2014 IFBB Arnold Classic
By The Bodybuilders.gr Editorial Team
December 19th, 2013
Once again this year Christmas
time came early for 71 IFBB pro athletes who, as it was announced today, will be
competing at the 2014 Arnold Classic in Columbus Ohio. With lots of big names
and the addition of the 212 category, it looks like it will be an amazing show
once again. If you plan on going, buy your tickets early as the show is always
sold out many days in advance. Good luck to all the competitors.
Here is the official press release from the organizers:
2014 Arnold Sports
Rhoden, Martinez, Curry Highlight 2014 Arnold Classic Field.
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Shawn Rhoden, Victor Martinez and Brandon Curry, who
have each won an Arnold Classic international title in the past three years,
lead a deep field of 13 men’s professional bodybuilders who will battle in the
2014 Arnold Classic, the Arnold Sports Festival announced today.
The Arnold Sports Festival and the IFBB Pro League today announced the invited
athletes who will compete in the Arnold Classic, Arnold Classic 212, Fitness
International, Figure International and Bikini International contests Feb. 28 &
March 1 at the 2014 Arnold Sports Festival.
Rhoden, 2012 Arnold Classic Europe champ, and Martinez, who won the Arnold
Classic in 2007 and the inaugural Arnold Classic Europe in 2011, will lead a
field that also includes two-time Arnold Classic winner Branch Warren, Cedric
MacMillan and Dennis Wolf.
Curry won the inaugural Arnold Classic Brasil in April. Ben Pakulski, second in
the Arnold Classic in 2013, and Toney Freeman, third last year, will also
compete. Defending champ and four-time winner Dexter Jackson will not compete.
Flex Lewis, David Henry and Tricky Jackson headline a field of 10 in the
first-ever Arnold Classic 212 contest. Arnold Classic 212 competitor Quincy
Winklaar is the brother of Roelly Winklaar, who will compete in the Arnold
In the Fitness International, defending champion Tanji Johnson, Oksana Grishina,
second in 2013, and Bethany Cisternino, third last year, headline a field of 15.
Johnson, who won the Arnold Fitness Europe in 2011 and 2013, has won seven
professional titles in the past 12 years. In the Figure International, defending
champion Candice Keene and three-time winner Nicole Wilkins top the field of 17.
Heather Dees, second in 2013, is also expected to challenge for the title.
Wilkins, who won in 2010, 2011 and 2012, will try to win a record fourth title.
Wilkins did not compete in Columbus in 2013.
India Paulino will try to become the first repeat winner of the Bikini
International, which has had three champions in three years since it was founded
in 2011. Nathalia Melo, second in 2013; Ashley Kaltwasser, Bikini Olympia winner
in 2013 and a former Arnold Amateur champion; and Amanda Latona also highlight a
field of 16. Anna Starodubtseva earned an automatic invite into the Bikini
International after winning the overall bikini title at the 2013 Arnold Amateur
IFBB/NPC Bodybuilding, Fitness, Figure & Bikini Championships.
The Arnold Classic 212, Fitness International, and Figure International will be
held on Friday, February 28. Prejudging will take place at the Greater Columbus
Convention Center and Finals will be at Veterans Memorial. Prejudging and Finals
for the Arnold Classic and Bikini International, and final event for the Arnold
Strongman will be held on Saturday, March 1 at Veterans Memorial.
2014 Arnold Classic, Arnold Classic 212, Fitness International, Figure
International and Bikini International Official Invite Lists:
Arnold Classic 212
Richard “Tricky” Jackson
James “Flex” Lewis
Angel Rangel Vargas
The 26th Anniversary Annual Arnold Classic, Arnold Classic 212, Fitness
International, Figure International and Bikini International contests will be
held Feb. 28 – March 1, 2014 at Veterans Memorial and the Greater Columbus
Convention Center in Columbus, Ohio.
Visit Ticketmaster.com/arnold or 800-745-3000 for ticket information. VIP Ticket
Packages and individual event tickets are available. Daily EXPO tickets are
available for $10 in advance (plus service charge) or $15 at the door of all
Arnold Sports Festival venues. Children 10 and under free.
Presenting Sponsor: Europa Sports Products
Diamond Sponsors: Hollywood Casino Columbus, MHP, Muscle Pharm.
Gold Sponsors: Animal, bpi Sports, BSN, EAS Abbott Nutrition,
Bodybuilding.com, Gaspari Nutrition, Gasp & Better Bodies, Optimum Nutrition
Silver Sponsors: 4 Dimension Nutrition, 6 Pack Fitness, ABB, AEP,
American Airlines, BEAST, Body Fortress, Cellucor, Cytosport, Flexicus.com,
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Yeah! Nutrition, ProMera Sports, Pure Protein, Quest Nutrition, Ricart.com,
Bronze Sponsors: Active Interest Media, Blender Bottle, Champion Energy,
Fitmark, Gear, GT Nutrition, iSatori, Inc., Liftag Sport, Lone Star, MRI, MRM,
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