Arnold Armwrestling Challenge
The 2013 Arnold Armwrestling Challenge will test which of the world’s top athletes in arm sports has the most “pull” during the Arnold Sports Festival.
Each year the titans of arm sports gather inside the Greater Columbus Convention Center on the Arnold EXPO stage for two days of armsport action. The preliminary round is Friday, March 1, 2013 from 10:30 a.m.-noon and the thrilling final round is Saturday, March 2, 2013 from 9-10 a.m.
Past champions include George Iszakouits, Margie Ciaccio, and Josie Moieeun. They will be joined by 110 others that qualified by winning a national or world level event.
“The Arnold is the premiere arm sport event in the world,” said Fairfax Hackley, event co-director. “The top athletes from Canada, Poland, Russia and the United States will compete including many world champions.”
“Armwrestlers stand facing each other across a table, one hand grasping an upright peg for leverage and the other hand grasping the opponent’s hand,” said Leonard Harkless, event co-director. “A ‘pin’ is scored when a wrestler touches the opponent to an elevated touch pad, or forces the opponent’s hand, fingers or wrist below the pad.”
“Winning involves a combination of technique and strength of hand, wrist, forearm, bicep and shoulder”, said Denise Wattles, event co-director. “Winning athletes often come from occupations that use those muscles, such as carpenters, machinists and posthole diggers.”