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; 30 years ago (1989)
FormatMulti-event competition
Current champion
United States Brandon Curry

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; as well as formerly the second most prestigious event in professional female bodybuilding.

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]

Controversy[edit]

In January of 2018, Beth Mandyck, a former nurse and bodybuilder from New York,[3] sued Arnold Sports for discrimination, claiming that the organization discriminated by not fielding a category for women in the annual competition in Columbus, OH.[4][5] Mandyck’s complaint had the support of 10-time Ms. Olympia Iris Kyle, former Olympic gold medalist Nancy Hogshead-Makar, the advocacy group Champion Women, and the Women’s Sports Foundation.[6] The Arnold stopped offering a women’s bodybuilding competition in 2013 because fewer women were participating, In 2011, the Arnold had 27 women compete in bodybuilding, but that dipped to 18 by 2013.[5]

Champions[edit]

Year Arnold Classic Ms. International Fitness International Figure International Bikini International Pro Arnold Classic 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 None 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 Juliana Malacarne United States Sadik Hadzovic United States Jose Ramond
2016 United States Kai Greene Russia Oksana Grishina United States Latorya Watts United States India Paulino Japan Hidetada Yamagishi United States Brandon Hendrickson
2017 United States Cedric McMillan Russia Oksana Grishina United States Candice Lewis-Carter Brazil Angelica Teixeira Kuwait Ahmad Ashkanani England Ryan Terry
2018 Netherlands William Bonac[7] 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 United States Brandon Curry[8] Canada Ryall Graber United States Cydney Gillon Brazil Janet Layug 212 category not held. United States Natalia Abraham Coelho United States Andre Ferguson United States George Peterson

Arnold Classic International[edit]

Arnold Classic is also held as:

Winners[edit]

Year Europe Brazil Australia Africa Asia
2011 Victor Martinez[12] not held not held not held not held
2012 Shawn Rhoden[13] not held not held not held not held
2013 Phil Heath[14] Brandon Curry[15] not held not held not held
2014 Dennis Wolf[16] Steve Kuclo[17] not held not held not held
2015 Dexter Jackson[18][19] Mamdouh Elssbiay[20] Atif Anwar[21] not held not held
2016 Dexter Jackson[22] Kai Greene[23] Kai Greene[24] Dexter Jackson[25] Justin Compton[26]
2017 Mamdouh Elssbiay[27] Lukas Osladil Brandon Curry Johnnie O. Jackson not held
2018 Roelly Winklaar[28]
2019 Juan Morel[29] William Bonac[30]

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. Retrieved 4 December 2013.
  3. ^ "She's a 55-year-old nurse and she's a bodybuilding champion". Rochester Democrat and Chronicle. Retrieved 20 November 2018.
  4. ^ "Bodybuilder files gender discrimination complaint against Arnold Sports Festival". NBC News. Retrieved 20 November 2018.
  5. ^ a b Rouan, Rick. "Female bodybuilder says Arnold Sports Festival discriminates". The Columbus Dispatch. Retrieved 20 November 2018.
  6. ^ Brown, Steve. "Do You Even Lift? Woman Bodybuilder Accuses Arnold Festival Of Discrimination". Retrieved 20 November 2018.
  7. ^ 2018 Arnold Classic USA Scorecards
  8. ^ 2019 Arnold Classic USA Scorecards
  9. ^ a b c d "Arnold Classic for 2016". The Mercury (South Africa). 20 August 2014. Archived from the original on 8 October 2016. Retrieved 24 August 2016.
  10. ^ "Breaking News: Arnold Australia Webcast Comes to Digital Muscle!". digitalmuscle.com. Digital Muscle. Retrieved 24 August 2016.
  11. ^ a b "Schwarzenegger sports fests now in Africa, Asia for 6 total". AP Online. 4 March 2016. Archived from the original on 8 October 2016. Retrieved 24 August 2016.
  12. ^ "2011 IFBB Arnold Classic Europe". bodybuilding.com. Retrieved 25 August 2016.
  13. ^ "2012 IFBB Arnold Classic Europe". bodybuilding.com. Retrieved 25 August 2016.
  14. ^ "2013 IFBB Arnold Classic Europe". bodybuilding.com. Retrieved 25 August 2016.
  15. ^ "2013 IFBB Arnold Classic Brazil". bodybuilding.com. Retrieved 25 August 2016.
  16. ^ "2014 IFBB Arnold Classic Europe". bodybuilding.com. Retrieved 25 August 2016.
  17. ^ "2014 IFBB Arnold Classic Brazil". bodybuilding.com. Retrieved 25 August 2016.
  18. ^ "2015 Arnold Classic Europe". flexonline.com. Retrieved 25 August 2016.
  19. ^ Battaglia, Joe (26 October 2015). "Dexter Jackson Continues 'Year Of The Blade' In Dominant October". flomuscle.com. Retrieved 25 August 2016.
  20. ^ "2015 IFBB Arnold Classic Brasil". flexonline.com. Retrieved 25 August 2016.
  21. ^ "2015 IFBB Arnold Classic Australia". bodybuilding.com. Retrieved 25 August 2016.
  22. ^ "2016 ARNOLD CLASSIC EUROPE RESULTS". Retrieved 25 September 2017.
  23. ^ "2016 IFBB Arnold Classic Brazil". Retrieved 1 September 2016.
  24. ^ "2016 IFBB Arnold Classic Australia". Retrieved 1 September 2016.
  25. ^ "DEXTER JACKSON WINS AT THE ARNOLD CLASSIC SOUTH AFRICA 2016". musculardevelopment.com. 28 May 2016. Retrieved 25 August 2016.
  26. ^ "2016 IFBB Arnold Classic Asia". Retrieved 1 September 2016.
  27. ^ "Arnold Classic Europe 2017 Results". Retrieved 25 September 2017.
  28. ^ https://www.arnoldsportsfestival.com/visitor-info/world-events/arnold-classic-australia/15/2018/
  29. ^ "Arnold Classic South America 2019 Results & Event Pictures". Fitness Volt. 14 April 2019. Retrieved 14 April 2019.
  30. ^ "Arnold Classic Australia 2019 Results & Prize Money". Fitness Volt. 16 March 2019. Retrieved 14 April 2019.

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