Legendary Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Obsession Once Led Him to Serve Prison

Published 05/05/2022, 8:45 AM EDT

Once you become a legend like Arnold Schwarzenegger, every part of your journey becomes an inspirational lesson. However, to achieve a career as phenomenal as Arnold, you’ll have to be as passionate as him. Did you know the troubles he had to go through to win his first Mr. Europe title?

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From pumping iron to a successful acting and entrepreneurial career, he has led an incredible life. Today, he is an inspiration for millions of people. An everlasting icon for perhaps every other bodybuilder on the planet. Though all the successes and privileges were not served to him on a platter. He has worked hard and made his way from the bottom to the top.

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Arnold Schwarzenegger went to jail for following his passion

Normally, when you win something, you are applauded for your victory and efforts. However, that was not the case with Arnold. He was sentenced to jail for attending and winning Mr. Europe’s title. The bodybuilder was only 18 at the time, and it was mandatory to serve in the Austrian army for a year. Though, during his service tenure, he snuck out of his camp and went to Germany for the competition.

NEW YORK – 1969: Austrian Bodybuilder Arnold Schwarzenegger (billed as Arnold Strong ‘Mr. Universe’) in a scene from the Trimark Pictures movie ‘Hercules In New York’ in 1969 in New York city, New York. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

Arnold returned home with the title of Mr. Europe. However, for his act of defiance, he had to live in army jail for two or three days. Afterward, he said, “the military officials were uncomfortable with the sentence and let him go.”

Furthermore, according to reports, “his army superiors ended up supporting his bodybuilding efforts.”

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From Mr. Europe to Mr. Olympia and Mr. Universe

What started with being the best in Europe led Arnold to further milestones in his career. After that, he became Mr. Olympia and Mr. Universe, which are considered the most prestigious titles in bodybuilding. Though it was only fair given his obsession with the sport from a very young age. Arnold said, “Since I was 10 or 11 years old I wanted to come to America, I wanted to be a body-building champion, the strongest man in the world”

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Well, the legend did become everything he ever dreamed of and certainly much more.

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Saurav Panwar

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Saurav Panwar is a US Sports writer at EssentiallySports. A postgraduate in Media and Communication Studies, he shares a profound love for creative direction and filmmaking. Saurav is also an avid reader and a literature devotee whose fandom spreads from classics to sci-fi, non-fiction, plays, comics, and much more.

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