Roger Maris had Babe Ruth. Joe Frazier had Muhammad Ali. The rest of the NBA had Michael Jordan. Now, Jay Cutler has Ronnie Coleman. And the competitive fire in CutlerÂs belly grows stronger every time Coleman brings home another Mr. Olympia crown. HereÂs what Cutler had to say about his focus concerning this yearÂs Olympia, and about the man whoÂs tormented him for the better part of the past decade.
ÂIÂm not out to set any records or try to change history. But letÂs put it this way Â a lot of my goal is to beat Ronnie Coleman because heÂs the only guy I havenÂt been able to surpass yet. And honestly, I really want to beat Ronnie Coleman more than I want to win the Olympia at this point. Because he is maybe the greatest bodybuilder weÂve seen as Mr. Olympia. So you know, with all the respect to him, and all the other athletes, I just want to beat the guy. And you know what, when I do beat him, you know people are going to make excuses (about) why I beat him. And say, ÂMaybe heÂs over the hillÂ or ÂHe didnÂt look his best.Â But you know what? First is first. You take it the way it comes. People are always going to have opinions.
ÂI sit at home and I look at my victories that IÂve had Â IÂve got three Arnold Classic trophies sitting in my case, IÂve got three most muscular trophies. IÂve won the Ironman, IÂve won San Francisco. European shows. IÂve won a lot of contests except the Mr. Olympia. IÂd love a Sandow sitting on my mantle. IÂd love two. IÂd love possibly three. But IÂm not trying to set records. If I wanted to set records I would have gone back to the Arnold Classic and won their consecutive wins after three but I didnÂt. IÂm really focused on trying to bring home the Sandow and beat Ronnie Coleman at the same time.Â