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PostDeath of Sergio Oliva (David Duggan, USA, 11/20/12 1:52 pm)
Speaking of "fringe" sports in which Americans were once dominant, but may no longer be so, bodybuilder Sergio Oliva, AKA "The Myth" (because people couldn't believe what they were seeing at the 1967 Montreal Expo), died last week at the age of 71.
A Cuban native who came to Chicago in his 20s after escaping following Castro's takeover (he had fought for Batista), Oliva was known for his incredible symmetry, wasp-like (28") waist between 28" thighs and a 48" chest, anchored by 22" biceps. He is the only bodybuilder to have beaten Arnold Schwarzenegger in the Mr. Olympia contest (1969). For 25 years, he was a Chicago policeman, essentially doing "community relations" work. In 1986, his wife plugged him with five bullets during a domestic dispute. She was never prosecuted.
Years ago, I represented one of his bodybuilding disciples who told of injecting him with steroids. Cause of death was stated to be kidney failure, which is a sad side-effect of the massive injection of performance enhancing drugs typical in that and other sports.
JE comments: RIP, Sergio Oliva. If you want to see a truly Mythic male physique, click below: