“Flex Could Have Beaten Ronnie If…”: Fan Judge Ronnie Coleman vs. Flex Wheeler Iconic 1998 Mr. Olympia Competition

Ronnie Coleman is nicknamed “the king” of bodybuilding. He won eight Mr. Olympia titles consecutively from 1998 to 2005. Ronnie’s incredible performances left an incredible mark on the sport. Although he did not achieve unfathomable success early in his career, Ronnie persevered towards greatness.

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Ronnie started out as a bodybuilder after becoming a police officer. After struggling for a long time delivering pizza, he finally landed a steady job. His colleague persuaded him to start bodybuilding because he already had a muscular body. Having pursued bodybuilding professionally alongside his police work, Ronnie has never looked back.

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When Ronnie Coleman won his first, Mr. Olympia

Ronnie ColemanMr. Olympia’s journey to his first victory was not easy. Although he won his first bodybuilding competition in 1990, it took eight long years for him to break through as a bodybuilding champion. Ronnie competed in Mr. Olympia for the first time in 1992 but failed to make the cut. It continued year after year, but Ronnie couldn’t even make the top five. In 1998, Ronnie stunned the world by winning his first Mr. Olympia title, beating Flex Wheeler by three points.

The competition was exciting until the very end. Bodybuilding fans remember the finale as it unfolded just a few years ago. A video posted on Youtube of the 1998 Mr. Olympia final left fans in awe. They expressed their opinions and excitement about the finale in the comments to the video. “Flex could have beaten Ronnie if his back was wider, but in terms of details he matched the norm. writes a fan.

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Fans spared no effort to support their favorite bodybuilder. They expressed how they felt when Coleman won his first Mr. Olympia title.

Fan reactions to the iconic finale

The event caused a mixed reaction from fans. Fans were stunned by the intense competition of the event. Many fans have exclaimed how such competitive quality is not seen these days.

Here are some more fan reactions:

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Fans then noticed the smallest aspects that made him dominate. A fan wrote about Ronnie being unbeatable while in peak form. “No one beats RONNIE COLEMAN at his peak!”. Another fan noticed how “The King” focused on his routine, while Flex Wheeler was just watching him. They drew comparisons to how a winner focuses on winning. “Flex focuses on Ronnie, while he focuses on himself. Very noticeable,” he commented.

“Flex back is his best part of the body” really? No way you’re crazy. Flex Wheeler was physical perfection seen from the front. ” commented one user. He pointed out how much people would appreciate Flex Wheeler’s back, but his front body was far more impressive.

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A fan who attended the contest shared his experience with the event. Sharing his experience, he writes, “I was there at the Madison Square Garden Paramount Theater that night in ’98. The whole place cheered and cheered Coleman on all night. He was the winner all the time. But Flex won the Arnold that year, he peaked at the Arnold and looked sweet at the Olympia. He had the best arms, legs, back and glutes ever that day. Flex never stood a chance.

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Teresa E. Burton