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Franco Columbu

Franco "The Sardinian Strongman" Columbu
Born August 7, 1941
Italy Sardinia
Other names The Sardinian Strongman
Title Mr. Olympia, Mr. Universe
Height 5 Ft. 5 in.
Weight 198 lb
Predecessor Arnold Schwarzenegger
Successor Frank Zane
Website http://www.columbu.com

Franco Columbu (August 7, 1941, Ollolai, Sardinia) is an Italian actor and bodybuilder. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... August 7 is the 219th day of the year (220th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... For the movie, see 1941 (film). ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Italy. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Sardinia. ... Mr. ... The World Amateur Bodybuilding Championships (formerly IFBB Mr. ... Arnold Alois Schwarzenegger (German pronunciation (IPA): ) (born on July 30, 1947) is an Austrian-American bodybuilder, actor and an American politician, currently serving as the 38th Governor of California. ... Frank Zane on the cover of Mind, Body, Spirit Frank Zane (born June 28, 1942 in Kingston, Pennsylvania) is an American former professional bodybuilder and teacher. ... August 7 is the 219th day of the year (220th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... For the movie, see 1941 (film). ... Ollolai is a village at the center of Barbagia, in Sardinia, Italy. ... Sardinia (pronounced ; Italian: ; Sardinian: or Sardinnya) is the second-largest island in the Mediterranean Sea (after Sicily). ... Actors in period costume sharing a joke whilst waiting between takes during location filming. ... Bodybuilder Anders Graneheim (Sweden) Bodybuilding is the sport of developing muscle fibers through the combination of weight training, increased caloric intake, and rest. ...


Starting out his athletic career as a boxer, Columbu progressed into the sport of powerlifting and later bodybuilding, winning the title of Mr. Olympia in 1976 and 1981. At one time he was considered to be one of the world's strongest men and held a number of powerlifting and weightlifting world records. At 5 feet and 5 inches in height, Columbu is shorter than most of his bodybuilding competitors, but that has not prevented him from achieving widespread success. Professional boxing bout featuring Ricardo Domínguez (left, throwing a left uppercut) versus Rafael Ortiz Boxing, also referred to as prizefighting, the noble art, the sweet science, and pugilism is a combat sport in which two participants of similar weight fight each other with their fists in a series of... The bench press is one of the three events of powerlifting. ... Professional Bodybuilder Gustavo Badell posing Bodybuilding is the process of developing muscle fibres through the combination of weight training, sufficient caloric intake, and rest. ... Mr. ... Year 1976 (MCMLXXVI) was a leap year starting on Thursday (link will display full calendar) of the 1976 Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1981 (MCMLXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays the 1981 Gregorian calendar). ... A weightlifter about to jerk 180 kg[1] Weightlifting, sometimes referred to commonly as lifting, is a sport in which competitors attempt to lift heavy weights mounted on steel bars called barbells, the execution of which is a combination of power, flexibility, technique, mental and physical strength. ...


Franco Columbu is also famous for being a long time friend of Arnold Schwarzenegger, whom he met in Munich in 1965 and competed against in several international-level bodybuilding competitions. For the Mr. Olympia competitions however, he competed in the under 200 lb (90.7 kg) category, whereas Schwarzenegger was in the over 200 lb category. The final champion was determined by a pose down between the two class winners. The IFBB has since abandoned weight classes. Arnold Alois Schwarzenegger (German pronunciation (IPA): ) (born on July 30, 1947) is an Austrian-American bodybuilder, actor and an American politician, currently serving as the 38th Governor of California. ... Munich (German: , pronounced  ; Austro-Bavarian: Minga[2]) is the capital of the German Federal State of Bavaria. ... 1965 (MCMLXV) was a common year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1965 calendar). ... IFBB Logo The International Federation of BodyBuilders (IFBB) is a bodybuilding organization founded in 1946 by Ben and Joe Weider. ...


In addition to his athletic accomplishments, Columbu has also made intermittent minor forays into acting. Appearing alongside Arnold in Pumping Iron, he has also appeared in cameo roles in Conan the Barbarian, The Terminator, The Running Man and starred in his own films, notably, Beretta's Island. Pumping Iron is a 1977 documentary film about the run-up to the 1975 Mr. ... Conan the Barbarian is a 1982 film by director John Milius and is recognized as the acting breakthrough of bodybuilder Arnold Schwarzenegger. ... The Terminator (also known as Terminator in some early trailers and posters) is a 1984 science fiction/action film featuring former bodybuilder Arnold Schwarzenegger in what would become his best-known role, and also starred Linda Hamilton and Michael Biehn. ... The Running Man is a film loosely based on the Stephen King novel of the same name, released in 1987, and was directed by Paul Michael Glaser, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger as Ben Richards. ... Berettas Island is a movie released in 1994. ...


He holds doctorates in chiropractic and nutrition. Chiropractic is a complementary and alternative health care profession with the purpose of diagnosing and treating mechanical disorders of the spine and musculoskeletal system with the intention of affecting the nervous system and improving health. ... The updated USDA food pyramid, published in 2005, is a general nutrition guide for recommended food consumption. ...

Contents

Achievements

Bodybuilding Titles

  • 1968: NABBA Mr. Universe (Most Muscular)
  • 1969: IFBB Mr. Europe (Medium)
  • 1969: NABBA Mr. Universe (Most Muscular)
  • 1969: NABBA Mr. Universe (Short)
  • 1969: IFBB Mr. Universe (Short)
  • 1970: IFBB Mr. Europe (Short & Overall)
  • 1970: AAU Mr. World (Pro Short)
  • 1970: IFBB Mr. World (Short)
  • 1970: IFBB Mr. Universe (Short & Overall)
  • 1971: IFBB Mr. Universe (Short & Overall) *Disqualified for selling bodybuilding booklets - considered as a professional*
  • 1971: IFBB Mr. World (Short & Overall)
  • 1974: Mr. Olympia (Lightweight)
  • 1975: Mr. Olympia (Lightweight)
  • 1976: Mr. Olympia (Lightweight & Overall)
  • 1981: Mr. Olympia

The Universe Championships is an annual bodybuilding event organised by the National Amateur Body Building Association (NABBA). ... The World Amateur Bodybuilding Championships (formerly IFBB Mr. ...

Powerlifting titles

  • Champion of Italy
  • Champion of Germany
  • Champion of Europe
  • World Champion

Powerlifting world records

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Weightlifting records

The snatch is one of the two major Olympic Weightlifting events. ... The clean and jerk is one of two weightlifting events. ...

Boxing

  • Amateur Boxing Champion

Trivia

  • In the movie Pumping Iron Columbu is shown to lift an awkwardly parked Fiat car out of its park.
  • Columbu was the best man at Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver's 1986 wedding.
  • One of Columbu's feats of strength was to blow up a hot water bottle until it burst.
  • In the Arnold Schwarzenegger film Last Action Hero, the words "A Franco Columbu film" appear on the screen at the beginning of Jack Slater IV (a film within the film) as a tribute to Columbu.
  • In the opening scenes of Conan the Barbarian, Columbu plays a 'pictish scout', complete with mustache, wig and blue body-paint.
  • In The Terminator, Columbu plays the infiltrating Terminator in Reese's flashback/dream in which the picture of Sarah Connor is destroyed by fire. The Columbu Terminator also features as a boss character in the Terminator 3 video game.
  • Columbu competed in the 1977 World's Strongest Man competition and finished fifth[1], despite not being able to complete all the events having dislocated his knee in the 'Refrigerator Carry' event.

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See also

List of male professional bodybuilders This is a list of male professional bodybuilders. ...


External links

Mr. Olympia
Preceded by:
Arnold Schwarzenegger
First (1976) Succeeded by:
Frank Zane
Preceded by:
Arnold Schwarzenegger
Second (1981) Succeeded by:
Chris Dickerson

  Results from FactBites:
 
Pumping Iron : w8pedia (1127 words)
Franco and Arnold both train together in the gym outside, where spectators are able to watch, contrasting the conditions Ferrigno is training under.
Franco Columbu is also documented in a memorable scene when he blows air into a hot water bottle until it explodes.
Franco Columbu would go on to win the Olympia in 1976 and eventually became a practising doctor.
Franco Columbu - definition of Franco Columbu in Encyclopedia (159 words)
Franco Columbu (Ollolai, Sardinia, Italy, August 7, 1941) is an actor and bodybuilder.
Franco Columbu is also famous for being long time friend of Arnold Schwarzenegger, who he met in Munich in 1965 and competed against in several international-level bodybuilding competitions.
In addition to being a renowned champion of such competitons as the Olympia and The World's Strongest Man, Columbu also has made intermittent minor forays into acting.
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