The renowned award from Arnold Schwarzenegger has never been given to another bodybuilder. He is the inspiration for the renowned bodybuilding tournament known as the Arnold Classic.
The event’s co-founder and a close friend of Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jim Lorimer, just passed away.
The renowned bodybuilder paid an unique homage to his late friend by sharing an emotional remark on social media, to which other athletes replied in the comments.
Arnold Schwarzenegger’s touching message is met with reactions from famous people and bodybuilders.
At the age of 96, Lorimer passed away on November 24th, 2022. Jim Lorimer co-founded and oversaw the Arnold Classic event in addition to serving as an FBI agent, mayor, and national track coach.
The goal of Lorimer and Arnold Schwarzenegger was to make bodybuilding more well-known. The two established the Arnold Classic event in 1989 to make it happen, and it has since developed into the second-most prominent bodybuilding competition in the entire world.
Longtime friend Schwarzenegger was memorialized on Instagram with the words,
“I am devastated that I won’t be able to sit with him again and hear his wisdom, or analyze bodybuilders with him, or simply laugh and laugh.”
Schwarzenegger and Lorimer are regarded as pioneers of bodybuilding. Schwarzenegger was one of George H. W. Bush’s most important advisors at the time.
The bodybuilder recalled how his excellent friend Lorimer had helped him make the proper decisions as head of the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports.
In the article by Schwarzenegger’s comments area, numerous other bodybuilders and famous people offered their condolences.
Several well-known bodybuilders, including Jay Cutler, written:
“Tragic news. RIP I’m very glad I met him at the competition. “Jim, rest in peace.”
“That tribute is felt all the way through the heart and soul, all the way to the bones. Such a powerful statement that is also very true. Our hearts go out to his family and friends. Jim, rest in peace…”
Others have written:
“Life is a fantastic journey! It goes by quickly! Let us cherish and thrill our loved ones right now.”
“I’m sorry for your loss…”
In his post, Schwarzenegger also expressed his sympathies and best wishes to the Lorimer family.
The friendship of Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jim Lorimer
When a teenage Schwarzenegger accepted Lorimer’s invitation to an event in Columbus, Ohio, in 1970, their friendship officially began.
The two quickly grew close and made an unofficial alliance to promote bodybuilding as a spectator sport in the United States. The Arnold Classic was started by Schwarzenegger and Lorimer in 1989, and it has since grown to be one of the most well-known athletic occasions.
Schwarzenegger and numerous other athletes credit Lorimer with bringing bodybuilding and other sports to Columbus and other cities. He was able to accomplish great things in life thanks to his passion and athletic enthusiasm.