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Arnold Sports Festival Overview


With 46 sports and events, including 13 Olympic sports, the 2012 Arnold Sports Festival presents fitness and fun for all ages March 1-4, 2012. The festival has expanded into the world’s largest multi-sport fitness weekend since its 1989 beginning as The Arnold Classic as a one-day professional men’s bodybuilding competition.

About 175,000 sports fans are expected to see 18,000 athletes compete in a variety of more than 45 sports and events at 10 premier venues: the Greater Columbus Convention Center, Franklin County Veterans Memorial, LC Pavilion, Nationwide Arena, Dispatch Ice Haus, Arena Grand Movie Theater, the Ohio State University's French Field House and two Chiller ice rinks (Dublin and North). At the popular three-day Arnold Fitness EXPO audiences enjoy 700 fitness-related booths and ongoing stage entertainment.

Many Arnold Sports Festival participants are youth competing in archery, boxing, cheerleading and dance, dancesport, fencing, figure skating, gymnastics, martial arts, skateboarding, table tennis, weightlifting and wrestling. Top student athletes compete for one of 10 $2,000 college scholarships presented by the Columbus Rotary and the Arnold Sports Festival.

Olympic Sports: The Arnold Sports Festival is a proving ground for many aspiring athletes. Former Olympians and Olympic hopefuls will appear or compete in 13 Olympic Sports: archery, boxing, fencing, gymnastics, hockey, judo, karate, running, table tennis, tae kwon do, track & field, weightlifting and wrestling.

New in 2012:

* Wrestling

New in 2011:

* Bikini International
* Arnold Sports Film Festival
* Arnold Hockey Challenge
* Arnold Track & Field Championships
* Arnold Teen Challenge
* Amateur Classic Bodybuilding

New in 2010:

* Arnold Amateur Strongman World Championships
* Art at the Arnold
* Arnold Skateboarding Challenge
* Amateur MMA Festival
* Ohio Senior Olympics competitions added to the Active Living Festival
* CrossFit multisport event that promotes overall physical fitness

“A $15 daily EXPO ticket ($10 in advance) affords you a great entertainment value.” co-producer Jim Lorimer said. “There’s something for everyone … from world class athletes, sports fans and those seeking self improvement tips or just a fun time. You’ll find a dazzling array of sports and fitness options.”

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