back that has haunted him for years. He also had to go through surgeries in 2018 and 2019 to treat broken screws in the back. However, the surgeries took a toll on him, rendering him unable to walk without support. Currently, Coleman uses a wheelchair or a walking stick for carrying out his day-to-day activities.

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Despite facing such hardships, the King remains steadfast in his vigor to recover. He has taken to stem cell therapy to help with his issues while also keeping his YouTube channel running with inspirational podcasts and workout videos for fans. Furthermore, Coleman remains an inspirational figure for anyone who looks to enter the world of fitness and bodybuilding while also reminding one that sufficient rest is required amid the greatest hard work.

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Abhishek Manikandan

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Abhishek Manikandan is a Bodybuilding editor at EssentiallySports. Armed with a Master's in Communication with a specialization in Media Practice, he previously worked at Reuters News as a correspondent. He has also spent considerable time covering sports news for numerous other national and local publications.
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