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 When 6X Mr. Olympia Dorian Yates retired and Paul Dillett collapsed on stage after Ronnie Coleman won his first Mr. Olympia title in 1998, the bodybuilding community was stunned. Coleman won the Olympia by a landslide over Shawn Ray, Nasser El Sonbaty, and Kevin Levrone, who had been vying for first place for years. Ronnie arrived hulking and torn. Ronnie's size and conditioning were unmatched at the time, so Dorian was probably glad he retired at the time.

In the early stages of his career, Ronnie Coleman had it all, including mass and detail, but nothing was more impressive than his back. Even today's Mr. Olympia, Phil Heath, can't compete with the size of Ronnie's muscle bellies or the symmetry of his back.

Ronnie Coleman, on the other hand, took the mass thing far too far, as shown by the way his midsection blew out of control in his later years. It's incredible that he won the Olympia so many times despite the fact that there were hundreds of bodybuilders in the competition who had huge size but better cuts. If you look at the timeline, you'll find that his most dominant forms occurred during his first two Olympia victories.