2013 Arnold Sports Festival
Dexter Jackson Aims For Record-Tying Fourth Arnold Classic Title
Six-Time Champ Iris Kyle, Oksana Grishina, Erin Stern, Nicole Nagrani Lead Women’s Fields
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 2012.
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 Championships.
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.)
2013 Arnold Classic, Ms. International, Fitness International, Figure International and Bikini International Official Invite Lists:
Arnold Classic (13)
Ms. International (12)
Fitness International (12)
Figure International (18)
Bikini International (18)
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 Fitness.
Local Sponsors: AEP American Electric Power, American Airlines, Chase, The Columbus Dispatch, Gold’s Gym, Metro Fitness, Nationwide, Ricart.com and Subway.
Media Contacts: Matt Lorz & Brent LaLonde
Lorz Communications, Inc. Arnold Sports Festival
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