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Published on 01 Sep 2014 | over 2 years ago

Arnold Schwarzenegger is the bodybuilder I most admire. I see a similarity between me and Arnold. He’s stubborn to a point where he doesn’t care what people think of him. He believed in himself and didn’t just sit there waiting to be accepted by the public. He set the pace and people danced at his feet. Like me, he didn’t just believe he was good, he believed he was great.”

“My favorite athlete is Muhammad Ali. A real man, who lives by his convictions and principles. He was a leader who wasn’t afraid to pay the price. His beliefs cost him millions- but man cannot live by bread alone. He may be broke now, but he has one big thing money cannot buy: dignity. [Ed’s note: there is some contention whether Ali is broke.) The whole world loves and respects Ali. Other leaders of the time – Martin Luther King, Malcolm X – were assassinated. I believe the people who wanted to similarly punish Ali administered poison that messed up his neurological system, which was diagnosed as Parkinson’s disease. Let’s celebrate Ali’s life while he is still alive, not wait till he’s dead.

“My favorite food is rice, rice, rice and rice. When I binge out it’s on even more rice . It’s better than pizza, better than ice cream.”

“I’d love to be alone in the Amazon jungle surrounded by nature, wildlife, serenity and peace. I also want to own a lion … but I couldn’t walk around LA with a big cat.”

“What amazes me about Joe Weider is the vision he had to take a sport that most people laughed at and make it into a billion-dollar industry. Other people look at a lemon and see a lemon. Joe looks at a lemon and sees lemonade. He sees what the lemon can become. When Joe Weider saw Victor Richards as a teenager he saw the shape of things to come. The rest of the other mules looked and asked “What’s Victor won?” Joe had the vision to see what Victor could be. Joe Weider has done so much for bodybuilding that only when he’s no longer around will people truly understand how important he is to this sport.”

“My goal is not to win trophies or the Mr. Olympia. If I win Mr. Olympia, that’s fine. If I don’t, that is not going to decide my success. My ambition is to be the best I can be and to leave my footprints in the history of the sport. Bodybuilding is a steppingstone for me to get my message across. I feel I can change the world. The number one disease we have, especially in this nation, is racism. I’d like to travel the country teaching kids to judge people by their character, not their color. If lions and donkeys and sheep can be trained to live together in the circus, why can’t we human beings learn to live together?”

“I have a recurring dream where I am attacked by dwarves and tied down flat on the ground while they taunt and try to make fun of me.” Ed’s note: Over to you Mr. Freud.

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