FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - February 2006
What Is At Stake?
COLUMBUS, OH - Dexter Jackson will face a strong field of 13 challengers, including last year's 3rd place winner, Gustavo Badell, as they compete here for the richest and most prestigious crown in bodybuilding, a $100,000 check, a trophy, a Ford SUV and a $20,000 watch in the 2006 Arnold Classic.
Badell won third place in the 2005 Arnold Classic and also in the 2004 and 2005 Mr. Olympia contests.
Who Else Will Be Competing?
Also back from last year's top six finishers are Lee Priest, Melvin Anthony and Darrem Charles. An additional $150,000 in prize money is awarded among competitors who place 2nd to 6th.
"The excellent field invited to compete are the world's best," said Arnold Classic Co-Producer Jim Lorimer. "The prestige and reward of the Arnold Classic is unrivaled, fueling competition for the prize."
Rounding out the 2006 competitors list are: Troy Alves, Mark Dugdale, Toney Freeman, Ahmad Haidar, David Henry, Johnnie Jackson, Victor Martinez, Mustafa Mohammad, and Branch Warren.
Tickets for the Arnold Classic and other Arnold Sports Festival events are available at Ticketmaster (614) 431-3600. An inclusive VIP ticket package for $350 is available.
Arnold Sports Festival National Sponsors: GNC, Road To The Pros 2006, amino VITAL, EAS, Fizogen, Gaspari Nutrition, Gold's Gym, Jan Tana, Kingston, MET-Rx, MuscleTech, NetJets, Pinnacle, Star Trac, Sunrider, Twinlab, Ultimate Nutrition, VPX, World Gym.
Arnold Fitness EXPO Sponsors: Body Masters, BSN, Bulk Nutrition, Gamma-O, Iron-Tek, ISS Research, Labrada Nutrition, MRI, MRM, NxCare, Optimum Nutrition, Prolab, SAN, SciVation, STS, Triarco Industries, Ultimate Burn Machine, Universal Nutrition.
Arnold Sports Festival Local Sponsors: Blitz/WBZX, Columbus Dispatch Weekender, glaceau/vitaminwater, Huntington Banks, Lifestyle Communities, McDonald's, Raisin Rack, Real Fighter, Ricart, Time Warner, WBNS 10 TV.
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