Arnold Sports Festival 2022

Ohio Combat League Background: Martial Arts and Mixed Martial Arts competitions have been a long standing series of event at the Arnold Sports Festival. In 2022, VisualOhio covered the Ohio Combat League matches at the Hollywood Casino event center. The Ohio Combat League is a relatively new mixed martial arts promotion that is based out…

Ascalon Sword Festival 2022

Background You may recognize the Ascalon Sports Festival as something that is familiar. You would be correct if you recognized it as the fencing event that was part of the Arnold Sports Festival held annually in Columbus, Ohio. Recognizing the popularity boom of the fencing sport and the event, expansion was inevitable and needed. Breaking…

Arnold Sports Festival 2022 – Local Support

One of our favorite restaurants in the Short North in Columbus is showing their support for the Arnold. TownHall restaurant not only has great food, but also great community spirit. We hit there for breakfast on Saturday before getting our media passes and gearing up to cover the Ohio Combat League Mixes Martial Arts competition…

Arnold Sports Festival 2020 – Pro Strongwomen & Record Breakers

VisualOhio has covered the Arnold Pro Strongwoman since the first time it was brought to Columbus. The women’s event is every bit as entertaining as the men’s and continues to grow in popularity and viewership each year. This year, we got to cover a few of the events. Olga Liaschuck from the Netherlands took a…

Arnold Sport Festival 2020 – IFBB Roundup

Looking through the list of competitors for this year’s Arnold Classic, you know there is some stiff competition. A lot of major players in the the IFBB space represented.We had a chance to see the pre-judging and everyone was in top form! There were some, where this was their first Arnold Classic appearance. Mamdouh “Big…

Arnold Sports Festival 2020 – Disabled Strongman

Closing out our coverage of the Arnold Sports Festival 2020 is the Disabled Strongman competition. Sunday, we went straight to Hall C at the Greater Columbus Convention Center. Back in the Strongman Arena, strength athletes with disabilities compete. They are pushing heavy weights in very similar competitions to the Pro Strongman competitions. The movements are…

Arnold Sports Festival 2020 – Body Painting and Art at the Arnold

Art has been a big part of the Arnold Sports Festival for a long time. We like to stop by every year and see what interesting interpretations the artists have on the models and athletes. Relatively new, but always exciting – the Jantana sponsored body painting is not only a showcase of artistic skill, but…

Arnold Sports Festival 2020 – Thor Bjornsson Takes Pro Strongman Win

The Mountain, Thor Bjornsson took control and was crowned Arnold Strongman 2020 champion, his third straight. Impressively, Thor put in a competition leading deadlifting at 1025lbs. Close on his heels the entire competition was Matheuz Kieliszkowski. The 3 initial events(trial by stone, wheel of pain, timber carry), Kieliszkowski took first place positions, but faltered on…

Arnold Sports Festival 2020 – Ohio Combat League at Express Live!

Fighting sports are rough and at times can borderline on the brutal. The amateur mixed martial arts competition held during the 2020 Arnold Sports Festival at Express Live! showcased both the knockout skills as well as the grappling prowess of the upcoming competitors. The Friday night amateur MMA by the Ohio Combat League was televised…

Arnold Sport Festival 2020 – The Competitions Continue Without Spectators

The first day of the Arnold Sports Festival has come and the athletes are competing…but with minimal crowds. Per Ohio Department of Health Director’s Order, no spectators are allowed to view the general events. Spectators are allowed to buy tickets and view the competitions being held in the Battelle Grand Ballroom. A copy of the…