Arnold Sports Festival
The IFBB Arnold Sports Festival, also known as the Arnold Schwarzenegger Sports Festival is an annual multi-sport event consisting of professional bodybuilding (Arnold Classic), strongman (Arnold Strongman Classic), fitness, figure and bikini weekend expo. It was established in 1989 and is named after Arnold Schwarzenegger. The main event is held annually around late February or early March in Columbus, Ohio, United States by the International Federation of BodyBuilding & Fitness (IFBB). It is the second most prestigious event in professional men's bodybuilding, physique, figure and bikini; as well as formerly the second most prestigious event in professional female bodybuilding.
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 has sprung up. The ASF is always hotly contested, often with one or two competition points separating the winners.
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.
On June 7, 2013, the ASF's event promoter, Jim Lorimer, announced that from 2014 on, the ASF's "212" (a professional, men’s bodybuilding division) would permanently replace the Ms. International women’s bodybuilding competition. 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.”
|Year||Arnold Classic||Ms. International||Fitness International||Figure International||Bikini International Pro||Arnold Classic 212||Arnold Classic Women's Physique||Arnold Classic Men's Physique|
|Overall||Best Poser||Most Muscular||Fan's Choice Award||Most Entertaining Routine||Overall||Heavyweight||Lightweight|
|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-Nicholls|
|1994||Kevin Levrone||Laura Creavalle||Carol Semple-Marzetta|
|1995||Mike Francois||Laura Creavalle||Carol Semple-Marzetta|
|1996||Kevin Levrone||Kim Chizevsky-Nicholls||Alexandra Béres|
|1997||Flex Wheeler||Yolanda Hughes-Heying||Carol Semple-Marzetta|
|1998||Flex Wheeler||Yolanda Hughes-Heying||Susie Curry|
|1999||Nasser El Sonbaty||Vickie Gates||Susie Curry|
|2000||Flex Wheeler||Vickie Gates||Vickie Gates||Brenda Raganot||Kelly Ryan|
|2001||Ronnie Coleman||Vickie Gates||Vickie Gates||Dayana Cadeau||Jenny Worth|
|2002||Jay Cutler||Yaxeni Oriquen-Garcia||Yaxeni Oriquen-Garcia||Valentina Chepiga||Susie Curry|
|2003||Jay Cutler||Yaxeni Oriquen-Garcia||Yaxeni Oriquen-Garcia||Cathy LeFrançois||Susie Curry||Jenny Lynn|
|2004||Jay Cutler||Iris Kyle||Iris Kyle||Dayana Cadeau||Adela Garcia-Friedmansky||Jenny Lynn|
|2005||Dexter Jackson||Yaxeni Oriquen-Garcia||Yaxeni Oriquen-Garcia||Brenda Raganot||Jen Hendershott||Jenny Lynn|
|2006||Dexter Jackson||Iris Kyle||Heavyweight category not held.||Lightweight category not held.||Adela Garcia-Friedmansky||Mary Lado|
|2007||Victor Martinez||Iris Kyle||Kim Klein||Mary Lado|
|2008||Dexter Jackson||Yaxeni Oriquen-Garcia||Kim Klein||Gina Aliotti|
|2009||Kai Greene||Kai Greene||Branch Warren||Iris Kyle||Jen Hendershott||Živilė Raudonienė|
|2010||Kai Greene||Kai Greene||Branch Warren||Iris Kyle||Adela Garcia-Friedmansky||Nicole Wilkins-Lee|
|2011||Branch Warren||Dennis Wolf||Branch Warren||Branch Warren||Iris Kyle||Adela Garcia-Friedmansky||Nicole Wilkins-Lee||Nicole Nagrani|
|2012||Branch Warren||Best Poser category not held.||Branch Warren||Fan's Choice Award category not held.||Branch Warren||Yaxeni Oriquen-Garcia||Adela Garcia-Friedmansky||Nicole Wilkins-Lee||Sonia Gonzales|
|2013||Dexter Jackson||Most Muscular category not held.||Most Entertaining Routine category not held.||Iris Kyle||Tanji Johnson||Candice Keene||India Paulino|
|2014||Dennis Wolf||None||Oksana Grishina||Candice Keene||Ashley Kaltwasser||James Lewis|
|2015||Dexter Jackson||Oksana Grishina||Camala Rodriguez-McClure||Ashley Kaltwasser||Juliana Malacarne||Sadik Hadzovic||Jose Ramond|
Arnold Classic International
Arnold Classic is also held as:
- Arnold Classic Australia in Australia
- Arnold Classic Europe in Spain
- Arnold Classic Brazil in Brazil
- Arnold Classic Africa in South Africa
- Arnold Classic Asia in Hong Kong.
- Arnold Schwarzenegger
- Arnold Classic
- Ms. International
- Arnold Strongman Classic
- Fitness International
- Figure International
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