Oui (Now defunct porn mag): Is there a code of dos and don’ts in a championship?
Schwarzenegger (Current republican frontrunner in California gubernatorial race): Of course; but when you become a star almost anything goes. It’s like Ali doing something dirty in the ring — not many people are going to take it too seriouisly. You’re not supposed to talk while you’re posing, for example, yet I used to do it all the time and it would blow the other guys’ minds. If you were going through the compulsory poses — a double bicepts pose, say — I’d just turn to the guy next to me and say, “What a shame, what a disadvantage for you,” or I’d psych him in reverse by saying the disadvantage was mine, that he was definitely going to be the one to win. Once, I even sent a guy off-stage. He was enormous, really fantastic, and the audience was screaming for both of us, so you knew it was going to be close. After about 15 minutes of posing, I told him that I’d had enough and that we ought to quit, just walk off. He agreed, turned around and left and I just stayed on. The audience immediately turned against him and I won — my first Mr. Olympia title, in 1970.
[via Smoking Gun]
An account of the competition:
Oliva leaves the rostrum and Schwarzenegger waves him back, challenging his sportsmanship … Sergio climbs back. He won’t be accused of “chickening out!” in any competition.
The posedown begins all over again – Lewis, Schwarzenegger and Oliva. But the fact that it’s Arnold’s day is now clearer than ever. Gritting teeth, straining muscle, swelling veins, stretching, twisting, flexing. “Arnold – Arnold – Arnold,” the crowd continues and we all know it officially when at the completion of the posedown Bud Parker announces the winner, “Mr. Arnold Schwarzenegger.”
Frankly, I have little problem with Arnold’s womanizing or drugs or partying, all indications that he lives his life at full blast. Maybe I would make different choices, but this hardly disqualifies him from government. When it comes to his scorched earth lack of ethics and his treatment of those whom he feels are his inferiors, it makes me sick that he would even get a single vote from the people of California.