Bodybuilder Sergio Oliva Junior is not happy after he was recently compared to his legendary father in social media.
“One is of a kid who’s not a Pro and the other is a Pro who’s retired. These comparisons are so stupid and makes no sense,” he responded after photos were posted online comparing father and son in their signature bodybuilding pose.
Oliva, a Cuban bodybuilder also known as ‘The Myth’, won the Mr. Olympia title three years in a row back in the 1960s.
In his autobiography, ‘Arnold: The Education of a Bodybuilder’, Arnold Schwarzenegger recalled the first time he encountered ‘The Myth’: “Then for the first time, I saw Sergio Oliva in person. I understood why they called him ‘the Myth’. It was as jarring as if I’d walked into a wall. He destroyed me. He was so huge, he was so fantastic, there was no way I could even think of beating him. I admitted my defeat and felt some of my pump go away. I tried. But I’d been so taken back by my first sight of Sergio Oliva that I think I settled for 2nd place before we walked out on the stage… I never like to admit defeat, but I thought Sergio was better. There were no two ways about it.”
Although the 2017 New York Pro winner was initially discouraged by his late father to pursue a career in bodybuilding, one of Sergio Junior’s goals now is to leave his own mark in the sport– just like ‘The Myth’ did back in the golden era of bodybuilding.