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Sergio Oliva little history and Pics

16 April 2019 No Comment

It all started in 1941. On July 4 in a family of 22 brothers and sisters Sergio was born. He was born in Guanabacoa, Havana, Cuba.

At 12 years old he was helping his father by working in the sugar cane fields and later (around 16 years old)was enrolled in army.

It is considered that the nickname “The Myth” he got after 1967 Montreal World’s Fair because he was so huge for those times.

However before that let’s talk about how he went into weightlifting & bodybulding….

Some say that once when he was hanging out on the beach and a guy he met there invited him to the local weightlifting club and Sergio loved so much lifting weights that after just 6 months he was already lifting over 300lbs in clean and jerks exercise.

Sergio started to compete and in 1962 he took second place at National Weightlifting Championship for Cuba and in the same year he was chosen to represent Cuba at the 1962 Central American and Caribbean Games hosted in Kingston, Jamaica and that was the time when he ran to the American Consulate and demanded political asylum which he received.

Sergio Oliva is considered by most to be the world’s most genetically gifted bodybuilder… He set a whole new standard for competitive bodybuilding;

In fact his arms were bigger than Arnold’s and may be everyone else at those times. In The Nautilus Book, Volume II by Arthur Jones who actually measured arms in those times of best bodybuilders and Sergio had 20.5 inches arms(in some sources it says 22.5 inches).

Did you know that in USA he worked as a TV repairman, also later he was working in foundry and as a policeman and in all these he always had time for working out. He had an incredible work ethic.

Before their last Olympia battle with Arnold, Sergio sent him a letter with his biceps where it was huge and he put a note there “see you at the Olympia” 🙂 Arnold was shocked at Sergio’s size!

Sergio was from a family with many children and he was used to hard work.

A shocking thing happened with Sergio in 1986 when his wife shot him and he sustained 5 bullet wounds. Well, may be his mass saved him then or at leas helped.

Sergio died at the age of 71 on November 12 2012.

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