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The 2008 Arnold Sports Festival, the world’s largest multi-sport fitness weekend has come to a close. It featured 38 events including 12 Olympic sports. Over 17,000 athletes competed! Learn more here...

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The 2008 Arnold Sports Festival, the world’s largest multi-sport fitness weekend, will be held Feb. 29, March 1 & 2, featuring 38 events including 12 Olympic sports. Over 17,000 athletes will compete. Event co-producers Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and James Lorimer will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Arnold Classic, the professional bodybuilding competition that launched the extravaganza for sports and fitness enthusiasts.

Every year brings new events. The Arnold Amateur IFBB International Bodybuilding, Fitness & Figure Championships, the Arnold Cycling Challenge, the USA Powerlifting Championships, and USA Weightlifting’s Olympic Team Qualifying Event are added for 2008.

-> When:

    February 29th Thru March 2nd

-> Where:

    Columbus, Ohio

    Greater Columbus Convention Center
    400 North High Street
    Columbus, Ohio 43215
    Phone: 614.827.2500

    Directions:

      If traveling from the North, take I-71 South to Broad Street and turn right. Continue across the bridge and the facility is on the right after the bridge. If traveling from the South, take I-71 North to 4th Street. Turn left onto Broad Street and continue across the bridge. The facility is on the right after the bridge.

    Parking:

      Available in lot beside building. Fee is $3.00 per car.

    Franklin County Veterans Memorial
    300 W. Broad Street
    Columbus, OH 43215
    Phone: 614.221.4341

    Nationwide Arena
    200 W. Nationwide Blvd.
    Columbus, OH 43215
    Phone: 614.431.3600

    Public Transportation:

      For COTA bus schedule information, call (614) 228-1776.

    General Rules:

      The use of snapshot and video recorders varies per show. There are no carry-ins.

-> Hotel Information:

    Click Here for a list of every resource you need to get your hotel accommodations now. The surrounding hotels fill up quick and honor special rates for this event so be sure to mention during reservation booking.

-> Competitor List:

* This tentative list is subject to change at any time.

    Arnold Classic

    • Melvin Anthony
    • Gustavo Badell
    • Adorthus Cherry
    • Moe El Massouwi
    • Toney Freeman
    • Kai Greene
    • Deshaun Grimez
    • Phil Heath
    • David Henry
    • Dexter Jackson
    • Johnnie Jackson
    • Desmond Miller
    • Ronny Rockel
    • Silvio Samuel
    • Branch Warren

    Ms. International

    • Lisa Aukland
    • Tracy Beckham
    • Dayana Cadeau
    • Tazzie Colomb
    • Iris Floyd Kyle
    • Kristy Hawkins
    • Rosemary Jennings
    • Debi Laszewski
    • Cathy LeFrancois
    • Colette Nelson
    • Yaxeni Oriquen
    • Betty Pariso
    • Brenda Raganot
    • Annie Rivieccio
    • Antoinette Thompson
    • Betty Viana-Adkins

    Ms. Fitness International

    • Regiane Da Silva
    • Tina Durkin
    • Bethany Gainey
    • Tracey Greenwood
    • Oksana Grishina
    • Jen Hendershott
    • Kimberly Klein
    • Julie Lohre
    • Tanya Merryman
    • Mindi O' brien
    • Julie Palmer
    • Stacy Simons

    Ms. Figure International

    • Sonia Adcock
    • Gina Aliotti
    • Paola Almerico
    • Catherine Andersen
    • Natalie Benson
    • Amy Fry
    • Bernadette Galvan
    • Jennifer Gates
    • Deborah Leung
    • Juliana Malacarne
    • Kristal Richardson
    • Chastity Slone
    • Brenda Marie Smith
    • Briana Tindall
    • Latisha Wilder
    • Nicole Wilkins

    -> The Expo:

      The Arnold EXPO is the largest health and fitness expo in the country with 650 booths showcasing healthy lifestyle products and methods to more than 150,000 fitness fans in three days of free entertainment and competiton from top professional and amateur athletes.

      The expanded 650 booth Arnold Fitness EXPO at the Greater Columbus Convention Center draws wall-to-wall crowds. Events also will be held at Franklin County Veterans Memorial, and Nationwide Arena.

      The Arnold Sports Festival is "A Weekend of Sports and A Lifetime of Fitness" hosting 39 sporting events. More than 17,000 athletes and 150,000 sports fans watch three days of athletic competition that tests human capabilities in the widest variety of sports in one place for so many athletes than any other event in the world.

      Full Booth Reservation Information Can Be Found Here.

    -> Events:

      IFBB Events

        In 2008, the 20th Anniversary Arnold Classic will welcome back many of the event's past champions offering a rare opportunity to gather with icons of men's bodybuilding.

        The Arnold Classic is the premiere event in men's professional bodybuilding and annually welcomes the sport's top professional athletes who will compete for top prize money and the coveted Audemars Piguet watch.


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    Pro Bodybuilding, Fitness & Figure.

        Prejudging for the Arnold Classic is held annually Saturday at 12 noon at Veterans Memorial Auditorium proceeding the 7 p.m. evening finals. The Arnold Classic annually sells out and fills the entire Veterans Memorial Auditorium. 15 international judges and officials will preside in 2008 at the 20th annual Arnold Classic, and the Ms. International, Fitness International, and Figure International events.

        Find Complete Event Details Here.

      Amateur Bodybuilding, Fitness & Figure

        The 2008 Arnold Amateur IFBB International Bodybuilding, Fitness & Figure Championships will come to the annual Arnold Sports Festival in 2008 with an international focus and an expanded schedule.

        In a precedent setting move, the event will be open to IFBB (International Federation of Bodybuilders) Amateur Competitors throughout Europe, Asia, Canada and USA's NPC (National Physique Committee) - the governing body for amateurs in the America. Amateur athletes will compete in men's and women's bodybuilding, women's fitness, and women's figure.

        Find Complete Event Details Here.

      Martial Arts

        The Arnold Martial Arts Festival annually hosts a unique gathering of martial arts disciplines and their leaders from across the world. We recently had the opportunity to sit down with Columbus, Ohio resident and annual martial arts leader at the Arnold Sports Festival, Master Laura Clements.

        Find Complete Event Details Here.

      5K Pump & Run

        The Arnold 5K Pump and Run has changed the sport of running. What began as a way for athletes to show their overall fitness by pressing their body weight and completing a simple 5K run has evolved into the premiere event to demonstrate complete fitness for athletes.

        Some athletes prefer running as their test of fitness. Others use strength to measure their prowess. The athletes who participate in the Arnold 5K Pump & Run have changed the way others view fitness.

        Find Complete Event Details Here.

      Armwrestling

        The 2008 Arnold Classic Armwrestling Challenge (ACAC) will be held on the Arnold Fitness EXPO stage Friday, February 29 and Saturday, March 1, inside the Greater Columbus Convention Center.

        Find Complete Event Details Here.

      Archery

        Devin Osborn, 14-year-old middle school archer from Maysville, Ohio placed first among middle school boys at the inaugural National Archery in the Schools (NASP) National Invitational Tournament held recently in Kentucky. Twenty states were represented and 1,577 students competed.

        Find Complete Event Details Here.

      Bench Press

        USA Powerlifting (USAPL), America's Premiere Powerlifting Organization will present world level competition at the Arnold Sports Festival 2008.


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      Arnold Classic Bench Press Competitor.

        Find Complete Event Details Here.

      Boxing

        The Arnold Sports Festival will celebrate the Third Annual Arnold USA Boxing Invitational Championships February 29, March 1 & 2 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center.

        Find Complete Event Details Here.

      Cheerleading & Dance Team Nationals

        4,000 competitors will participate in the 2008 Arnold Cheerleading and Dance Team National Championship as part of the Arnold Sports Festival, February 29, March 1 & 2, 2008 in Columbus, Ohio.

        The event is highly competitive event and annually proves to be exciting, endearing, and impressive. "This is one of the most exciting events of the weekend," said Brian Hallam, President of US Spirit and event chairman. "It's athletic, fast paced and very exciting."

        Cheerleaders and dance team members will compete in High School, Junior High, Middle School, Youth, Elementary, Studio, Rec League, College and All Star Divisions. It is an open competition, no pre-qualification is necessary.

        Team competition is held Saturday and Sunday with individuals and stunt teams competing Friday afternoon and evening.

        Find Complete Event Details Here.

      Cycling

        Arnold Sports Festival to Partner with Fat Rabbit Racing in the Creation of the Inaugural Arnold Cycling Challenge.

        The Arnold Sports Festival 2008 will present a new Olympic sport in 2008, The Arnold Cycling Challenge, a short distance criterium road race Sunday morning March 2 in downtown Columbus.

        Find Complete Event Details Here.

      Arnold Youth Dancesport Classic

        Every Arnold Sports Festival fan needs to witness the extreme athleticism that is exhibited annually within the Arnold Youth Dancesport Classic. Imagine the grace and elegance of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers captured in the movements of a four-year-old and you can glimmer just a few of the special moments at the Arnold Youth Dancesport Classic.

        1,000 youth through collegiate dancers present their incredible talents in this glamorous two-day event held within the Hyatt Regency Ballroom and organized by world renowned dance champions Sam Sodano and Bill Sparks. Youth dancers from across North America perform before an internationally recognized panel of experts.

        Find Complete Event Details Here.

      Fencing

        The mission of the Arnold Fencing Classic is to present and promote the sport of fencing by hosting a high level regional youth competition and to showcase world class fencers in competitive exhibition bouts.

        Numerous youth organizations participate annually in the Arnold Fencing Classic including the esteemed Peter Westbrook Foundation, and After-School All-Stars Columbus, a year - round comprehensive after-school program spearheaded by national Honorary Chairman, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.


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      Arnold Classic Fencing Competitors.

        In 2008, The Arnold Fencing Classic will feature a regional youth circuit, open tournaments for all weapons, and an Invitational for the world class fencers.

        Find Complete Event Details Here.

      Gymnastics

        The Arnold Gymnastics Challenge is the largest mixed meet (boys & girls) in the United States and is held annually as a part of The Arnold Sports Festival. The event showcases 3,500 competitive youngsters as well as demonstrations by leading U.S. Olympians including Paul & Morgan Hamm, Blaine Wilson, and more. 2007 celebrities included Mary Lou Retton, Paul & Morgan Hamm, Blaine Wilson, and newcomer Chellsie Memmel.

        Memmel of Milwaukee, Wisconsin won the 1st all-around, 2nd uneven bars, 2nd balance beam at the 2005 World Championships, the 1st all-around, 1st uneven bars, 1st balance beam at the Pan American Championships, the 2nd all-around at the National Championships and at the American Cup - the1st uneven bars. Her presence generated much excitement throughout the 2007 Arnold Gymnastics Challenge.

        Find Complete Event Details Here.

      Powerlifting

        Main stage events for USAPL Powerlifting at the 2008 Arnold Sports Festival include the invitational International Pro Deadlift for men and women, the International Pro Bench Press for men, women, and team categories, the Quest American Pro Invitational, and the Unequipped Competition with belt, wrist, and knee wraps allowed.


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      Arnold Classic Powerlifting Competitor.

        Find Complete Event Details Here.

      Strongman

        The Arnold Strongman Classic features the World's top 10 leading professional strongmen competitors in riveting feats of strength before an annually packed crowd at the Arnold Sports Festival.

        The two-day event is held at the Greater Columbus Convention Center in conjunction with the Arnold Fitness EXPO and is under the direction of University of Texas professors, Drs. Jan and Terry Todd. Nutrition industry leader MHP will again serve as the presenting sponsor for this international event.

        Competitors in the Arnold Strongman Classic vie for a total of over $150,000 in cash and prizes and a $10,000 bronze statue of legendary strongman Louis Cyr, and over $3,000 in MHP sports nutrition supplements.

        Find Complete Event Details Here.

      Table Tennis

        Killerspin, the esteemed international leader in all things table tennis will present the Killerspin Arnold Table Tennis Challenge 2008. Killerspin, a 4 year partner with The Arnold Sports Festival, will bring world famous table tennis action to Columbus, Ohio February 29, March 1 & 2 in Columbus, Ohio.

        Killerspin annually brings internationally renown players to Columbus and 2008 will be no exception. Returning talents will likely include 2007 Battle of the Sexes Champion Biba who in 2007 defeated Aleksandar Karakasevic four games to three with a seventh game score of 18-16 before California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. Biba persevered and took home the $1,500 prize.

        Find Complete Event Details Here.

      Weightlifting

        The 2008 Arnold Weightlifting Championships will welcome the nation's best weightlifters for the Arnold Weightlifting Championships and the 2008 U.S. Weightlifting Nationals. The U.S. Weightlifting Nationals are governed by USA Weightlifting. This is a prestigious event that will in part determine key spots on the Team USA for the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.

        Find Complete Event Details Here.

      Wrestling

        The 2008 Arnold Wrestling Challenge, will be held Sunday March 2nd and is under the direction of Event Chairman Paul Bukky.

        "The Arnold Wrestling Challenge provides thrilling moments of competition for young wrestling athletes who enjoy the exceptional opportunity to compete within one of Columbus's premiere sports destination's - Nationwide Arena," said Bukky. "We hope to broaden our participation in 2008. Each year we welcome top male and female competitors. In 2006 & 2007 we recognized Alaska's Michela Hutchinson, a nationally known wrestler who achieved the status as a first female state title holder when Alaska crowned her as the state champion."

        Find Complete Event Details Here.

-> Tickets:

    Tickets for the Arnold Sports Festival - the largest multi-sports festival in the nation - are now available at ticketmaster. Sales began Monday, June 25.

    The Arnold Sports Festival will be the greatest Sports Fitness experience of your life showcasing 12 Olympic sports with more than 17,000 athletes and an expanded 650 booth Arnold Fitness EXPO. New in 2008 will be the Arnold Amateur IFFB International Bodybuilding, Fitness & Figure Championships, the Arnold Cycling Challenge, the USA Powerlifting Championships, and USA Weightlifting’s World Team Qualifying event.

    To Purchase Event Tickets Click Here.

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