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« Reply #75 on: September 19, 2013, 12:33:41 AM »

great pics of Sonny TD

Sonny was a great BB in an era (the 90's ) of greats

he had a great shape
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« Reply #76 on: September 19, 2013, 02:47:24 AM »

Great stuff Tony, thanks for sharing!
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« Reply #77 on: September 19, 2013, 02:58:22 AM »

Lets not forget how good Sonny Schmidt was.
He took on the world with very little knowledge, a tight budget, no gurus.
Placed top 6 in his first Olympia as an unknown.
I remember you telling us at one of Sonny's seminar's (William Chung Gym Dandenong) not long after the '91 Olympia how Lee Haney was blown away by the size & conditioning of Sonny on his Olympia debut & approached him afterwards, saying "You were robbed man".

The '91 O' will go down as one of the greatest Olympia's ever & Sonny clearly deserved to place higher & would have had he been a more established name.
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« Reply #78 on: September 19, 2013, 03:05:15 AM »

This is the best thread on getbig, this year.
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« Reply #79 on: September 19, 2013, 04:53:00 AM »

This is the best thread on getbig, this year.

That is the best comment on getbig this year!  Grin
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« Reply #80 on: September 19, 2013, 05:08:41 AM »

That is the best comment on getbig this year!  Grin

Calm down, fuckwitt Grin

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« Reply #81 on: September 19, 2013, 05:14:58 AM »

now this is a thread i will follow.
love the stories as well, keep them coming.
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« Reply #82 on: September 19, 2013, 05:17:14 AM »

great stuff on sonny,he was great bber and even in magazinesand now your stories all say guy was nice/thoughtful person,91/96 those yrs the bbers had nice commraradie milos,cotrell,kev,sonny,hillebrand came up,benfatto,nasser,pastel,v taylor,ect..
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« Reply #83 on: September 19, 2013, 05:20:31 AM »

1992... the last year an 'O was organized in Europe Cry
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« Reply #84 on: September 19, 2013, 09:34:04 AM »

great stuff on sonny,he was great bber and even in magazinesand now your stories all say guy was nice/thoughtful person,91/96 those yrs the bbers had nice commraradie milos,cotrell,kev,sonny,hillebrand came up,benfatto,nasser,pastel,v taylor,ect..

Those were the Golden Years.... and why I got hooked on bodybuilding.   It's all changed now.

Tony...thanks for the pics.  Sonny was so under-rated.  What caused his death? he passed too young!  And you said his brother passed too??
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« Reply #85 on: September 19, 2013, 09:37:00 AM »

Those were the Golden Years.... and why I got hooked on bodybuilding.   It's all changed now.

Tony...thanks for the pics.  Sonny was so under-rated.  What caused his death? he passed too young!  And you said his brother passed too??
yes they were grant, and remembering you from mag days u were so close dude, great long lats/small waist, shape u had it man,legs too.   sonny passed from cancer  Cry..
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« Reply #86 on: September 19, 2013, 09:52:28 AM »

yes they were grant, and remembering you from mag days u were so close dude, great long lats/small waist, shape u had it man,legs too.   sonny passed from cancer  Cry..

Thank you for your kind words.  I had a blast competing.  Smiley
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« Reply #87 on: September 19, 2013, 10:20:46 AM »

I remember when you where in the mags Grant, i was like 16 and just started to train and wanted to look just like you (no homo).
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« Reply #88 on: September 19, 2013, 10:37:49 AM »

I remember when you where in the mags Grant, i was like 16 and just started to train and wanted to look just like you (no homo).

Thanks man.  Big compliment.  I'm still trying to stay in shape.  But competing days are over.

(semi-homo)


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« Reply #89 on: September 19, 2013, 01:12:23 PM »

Thanks man.  Big compliment.  I'm still trying to stay in shape.  But competing days are over.

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Jeebus, Grant. Serious 2nd pic. %1 homo: %89 non-homo.: %10 proprietary blend.
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« Reply #90 on: September 19, 2013, 02:02:50 PM »

Shit...ok i still want to look like u  Cheesy  (full blown homo)
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« Reply #91 on: September 20, 2013, 08:39:24 PM »

Lets not forget how good Sonny Schmidt was.
He took on the world with very little knowledge, a tight budget, no gurus.
Placed top 6 in his first Olympia as an unknown.

He built his body on carbs, you have never seen anybody eat more rice than him. 3 meals a day, never counted calories and still made it.
I laugh at all the people, guys and girls that get a prep coach for their first contest or take a year off work to do a novice show.

Sonny was the most humble person I ever met, he taught me so much and I miss him to this day.





Never heard anyone who knew Sonny say anything bad about him. It was all praises.

Thanks for the pics and the stroll down memory lane.
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« Reply #92 on: September 20, 2013, 09:02:47 PM »

Awesome thread Tony, its great to see bodybuilding being promoted by a guy who is not some creepy skinny-fat schmoe with a napoleon complex for a change
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« Reply #93 on: September 20, 2013, 09:25:39 PM »

Interviewing Lee Haney around 1992.

Lee was a gentleman and very easy to work with. When he first arrived at the show, I had not yet seen him as he had been in another Australian city before Melbourne. So I am backstage looking forward to meeting up with him and I open a box of statues I had shipped in. Unbelievably all the heads had come off the statues in transit. So by the time Lee got to the show I'm in my suit, sitting on the floor super gluing the heads back on. He looks down and with a big laugh says "what kind of promoter are you, putting the trophies together right before the show" I got up, explained the situation and had a good laugh with him.

It was the year that he had retired, so he was pretty relaxed. A week later in Sydney we went out for a bite to eat after the show and ended up knocking back a few beers, which I thought was about the coolest thing I had done in bodybuilding at that point. As a young bodybuilder, I thought Lee Haney was the best thing since Arnold, so getting to know him and having a laugh and a few beers just topped it off.

PS please ignore the savage ponytail. (No excuse)


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« Reply #94 on: September 21, 2013, 02:22:10 AM »

Lol funny story keep them coming..and no that ponytail cang be ignored  Grin
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« Reply #95 on: September 21, 2013, 02:57:49 AM »

Rone Love with Sonny backstage somewhere a long time ago.

Both great guys to be around that both got caught up with the wrong crew. Both made some bad choices and paid the price.

Ron was always in a good mood, I had him on several tours and always enjoyed his company. He was humble and always grateful. The ladies loved him and so did the fans. Ron had a smile that could light up a room and was just plain fun. I was pretty new at promoting and very young for a promoter. Ron treated me great respect, always showed up in shape and had time for everyone.


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« Reply #96 on: September 21, 2013, 03:15:38 AM »

Chris, Flex and Dexter at the IronMan Pro LA 2000.

Chris absolutely dominated the show and won it again. What an atmosphere. 

This show, for many reasons was the catalyst for me starting the Australian Pro the following year.

Chris and I have been mates ever since.


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« Reply #97 on: September 22, 2013, 01:52:04 AM »

The late great Sonny Schmidt (* September 9, 1953 - January 25, 2004) originally from Samoa but competing for Australia @ 1991 Mr. Olympia. Sonny finished sixth.

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cbfKmqvICj0" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cbfKmqvICj0</a>


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« Reply #98 on: September 22, 2013, 01:57:26 AM »

The late great Sonny Schmidt (* September 9, 1953 - January 25, 2004) originally from Samoa but competing for Australia @ 1991 Mr. Olympia. Sonny finished sixth.


Now I understand why they called him "The thunder from Down Under"...
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« Reply #99 on: September 24, 2013, 05:23:07 PM »

I remember you telling us at one of Sonny's seminar's (William Chung Gym Dandenong) not long after the '91 Olympia how Lee Haney was blown away by the size & conditioning of Sonny on his Olympia debut & approached him afterwards, saying "You were robbed man".

The '91 O' will go down as one of the greatest Olympia's ever & Sonny clearly deserved to place higher & would have had he been a more established name.

Yates wasn't an established name in 91 , just saying.
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