Arnold Schwarzenegger Biography
Few individuals earn icon status in their own lifetimes, but what began as a career in bodybuilding during the teenage years launched Arnold Schwarzenegger into international stardom through his achievements in fitness, film and philanthropy. Now he has embarked on another difficult challenge - leading the state of California as its 38th governor.
His Past & Accomplishments:
At the age of 15, Schwarzenegger discovered weightlifting in his native Graz, Austria. In just five years, he won the title of Mr. Universe and a bodybuilding legend was born. He went on to win an unprecedented 13 world bodybuilding titles.
The critically acclaimed 1975 film documentary "Pumping Iron" catapulted Schwarzenegger into the public eye. Then, as an actor, he earned a devoted following with the "Conan" films. These led to leading roles in blockbusters including "The Terminator" films, "Twins," "Total Recall," "True Lies," "Eraser," "Kindergarten Cop", "Jingle All the Way", "Batman & Robin," "End of Days", "The 6th Day" and "Collateral Damage."
Noted for his solid performances as a comic actor as well as an action star, he was named International Star of the Decade in 1993 by the National Association of Theater Owners.
His civic and philanthropic contributions are extensive. Since 1979, he has served as the International Weight Training Coach for the Special Olympics. During President George H.W. Bush's administration, he was Chairman of the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports.
In 1991, Schwarzenegger received the Simon Wiesenthal Center's National Leadership Award for his support of the organization's Holocaust studies. Also that year, he became involved with the Executive Commission of the Los Angeles Inner City Games - a mini Olympics designed to help kids say "no" to drugs and violence and "yes" to fitness as a way of life.
By 1995, he helped establish the Inner City Games Foundation and has served as its chairman. Since then, in addition to Los Angeles, this community-based program has expanded to 15 additional cities. Today the nationally recognized program is called After-School All-Stars.
More About The Classic:
Through it all, Schwarzenegger's passion for fitness has continued. For more than 25 years, he has produced bodybuilding competitions in Columbus, Ohio, where the Annual Arnold Schwarzenegger Classic began in 1989.
Its growth and popularity led to the addition of the Ms. International women's bodybuilding contest in 1989, the Fitness EXPO in 1993, the Fitness International contest in 1994, martial arts competition in 1996, cheerleading in 2000, and the Arnold Cheerleading and Dance Team National Championships, Gymnastics Challenge and Pump and Run 5K in 2001.
Since then the addition of more events such as strength contests, archery, table tennis, fencing and "Icetravaganza" have made the Arnold Sport Festival the largest fitness celebration in the world. It now features 12 different Olympic sports among its 30 events that attract 15,000 competitors.
Additionally, Schwarzenegger has authored numerous books on health and fitness including, in 1998, the New Encyclopedia of Modern Bodybuilding: The Bible of Bodybuilding, Fully Updated and Revised. He also is a respected patron of the arts and art collector.
He lives in Los Angeles and Sacramento with his wife, broadcast journalist Maria Shriver, and their four children, Katherine, Christina, Patrick and Christopher.
James J. Lorimer Biography
In a time of specialization, James J. Lorimer stands apart as a Renaissance man whose blend of experience as a sports activist, and business and community leader have helped shape the Arnold Sports Festival into a multi-dimensional event, the largest of its kind in the world.
Lorimer's rise to prominence in sports came during the 1960s when he helped found and coach the Ohio Track Club women's team, which won the National Track and Field Championships in 1962. During this period he was chairman of the U.S. Olympic Committee for Women's Athletics and also served on the U.S. Olympic Weightlifting Committee. In 1965, he was chosen as one of the top three Physical Fitness Leaders in the United States by the Jaycees.
His involvement in bodybuilding promotion began in 1976, when he partnered with Arnold Schwarzenegger to produce the Mr. Olympia - the start of a collaboration to produce bodybuilding events in Columbus spanning three decades.
They launched the Ms. International contest and the annual Arnold Schwarzenegger Classic in Columbus in 1989. These two events served as the core for what is now three days of fitness and athletic events that comprise the Arnold Sports Festival.
During the administration of President George H. W. Bush, Lorimer served on the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports. In all, Lorimer has played a key role in more than 100 world and national weightlifting, bodybuilding, fitness, and track and field championships.
Lorimer is an attorney who early in his career served as a special agent in the FBI. As a businessman, Lorimer rose to Vice President of Government Relations at Nationwide Insurance Company, one of the largest multi-line insurance firms in the country. While there, he set up and conducted a model corporate fitness program.
He earned the 1998 Greater Columbus Convention & Visitors Bureau's "Greater Columbus Hospitality Award" for his role in bringing international recognition and economic contributions to Columbus with the Arnold Sports Festival.
Lorimer has compiled an extensive record of community service, and as early as the 1960s was selected "Man of the Year" in Worthington and one of the "Ten Men of the Year" in Columbus by the area Jaycees. He has been mayor or vice mayor of Worthington, Ohio for the past 39 years.
Lorimer is a devotee of Shakespeare and has been known to quote phrases from the playwright at appropriate moments. Another of his favorite pastimes is searching for talent to entertain at the Arnold Sports Festival.
In 2002, he received the Arnold Schwarzenegger Classic Lifetime Achievement Award for his contributions to sports, his community and his nation. Iron Man magazine presented its Lifetime Achievement Award to Lorimer in 2005.
He resides in Worthington, Ohio with his wife, Jean. They have three grown children and four grandchildren.
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