Ronnie became from this quiet guy in the background who nobody ever thought would be a threat to anything. He became Mr. Olympia. The owner was like man, he sees me come in and asked ‘Do you compete?’ I’m like no.. He’s like, you ever competed? You’re pretty big, you probably need to compete. You can probably be a world champion one day. As soon as he said that, first thing on my mind was no thank you. I’m telling you, you need to do this.. He was like, I’ll tell you what.. He said there’s a contest coming up in about 3-4 months. If you compete in this show, I’ll give you a free membership to the gym. I remember I’m struggling so anytime someone offered me something free at the time like that .. I’m like OK, what I gotta do? I started bodybuilding in 1990. I just steadily progressed since then. So it makes me feel that all my hard work is really paying off. It really motivates me to go to the gym everyday, it really motivates me to have to do certain things. It’s really a combination of hard work and dedication all paying off. Flex is winning all the shows. He won the Arnold Classic and all these shows, the year before that, the next year after that.. So I’m like dang, I’m tired to get my A$$ whooped, it’s time to get on board with the big dogs now. 1998 was an Olympia that was wide open. So suddenly everybody took their game up. Everybody thought they were gonna be the next Mr. Olympia. The Olympia was what I wanted in 1998. Because Dorian Yates had retired. I sat behind him for 6 years, and low and behold.. Me, Kevin and Flex, see Ronnie Coleman, a guy that we used to not even pay attention to.. Leapfrog over all of us. It just made you work harder and harder!! So we come down to the Mr. Olympia, I’m like man if I can make the top 3 this would be better than a dream come true. Because I know I’d never win, I just got into the sport to keep my free membership to the gym. You could see Flex’s back double biceps is a thing of beauty. But the only guy in that lineup that could match him on double biceps .. .. Not beat him but not be vanquished by him was Ronnie. He just dominated on size, he just got bigger and bigger. I remember being on stage 1998. I was in the first callout, I think Ronnie was in the third callout, we never even met each other on stage. But I remember watching him, standing behind him like ‘God dang..’ Here he is doing a crab pose, his back is striated from top to bottom, his glutes.. I’m thinking to myself what if they’re messin’ with him? He looks better than I do. People would always talk about my christmas tree. Honestly I’d always think about him, Ronnie’s christmas tree is just as crazy as mine is. His back is thicker but he doesn’t get the notoriety for it. Leading up to the show everybody already gave it to Flex. So I’m like OK, at least I got second so I’m still just as happy as I can ever be. In second place.. So all of a sudden he calls out Flex Wheeler’s name for second .. .. I’m like did I just hear that right? First thing I did was collapse. Everybody is like what did you say to him when you kneeled down? I said man I love you, congratulations, and I jokingly said I’m not gonna be at your after party right. It changed the destiny of every bodybuilder on the planet. If he would have won by one point, or two points, again I’m like I can chase that down.. I can go harder.. But by him winning by a perfect score, I’m like OK.. He’s out of reach now. When you did get up and you realized you were Mr. Olympia. You leapfrogged over several Hall Of Fame bodybuilders to get that first victory. It took a long time for that to set in first of all. I never even dreamed of winning the Mr. Olympia. I never even thought of it you know.