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Tales From Columbus

Behind-the-scenes stories from the Arnold Classic

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Chapter Two: KEVIN AND TELL

LEVRONE SPEAKS OUT.. SORT OF?

Kevin Levrone has always been hit-or-miss with interviews. Either you get the whole giant-size enchilada or you get a mini grain of rice. As clock nudged midnight, at the conclusion of the 1994 Arnold Classic, I talked to winner Levrone in the Weider backstage studio. Here is a transcript of that conversation.

PM: Your reaction to winning the contest?

KEVIN LEVRONE: Superb.

How do you feel?

Happy.

Was this the results you expected?

Yes.

Did you come in the way you wanted?

Yes.

Er, Kevin can you give us something a little more to work with?

OK! [Levrone grabs the tape player.]

This is Kevin Levrone being interviewed after a sleepless night, after two hours of prejudging, after a show being delayed for 40 minutes, after a two-hour evening contest, after a 35-minute backstage photography session and other stuff that has been dragging on all day long. And all this has been done at maybe a little less than 3% bodyfat without any carbs in me, so what you’re gonna get from me right now are short, direct answers.

You tell me my car’s been stolen, I’m gonna say, “How ‘bout that?” You tell me I ain’t got a hotel room for the night, I’m gonna say, “Shucks!” You tell me Joe [Weider] ain’t gonna renew my contract, I’m gonna say, “That’s cool!” I can’t remember how much money I won. I can’t think how I’m gonna spend it – I can’t think about anything right now. So whatever you ask me… I’m happy!

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