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Arnold Sports Festival

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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.

Arnold Sports Festival
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
United States Brandon Curry



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]


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]


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   Rich Gaspari   Jackie Paisley
1990   Mike Ashley   Laura Creavalle
1991   Shawn Ray   Tonya Knight
1992   Vince Taylor   Anja Schreiner
1993   Flex Wheeler   Kim Chizevsky-Nicholls
1994   Kevin Levrone   Laura Creavalle   Carol Semple-Marzetta
1995   Mike Francois   Laura Creavalle   Carol Semple-Marzetta
1996   Kevin Levrone   Kim Chizevsky-Nicholls   Alexandra Béres
1997   Flex Wheeler   Yolanda Hughes-Heying   Carol Semple-Marzetta
1998   Flex Wheeler   Yolanda Hughes-Heying   Susie Curry
1999   Nasser El Sonbaty   Vickie Gates   Susie Curry
2000   Flex Wheeler   Vickie Gates   Vickie Gates   Brenda Raganot   Kelly Ryan
2001   Ronnie Coleman   Vickie Gates   Vickie Gates   Dayana Cadeau   Jenny Worth
2002   Jay Cutler   Yaxeni Oriquen-Garcia   Yaxeni Oriquen-Garcia   Valentina Chepiga   Susie Curry
2003   Jay Cutler   Yaxeni Oriquen-Garcia   Yaxeni Oriquen-Garcia   Cathy LeFrançois   Susie Curry   Jenny Lynn
2004   Jay Cutler   Iris Kyle   Iris Kyle   Dayana Cadeau   Adela Garcia-Friedmansky   Jenny Lynn
2005   Dexter Jackson   Yaxeni Oriquen-Garcia   Yaxeni Oriquen-Garcia   Brenda Raganot   Jen Hendershott   Jenny Lynn
2006   Dexter Jackson   Iris Kyle Heavyweight category not held. Lightweight category not held.   Adela Garcia-Friedmansky   Mary Lado
2007   Victor Martinez   Iris Kyle   Kim Klein   Mary Lado
2008   Dexter Jackson   Yaxeni Oriquen-Garcia   Kim Klein   Gina Aliotti
2009   Kai Greene   Kai Greene   Branch Warren   Iris Kyle   Jen Hendershott   Živilė Raudonienė
2010   Kai Greene   Kai Greene   Branch Warren   Iris Kyle   Adela Garcia-Friedmansky   Nicole Wilkins-Lee
2011   Branch Warren   Dennis Wolf   Branch Warren   Branch Warren   Iris Kyle   Adela Garcia-Friedmansky   Nicole Wilkins-Lee   Nicole Nagrani
2012   Branch Warren Best Poser category not held.   Branch Warren Fan's Choice Award category not held.   Branch Warren   Yaxeni Oriquen-Garcia   Adela Garcia-Friedmansky   Nicole Wilkins-Lee   Sonia Gonzales
2013   Dexter Jackson Most Muscular category not held. Most Entertaining Routine category not held.   Iris Kyle   Tanji Johnson   Candice Keene   India Paulino
2014   Dennis Wolf None   Oksana Grishina   Candice Keene   Ashley Kaltwasser   James Lewis
2015   Dexter Jackson   Oksana Grishina   Camala Rodriguez-McClure   Ashley Kaltwasser   Juliana Malacarne   Sadik Hadzovic   Jose Ramond
2016   Kai Greene   Oksana Grishina   Latorya Watts   India Paulino   Hidetada Yamagishi   Brandon Hendrickson
2017   Cedric McMillan   Oksana Grishina   Candice Lewis-Carter   Angelica Teixeira   Ahmad Ashkanani   Ryan Terry
2018   William Bonac[7]   Whitney Jones   Candice Lewis-Carter   Angelica Teixeira   Kamal Elgargni   Shanique Grant   Andre Ferguson   Breon Ansley
2019   Brandon Curry[8]   Ryall Graber   Cydney Gillon   Janet Layug 212 category not held.   Natalia Abraham Coelho   Andre Ferguson   George Peterson

Arnold Classic InternationalEdit

Arnold Classic is also held as:


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 Brandon Curry Juan Morel[29] William Bonac[30]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Greater Columbus Convention Center. "2013 Arnold Cheerleading & Dance Championships". 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!". 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". Retrieved 25 August 2016.
  13. ^ "2012 IFBB Arnold Classic Europe". Retrieved 25 August 2016.
  14. ^ "2013 IFBB Arnold Classic Europe". Retrieved 25 August 2016.
  15. ^ "2013 IFBB Arnold Classic Brazil". Retrieved 25 August 2016.
  16. ^ "2014 IFBB Arnold Classic Europe". Retrieved 25 August 2016.
  17. ^ "2014 IFBB Arnold Classic Brazil". Retrieved 25 August 2016.
  18. ^ "2015 Arnold Classic Europe". Retrieved 25 August 2016.
  19. ^ Battaglia, Joe (26 October 2015). "Dexter Jackson Continues 'Year Of The Blade' In Dominant October". Retrieved 25 August 2016.
  20. ^ "2015 IFBB Arnold Classic Brasil". Retrieved 25 August 2016.
  21. ^ "2015 IFBB Arnold Classic Australia". 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". 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. ^
  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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