What Happened to Ronnie Coleman? 8 Time Mr. Olympia

Ronnie Dean Coleman is one of the greatest bodybuilders of all time, having won the Mr. Olympia title eight years in a row. The former pro had previously accumulated the most victories in the International Federation of BodyBuilding and Fitness. However, after images of him using a wheelchair circulated online, fans were worried about the great Ronnie Coleman’s current condition.

What Happened to Ronnie Coleman? 8 Time Mr. Olympia

Profile Summary

NameRonnie Coleman
BornMay 13, 1964
Age58 years old
place of birth Monroe, Louisiana
Nationality American
Marital status N/A
Occupation Body Builder and Olympian
Net Worth N/A


Coleman was born in Monroe, Louisiana, on May 13, 1964. In 1984, he graduated from Grambling State University with a bachelor’s in accounting. While he was there, he played middle linebacker for the GSU Tigers football team.


He made the decision to move to Texas in the hopes of finding better employment opportunities as an accountant. Sadly, young Coleman had no luck and was forced to work at Domino’s Pizza to support his family.

He applied for a job in Arlington, Texas after seeing it advertised in a newspaper. He served in that capacity from 1989 to 2000 and as a reserve through 2003. He was competing while serving as a sheriff for some of those years.

What Happened to Ronnie Coleman? 8 Time Mr. Olympia

Earlier Years

A friend and fellow officer named Gustavo Arlotta convinced him to join MetroFlex gym when he was working at the station. And for Coleman, this was the beginning of everything. Coleman received a free gym membership as compensation for competing in the Mr. Texas contest.

He eventually won the contest, defeating the person who had prepared him for it. Following this, Coleman placed third at the 1990 NPC Championships. But for him, this wasn’t sufficient.

The wise man stepped back and started getting ready for the Polish World Amateur Championships in 1991. At the age of 27, he won the gold and became a professional.

What Happened to Ronnie Coleman? 8 Time Mr. Olympia

Occupational Life

Ronnie Coleman didn’t win a competition after turning pro until the 1995 Canada Pro Cup, where he upset two legendary athletes in Rich Gaspari and Milos Sarcev.

He won the same title the following year, demonstrating his ability to contend in games with higher stakes as his reputation continued to grow. He achieved his first Mr. Olympia victory came in 1998.

From 1998 until 2005, Coleman dominated the world bodybuilding competition, creating a record that few athletes could hope to match. In 2006, Jay Cutler, a potential four-time winner, ultimately prevailed over him.

What Happened to Ronnie Coleman? 8 Time Mr. Olympia

Injury history and present state

After going on one of the most illustrious bodybuilding runs ever, Ronnie Coleman’s life took a very terrible turn. He admitted that despite having a herniated disc, a spinal disease that may cause excruciating agony and even paralysis, he worked out and triumphed in numerous events in a row.

Most people who have back problems seek therapy right away. Coleman though, not. He persisted in competing while ignoring the discomfort. As a result, he required numerous back procedures as well as a couple hip surgeries.

The man has visited the hospital numerous times recently. Coleman also acknowledged in June 2020 that he might never again be able to walk.

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