Franco Columbu is one of the most successful bodybuilders in history, and has never won Mr. Olympia. He came close twice: he was runner up to Arnold Schwarzenegger in 1976 and placed third behind Sergio Oliva and Schwarzenegger in 1977.
Franco Columbu is a former Mr. Olympia competitor, actor, and personal trainer. He won the title in 1981 but there is some speculation as to whether or not he ever actually won it. Some people say that Arnold Schwarzenegger, his training partner at the time, threw the competition in order to ensure that Franco would win. Regardless of whether or not this is true, Columbu was an impressive bodybuilder and deserves recognition for his achievements.
There is some debate over whether Franco Columbu ever actually won the Mr. Olympia competition. While many believe that he was indeed victorious in both 1977 and 1978, others say that he only ever won in 1977. There is no clear answer, but the debate still rages on today. What is undisputed, however, is Columbu’s impressive bodybuilding career – which makes him a worthy contender for the title of Mr. Olympia at least!
Franco Columbu, the only bodybuilder to have won Mr. Olympia twice in a row, was also known for his incredible strength with an emphasis on power lifting. He won the title of World’s Strongest Man four times and is still considered one of the most successful bodybuilders ever. His legacy continues today as he trains Arnold Schwarzenegger who has said that Franco is “a tough guy” and “one hell of a man.”