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This photo was taken at the 1970 NABBA Pro Mr Universe in London. Arnold Schwarzenegger competed against and defeated his idol Reg Park. Reg Park was a champion bodybuilder from the 1940s to the 1970s. He went on to star in five Italian “Sword and Sandal” movies playing Hercules in four of them and Samson in another.
Below is a direct quote attributed to Arnold Schwarzenegger which was part of an article published in the May 1971 issue of Joe Weider’s Muscle Builder magazine. It is not beyond the realm of possibilities that the article was ghost written as some bodybuilding magazine articles are attributed to Arnold in that fashion to this very day.
“I am sorry I had to be the one to burst the Reg Park bubble. This was only the second time that Reg was beaten in a physique contest. The first time by Reeves. Reg is to be congratulated, however. He was not satisfied to rest on his laurels. He trained and competed. I am sure he was not disgraced. Let’s not forget he is now over forty and I am just twenty-three. It was Reg who first inspired me to take up bodybuilding. I read about his background in the Weider magazines during my youth in Germany and I made up my mind to be as great as he was. Later, of course, I decided to be even greater, and, thanks to Joe Weider, I accomplished my dream. But back to Reg Park. I hope he will not allow this defeat to end his days of competition. I am almost certain he will be back next year. I so wish he would decide to compete in the Mr. Olympia event. You have shown the stuff you are made of Reg; you are not a coward. More than I can say for some of the so-called greats in America.”