Mr Olympia...1999, Ronnie Coleman; what a year this was! Everyone came in 'on'!!! The year before, Dorian had had to withdraw and subsequently retire (the repaired tricep just wasn't going to re-gain full strength), so the field was wide open. Against some people's expectations, Ronnie took the Sandow but in 1999 the feeling was his reign had not yet been cemented and there was still every possibility to gain the Olympia crown...so they brought it!!! Flex was as close to being completely 'on' as he had been since '93; Chris Cormier was breathtaking, Kevin was 'full blown', Nasser was huge and ripped and dry (too dry as it turned out lol!!) and Shawn was also in the mix as well as the whole line up just being awesome. The best O ever? It has to come close!!! Ronnie was just too good, too muscular, too ripped and too balanced. He took 1st's in every round; Flex 2nd in every round; Chris a solid 3rd in every round and then just one point seperated Kevin and Shawn...with Kevin taking it on the posing round. Nasser was disqualified for a banned diuretic but had been placed 6th. What a show!!! They then came to the European Grand Prix tour and blew everyone's minds...this was one golden year; it deserves a few comparison photo's I think lol!! Flex, on Ronnie being announced victor, turned around and stood in silence with his hands on his hips; it was no dis-respect to Ronnie (who was on the flooe in tears), it was actually great to see! I saw, at last, just how much he had sacrificed, how much he had given and how badly he had wanted that title. I, too, have questioned Flex's decision to return this year; simply for his health situation, but I guess he still feels there's unfinished business up thers. If this is what he wants; I support him...just with prayers he stays healthy.
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