Arnold Classic

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The Arnold Sports Festival

The Arnold Sports Festival (previously known as the Arnold Classic), is an annual multidisciplinary sports convention that began in 1989 and is named after Arnold Schwarzenegger. Taking place in late February or early March in Columbus, Ohio, United States, the ASF's expanding domain has historically focused on bodybuilding and fitness and figure competition.

History[edit]

A lucrative sports competition, the ASF offers a number of large prizes. Most notably, first prize in bodybuilding consists of a $130,000 check, a Hummer vehicle, and an Audemars Piguet watch. Since the Mr. Olympia bodybuilding title pre-dates and offers higher prize money than the ASF, a rivalry in prestige and popularity[citation needed] has sprung up. The ASF is always hotly contested, often with one or two competition points separating the winners.

The ASF includes three different competitions for women: Ms. International, Fitness International, and Figure International. It has also been expanded to feature competitions in gymnastics, all-star cheerleading, dance, fencing, table tennis, yoga, martial arts, strongman, archery, wrestling, powerlifting, and other sports. Beginning in 2006, events in boxing, martial arts and figure skating were added at Nationwide Arena.

The Arnold Strongman Classic has emerged as one of the highest profile events on the strongman calendar. The Arnold Expo is held in the Greater Columbus Convention Center, while finals for bodybuilding, fitness, figure, and strongman competitions are held in the Franklin County Veterans Memorial Auditorium.

All-star cheerleading competitions span a two-day period (usually all day Saturday, and to midday Sunday). More than 4,000 competitors entered the cheerleading event in 2014. Each team (of 15-30 cheerleaders) prepares to perform a two and one-half minute routine. After the teams' routines are complete, they are scored by a panel of judges, each judge being an expert on one area of cheerleading (jumps, tumbling, stunting, etc.). Once scoring is complete, every team entered in the competition is called to the mat for awards, during which each team has a chance of winning multiple times. The ASF's awards consist of the following: National Champion jackets, trophies for every team, custom medals, limited edition patches and Grand Champion banners, and possible partial or full paid bid to Cheerleading World contests.[1]

In June 7, 2013, the ASF's event promoter, Jim Lorimer, announced that in 2014, the ASF's 212 professional men’s bodybuilding division would replace the Ms. International women’s bodybuilding competition at the 2014 Arnold Sports Festival. Lorimer, in a statement, said “The Arnold Sports Festival was proud to support women’s bodybuilding through the Ms. International for the past quarter century, but in keeping with demands of our fans, the time has come to introduce the Arnold Classic 212 beginning in 2014. We are excited to create a professional competitive platform for some of the IFBB Pro League’s most popular competitors.”[2]

Arnold Classic[edit]

In 2015 there will be an Arnold Classic Australia.[3]

Champions[edit]

Year Arnold Classic Ms. International Fitness International Figure International
1989 Rich Gaspari Jackie Paisley
1990 Mike Ashley Laura Creavalle
1991 Shawn Ray Tonya Knight
1992 Vince Taylor Anja Schreiner
1993 Flex Wheeler Kim Chizevsky
1994 Kevin Levrone Laura Creavalle Carol Semple
1995 Mike Francois Laura Creavalle Carol Semple
1996 Kevin Levrone Kim Chizevsky
1997 Flex Wheeler Yolanda Hughes Carol Semple
1998 Flex Wheeler Yolanda Hughes Susie Curry
1999 Nasser El Sonbaty Vickie Gates Susie Curry
2000 Flex Wheeler Vickie Gates Kelly Ryan
2001 Ronnie Coleman Vickie Gates Jenny Worth
2002 Jay Cutler Yaxeni Oriquen Susie Curry
2003 Jay Cutler Yaxeni Oriquen Susie Curry Jenny Lynn
2004 Jay Cutler Iris Kyle Adela Garcia-Friedmansky Jenny Lynn
2005 Dexter Jackson Yaxeni Oriquen Jen Hendershott Jenny Lynn
2006 Dexter Jackson Iris Kyle Adela Garcia Mary Elizabeth Lado
2007 Victor Martinez Iris Kyle Kim Klein Mary Elizabeth Lado
2008 Dexter Jackson Yaxeni Oriquen Kim Klein Gina Aliotti
2009 Kai Greene Iris Kyle Jen Hendershott Zivile Raudoniene
2010 Kai Greene Iris Kyle Adela Garcia Nicole Wilkins-Lee
2011 Branch Warren Iris Kyle Adela Garcia Nicole Wilkins-Lee
2012 Branch Warren Yaxeni Oriquen Adela Garcia Nicole Wilkins-Lee
2013 Dexter Jackson Iris Kyle Tanji Johnson Candice Keene[4]
2014 Dennis Wolf No Contest Oksana Grishina Candice Keene[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Greater Columbus Convention Center. "2013 Arnold Cheerleading & Dance Championships". Arnoldsportsfestival.com. Retrieved 2013-01-21. 
  2. ^ "Ms. International Dropped from 2014 Arnold Sports Festival". Hard Body News. June 7, 2013. Retrieved December 4, 2013. 
  3. ^ http://www.arnoldclassic.com.au/
  4. ^ Bodybuilding.com 2013 IFBB Arnold Classic Results!
  5. ^ Bodybuilding.com 2014 IFBB Arnold Classic Results!

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