Dec. 26, 2007 -- Invitations to the Arnold Classic, Fitness International, Figure International and Ms. International have been announced, and the lists reveal some great matchups in all four shows. The event, in its 20th year, will be held February 29-March 2 at Veterans Memorial Auditorium in Columbus, Ohio.
In all, 64 athletes were invited to compete in the four, with all but one of last year's winners, two-time figure winner Mary Lado (2006-2007), returning to defend their titles. (Lado has chosen not to enter this year.)
On the menÂs side, the entire top six returns from a year ago, led by returning champ Victor Martinez. Martinez, the runner-up at the 2007 Olympia, returns hoping for a repeat performance of last year, when he edged past two-time winner Dexter Jackson (2005-2006). On the womenÂs side, three-time champion Iris Kyle leads the list of invitees, while first-time winner Kim Klein and three-time champ Jenny Hendershott headline the fitness invitees.
Iris Floyd Kyle
Regiane Da Silva
Brenda Marie Smith