What a friendship! Between them, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Franco Columbu own nine Mr. Olympia titles, but more importantly, they are firm friends. Arnold and Franco first met in 1965 in Germany and would come to the United States four years later. The pair started a bricklaying business together and Columbu would go on to be Arnold's best man when he got married in 1986.
Arnold took to Twitter to mark the milestone with this post:
Today, 50 years ago at my first competition I met a powerlifter named @francocolumbu. This photograph was taken by Albert Busek, who we also met in Stuttgart that day. The three of us have remained the closest of friends ever since. I'm so proud that our friendship, forged in iron, has stood the test of time.