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…

Reynoldsburg Girls Basketball State Champs 2022

Reynoldsburg Girls Basketball earned it’s first division 1 state title by defeating Mason 63-56 in overtime on March 13th, 2022. To celebrate, a parade was help at 6 PM on March 17th. The parade started and ended at the Livingston High School campus. The team was supported by the marching band and other athletes from…

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 – 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 – 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 Sports Festival 2019 – Futsal

Futsal is similar to soccer in play. It uses a hard court on a smaller field and the teams are 5 players per side. The ball is smaller and has less bounce than a standard soccer ball. This makes play faster paced and stresses more passing and individual technique over longer kicks. Many resources exist…

Arnold Sports Festival 2019 – Armlifting – Rolling Thunder Event

Julia Williams A new event for this year, armlifting is a sport where grip strength is paramount. Athletes need to lift increasingly heavier weights, but the difficulty is ramped up from a traditional weight or power lifting event due to the larger sizes of the grippable areas. The images in this thread are from the…