|2013 Arnold Classic
Invites Anounced - Kefalianos Is In|
By Kostas Marangopoulos, M.Sc., CPT.
December 21st, 2012
The time has come for one of the best bodybuilding
contests of the year, with the excitement rising as the official 2013 Arnold
Classic invites list was announced today. Among the great competitors is
Greek-Australian Mike "The King Of Conditioning" Kefalianos who will be
competing for the second time at the prestigious Columbus show.
Mike who has
just come off a 6th place finish at the
2012 Masters Olympia will be starting
his official contest prep right after the holidays and is looking to follow the
2013 season with the Australian Grand Prix and the Arnold Classic in Brazil.
Mike lives in Kos Island, Greece with his wife and 4 kids and considers it a
great honor to be invited to one of the best bodybuilding shows in the world.
Here is the official press release from the 2013 Arnold Sports Festival:
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Dexter Jackson will try to win his record-tying fourth Arnold
Classic title when he leads a field of 13 competitors at the 25th Anniversary
Arnold Classic at the 2013 Arnold Sports Festival.
Jackson, who will compete in Columbus for the 14th time, won the Arnold Classic
in 2005, 2006 and 2008. A win in 2013 would tie Jackson with the popular Flex
Wheeler, who won the Arnold Classic in 1993, 1997, 1998 and 2000. Cedric
McMillan, making his Arnold Classic debut; Ben Pakulski, fourth in 2012; Toney
Freeman, fifth in the 2012 Arnold Classic Europe; Johnnie Jackson and Ronny
Rockel are expected to challenge.
In the Ms. International, six-time champion Iris Kyle returns to the Veterans
Memorial stage after not competing due to injury in 2012. Kyle will be
challenged by five-time winner Yaxeni Oriquen, who won the title in 2012, and
Deb Laszewski, who finished second a year ago.
Five-time Fitness International champ Adela Garcia will not compete in 2013,
leaving the door open for Oksana Grishina, Bethany Cisternino, Tanji Johnson and
Myriam Capes to battle for the title among a field of 12. Grishina beat Garcia
heads up to win the 2012 Arnold Fitness Europe, while Cisternino (fourth),
Johnson (fifth) and Capes (sixth) will look to improve on impressive showings in
A new champion will also be crowned in the Figure International. Three-time
defending champion Nicole Wilkins will not compete, leaving 2012 Arnold Figure
Europe champ Erin Stern as the favorite among a field of 18. Candice Keene, Ava
Cowan and Heather Dees all return after top six finishes in 2012, while Camala
Rodriguez will make her Figure International debut after finishing second in the
Fitness International in 2012.
Nicole Nagrani, winner of the inaugural Bikini International in 2011; India
Paulino, second in 2012; Jamie Baird, third in 2012; and Nathalia Melo, fifth
last year, lead a pack of 18 in the Bikini International.
Olga Puzanova (Ms. International), Melinda Szabo (Fitness International), Olga
Gallardo (Figure International) and Ashley Kaltwasser (Bikini International)
earned automatic invites based on overall victories in their respective classes
at the 2012 Arnold Amateur IFBB/NPC Bodybuilding, Fitness, Figure & Bikini
The Bikini International, Fitness International and Figure International will be
held on Friday, March 1, at Veterans Memorial, while the Arnold Classic, Ms.
International and Arnold Strongman finals will be held on Saturday March 2.
(Note that the Ms. International and Bikini International are on new nights in
2013 Arnold Classic, Ms. International, Fitness International, Figure
International and Bikini International Official Invite Lists:
Lacey DeLuca Lieto
The 25th Anniversary Annual Arnold Classic, Ms. International, Fitness
International, Figure International and Bikini International contests will be
held March 1-2, 2013 at Veteran Memorial and the Greater Columbus Convention
Center in Columbus, Ohio. Visit www.arnoldsportsfestival.com for more
information and www.ticketmaster.com/arnold or 800-745-3000 for ticket
information. VIP Ticket Packages and individual event tickets are available.
Daily EXPO tickets which are $10 in advance or $15 at the door of all Arnold
Sports Festival venues. Children 10 and under free.
National Sponsors: GNC, MHP, AEP American Electric Power, All American EFX,
Allmax Nutrition, American Airlines, Animal, Bodybuilding.com, bpi Sports, BSN,
EAS Sports Nutrition, FIGHT! Magazine, Gaspari Nutrition, Hollywood Casino
Columbus, Infinite Labs, Jan Tana, Justice & Brothers, MET-Rx, MRI, MusclePharm,
Optimum Nutrition, Probiotica, Ricart.com, Subway, TEN.1 and Vitamin Shoppe.
Arnold Fitness EXPO Sponsors: Beach Body, BEAST, Bodybuilding.com, Europa Sports
Products, Lonestar Distribution MRM, Oh Yeah!, power Crunch, PROLAB, and Rogue
Local Sponsors: AEP American Electric Power, American Airlines, Chase, The
Columbus Dispatch, Gold’s Gym, Metro Fitness, Nationwide, Ricart.com and Subway.
Bodybuilders.gr - Greek Bodybuilding Team
would like to wish good luck to all athletes, organizers and sponsors. Make sure
you get your tickets early, the show is always sold out!
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