1998 Finnish Grand Prix
Held in Helsinki, Finland at the Kulttuuritalo Hall, shortly after the Mr. Olympia, the new Mr. Olympia, Ronnie Coleman had a stunning victory. This was Ronnie’s second ever Grand Prix victory, his first being in Russia in 1997.
This DVD includes pump room interviews and highlights, plus all of the prejudging comparisons for all 13 competitors. The posing round includes the fantastic posedown and awards in this European Grand Prix of the season. See Ronnie at his absolute peak.
KP Fitness Production Wrange Company Super Mega Mass in Helsinki, presented the 1998 Finnish Grand Prix.
The top 3 are pictured front cover. Contest photos by Wayne Gallasch & Clive Jaques, copyright Wayne & GMV.
1. Ronnie Coleman (U.S.A.)
2. Kevin Levrone (U.S.A.)
3. Nasser El Sonbaty (Yugoslavia)
4. Chris Cormier (U.S.A.)
5. Milos Sarcev (Yugoslavia)
6. Günter Schlierkamp (Germany)
7. Claude Groulx (Canada)
8. Gianluca Daniele (Italy)
9. Marko Savolainen (Finland)
10. Giuseppe Albi (Italy)
11. Ken Jones (U.S.A.)
12. Federico Focherini (Italy)
13. Dave Smith (New Zealand)
The 1998 Finish Grand Prix by Steve Buccilli
In 1998 my wife gave me the gift of Mr. Olympia tickets. That year the show was held in New York City at Madison Square Garden. The media said that Dorian was not going to compete because of the injuries he sustained defending his title the year before.
That night was a magical moment for me. Seeing and cheering an unbelievable Ronnie Coleman victory was awesome. Several months later I wanted a way to savor this moment. Although I was there all I had was memories.
A year later I purchased a DVD of the 1998 Finnish GP staged in Helsinki by K.P. Ourama. What I watched on that video was just as awesome as attending the Mr. Olympia! The contest was small in numbers, but huge on talent. Not only Ronnie, Nasser, Chris Cormier, Kevin Levrone, Gunter Schlierkamp, Milos Scarcev, but also many other European champions.
The camera angle was very close, shot from a special TV platform, and of course the quality of the video is unparalleled. Seeing Ronnie Coleman at his best up close was awesome. His back was separated and thick; his quads incredibly dense; and his arms outrageously peaked!
The other athletes were all in fantastic shape. This video shows you the start of the contest, from introductions to all the prejudging callouts and comparisons, to all of the amazing posing routines. Then the awards presentations and of course the posedown.
1998 was the year prior to a new wave of pros, and seeing all these veterans in perhaps their best shape is reason enough to purchase this video. This was the year Ronnie started his dominant reign as a champion, and he looked head and shoulders above everyone else.
It goes without saying that you get so much more from a GMV contest video than from anyone else. These folks have been filming for 40 plus years. All of their contests show high grade quality footage and fantastic camera angles. Wayne and his crew really know how to show off a contest. They also take into consideration the fans/customer’s point of view. They created the most extensive bodybuilding library of hardcore footage, and that in itself speaks volumes.
So here is the bottom line. If you wonder what Ronnie looked like in 1998, and how he measured up against the competition, then get this video, GMV-310! I highly recommend it!