2007 Arnold Classic Preview - My Top 5 Pick & Suzanne Irwin Interview!

The Arnold Classic this year is going to be the largest to date. They are expecting well over 100,000 people to walk through the event. Get my top five and complete details, including schedule, from the following interview.

The Arnold Classic this year is going to be the largest to date. They are expecting well over 100,000 people to walk through the event. I suggest getting your tickets early because this event is going to be one that you do not want to miss. So book your hotel early and get ready to experience something like you have never seen. It's the 2007 Arnold Classic, March 2-4... Let the games begin!!

Here is my prediction for this years Arnold (men's)...

I think the battle for the 1 and 2 spots are going to the highlight of this year. Dexter comes into every show in tip-top shape and shredded to the bone—everything is striated from head to toe. However, with Victor's finish at the Olympia and with his condition at that contest, he could very well take the title away from Dexter.

Victor can definitely hang with the big guys and with Jay and Ronnie not in the competition, Victor will be one of the biggest guys on stage. His conditioning in the Olympia was right on and if he brings that conditioning or even a little better he will easily take home the title.

Branch didn't hit his mark at the Olympia so I believe he will definitely make some changes and come into the Arnold in the condition we are used to seeing him in with the massive wheels and that dry vascular look we are used to seeing.

You can never count Ruhl out of any competition and he will definitely come in larger than life with his big blocky physique, however I believe Gustavo will come in with a better condition and slightly beat out Markus pushing him to 5th. If I were to place the competitors in order of how I believe they will finish, here would be my selections for the Top 5:

  1. Victor Martinez
  2. Dexter Jackson
  3. Branch Warren
  4. Gustavo Badell
  5. Markus Ruhl


Suzanne Irwin Interview

Below you will also find an interview with Suzanne Irwin who will fill you in with all the details surrounding the Arnold.


[ Q ] Let's start off by asking what exactly is The Arnold?

    [ A ] The Arnold Sports Festival is the largest multi-sports festival in the nation, featuring 39 events - including 14 Olympic sports. 17,000 athletes compete annually and the Festival annually hosts the Arnold Fitness EXPO with 650 exhibit booths. 132,000 visitors annually attend the event.


[ Q ] Where will The Arnold take place?

    [ A ] The Arnold Sports Festival is held annually in Columbus, Ohio within the city's three premiere venues:

    1. The Greater Columbus Convention Center
    2. Veterans Memorial
    3. Nationwide Arena


[ Q ] For those of us who will be coming to the show, what hotels do you recommend people stay at? What are some of the best places in the area to eat at?

    [ A ] The Arnold Sports Festival will partner with more than 100 hotels in 2007. Arnoldsportsfestival.com provides a complete listing of every area hotels and contact information. We work very closely with Experience Columbus to promote the city's visitor attraction, dining, and entertainment opportunities. Certainly the Arena District, German Village, the Cap, and the Short North areas offer an endless array of fabulous dining options.


[ Q ] I heard The Arnold has the best Expo out of all the shows. What are your thoughts on that?

    [ A ] The Arnold Fitness EXPO annually attracts thousands of enthusiastic professionals and fans from all over the globe who want the latest in equipment, nutrition, books, software, workout apparel, footwear, fitness videos, and educational materials.

    Exhibitors enjoy the purchasing power of the diverse audience that includes personal trainers, health & fitness leaders, coaches at the high school and collegiate level, professional sport team representatives, fitness enthusiasts, and countless others.

    The Arnold Fitness EXPO has a 94% return attendance. The EXPO also offers non-stop fitness entertainment and sports demonstrations that add to the EXPO's excitement and popularity.


[ Q ] Could you give us the schedule for this year's Arnold (dates and times of each of the events)?

    Arnold Sports Festival

      Day 1 Friday, March 2

        Greater Columbus Convention Center

        • 8:00 am - 6:00 pm Arnold Strength Training Summit
          ALL DAY REGISTRATION
          C210-216 (2ND FLOOR)

        • 8:00 am - 7:00 pm WPO Super Open Championships
          WOMEN, LIGHTWEIGHT AND MIDDLEWEIGHT MEN
          GRAND BALLROOM

        • 8:00 am - 8:00 pm Boxing Championships/Martial Arts Festival
          HALL C

          Weightlifting Championships
          WORLD TEAM QUALIFIER
          C110-115

        • 8:00 am - 10:00 pm Gymnastics Challenge
          COMPULSORY AND OPTIONAL
          HALLS E and F

        • 9:00 am - 4:00 pm Active Aging Festival
          HYATT REGENCY BALLROOM (DOORS OPEN AT 8:30 AM)

        • 11:00 am - 6:00 pm Arnold Fitness EXPO**
          OPEN TO GENERAL PUBLIC ENTERTAINMENT/CONTESTS BEGINS AND CONTINUES THROUGHOUT THE DAY HALL D EXPO STAGE

          ARMWRESTLING PRELIMINARIES ALL CLASSES 11:00 AM -12:00 NOON

          MS. INTERNATIONAL, FITNESS INTERNATIONAL AND FIGURE INTERNATIONAL PREJUDGING 12:00 NOON-3:00 PM

          STRONGMAN CONTEST 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM

        • 12:00 noon - 7:00 pm Cheerleading and Dance
          COMPETITOR REGISTRATION NOON- 3:00 PM;
          COMPETITION 3:00 PM - 7:00 PM
          BATTELLE HALL (DOORS OPEN AT NOON)
          Table Tennis Challenge
          TERRACE BALLROOM (2ND FLOOR)
          E160's & E170's


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2006 Cheerleaders.
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        Veterans Memorial

        • 9:00 am - 2:00 pm Amateur Fitness and Figure Championships
          PREJUDGING AND FINALS
          Amateur Bodybuilding Men's and Women's Championships
          PREJUDGING

        • 9:00 am - 10:00 pm Archery Competition
          OHIO NASP STATE TOURNAMENT
          NORTH HALL

        • 7:00 pm FINALS 2007
          Ms. International, Fitness International
          And Figure International
          AUDITORIUM
          (RESERVED SEATING - $50 AND $75)*

        Nationwide Arena

        • 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm Hockey Skills Challenge
          DISPATCH ICE HAUS +

          For more information: www.arnoldsportsfestival.com

          TICKETS : ** EXPO Tickets. Adults: $10 per day. 10yrs and under FREE if accompanied by an adult. Admission includes total access to the Arnold Fitness EXPO. For tickets: www.ticketmaster.com/arnold or call 614-431-3600. NO BABY STROLLERS.

          * Ticketmaster: 614-431-3600

          + Tickets also available at Nationwide Arena Box Office

          DATES AND TIMES SUBJECT TO CHANGE

    Arnold Sports Festival

      Day 2 Saturday, March 3

        Greater Columbus Convention Center

        • 7:00 am - 6:00 pm Arnold Fencing Classic
          HYATT REGENCY-DELAWARE / FRANKLIN / UNION ROOMS


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    2006 Fencing Competitors.
    More Pictures From The 2006 Arnold Here!

        • 8:00 am - 6:00 pm Arnold Strength Training Summit
          MORNING REGISTRATION
          C210-216 (2ND FLOOR)

          Youth DanceSport Classic Featuring:
          COMPETITION BETWEEN U.S. AND CANADIAN DANCE COUPLES
          HYATT REGENCY BALLROOM


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    2006 Youth Dance Competitors.
    More Pictures From 2006 The Arnold Here!

        • 8:00 am - 7:00 pm WPO Super Open Championships
          HEAVY AND SUPER HEAVYWEIGHT MEN
          GRAND BALLROOM

          Weightlifting
          COMPETITIONS
          C110-115

        • 8:00 am - 8:00 pm Boxing Championships/Martial Arts Festival
          SUMO DEMONSTRATIONS 2:00 PM - 2:30 PM
          HALL C

        • 8:00 am - 9:00 pm Cheerleading and Dance
          COMPETITOR REGISTRATION 8:00 AM - 12 NOON;
          COMPETITION 8:00 AM - 9:00 PM;
          BATTELLE HALL (DOORS OPEN AT 9:00 AM)

        • 8:00 am - 10:00 pm Gymnastics Challenge
          COMPULSORY AND OPTIONAL; INTERNATIONAL ATHLETE EXHIBITION AND OPENING CELEBRATION 12:00 NOON HALLS E and F

        • 9:00 am - 6:00 pm Arnold Fitness EXPO** OPEN TO GENERAL PUBLIC ENTERTAINMENT/CONTESTS BEGINS AND CONTINUES THROUGHOUT THE DAY HALL D EXPO STAGE

          Amateur Men's and Women's Bodybuilding FINALS
          9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

          Armwrestling FINALS
          ALL CLASSES 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

          Sumo Demonstrations
          12:30 PM - 1:00 PM

          Strongman Contest
          1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

          World Record Bench Press Challenge
          3:00 PM - 6:00 PM

          WWE Talent Recruitment Program
          HALL C


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    2006 Bench Press Competitor.
    More Pictures From 2006 Arnold Here!

        • 9:00 am - 10:00 pm Table Tennis Challenge
          TERRACE BALLROOM (2ND FLOOR)
          E160's & E170's

        Veterans Memorial

        • 12:00 noon - 2:00 pm 19th Arnold Classic Prejudging
          AUDITORIUM (RESERVED SEATING - $50)*

        • 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm 19th Arnold Classic FINALS
          AUDITORIUM (RESERVED SEATING $50 AND $75)*

        • 9:30 pm - 10:00 pm Arnold Strongman Contest FINALS
          AUDITORIUM (RESERVED SEATING $50 AND $75)*

        • 10:00 pm - 1:00 am Arnold Classic VIP Buffet Party
          NORTH HALL (VIP TICKET HOLDERS ONLY)

        Nationwide Arena

        • 8:00 am - 7:00 pm Figure Skating Competition DISPATCH ICE HAUS +

    Arnold Sports Festival

      Day 3 Sunday, March 4

        Greater Columbus Convention Center

        • 7:00 am - 10:30 am 5K Run
          REGISTRATION 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM
          HALL F

          5K Pump & Run
          REGISTRATION, ATHLETES WEIGH IN AND BENCH
          PRESS 7:00 AM - 9:00 AM
          HALL F

          5K Run begins 9:30 am
          5K Pump & Run begins 10:30 am

        • 7:00 am - 4:00 pm Arnold Fencing Classic
          REGISTRATION 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM
          COMPETITIONS AND EXHIBITIONS 8:00 AM- 4:00 PM
          FINALS 1:30- 4:00 pm
          GRAND BALLROOM / HYATT REGENCY-DELAWARE / FRANKLIN

        • 8:00 am - 1:00 pm Arnold Strength Training Summit
          C213-216 (2nd FLOOR)

        • 8:00 am - 4:00 pm Weightlifting
          Competitions
          C110-115

        • Youth DanceSport Classic
          HYATT-REGENCY BALLROOM

        • 8:00 am - 5:00 pm Gymnastics Challenge
          COMPULSORY AND OPTIONAL MEN'S/WOMEN'S FINALS 2:30 PM
          HALLS E and F

        • Boxing Championships/Martial Arts Festival
          HALL C

        • 8:00 am - 9:00 pm Cheerleading and Dance
          COMPETITOR REGISTRATION 8:00 AM - 12:00 NOON
          COMPETITION 10:00 AM- 9:00 PM
          BATTELLE HALL (DOORS OPEN AT 9:00 AM)

        • 9:00 am - 3:00 pm Table Tennis Challenge
          TERRACE BALLROOM (2ND FLOOR)
          E160's & E170's

        • 10:00 am - 4:00pm Arnold Fitness EXPO** OPEN TO GENERAL PUBLIC ENTERTAINMENT/CONTESTS BEGINS AND CONTINUES THROUGHOUT THE DAY HALL D EXPO STAGE

          Arnold Squat Challenge
          10:00 AM -12:00 NOON

          Fitness Fashion Show
          12:00 NOON - 1:30 PM

          Table Tennis
          1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

          Dance Team Performances
          3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

          WWE Talent Recruitment Program
          HALL C

        Veterans Memorial

        • 9:00 am - 12:00 noon Arnold Classic Fitness Training Seminar
          AUDITORIUM (general admission - $50)*

        Nationwide Arena

        • 8:00 am - 6:00 pm Wrestling Challenge NATIONWIDE ARENA +

        • 9:00 am - 2:00 pm Speed Skating Challenge DISPATCH ICE HAUS +

        • 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm Sumo Demonstrations NATIONWIDE ARENA +


[ Q ] How can anyone who is interested purchase tickets and what are the prices?

    [ A ] The Arnold Sports Festival annually partners with Ticketmaster for all ticketing needs. Ticketmaster is available by telephone at 614-431-3600 or via the web at ticketmaster.com.

    The $10 daily Arnold EXPO ticket is a true value, offering daily admission to most of the Weekend's 39 events and the Arnold Fitness EXPO. The Arnold Classic sells out annually and the women's final events Friday evening are always a full house at Veterans Memorial Auditorium.


[ Q ] Who all will be competing in this year's event?


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Dexter Jackson, Branch Warren & Victor Martinez.
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Iris Kyle, Dayana Cadeau & Yaxeni Oriquen.
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    Local competitors in the 2007 Fitness International are Jen Hendershott, and Julie Palmer as well as in Figure International's Julie Wallis, Latisha Wilder, Briana Tindall, and Cleveland's Valerie Waugaman. Additionally we will host an international array of Olympians in weightlifting, fencing, table tennis, gymnastics and archery.

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[ Q ] Are there any changes in this year's Arnold compared to 2006?

    [ A ] The Arnold Sports Festival & Fitness Weekend grows annually. This year we have added significant new events including:

    • USA Weightlifting's World Team Qualifying event on Friday, March 2.

    • Three top-level Sumo Wrestling demonstrations featuring four of the world's leading sumo champions, including two World Champions.

    • The First Annual Arnold Archery Competition featuring the Ohio National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) state tournament.

    • An international youth dance competition featuring 14 US dance couples versus 14 Canadian dance couples.

    • The Arnold International Open Grappling Championships.

    • The first Amateur events in Men's Bodybuilding, women's bodybuilding, women's fitness, and women's figure.

    • And the innovative Active Aging Festival on Friday March 2 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center showcasing America's legendary "Fittest Couple" Jack and Elaine LaLanne.


[ Q ] What are your predictions for this year's result? Anyone in particular that you think has a great chance of winning or someone who you would like to see win in this years events?

    [ A ] We predict many thrilling moments of intense competition in every sport. The Arnold Sports Festival & Fitness Weekend hosts elite level athletes, national champions, and competitive and eager amateurs. We celebrate every athlete's success and welcome their performance.


[ Q ] Before we part, is there anything else you would like to add or say?

    [ A ] The Arnold Sports Festival & Fitness Weekend is a premiere destination for every fitness fan and health enthusiast. In 2007, the Weekend will welcome the competition and appearance of World's Strongest Man Phil Pfister, a Charleston, West Virginia firefighter.

    The Arnold Strongman contest will showcase the greatest talents in Strong man and nearly every event will be held on the Arnold EXPO stage. The events will be featured in a two hour special on the National Geographic Channel. This will bring great additional exposure to the sport and the Weekend. We look forward to welcoming all your readers to the event.

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