“I’ll Miss Him”: Arnold Schwarzenegger Mourns Devastating Loss of His Best Friend at 89

It takes an artist to capture moments of significance in the space-time continuum. Untethered from bodybuilding icon Arnold Schwarzenegger, it was inevitable that his mortal humanity would soon sink into the dark past as a law of nature. However, the Austrian Oak’s breakthrough has been immortalized forever by the hands of a sculptor in the form of an 8-feet tall statue of Arnie in all his muscular glory.

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Ohio, Columbus continues to hold a special place for the Terminator. The moment captured in the statue refers to the moments that followed when Arnie won the 1970 Mr. World competition and posed sincerely for city audiences, held at the Franklin County Veterans Memorial Auditorium.

Thus began a long-term association of the young bodybuilding prodigy with event organizer Jim Lorimer, and together they created the second largest bodybuilding competition in the world, the Anrold Festival in 1989. A moment in history made artistically Ralph Crawford’s practice was the beginning of a cascade of positive developments in the sport. The legends first met almost a decade later.

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Although the statue was unveiled in 2012, an incident from 1979 brought Schwarzenegger and Crawford together. In 1979, Ralph Crawford’s infamous creation of bodybuilding pro Joe Weider appeared on the cover of Weider’s magazine called Muscle builder. What happened was a call from Arnie. When interviewed by Ohio Magazine, Crawford recalled, “Arnold saw this and wanted to know how to handle me.”

Schwarzenegger expressed his pride in Crawford’s artistry and asked Crawford to create a small statue in his image to be given as trophies for the prestigious bodybuilding competitions held at the Arnold Classic. Over the years, the two stayed in touch, and in 2o11, Arnie reconnected. Only this time, Crawford set him up for tasks of a larger scale.

That’s about an 8-foot one, with a 12-inch base,” Crawford said. Crawford had to create two versions of the same statue. A casting is for a museum dedicated to Schwarzenegger in Graz, Austria.

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The second will be placed in Ohio. It was a 600-pound gift from the chairman of the Board of Visitors of the United States Sports Academy, Dr. Robert Goldman to honor Schwarzenegger. Originally located outside the Franklin County Veterans Memorial Auditorium in 2012, the sculpture was moved to its current home outside the convention center two years later.

We named that piece, the 8-foot statue, ‘The Arnold Classic,’ ” Crawford said. “He really owns that pose. … This is an incredible, very artistic pose. I know it will be fun to do.”

Arnold Schwarzenegger believes he’ll “live”

The 75-year-old pro shared a heartbreaking update on Twitter that once again resonated with the bodybuilding community. “Ralph Crawford was a great artist and a wonderful friend, and I will miss him.

“Whe will continue to give the best bodybuilder in the world the trophy that Ralph sculpted at the Arnold Classic every year,” carefully added Austrian Oak. “My thoughts are with his family.”

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The post has archived photos of his sculptures. It gave fans a glimpse of his revered works of art. Also, another prominent personality passed away from the bodybuilding community that shocked the globe.

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