“After 23 Years of Pain, Suffering, Sorrow…”: Newly Crowned Mr. Olympia Champion, Hadi Choopan, Opens Up on His Struggles

Published 12/20/2022, 7:15 AM EST

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Hadi Choopan dethroned the two-time Mr. Olympia Mamdouh Elssbiay A.K.A. Big Ramy to win Mr. Olympia 2022. Choopan, who is also referred to as Persian Wolf, won a whooping $400,000 as prize money for Mr. Olympia. After winning the glorious title of Mr. Olympia, Hadi Choopan opted for Instagram as a conversing platform. He conveyed his gratitude and talked about the tough times he faced. He also seemed ready to face the situations in the coming future and reflected a bring-it-on attitude.

Choopan has always been expressive of his feelings. So, what did Hadi Choopan say in his Instagram post? Let’s find out.


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Hadi Choopan feels grateful after winning Mr. Olympia

The Persian Wolf had a childhood of extreme hardships. He worked as a plasterer at the mere age of 10. Although he is in a much better place now after being in pro leagues for a few years now. But it wasn’t the case always. Remembering that, Hadi Choopan summarized his hardships and his journey to success in a few words of gratitude on an Instagram post.

Hadi Choopan uploaded his picture, where he is joyfully watching his hard-earned trophy and admiring it. He wrote, “After 23 years of pain, suffering, sorrow, slander, poverty, hard work, effort, cost, bad words, high walls full of trouble, life thieves, bad people, treacherous friends, but!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! With the help and grace of God, the prayers of my family, friends, good fans and sacrificing the best time of my life, I reached my dreams today and I salute life. Hello life, hello world, hello peace 🙏”


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Moving on, let’s look at some of the reactions from the legendary bodybuilders to Choopan’s post.

The bodybuilding world reacted to Choopan’s heartfelt post


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Indeed, Hadi Choopan’s story is extremely inspiring. From starting with nothing to winning the biggest bodybuilding title in the world. Choopan has come a long way. And bodybuilders can particularly feel what must it have taken for Choopan to reach here. Henceforth, they joined Choopan’s celebration and wrote some admirable words on his post. 

7x Mr. Olympia Phil Heath wrote, “Congratulations!!!”. On the other hand, his coach Hany Rambod couldn’t stop himself from praising the Persian Wolf and wrote, “The entire world is proud of you Dadash! You have proven anything is possible when you work hard and never ever give up! Congratulations and Enjoy this amazing win! 🔥👑🔥.” Whereas 13x Mr. Olympia finalist Shawn Ray wrote, “The Champion 👌🏾👍🏽😎.” Another IFBB Pro, Jeremy Potvin commented, “Earned it! Congrats champ! 👏”


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As Arnold Schwarzenegger once said, “Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength.” Similarly, Choopan rose above every hardship to become the champion. What do you think of Hadi Choopan’s inspiring journey? And how did you like Choopan’s massive physique in Mr. Olympia 2022?


Written by:

Kaivalya R Pillai


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Dr. Kaivalya R Pillai is a US Sports author working at EssentiallySports. An accomplished academician, he recently completed his doctorate degree in pharmacy.
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Simar Singh Wadhwa