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SERGIO OLIVA – “The Myth” : 3 TIME MR. OLYMPIA - 1967, 1968 & 1969.

Also on Digital Download.

Sergio Oliva "The Myth" is without doubt one of the greatest bodybuilders of all time. This DVD is our tribute to the life and fantastic career of Sergio Oliva, 3 time Mr Olympia and a living legend of the sport. This is probably the most significant historical DVD we have ever offered.

1972 Outdoor filming: London

This historic footage was shot by Wayne on Wanstead Heath, in London, 2 days after the 1972 Mr Olympia where Sergio narrowly lost to Arnold in Essen, Germany. The action depicted in this sequence is said by many to be the greatest ever pumping and posing footage to be captured outdoors on film, showing a Mr Olympia title holder in absolute top contest condition.

THE PHOTO GALLERY. 

Sergio oiled up, pumped up with dumbells then posed his heart out for the camera, delivering a virtuoso posing rendition of his Mr Olympia posing routine.
This was then topped off with bodypart posing in closeup. In particular the posing of Sergio's arms was awesome to behold. Complete with the famous "Myth" arms up in the air pose.

While Wayne was busy filming, famous gym owner and long time friend Wag Bennett was snapping away for Wayne, getting photos to record this historic film shoot for posterity. You will see some of these photos in the DVD's Photo Gallery. Wag also shot the photo of Wayne taking photos of Sergio with the big old Mamiya RB67 still camera affectionately known as "The Tank"!
You can see this photo below, and also on the rear cover (above) of the Sergio DVD. All B&W photos on this page copyright Wayne Gallasch.

To see the complete 1972 Mr Olympia footage from Essen, it is contained in the DVD "Arnold the Early Years".  Please click here for GMV-250DVD. 

1977 Outdoor filming: Paris
Once again this footage was shot by Wayne, this time on the day after Sergio won the Pro Class of the 1977 WABBA World Championships. This classic men's contest was staged by Serge Nubret in Paris, where Sergio had guest posed at the Nubret's promoted Mr Olympia event 6 years earlier. Sergio's 1971 Olympia guest posing is included in this DVD.

The popular GMV shooting formula was used again at pool-side with Sergio first of all oiling and pumping up before launching into his classic, winning posing routine. In this segment Sergio is assisted in his pumping up by Miss Olympus Lynde Johnson who willingly obliged by sitting on his back while he did pushups!

At the end of the posing routine segment, Sergio again gave us some mind blowing closeup posing of various bodyparts for Wayne's super 8 film camera. It was late in the year and freezing cold at poolside, but Sergio still went through with it, with Lynde helping to keep him warm.

After the usual posing for photos, which you can see in the Photo Gallery, the filming session was all over far too quickly due to it becoming freezing cold at pool-side! As far as we know, these were the only 2 professional outdoor film posing sessions ever shot with Sergio during his long and incredible career.

To see the complete contest DVD from the 1977 WABBA Worlds, please click here for GMV-049DVD. 

The 1977 Paris posing by Sergio was previously part of my original VHS video V-128 which also featured Mike Mentzer. (This Mentzer footage is now part of Mike Mentzer Part #3 The Final Chapter. Click here for V-208DVD.) 
Also in V-128 there was a beach pumping and posing segment by Mr America Manuel Perry. This segment to be used in a future Classic Collection DVD compilation.

(The 1971 Paris Olympia footage forms part of the DVD titled Mr. Olympia - The Golden Years: '71, 74, 75 & 79, V-214DVD. See bottom of page for more details.)

1980s - Sergio in the Gym: Chicago
We are indebted to Sergio and Frank Marchante, Sergio's biographer, for allowing us to use some highlights from the training video offered by Sergio in the mid 80s. It is now no longer available and is extremely rare footage.

My sincere thanks to all of the people who contributed footage and photos to make this a fitting tribute to SERGIO OLIVA, truly one of the greatest bodybuilders who ever lived. The Myth is no longer a myth to all who may have not seen him.  He now is a reality and is preserved for all to enjoy on DVD. All the many contributors are thanked in the end credits of the DVD.

SPECIAL NOTE:
The 1972 Sergio footage was previously part of my VHS video V-115 with Frank Zane. This Sergio footage is now the key part of the above DVD.
The FRANK ZANE outdoor posing from VHS video V-115 is now the key part of my in-depth DVD on Frank Zane - Physical Perfection. See below.
Frank Zane – Physical Perfection Frank Zane – Physical Perfection  

This remarkable DVD is our tribute to FRANK ZANE and his outstanding life and career in bodybuilding. Frank is regarded as having the most desirable physique of all time.

His physical perfection, symmetry and condition is representative of what bodybuilding truly stands for. Frank is still in great shape today.

CONTENTS CORRECTION:
The 1973 Guest Posing at the WBBG Mr America/Mr World is incorrectly captioned on screen as 1971 Mr Olympia Guest Posing in the segment shot from left of center. Special thanks to Tom Caterino for providing some of these historic segments.

**For Wayne's HARD NEWS REPORT on the background behind the shooting of this DVD, please click here.







To see more details about this classic MAMIYA RB67 camera used on the Sergio shoot (see photo above) and on other classic shoots with Arnold, Frank Zane, Mike Mentzer and many more champions, please click here for some interesting details.






Total Contents of this DVD:

WAYNE'S CLASSIC OUTDOOR POSING FOOTAGE -
1972 Pumping & Posing on Wanstead Heath, London in his best ever shape, 2 days after the Essen Mr Olympia.
1977 Pumping & Posing pool side in Paris on the day after he won the WABBA Pro World.       
The Sergio DVD also contains the following major scenes from:
Contests or Guest Posing:
1966 AAU Mr America
1966 Mr Olympia
1967 Mr Olympia
1968 Mr Olympia
1968 Guest Posing in CA
1969 Mr Olympia
1970 Mr Olympia
1971 NABBA Pro Mr Universe
1971 Guest Posing at the Mr Olympia in Paris plus training
1972 Mr Olympia
1973 Guest Posing at the WBBG Mr America/Mr World
1974 Guest posing in Australia
1974 Guest Posing at a WBGG event in NY
1975 Guest Posing in Mexico
1976 Mr Olympus, WBBG
1976 Guest Posing at AFAB/IFBB Mr USA in Oakland, CA
1977 WABBA Pro World, Paris
1984 Mr Olympia
1984 Guest Posing in Europe
1985 Mr Olympia
1985 Guest Posing at IFBB Mr Germany
Sergio's interview at his home including posing clips to open the DVD.
1985 Workout highlights.
1995 Mr Olympia - Past Olympia Winner’s Reunion.
2003 Mr Olympia - Interview at the Expo.
2004 Mr Olympia – “FLEX” Hall of Fame award presentation at the Expo.
2007 Ironage Reunion dinner - Photos only. (Click here for the dinner DVD which is GMV-674DVD)

Extras:  Photo Gallery. 54 photos, many of them unpublished photos shot by Wayne.

Photos: Front cover photo by Artie Zeller. Other photos by Wayne Gallasch and Wag Bennett.

Running time: 150 mins

Click here to see Sergio's complete contest history. Click here to read John Hansen's review of this DVD.

To see Sergio's great rival Arnold in "Arnold - The Early Years", please click here for GMV-250DVD.

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Sergio Oliva, RIP
July 4, 1941 - November 12, 2012.
It is with great sadness that I report the passing of Sergio Oliva. Universally known as “The Myth”, Sergio won three consecutive Mr. Olympia titles from 1967-1969.

His great rivalry with Arnold Schwarzenegger will go down as probably the greatest rivalry in the history of bodybuilding.

See my PERSONAL TRIBUTE TO SERGIO OLIVA here with my first and last photos of him.

See John Balik's Iron Man tribute http://www.ironmanmagazine.com/sergio-oliva-tribute/  

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Sergio Oliva Contest History                             

1964
Mr America - AAU, 7th
Mr America - AAU, Most Muscular, 3rd

1965
Mr America - AAU, Most Muscular, 1st
Mr America - AAU, 4th
Junior Mr America - AAU, Most Muscular, 1st
Junior Mr America - AAU, 2nd

1966
Mr America - AAU, Most Muscular, 1st
Mr America - AAU, 2nd
Junior Mr America - AAU, Most Muscular, 1st
Junior Mr America - AAU, Winner
Olympia - IFBB, 4th
Mr World - IFBB, Overall Winner
Mr World - IFBB, Tall, 1st

1967
Olympia - IFBB, Winner
Universe - IFBB, Tall, 1st
Universe - IFBB, Overall Winner

1968
Olympia - IFBB, Winner

1969
Olympia - IFBB, Winner

1970
Olympia - IFBB, 2nd
Mr World - AAU, Pro Tall, 2nd

1971
Universe - Pro - NABBA, Tall, 2nd

1972
Mr Galaxy - WBBG, Winner
Olympia - IFBB, 2nd

1973
Mr International - IFBB, Medium, Disqualified

1974
Mr International - WBBG, Professional, 1st

1975
Olympus - WBBG, Winner

1976
Olympus - WBBG, Winner

1977
World Championships - WABBA, Professional, 1st

1978
Olympus - WBBG, Winner

1980
World Championships - WABBA, Professional, 1st
Pro World Cup - WABBA, Winner

1981
Pro World Cup - WABBA, Winner

1984
Olympia - IFBB, 8th

1985
Olympia - IFBB, 8th

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CUSTOMER FEEDBACK

Hi Wayne,  Tuesday, 15 April 2008
This is just a quick note to tell you that the Sergio DVD arrived today.  I viewed the entire work this evening.  You did a masterful job!  Thanks again and congratulations on a job very well done!    John Corlett.





"This DVD has been over 12 months in the planning and making and will be my tribute to his life in bodybuilding. Sergio is probably the most genetically gifted and totally amazing bodybuilder I have ever seen in all my 42 years of shooting top bodybuilders." Wayne Gallasch, April 2008.




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