“Here I Am”- Ronnie Coleman’s Dreams Once Came True After Receiving Prestigious Award From Arnold Schwarzenegger

Published 05/15/2022, 9:15 PM EDT
LONDON, ENGLAND – JUNE 17: Arnold Schwarzenegger attends the Fan Footage Event of ‘Terminator Genisys’ at Vue Westfield on June 17, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Ben A. Pruchnie/Getty Images for Paramount Pictures International)

Back in the 1970s, Arnold Schwarzenegger ruled over the bodybuilding world. It was his playground. Nobody could match his physical attributes that were chiseled to perfection. He became the epitome of bodybuilding.

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Moreover, he became the inspiration for everyone entering the world of professional bodybuilding. No matter who you were or where you were from, Arnold was sure to be an idol for those who entered the sport.

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Arnold Schwarzenegger gifts award to Ronnie Coleman

Much like almost everybody else, Arnold was also an idol for eight-time Mr. Olympia, Ronnie Coleman. During the 2021 Arnold Classic, Ronnie’s magnificent legacy had him honored with a lifetime achievement award; none other than his idol Arnold gave it to him. After a standing ovation, Coleman spoke about his commitment to bodybuilding and the support from his family. 

“I had seen Arnold give this award to other people over the years, and I thought to myself, ‘I’m going to get that someday,’ and here I am,” said Ronnie in his acceptance speech.

As he mentioned his mother in the speech, Ronnie couldn’t contain his emotions. The crowd burst with another standing ovation and added, “Ronnie, Ronnie,” cheers this time out. Moments later, Coleman collected himself as he addressed the crowd’s appreciation. Schwarzenegger took to social media to express his feelings for Ronnie.

Many consider Coleman to be the greatest bodybuilder of all time. Notably, Lee Haney and Ronnie Coleman share the title for most Mr. Olympia wins.

Schwarzenegger’s bodybuilding career

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Arnold began powerlifting and trained to get better at the young age of 15. When he was 19, he took part in his first Mr. Universe competition where he finished second. At 20, Arnold became the youngest ever winner of the Mr. Universe title.

LOS ANGELES – JUNE 13: Body builder, actor and future Governor of California Arnold Schwarzenegger poses for a portrait session on June 13, 1985 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry Langdon/Getty Images)

Soon after, in 1969, Arnold took part in his first Mr. Olympia event where he again finished second. He bettered his finish at the event the following year by winning the tournament. Arnold continued to win the tournament seven times, a record at the time. Having established such a glorious legacy, Arnold retired from the sport.

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But he did not move away from the sport that gave him everything he has today. Arnold continues to attend and judge many professional bodybuilding competitions throughout the year.

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Naman Gopal Srivastava

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Naman Gopal is a US Sports Writer at EssentiallySports. Naman is an Undergraduate in Journalism and Mass Communication, with a minor’s degree in Cinematography from the Maharashtra Institute of Technology. An ardent fan of basketball and soccer, Naman was once a national level soccer player himself.

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