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Reigning five-time Mr. Olympia bodybuilding champion Ron Coleman visited Delta High School recently to share with students some experiences about his life and what influenced him to become a success. The Bastrop native and Grambling State graduate is also a reserve police officer in Arlington, Texas. He will compete for his sixth Mr. Olympia title in October in Las Vegas. During his visit, Coleman sat down with News-Star sports writer Brenda Young.

The News-Star: You are the reigning five-time Mr. Olympia champion. How does it feel?

Ron Coleman: I'm going for No. 6, but it feels good. It is kind of hard to put into words because it something that I truly, really enjoy. I have a big-time love for it, so it's a bunch of fun.

TNS: You weren't always Mr. Olympia. How did you get there?

Coleman: But it was a lot of fun still, because it was something I truly love doing. I have been working out now for 26 years. I started out when I was 13 or 14 years old and never stopped.

TNS: Do you see yourself as a role model?

Coleman: Nah, not really. It is kind of hard for most people to gain the kind of size I have. And I think everyone has their own agenda of who they want to be and what they want to be.

TNS: You weren't always this size. What influenced you to become a bodybuilder?

Coleman: I started working out because when I was 12 or 13, people used to always ask me if I worked out. I used to say 'no' all the time and then I just thought to myself how big would I get if I did start working out. So I started working out and this is how big I got.

TNS: What are some things you eat when you are not trying to slim down?

Coleman: The same thing you eat. Right after the show, I have a craving for (junk food) for about a month or so, and then I have to slack off. I like pizza, hamburger and cheesecake. Cheesecake is my No. 1 thing.

TNS: So explain the differences between an offseason and what being in-season is?

Coleman: Offseason for me is from November to October, when I'm not competing (He is around 320 pounds). I am only doing one show a year; sometimes I do the European Tour, which is right after the Mr. Olympia. It's nothing major, it's just to go over there and show the people how we do it. So they won't have to come over here, just to see us.

Since I only do one show a year, I diet for about three months. So the actual season for me is about three or four months (He is around 265 pounds). The first show is in February to November. So like December, January, there are no shows for us as professionals.

TNS: Lee Haney has the record of the most Mr. Olympia titles at eight. Will you try for that record, or go for seven straight like Arnold Schwarzenegger?

Coleman: I got five so far, so I got to go for the record. I just got to wait to see how it all pans out, because it is pretty tough. If I get six, I will be just as happy.

TNS: Why don't you have any tattoos?

Coleman: (laughing) I don't want nothing else on my body.

TNS: Hey, you guys are just parading around in your skimpies. Is it really stiff competition?

Coleman: Yes, you are competing against the best in the world. Only 15-25 people make it each year. You have to qualify and only the top people make it so that is why there is only so many people in the show. The way you qualify is that in the regular show you have to place in the top three and then you move on. It is pretty much the same guys that make it.

TNS: After winning five straight Mr. Olympia titles, do you think you will hang it up anytime soon?

Coleman: Nah, I get paid well. I have a lot of fun and it makes me happy. It's the joy of my life.

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