1998 Finnish Grand Prix
Steve Buccilli

1998 Finnish Grand Prix
Produced by GMV in 1998
96 minutes in length

In 1998, my wife gave me Mr. Olympia tickets as a gift. The show was held in New York City's Madison Square Garden that year. The BB media had said that Dorian Yates was not going to compete due to the injuries he sustained defending his title the previous year. Thus, a new Mr. Olympia had to emerge at this show. 

That night was a magical moment for me. Seeing and cheering for an unbelievable Ronnie Coleman win was, well, awesome in a word.

Several months later, I wanted a way to savor this moment. I had been there, but all I had was memories. I did buy the video of the show and that was nice.

A year later, I decided to purchase GMV’s filmed coverage of the 1998 Finnish Grand Prix, staged shortly after the Mr. Olympia in Helsinki by K. P. Ourama.  What I watched on this video was just as awesome as attending the '98 Mr. Olympia.  The Finnish contest was small as far as the number of competitors went, but huge on talent: Ronnie Coleman, Nasser El Sonbaty, Chris Cormier, Kevin Leverone, GŁnter Schlierkamp, and Milos Scarcev, not to mention several European IFBB champions. There were only about 12-15 athletes total, which made for an intimate show.

Shot from a special TV platform, the Finnish contest was shown close up, and the quality of the video is unparallelled. Seeing Ronnie Coleman in perhaps his best all-time condition was awesome. His back was separated and thick, his quads incredibly dense, his arms outrageously peaked.

The other athletes in the show were all in fantastic shape. This video shows you the contest start to end, from the athletes' introductions to the prejudging callouts and comparisons, to each competitor's posing routine, to the awards presentation and final posedown.

The year 1998 was just prior to a new wave of IFBB pros on the scene, and seeing all these '90s veterans in perhaps their best shape is reason enough to purchase this video. Ronnie Coleman started his reign as Mr. Olympia this year, and his shape is head and shoulders above everyone else's.

You get so much more from a GMV-filmed contest than any other company provides. GMV has been filming for 40-plus years. Their contests have high-quality footage and fantastic camera angles. Wayne Gallasch and his crew really know how to show off a contest in its best light. They also take into consideration the BB fan's point of view. They also have the most extensive BB filmed library, which in itself speaks volumes.

Here is the bottom line: if you ever wondered what Ronnie Coleman looked like in 1998, get this video.  I highly recommend it.

Steve Buccilli
February 2006