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2012 Arnold Classic Europe

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

Contact Information

General Inquiries
Dr. Rafael Santonja
[email protected]

Bob Lorimer
Arnold Sports Festival
[email protected]

Amateur Bodybuilding
William Tierney
IFBB General Secretary
[email protected]

Sports & Competitions
Dr. Rafael Santonja
[email protected]

Eli Sanchez
[email protected]

Brent LaLonde
Arnold Sports Festival
[email protected]

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

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