Steve Kuclo Reacts to Third Place at the Arnold Classic: “I Felt I Was Either Going To Be 1 or 2”

Steve Kuclo gives his insights on coming in third place at the 2021 Arnold Classic.

Well it appears that Steve Kuclo was a bit taken aback by his third place showing at the Arnold Classic. One of the top bodybuilders in the world, Kuclo impressed at the show.

With a well muscled, well conditioned physique, Steve Kuclo cut a rather impressive figure on stage. He looked like he was carved out of granite. Despite that fact, Kuclo was unable to topple both Nick Walker and Iain Valliere who took first and second respectfully.

2021 Arnold Classic Prejudging complete… amazing top 5 callouts with @nick_walker39 & I battling it out for 1 & 2.

 

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Steve Kuclo was no doubt a truly impressive competitor that night. In fact it wouldn’t be surprising if there were those who thought he deserved to win the whole show. But it appears that the one most surprised by his third place showing is Kuclo himself.

Kuclo Reacts

Taking to Instagram to share his feelings on his performance, Steve Kuclo revealed that he thought he deserved to take first or second place at the show. See his full reaction below.

2021 Arnold Classic – 3rd place

It’s always an honor to take the stage at the @arnoldsports with the best in the world to compete for one of the most prestigious titles in bodybuilding.

First I want to congratulate @nick_walker39 for showing up and making everyone a believer. Nick is an absolute freak and it was an honor to battle it out for the title.

Getting 3rd place was a shock as after prejudging I felt I was either going to be 1 or 2… but I tip my hat to Nick & Ian. This is a huge year for both of them!

The rest of the field @akim_bkbeast_williams @sergioolivajr @justindifbb all brought stellar packages that could win any show.

I want to thank my family and all the fans who supported me at this show and have over the last 15+ years competing.

We will come back with a vengeance and continue to do the work and fight to the top!

 

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While he may have expected to do better, Steve Kuclo appears to be taking the whole thing well. After all, coming in third place out of all those talented competitors shows that Kuclo has plenty left in the tank. With some fine tuning it’s possible that he could easily win and major show and qualify for the 2022 Olympia.

What did you think of Steve Kuclo and his performance at the 2021 Arnold Classic?

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News and Editorial Writer at Generation Iron, Jonathan Salmon is a writer, martial arts instructor, and geek culture enthusiast. Check out his YouTube, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and Sound Cloud for in-depth MMA analysis.

Managing editor of Generation Iron, Jonathan Salmon is a writer, martial arts instructor, and geek culture enthusiast. He has been writing about bodybuilding, combat sports, and strength sports for over 8 years. Check out his YouTube, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and Sound Cloud for in-depth MMA analysis.