Ronnie Coleman was at his biggest in the 2004 Mr. Olympia, weighing 296 pounds for his 5-feet 11-inch frame, with 24-inch arms, 58-inch chest, 36-inch waist, 36-inch thighs and 22-inch calves. As of 2014, Ronnie Coleman and Lee Haney both hold the record for winning the Sandow at the Mr. Olympia competition eight times. Coleman won the title for 8 consecutive years from 1998 to 2005.
Coleman was born in May 13, 1964 in Monroe, La. He graduated as a cum laude with a degree in accounting from Grambling State University, and he went on to become a police officer.
In 1990, Coleman stepped on stage for the first time as an amateur and won the 1990 Mr. Texas competition. He won the heavyweight category in the World Amateur Championships in 1991, before he turned pro in 1992. Coleman's first major win as a pro came in 1995 by winning the Canada Pro Cup, a title that he won again the following year.
The following years saw Coleman winning Grand Prix Russia in 1997, Night of Champions and Toronto Pro Invitational in 1998, before winning his first Sandow later that year. The competition for the Mr. Olympia in 1998 was a much anticipated event, as fans wanted to see who will replace 6-time champion Dorian Yates. Flex Wheeler was a heavy favorite coming into the event, but Ronnie Coleman took the title with a small 3-point margin. Coleman held on to the tile for 8 years before eventually losing to perennial rival Jay Cutler in 2006.