Rühl had (always has imo, quite the opposite of Ronnie in that aspect) great abs (just a wider waist, but well...). Ronnie had shitty abs/ugly abs (and did he just forget to flex them at times where the others did flex?) even back then... Real shame.
Even more of a shame that Levrone didn't train during the off-season(s)... A few more pounds overall and he could imo have beaten almost all of those guys in any show...
Flex once said that was his best shape ever, great show, great post Gerdy, I still have no idea how flex didnt win more shows, back to the original question. You may have nailed it but 2009 O may be one of the greatest, tons of expectations
well Flex wasn't necessarily a loser by any means. He has one of the winningest careers in bbing.
I agree on the 09 O and one thing that gets me excited is that in the previous 'big shows' many of the bodies were similar (IE same or close to same height, similar structure, etc) Like look at levrone, wheeler, ronnie, all very similar physiques imo.
with the 09 O compare Wolf to Kai to Phil to Silvio to Jay to Branch, etc...they all have completely different styles of physiques and that, to me, is what makes this O very interesting. Also the fact that there is probably 10 guys who could potentially win. lol
Crod: Ruhl has never been known to have the best triceps...Ronnie had some phenominal arms in size and definition. I'd give the vote to Big Ron personally
You're def right, one of the most winningest, and countless 2nd places, I just think its crazy when guys talk about Flex on this board and others and say "yeh well hes great, if like those "aesthetic kinda guys"" like this sport isnt based on asethetics.
Back to this year O, should be crazy, I cant see Phil Heath losing unless he just blows it. I sorta feel bad for Dexter in that regard, hes virtually flawless except for his calves. But its not like he can get any bigger, A great big guy will always beat a great small guy.
I'm too inexperienced with the history of bodybuilding to give a legitmate vote. I've only been a real fan for about a year and have only "dug up" so much, but as others have mentioned already, with this years Mr. O lineup it may rank amongst the greatest.