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The Item: Fitness Industry Event, Special Appearances, Legends Update, IFBB Pro League Contest Preview, Andrew Oye's IFBB Pro Athletes Roundup

The Scoop: Recently Announced: This weekend, sports and fitness enthusiasts assemble in Columbus, Ohio, for the 2011 Arnold Sports Festival -- an international, multi-sport and fitness bonanza, including almost 50 different competitions and attractions (March 3-6).

The "So What?": Winner of the 2009 and 2010 IFBB Pro Arnold Schwarzenegger Classic Bodybuilding Championships, IFBB Pro K. Greene will not revisit Columbus to defend the title, opening up the window of opportunity for the other top IFBB Pro League athletes chomping at the bit for the $130,000 prize.

The Arnold Classic lineup includes: 2008 Mr. Olympia IFBB Pro Dexter Jackson (3-time Arnold Classic winner), IFBB Pro Victor Martinez (2007 Arnold Classic Champ) IFBB Pro Toney Freeman (a popular veteran), IFBB Pro Branch Warren (2010's 3rd place finisher, looking to capitalize on the absence of last year's 2nd place runner-up IFBB Pro Phil Heath), IFBB Pro Johnnie Jackson (part-time powerlifter), IFBB Pro Roelly Winklaar (2009 Arnold Amateur Bodybuilding Championships winner), IFBB Pro Robert Piotrkowicz (finished 10th last year), IFBB Pro Ronny Rockel (2-time Mr. Europe Pro Champion), IFBB Pro Sergey Shelestov (4-time Arnold Classic competitor), IFBB Pro Essa Obaid (2010 Arnold Amateur Bodybuilding Championships winner), IFBB Pro Dennis Wolf (first time at Arnold Classic), IFBB Pro Fouad Abiad (Arnold Classic novice), IFBB Pro Evan Centopani (Arnold Classic first-timer), and IFBB Pro Ben Pakulski (Arnold Classic debut).

In the women's divisions: Once again, 5-time winner IFBB Pro Iris Kyle (6-time Ms. Olympia) leads the pack in the 23rd Annual Ms. International Championships. Two-time champ IFBB Pro Adele Garcia (4-time Fitness Olympia winner) defends the title of Ms. Fitness International, and IFBB Pro Nicole Wilkins (2009 Figure Olympia winner) aims to retain the Ms. Figure International title. The Ms. Bikini International contest makes its debut.

Athletes also compete in archery, boxing, cheerleading, dancesport, fencing, figure skating, gymnastics, martial arts, skateboarding, table tennis, strongman, weightlifting and wrestling. Top student-athletes compete for Columbus Rotary scholarships.

Andrew Oye's Verdict: In conclusion, the Arnold Sports Festival weekend consistently delivers an inspiring weekend of spotlighting of athletic achievement, which extends beyond select champions' actively competitive years -- for instance, Hollywood actor, 2-time Mr. Universe and legendary IFBB Pro Lou Ferrigno (TV's "Incredible Hulk" and Schwarzenegger's "Pumping Iron" co-star) is slated to receive the "Lifetime Achievement Award." The early main event on the International Federation of Bodybuilding & Fitness contest schedule, the Arnold Classic jumpstarts fan interest in which top IFBB Pro League athletes will eventually take the stage at Joe Weider's Olympia Weekend, bodybuilding's "Super Bowl."

As reported in "Andrew Oye's Pro-Muscle Report," past Arnold Classic champions include: IFBB Pro Rich Gaspari (1989), IFBB Pro Mike Ashley (1990), IFBB Pro Shawn Ray (1991), IFBB Pro Vince Taylor (1992), IFBB Pro Flex Wheeler (1993, 1997, 1998, 2000), IFBB Pro Kevin Levrone (1994, 1996), IFBB Pro Michael Francois (1995), IFBB Pro Nasser El Sonbaty (1990), 8-time Mr. Olympia IFBB Pro Ronnie Coleman (2001), and 4-time Mr. Olympia IFBB Pro Jay Cutler (2002-2004).

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