by Christian Duque
Bodybuilding has lost another superstar in IFBB Pro League Pro Scott Milne, who is said to have died of a heart attack. Words like humble, kind-hearted and crazy are used to describe this formidable giant who deserves his pro card to hit the mass card and go to the pro stage. While bodybuilding is a sport that is about aesthetics, flow and symmetry, there is a completely different side.
If you want balance, art, and spectacular lines, go to Frank Zane, Lee Labrada, Shawn Ray, and Flex Wheeler, but if you want crazy size, bulk, and that gnarly look, Scott Milne is one of the names you name comes to mind. His entire run was during the Yates / Coleman years. This was a time when people like Greg Kovacs and Markus Ruhl were on the racetrack. In fact, they did more than just take the stage, they received and won the highest awards.
Bodybuilding fans, the press and even many jurors liked the size very much. The top title was almost like a torch passed from one massive bodybuilder to the next. And watch the Night of Champions 2002 (the third largest bodybuilding competition at that time), where you won a stunning, beautiful and aesthetically pleasing Bob Cicherillo in 2nd place by Das Freak, Markus Ruhl. Scott Milne was active at the time and absolutely no one would outshine him on stage. His physique was so impressive as was his stage presence that when he finished 2nd in the Canadian Nationals, he was rated pro-worthy. It's almost as big as winning, because earning that rare privilege meant that he absolutely deserved it. It was not an oversight or a concession.
We never want to lose our bodybuilding heroes and that's exactly what they are. You will visit every trade fair, every seminar and every appearance in the store and you will see it immediately. Simple strength training may not be a sport, but bodybuilding is so much more. It is a way of life that has helped and saved so many. It's just very sad to lose someone as special as Scott, who is only 46 years old. At that age, we also lost Rich Piana a little over two years ago. It is so sad to lose someone so young.
Scott did what he loved; He made his dreams come true.
Only a few bodybuilders can make a living from this sport. The vast majority are hoping for a large prize money and / or a large supplement sponsorship. Now, in Scott's time, the magazines were in full swing, the supplement companies were doing much better business, and the industry was very competitive. What I mean by the latter point is that if you were a top guy, it was not entirely unrealistic to make all your money by stepping on the stage, casting a few guest votes, and betting on big contracts. That was back when the exclusive contracts were in full swing and you got checks every month, sometimes without work, but withdrawn from the market.
Other people, people like Scott, have worked really hard and found their money, even if it doesn't grow on trees. Many of our heroes are very inspiring, but they don't work very hard. Scott may not have won the big shows, but when he became a professional, he was always in the business, interviewing, performing, and doing bodybuilding.
Nothing could stop Scott, even a terrible car accident that caused a broken neck in three different places. Two years later, after extensive rehabilitation, he got back on stage and did what he loved. This is what distinguishes normal, everyday people from bodybuilding heroes. This is the reason why after more than 10 operations the G.O.A.T. 8x Mr. Olympia Ronnie Coleman talks about leg presses that are lying in his hospital bed just a few minutes after the operation. There is no question that bodybuilding is so powerful, and therefore there is no question that Scott touched many people with his love of sport and why his name will be remembered forever. I think it is very important for the friends and families of our lost heroes to know this. They have done great things in their lives. They stood for something.
A good way to show respect is to go to Youtube and watch some of Scott's videos. I could see clips of him competing, a clip of him in a funny movie, and also a really great clip of Scott participating in a TV sporting event. This sporting event is also noteworthy because it was presented as 6 & # 39; 4, 340lbs !! He wasn't in stage form now, but he was damned torn and looked very impressive.
It's one thing to be massive like Big Ramy at 5:10, but being 280 (or more) on stage and 340 in a slightly clean off-season at 6: 4 is even more difficult. Big boys have to fill out a lot more and big boys always look small. Bodybuilding is not a sport for tall men, but where there is a will there is a way. Scott was never overshadowed – not by size, not by density, and certainly not by spirit!
Regarding the media, I'm very glad to have seen a great report from Rx Muscle. Dave Palumbo has done a fantastic job and I hope other publications will do the same over the week. I would also like to see more bodybuilders doing anything to mourn the dead. I don't see nearly as much of it as I want. And the effort can be as simple as an IG story or a post, right down to a small video, in your own words.
Mourning for our lost heroes is very important not only to their friends and families, but also to their fans and the sport in general. Scott was considered a gentle giant and I think it is important that our sport shows empathy.
I offer my sincere condolences. Thank you for reading my article here in Iron Magazine.