Olympia Size Line-up Heads to Arnold Europe Oct 11-13

/ Posted 08.26.2013

Pro Men:

Baito Abbaspour
Vladimir Agrinskiy
Carlos Asensio
Lionel Beyeke
Brandon Curry
Clarence DeVis
Mamdouh Elssbiay
Oleg Emelyanov
Toney Freeman
Huntington Glanville
Kai Greene
Phil Heath
Michael Kefalianos
Martin Kjellstrom
Alexey Lesukov
Victor Martinez
Ben Pakulski
Shawn Rhoden
Fred Smalls
Roelly Winklaar
Dennis Wolf

Pro Women Fitness:

Myriam Capes
Regina Da Silva
Nicole Duncan
Allison Ethier
Ryall Graber-Vasani
Oksana Grishina
Fiona Harris
Amanda Hatfield
Tanji Johnson
Whitney Jones
Babette Mulford
Natalie Planes
Ashley Sebera
Melinda Szabo


Rhoden Tops Arnold Europe Field

/ Posted 10.09.2012

After passing on the Sheru Classic last weekend in India, the surprise of the 2012 Mr. Olympia has a golden opportunity to be top dog at the Arnold Classic Europe, to be held this weekend in Madrid, Spain. Shawn Rhoden, who followed up two wins in August with a third place finish at the Orleans Arena, heads the 17-man field. With Heath and Greene, who went one-two again in India, not competing in Spain, the 37-year-old Rhoden has to be considered the strong favorite in Spain.

His strongest challenge should come from Dennis Wolf, who slipped to sixth at the Olympia, and ageless Toney Freeman, who was second to Shawn at the Tampa Pro a month earlier. The 46-year-old Freeman placed third behind Heath and Greene at the Sheru Classic.

Other notables flexing on stage will be Roelly Winklaar, Johnnie Jackson, Lionel Beyeke, Robert Piotrkowicz, Ronny Rockel, Hidetada Yamagishi and Ed Nunn. A guy I like, the always-in-shape Michael Kefalianos of Greece, will be among those hoping to crack the top five–like he did in Indiia, one slot ahead of Nunn.

Multiple Olympia champions Adela Garcia and Erin Stern lead the way in the Fitness and Figure line-ups.


2012 Arnold Classic Europe

/ Posted 06.13.2012

COLUMBUS, Ohio – After hosting the Arnold Sports Festival in Columbus, Ohio for the past 24 years, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jim Lorimer will host an Arnold Classic in Madrd, Spain for the second straight year.

The second-annual Arnold Classic Europe will be held Oct. 12-14 in Madrid, Spain and will once again feature IFBB Pro League men’s bodybuilding and fitness, a complete lineup of amateur bodybuilding events, several other amateur sports and the popular Arnol d Fitness EXPO.

Arnold Classic Europe is a joint venture between Gov. Schwarzenegger, Lorimer, Arnold Sports Festival co-promoter, and Dr. Rafael Santonja, the president of the International Federation of Body Building.

“We have had many requests over the years to take the Arnold Classic to many cities throughout the world, and we are excited to begin the globalization of our event with the first Arnold Classic Europe,” said Lorimer, co-promoter of the Arnold Sports Festival. “Rafael Santonja has been one of our biggest supporters and we look forward to working together for many years.”

Victor Martinez edged Dexter Jackson to win the inaugural Arnold Classic Europe in October 2011, while Tanji Johnson captured the first Arnold Fitness Europe title.

In addition to pro men’s bodybuilding and pro fitness, the Arnold Classic Europe 2012 will feature contests for amateur bodybuilding, fitness, bodyfitness (figure) and bikini competitions. Others will include strongman, armwrestling, weightlifting, gymnastics, Paralympics and track & field. Events were held at the Palacio Municipal de Congresos del Campo de las Naciones in Madrid.

The Arnold Classic Europe builds on the success of the Arnold Sports Festival, which began as the Arnold Classic professional men’s bodybuilding competition in 1989 and has grown to include more than 18,000 athletes competing in more than 45 sports and events each year.

The second-annual Arnold Classic Europe will be held October 12-14, 2012 in Madrid.

Madrid Arena
Avda. de Portugal s/n (Casa de Campo)
28011 Madrid (Spain)

Arnold Fitness EXPO

Oct. 12-14

For more information on the Arnold Classic Europe, visit www.arnoldclassiceurope.es.

Contact Information

General Inquiries
Dr. Rafael Santonja

Bob Lorimer
Arnold Sports Festival

Amateur Bodybuilding
William Tierney
IFBB General Secretary

Sports & Competitions
Dr. Rafael Santonja

Eli Sanchez

Brent LaLonde
Arnold Sports Festival

Sports & Competitions

Arnold Classic Europe
Saied Feras (Italy)
Toney Freeman (USA)
Michael Kefalianos (Greece)
Shawn Rhoden (USA)
Ronny Rockel (Germany)
Hidetada Yamagishi (USA)
Ben White (USA)
Dennis Wolf (Canada)
More Athletes TBA

Arnold Fitness Europe
Jodi Boam (Canada)
Adela Garcia(USA)
Oksana Grishina
Fiona Harris (Canada)
Diana Monteiro (Brazil)
Kayde Puckett (USA)
Camala Rodriguez (USA)
Danielle Ruban (Canada)
Kizzy Vaines (United Kingdom)
Ryall Vasani (Barbados)
More Athletes TBA

Arnold Amateur Europe
Men’s Bodybuilding
Classic Bodybuilding
Masters Men’s Bodybuilding
Women’s Bodybuilding
Men’s Fitness
Women’s Fitness
Bodyfitness (Figure)
Masters Bodyfitness (Figure)

Festival Sports
Wheelchair Baskeball
Firefighters, Police & Army

Arnold Fitness EXPO
Oct. 12-14, 2012


Victor Victorious

/ Posted 10.10.2011

It’s been four years since Victor Martinez won his last show, the 2007 Arnold Classic in Columbus, Ohio. The 38-year-old New Yorker won the Arnold for the second time over the weekend–the inaugural Arnold Classic Europe, in Madrid, Spain, that is.

Martinez, who finished fourth at both the Mr. Olympia and the Sheru Classic last month, bested Dexter Jackson to pocket the 40K first place prize money. Ronny Rockel followed Jackson in third, with Toney Freeman placing fourth, and “Flex” Lewis, coming off a second place showing in the 202 and Under Challenger at the Olympia, making a strong showing against the big boys with a fifth place finish. Hidetada Yamagishi rounded out the top six.


Who Becomes First Ever Arnold Classic Europe Champ?

/ Posted 10.03.2011

After hosting the Arnold Sports Festival in Columbus, Ohio the past 23 years, the Governator and co-promoter Jim Lorimer are taking their big show on the road.

The first-ever Arnold Classic Europe takes place this weekend in Madrid, Spain, featuring IFBB Pro League men’s bodybuilding and fitness, a complete line-up of amateur bodybuilding events, several other major sports and a health & fitness expo.

“We have had many requests over the years to take the Arnold Classic to many cities around the world,” says Lorimer, who is teaming up with former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and IFBB President Rafael Santonja in turning the requests into reality. “We are excited to begin the globalization of our event with the first Arnold Classic Europe. Rafael has been one of our biggest supporters and we look forward to working together for many years.”

In checking out the men’s bodybuilding field, five fella’s who finished in the top 10 at the recent Mr. Olympia in Las Vegas will don their posing suits in Spain. Leading the way is Victor Martinez, who finished fourth at the Olympia and did likewise at the initial Sheru Classic in India the following week. Dexter Jackson (6th), Toney Freeman (7th), Ronny Rockel (9th) and Hidetada Yamagishi (10th) are also competing, along with several top European stars. James “Flex” Lewis, coming off a strong second place finish in the Olympia 202 and Under Challenge, will be going biceps for biceps with the big boys in Madrid..

In fitness, Tanji Johnson, Miriam Capes and Tina Durkin are among the top contenders.

For more info, log on to www.arnoldclassiceurope.es.