Samson Dauda Reflects on Being 1st British Arnold Classic Champion
Following his recent victory in Ohio, Samson said it felt amazing to become the first British Arnold Classic champion.
“Absoultely amazing man. It feels crazy because I remember when we were prepping for the show. The whole time I was prepping I went into the mindset, of look, no matter what I want to go into the mindset that I can win this show I know I can do it.At one point, I was training with one of my friends, we stopped and talked going, ‘what British guy has ever won the Arnold Classic before?’ We ran through it and checked out names and stuff like that and actually no British bodybuilder has ever won it before. He says, ‘Damn, wouldn’t it be cool if you end up being the first one?’ At that moment, it clicked on me, now that is a mantle to have. That will be amazing. It fired me up a bit.”
Dauda Opens Up on 2023 Olympia Mindset, Embraces Pressure, Plans to Bring Shock Factor on Stage
According to Dauda, his goal is to always bring shock factor when he enters a contest.
“The shows I’ve done before the last Olympia, I’ve always been obviously underrated going into a show. Not much buzz, not talked about, not anything like that. Even then, I sort of worked off that idea that we would always bring the shock factor when we walk out on stage because not many people were expecting it.For a long time, I’ve used that a lot. And then, for the first time last year, going into the Olympia last year was the first time that we was thrown in their as a wild card going into the Olympia. And that was a shock for us. Like whoa, okay, this is the Olympia, the biggest show in the world,” Duada shared.
“For once, I’m no longer the underdog or the person that’s not put in the conversation. Now you’re somebody that’s in it, it fired me up, now you got steam behind you. Now we’re going to live up to that. I ain’t disappointing,” said Dauda.“Having now been the topic of conversation, it fired me up even more. There’s this thing about pressure, they say pressure will either break pipes or make diamonds; I know for me the more pressure I get put on, the more I push myself to live up to it. Now, we’re going into the Olympia with the biggest expectation and pressure we’ve ever had. I’m already hungry. I’m already feeling – yeah, I’m excited.”“Olympia is coming. For me, all that does is fire me up,” Dauda shared. “There’s only one result left to get and that’s the result I’m going for man, that top spot, there ain’t nothing but that. With every step up we get, every expectation we climb above, the more I expect. For me, this is like, okay, we just won the Arnold, there ain’t nothing else, we got to go for the Olympia, we want that win, we want that Sandow. For me this is my own expectation, we are winning the Olympia this year.”
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