Australian Wins Mr Universe

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Australian Calum von Moger has won the most prestigious body building event in the world: the WWF (World Fitness Federation) Mr Universe.

He overshadowed the competition held in la Ciotat, France, over the weekend and was a clear favourite with the crowds.

von Moger describes himself as the quintessential ‘skinny kid’ who took up lifting weights to improve his self-image and earn the respect of his peers. At the ripe old age of 14 he began pumping iron in an empty warehouse. But von Moger could not get enough of it.

In 2011 he won the Junior Mr Universe.

In 2014 he moved to Los Angeles to compete against the best bodybuilders in the world.

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Later in 2014 he won the Amateur Mr Universe (where he was given the nickname ‘Schwarzenegger 2.0’).

And now he has won the overall title.

The competition was decided after a 10-minute performance. The competitors’ physiques are judged through a posing routine, body rotation, eight mandatory poses, and a one minute ‘pose down’ against another competitor (or competitors) of the judges choosing.

von Moger (who has Dutch and Austrian parents) grew up in central Victoria. He is grateful to his parents and friends whom, he says, always supported him.

As for the competition itself: “It’s always a challenge when you’re up against the best of every country,” said a thrilled von Moger.

“But I am already so happy at the level I am at and the conditioning I have achieved for this show. Win or lose, I know I gave it my all this time.”

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