I can’t think of a year when Santa Jim Lorimer didn’t slip down the chimneys of the favored 15 in time for Christmas morning. Of course I’m talking about the 15 or so lucky competitors in each of the physique sports who will get to compete at the Arnold Classic and Ms., Fitness and Figure International competitions during Arnold Sports Festival Weekend, a.k.a. February 28 through March 2, 2008. It happened this year, though—Christmas came and went without a word—a delay that can only be attributed to the fact that there were so darned many excellent candidates.
While that’s no sweat for folks like Iris Kyle, Kim Klein, Gina Aliotti and anyone else who finished in the top five at the Olympia, plenty of the dozens of candidates who applied to Lorimer to get to enjoy the spotlight onstage at the Veterans Memorial Auditorium in Columbus, Ohio, have been sitting on their acrylics to keep from biting their nails, not to mention anything really good at the holiday table.
Sure enough, it’s the morning of December 26, and as I suspected, Santa didn’t forget. Here are the lists of athletes who got tapped for the big show. Good luck to all.
’08 Ms. International
’08 Fitness International
Regiane Da Silva
’08 Figure International
Brenda Marie Smith
’08 Arnold Classic