Arnold was born July 30 1947, in the little town Thal in Austria, four miles from Graz.
The name Schwarzenegger means "black plowman".
His father Gustav was a former military officer who later became a policeman and his mother was a house wife.
They all lived above the police station, where Gustav worked.
Arnold had a one year older brother, Meinhard, who died in a car accident when he was in his twenties. They were both raised in a very strict catholic home.
One day after seeing the Olympic swimchampion Johnny Weissmüller in Graz, Arnold was
so inspired by Johnny's physique that he decided he wanted to become a champion athlete
and started training.
He was looking for a rolemodel and found one on the silverscreen, Hercules. He watched
all the Hercules movies over and over.
In 1961 Arnold met Kurt Marnul, the former Mr. Austria. Marnul was impressed by Arnolds body and asked him if he wanted to train in the Athletic Union in Graz. And of course Arnold wanted that.
Arnold trained seven days a week and for that he had to drop out of school and abandon
By the age of twenty he had been named Mr. Germany and runner up in his his first Mr. Universe. When he retired in 1975 he had been awarded Mr. Universe five times, Mr. Olympia six times and Mr. World once. But five years after his retirement in 1980 he won his seventh Mr. Olympia titel.