“I’m devastated” – Arnold Schwarzenegger issues heartfelt statement on the tragic passing of mentor Jim Lorimer
Arnold Schwarzenegger is one of the most successful bodybuilders to ever compete in bodybuilding. He won the Mr. Olympia title seven times in his career. Only Lee Haney and Ronnie Coleman have won more Mr. Olympia titles than Arnold.
On November 25, 2020, Arnold Schwarzenegger posted a heartfelt statement on Instagram about the death of his mentor Jim Lorimer. Arnold posted a photo of himself and Jim and wrote a long heartfelt message. He continued his statement further in the comments section.
“Jim Lorimer will live on forever through the millions of people he inspired to join our fitness crusade and tune into this little sport called bodybuilding. I’m devastated that I won’t be sitting with him anymore and I’m not going to listen to his wisdom, or criticize bodybuilders together. Or just laugh and laugh.”
The Austrian oak claimed that Jim Lorimer would live forever. He also said his thoughts are with the family of Jim, Bob, Kathy and Jeff. Arnold Schwarzenegger also claimed that the only reason he wouldn’t call himself self-made is because of Jim.
Arnold Schwarzenegger spoke about Jim Lorimer
Arnold Schwarzenegger spoke about how he and Jim Lorimer met 52 years ago at the World Bodybuilding Championships Mr. Governor added:
“When I met him 52 years ago at the world bodybuilding championships that he so brilliantly organized in Columbus, Ohio, I immediately knew that Jim would be a big part of my life. I told him when I retired from competing, we would be partners. and promote bodybuilding together.”
“And starting in 1976, we did it with a handshake agreement for more than 50 years, expanding from a bodybuilding show that drew 2,000 people to a sports festival with over 200,000 visitors and more athletes than the Olympics ( more than 20,000). we branched out from Ohio to inspire people on every continent except Antarctica.”
Arnold claimed that when he was appointed Chairman of the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports by President Bush in 1990, he knew he needed Jim by his side. Arnie stated that Jim made the impossible possible with his brilliant legal mind when he and Jim worked with all the federal agencies and hundreds of bureaucrats to organize the great American exercise on the White House lawn.
“Jim also lives on in every single person he inspired to live a healthier life. Some people assume that Jim started promoting sports with me – that couldn’t be further from the truth. His sports and fitness crusade It started much earlier, when he was lifting In the 50s and 60s, when women’s sports promotion was not as popular as it is now, Jim was a pioneer.”
The governor stated that Lorimer founded the Ohio Track Club women’s team and later became the chair of the US Olympic Committee for Women’s Sports. Arnold claimed that Jim worked as an FBI agent and executive at Nationwide Insurance. Arnold continued:
“He became so legendary for his sports promotion that he was asked to host the World Weightlifting Championships in 1970. He decided to host the ‘Mr. World” to sell more tickets, and the rest is history. For Jim, “Mr. “World” was just a way to fill the theater, but for me, winning that title changed my life. I beat Sergio Oliva for the first time and saw how well Jim treated the athletes and made the commitment then and there to work together to elevate the sport of bodybuilding.”
Schwarzenegger claimed that it was fate that he and Jim met. However, regardless of fate, Jim’s passionate commitment to sports and fitness laid the foundation for their destiny, according to the former bodybuilder. Arnold said he will miss Lorimer’s wisdom, mentorship, kind heart, sense of humor and desire to make the world a better place. The Austrian Oak stated that he would miss Jim’s friendship. He also said Jim made him the person he is today.
Arnold Schwarzenegger continued:
“He will always be with us all. So while I grieve today, I will also remember how lucky I was – how lucky the world was – to have lived through so much of this wonderful man’s time. This Day Thanks, I remember Jim Lorimer, and I’m very, very grateful that he was such a big part of my life. Thank you, Jim.”
At the end of his heartfelt message, Arnold Schwarzenegger thanked Jim Lorimer. It would definitely take some time for Arnold to recover from the death of his longtime friend and mentor, Jim Lorimer.