|BODYBUILDERS HIT COLUMBUS CONVENTION CENTER FOR THE ARNOLD SPORTS FESTIVAL|
|Participants and spectators alike will be wowed by the fascinating events and contests included in The Arnold Sports Festival in downtown Columbus, Ohio and hotels near convention center festivities are prepared to welcome guests with the same enthusiasm and excitement.
Featuring more than 18,000 professional and amateur athletes competing in 45 sporting events, this year’s festivities will also include competition in 11 Olympic Sports during its four-day run set for March 3-6, 2011. The Annual Arnold Strongman Classic, a two-day competition to determine the world’s strongest man, is a featured event and will include the rivalry between Derek Poundstone of Waterbury, Conn., a two-time event champion and Zydrunas Savickas of Lithuania, who has claimed the Strongman title for six of the past nine years. Eight other Strongman athletes will insure fierce competition as they make their way through a series of five contests to claim the honor, lifting weights of more than 600 pounds.