Arnold Sports Festival

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Arnold Sports Festival
2017
Arnclassic.jpg
The official logo of the Arnold Sports Festival
Tournament information
LocationGreater Columbus Convention Center, Columbus, Ohio
Month playedMarch
Established1989; 32 years ago (1989)
FormatMulti-event competition
Current champion
Netherlands William Bonac

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 considered the second-most-prestigious event in professional men's bodybuilding, physique, figure and bikini after Joe Weider's Olympia; it was formerly the second-most-prestigious event in professional female bodybuilding.[citation needed]

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..

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]

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.”[2]

On March 3, 2020 Ohio governor Mike DeWine cancelled most of the Arnold Sports Festival due to the oncoming COVID-19 pandemic in Ohio, before any cases or deaths had been reported. The cancellation was widely regarded as 'radical' at the time.[3][4]

Champions[edit]

Year Arnold Classic Ms. International Fitness International Figure International Bikini International 212 Women's Physique Men's Physique Classic Physique
Overall Best Poser Most Muscular Fan's Choice Award Most Entertaining Routine Overall Heavyweight Lightweight
1989 United States Rich Gaspari United States Jackie Paisley
1990 United States Mike Ashley Canada Laura Creavalle
1991 United States Shawn Ray United States Tonya Knight
1992 United States Vince Taylor Germany Anja Schreiner
1993 United States Flex Wheeler United States Kim Chizevsky-Nicholls
1994 United States Kevin Levrone Canada Laura Creavalle United States Carol Semple-Marzetta
1995 United States Mike Francois Canada Laura Creavalle United States Carol Semple-Marzetta
1996 United States Kevin Levrone United States Kim Chizevsky-Nicholls Hungary Alexandra Béres
1997 United States Flex Wheeler United States Yolanda Hughes-Heying United States Carol Semple-Marzetta
1998 United States Flex Wheeler United States Yolanda Hughes-Heying United States Susie Curry
1999 Serbia and Montenegro Nasser El Sonbaty United States Vickie Gates United States Susie Curry
2000 United States Flex Wheeler United States Vickie Gates United States Vickie Gates United States Brenda Raganot United States Kelly Ryan
2001 United States Ronnie Coleman United States Vickie Gates United States Vickie Gates Canada Dayana Cadeau Canada Jenny Worth
2002 United States Jay Cutler Venezuela Yaxeni Oriquen-Garcia Venezuela Yaxeni Oriquen-Garcia Ukraine Valentina Chepiga United States Susie Curry
2003 United States Jay Cutler Venezuela Yaxeni Oriquen-Garcia Venezuela Yaxeni Oriquen-Garcia Canada Cathy LeFrançois United States Susie Curry United States Jenny Lynn
2004 United States Jay Cutler United States Iris Kyle United States Iris Kyle Canada Dayana Cadeau United States Adela Garcia-Friedmansky United States Jenny Lynn
2005 United States Dexter Jackson Venezuela Yaxeni Oriquen-Garcia Venezuela Yaxeni Oriquen-Garcia United States Brenda Raganot United States Jen Hendershott United States Jenny Lynn
2006 United States Dexter Jackson United States Iris Kyle Heavyweight category not held. Lightweight category not held. United States Adela Garcia-Friedmansky United States Mary Lado
2007 Dominican Republic Victor Martinez United States Iris Kyle United States Kim Klein United States Mary Lado
2008 United States Dexter Jackson Venezuela Yaxeni Oriquen-Garcia United States Kim Klein United States Gina Aliotti
2009 United States Kai Greene United States Kai Greene United States Branch Warren United States Iris Kyle United States Jen Hendershott Lithuania Živilė Raudonienė
2010 United States Kai Greene United States Kai Greene United States Branch Warren United States Iris Kyle United States Adela Garcia-Friedmansky United States Nicole Wilkins-Lee
2011 United States Branch Warren Germany Dennis Wolf United States Branch Warren United States Branch Warren United States Iris Kyle United States Adela Garcia-Friedmansky United States Nicole Wilkins-Lee United States Nicole Nagrani
2012 United States Branch Warren Best Poser category not held. United States Branch Warren Fan's Choice Award category not held. United States Branch Warren United States Yaxeni Oriquen-Garcia United States Adela Garcia-Friedmansky United States Nicole Wilkins-Lee United States Sonia Gonzales
2013 United States Dexter Jackson Most Muscular category not held. Most Entertaining Routine category not held. United States Iris Kyle United States Tanji Johnson United States Candice Keene United States India Paulino
2014 Germany Dennis Wolf Ms. International category not held. Russia Oksana Grishina United States Candice Keene United States Ashley Kaltwasser United States James Lewis
2015 United States Dexter Jackson Russia Oksana Grishina United States Camala Rodriguez-McClure United States Ashley Kaltwasser United States Jose Raymond United States Juliana Malacarne United States Sadik Hadzovic
2016 United States Kai Greene Russia Oksana Grishina United States Latorya Watts United States India Paulino Japan Hidetada Yamagishi United States Autumn Swansen United States Brandon Hendrickson
2017 United States Cedric McMillan Russia Oksana Grishina United States Candice Lewis-Carter Brazil Angelica Teixeira Kuwait Ahmad Ashkanani Brazil Daniely Castilho United Kingdom Ryan Terry
2018[5] Netherlands William Bonac United States Fred Smalls Curaçao Roelly Winklaar United States Whitney Jones United States Candice Lewis-Carter Brazil Angelica Teixeira Libya Kamal Elgargni United States Shanique Grant United States Andre Ferguson United States Breon Ansley
2019[6] United States Brandon Curry Australia Joshua Lenartowicz Netherlands William Bonac Canada Ryall Graber United States Cydney Gillon United States Janet Layug 212 category not held. United States Natalia Abraham Coelho United States Andre Ferguson United States George Peterson
2020[7] Netherlands William Bonac United States Sergio Oliva Jr. Egypt Mamdouh Elssbiay United States Missy Truscott Mexico Natalia Soltero Brazil Elisa Pecini United States Natalia Abraham Coelho United States Andre Ferguson United States Alex Cambronero

Arnold Classic International[edit]

Arnold Classic is also held as:

Winners[edit]

Year Europe[10] South America[11] Australia[12] Africa[13] Asia[14]
2011 Dominican Republic Victor Martinez[15] Event not held. Event not held. Event not held. Event not held.
2012 Jamaica Shawn Rhoden[16]
2013 United States Phil Heath[17] United States Brandon Curry[18]
2014 Germany Dennis Wolf[19] United States Steve Kuclo[20]
2015 United States Dexter Jackson[21] Egypt Mamdouh Elssbiay[22] United States Dexter Jackson[23]
2016 United States Dexter Jackson[24] United States Kai Greene[25] United States Kai Greene[26] United States Dexter Jackson[27] United States Justin Compton[28]
2017 Egypt Mamdouh Elssbiay[29] Czech Republic Lukas Osladil[30] United States Brandon Curry[31] United States Johnnie O. Jackson[32] Event not held.
2018 Slovakia Michal Krizanek[33] Brazil Marcelo da Cruz[34] Curaçao Roelly Winklaar[35] Czech Republic Tomas Kaspar[36]
2019 Slovakia Michal Krizanek[37] United States Juan Morel[38] Netherlands William Bonac[39] Slovakia Michal Krizanek[40]
2020 Event not held.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Greater Columbus Convention Center. "2013 Arnold Cheerleading & Dance Championships". Arnoldsportsfestival.com. Retrieved 21 January 2013.
  2. ^ "Ms. International Dropped from 2014 Arnold Sports Festival". Hard Body News. 7 June 2013. Archived from the original on 16 September 2013. Retrieved 4 December 2013.
  3. ^ "The US governor who saw it coming early". BBC News. 1 April 2020. Archived from the original on 1 April 2020.
  4. ^ Barrett, Joe (29 March 2020). "Ohio Governor on Why He Ordered Early, Tough Coronavirus Lockdowns". Wall Street Journal. ISSN 0099-9660. Retrieved 30 March 2020.
  5. ^ 2018 Arnold Classic USA Scorecards
  6. ^ 2019 Arnold Classic USA Scorecards
  7. ^ 2020 Arnold Classic USA Scorecards
  8. ^ a b c d "2018 Arnold Classic Worldwide Features Festivals On Five Continents". arnoldsportsfestival.com. 23 October 2017. Retrieved 25 December 2020.
  9. ^ a b "Schwarzenegger sports fests now in Africa, Asia for 6 total". AP Online. 4 March 2016. Retrieved 25 December 2020.
  10. ^ "Arnold Classic Europe". arnoldsportsfestival.com. Retrieved 25 December 2020.
  11. ^ "Arnold Classic South America". arnoldsportsfestival.com. Retrieved 25 December 2020.
  12. ^ "Arnold Classic Australia". arnoldsportsfestival.com. Retrieved 25 December 2020.
  13. ^ "Arnold Classic Africa". arnoldsportsfestival.com. Retrieved 25 December 2020.
  14. ^ "Arnold Classic Asia". arnoldsportsfestival.com. Retrieved 25 December 2020.
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  16. ^ "2012 Arnold Classic Europe Scorecards". ifbbpro.com. Retrieved 25 December 2020.
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  18. ^ "2013 Arnold Classic Brazil Scorecards". ifbbpro.com. Retrieved 25 December 2020.
  19. ^ "2014 Arnold Classic Europe Scorecards". ifbbpro.com. Retrieved 25 December 2020.
  20. ^ "2014 Arnold Classic Brazil Scorecards". ifbbpro.com. Retrieved 25 December 2020.
  21. ^ "2015 Arnold Classic Europe Scorecards". ifbbpro.com. Retrieved 25 December 2020.
  22. ^ "2015 Arnold Classic Brasil Scorecards". ifbbpro.com. Retrieved 25 December 2020.
  23. ^ "2015 Arnold Classic Australia Scorecards". ifbbpro.com. Retrieved 25 December 2020.
  24. ^ "2016 Arnold Classic Europe Scorecards". ifbbpro.com. Retrieved 25 December 2020.
  25. ^ "2016 Arnold Classic Brasil Scorecard". ifbbpro.com. Retrieved 25 December 2020.
  26. ^ "2016 Arnold Classic Australia Scorecards". ifbbpro.com. Retrieved 25 December 2020.
  27. ^ "2016 Arnold Classic South Africa Scorecards". ifbbpro.com. Retrieved 25 December 2020.
  28. ^ "2016 Arnold Classic Asia Scorecards". ifbbpro.com. Retrieved 25 December 2020.
  29. ^ "2017 Arnold Classic Europe Scorecards". ifbbpro.com. Retrieved 25 December 2020.
  30. ^ "2017 Arnold Classic South America Scorecards". ifbbpro.com. Retrieved 25 December 2020.
  31. ^ "2017 Arnold Classic Australia Scorecards". ifbbpro.com. Retrieved 25 December 2020.
  32. ^ "2017 Arnold Classic South Africa Scorecards". ifbbpro.com. Retrieved 25 December 2020.
  33. ^ "2018 Arnold Classic Europe Elite Pro Results". eliteproifbb.com. Retrieved 25 December 2020.
  34. ^ "2018 Arnold Classic South America Elite Pro Results". eliteproifbb.com. Retrieved 25 December 2020.
  35. ^ "2018 Arnold Classic Australia Scorecards". ifbbpro.com. Retrieved 25 December 2020.
  36. ^ "2018 Arnold Classic South Africa Elite Pro Results". eliteproifbb.com. Retrieved 25 December 2020.
  37. ^ "2019 Arnold Classic Europe Elite Pro Results". eliteproifbb.com. Retrieved 25 December 2020.
  38. ^ "2019 Arnold Classic South America Scorecards". ifbbpro.com. Retrieved 25 December 2020.
  39. ^ "2019 Arnold Classic Australia Scorecards". ifbbpro.com. Retrieved 25 December 2020.
  40. ^ "2019 Arnold Classic South Africa Elite Pro Results". eliteproifbb.com. Retrieved 25 December 2020.

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