1980 Mr. Olympia story *good read*

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  1. Crunge

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    Held in the thrilling spectacle of the Sydney Opera House in Australia on Saturday, October 4th. Prejudgin was at 2pm. Bill Pearl was the IFBB Head Judge. It was held on the same weekend as the famous Muhammad Ali - Larry Holmes title fight in Las Vegas, which Ali lost. Arnold entered the contest in the last 24 hours, to the surprise of many, who wondered why would he want to try and destroy his perfect record. After the Olympia, Frank Zane asked Arnold why he came back to compete, and Arnold said "To get back at Mike Menzter and Boyer Coe. To show them they can't get away with knocking me and my training". Arnold wanted to show them that you could go into the Olympia on a very positive note without criticizing others, and win.

    Before the contest, an ultimatum, in the form of a petition, signed by all of the competitors, except Arnold, read 'The following Mr. Olympia competitors are in favor of abolishing the two weight classes, and replacing them with one open class." The message in the petition was implicit: one class or no contest! However, Arnold would not budge, and the meeting between the bodybuilders and the judges got quite ugly, almost violent as 15 bodybuilders turned against Arnold. Finally, Joe Weider got involved, talked to Arnold, and Arnold withdrew his objection. The Mr. Olympia event became a one class contest again.

    The judges for this contests were Reg Park, Mits Kawashima, Albert Busek, Dan Howard, Brendan Ryan, Jacques Blommaert and Mike Walczak. Before the contest, no one complained about the judges. Afterwards, well.... lets just say this was one of the most controversial Olympias ever. Arnold was not in his best shape, and the 15 other competitors knew it. Even Arnold realized he was only in 90% shape.

    When the top five were called out, things started to get bad. Mike Menzter in 5th place. The judges had to be joking. Mike was in the prime of his bodybuilding career, better than last years Olympia. Mike would say later "So ludicrous was the decision that, really; all I could do was laugh. I will tell you, somebody out there really wanted me crushed out completely". Boyer's reaction was a little different. "Is there no justice" Boyer demanded to know as he sent chairs flying into walls. Frank Zane accepted his trophy with a calmer demeanor, yet later shattered his trophy into hundreds of pieces by hurling it to the asphalt of the opera house parking lot. Dickerson accepted second place with a sharp "Oh no", and vanished into the night. And Arnold. Arnold was booth by over 40% of the 2000 fans in the opera house. All 15 competitors are unanimous in their beleif that slecting Arnold was a bad decision on the part of the judges. Even the CBS Sports crew were shocked, expecting Mike Mentzer as the champion. Even Bill Peark (who did not vote), said he would never have picked Arnold
     
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    I heard a bunch about this, I wouldnt mind seeing pictures or something.
     
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    sweet location for mr O :o id go to watch if it was here again, and be scared of the giantic monsters walking around
     
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    i have the arnold comeback dvd. i forget what its called. i think arnold looked great in '80. a little thin, but still pretty good.

    arnold in '80:

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    Copied from an interview on bb.com
     
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    they booed him?
     
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    and holy crap, i can't beleive how much arnold looks like my dad in the face :eek3:
     
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    Second pic is Mentzer in the 80 Olympia... He was picked to win before the controversy. Which as you can see, he was twice as hard.
     
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    he's 5'8"....arnold towers over him
     
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    im gonna go watch the vid again
     
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    holy shit! the olympia could be political?!
     
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    uAb0b Buckeye Fitness

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    Blasphemy.
     
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    im so used to looking at the modern day BB'ers that these pics just look like pics of amateurs :wtc:
     
  16. Filmboy44

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    interesting. he still won tho :cool:
     
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