Press Release

McMillan, McCarver To Do Battle At 2017 Arnold Classic

COLUMBUS, Ohio (Dec. 20, 2016) – Cedric McMillan, who finished second in the 2016 Arnold Classic, will return to the Arnold Sports Festival in Columbus this March looking to notch the biggest victory of his professional bodybuilding career. 

McMillan and rising superstar Dallas McCarver are among a field of the 10 professional bodybuilders who will do battle at the 29th Annual Arnold Classic on March 4, 2017 in Columbus, Ohio. Josh Lenartowicz, who was also expected to contend, withdrew from the contest on Feb. 10 due to personal reasons.

In the Arnold Classic 212, defending champion Hidetada Yamagishi and 2016 runner-up Jose Raymond lead a field of 11 professionals that includes the entire top six from the 2016 Arnold Classic 212. David Henry, who finished third in Columbus in 2016, and Guy Cisternino, fourth a year ago, will also contend, while Kyong Won Kang (5th in 2016) and Charles Dixon (6th) will look to improve on last year’s showings.

In the Fitness International, three-time defending champion Oksana Grishina and 2016 runner-up Whitney Jones lead an ultra-competitive field of 14 that includes the top five finishers from the 2016 Fitness International. Grishina has become the sport’s dominant star, winning ten straight IFBB Pro League contests.

In the Figure International, defending champion Latorya Watts is the heavy favorite in a field of 15. Gennifer Strobo (3rd), Candice Lewis-Carter (4th), Cydney Gillon (5th) and Heather Dees (6th) are back after finishing in the top six in Columbus a year ago. Michele De Silva Pinto was the overall at the Arnold Amateur in 2016 and earned an automatic invitation.

Defending champion India Paulino leads a field of 18 as she tries and become the first three-time champion in the Bikini International. Paulino also won in Columbus in 2013. She will be challenged by 2016 runner-up Justine Munro and Janet Layug, who was third here a year ago.

In 2017, The Arnold Classic Men’s Physique and Women’s Physique International contests are once again open and do not require an invitation. However, Men’s Physique and Women’s Physique competitors must have finished in the top 10 in an IFBB Pro League contest in the past two years to be eligible in Columbus. More than 30 will compete in Arnold Classic Men’s Physique and more than 40 will compete in Women’s Physique International, including defending champions Brandon Hendrickson and Autumn Swansen. Visit for the complete competitor lists.

The Arnold Classic 212, Fitness International, Figure International and Physique International will be held on Friday, March 3, 2017; while the Arnold Classic, Arnold Classic Men’s Physique and Bikini International will be held on Saturday, March 4, 2017 with prejudging and finals at Battelle Grand.

2017 Competitors

Arnold Classic (10)
Fouad Abiad
Lionel Beyeke
Maxx Charles
Vitaly Fateev
Will Harris
Michael Lockett
Dallas McCarver
Cedric McMillan
Juan Morel
Luke Sandoe

Arnold Classic 212 (11)
Ahmad Ashkanani
Guy Cisternino
Charles Dixon
David Henry
Manual Manchado
Jose Raymond
Mitchell Staats
Zane Watson
Quincy Winklaar
Kyong Won Kang
Hidetada Yamagishi

Fitness International (14)
Marta Aguiar
Tiffany Chandler
Regiane Da Silva
Kristine Duba
Missy Farrell
Fiona Harris
Oksana Grishina
Whitney Jones
Ariel Khadr
Dominique Matthews
Ashley Sebera
Rebecca Sizemore
Aurika Tyrgale
Bethany Wagner

Figure International (15)
Brittany Campbell
Swann De La Rosa
Michele De Silva Pinto
Heather Dees
Cydney Gillon
Ivana Ivusic
Candice Lewis-Carter
Vera Mallet
Julie Mayer
Krystal Ricci
Camala Rodriguez
Carly Starling-Horrell
Gennifer Strobo
Nikolett Vasvari
Latorya Watts

Bikini International (18)
Narmin Assria
Sara Back
Romina Basualdo
Bianca Berry
Iveth Carreon
Natoshia Coleman
Marcia Goncalves
Anita Herbert
Janet Layug
Courtney King
Stephanie Mahoe
Christie Marquez
Justine Munro
India Paulino
Jennifer Ronzitti
Michelle Sylvia
Angelica Teixeira
Elizabeth Yisrael

Arnold Classic Men’s Physique (35)
Sunny Akhigbe
Hussin Almutawa
Duane Brickhouse
George Brown
Mohammed Buqambar
Raymont Edmonds
Michael Ferguson
André Ferguson
Charlie Francis
Jeph Gabriel
Gerardo Gabriel
Xavius Gayden
Brent Guillory
Brandon Hendrickson
Benyamin Jahromi 
Henry James
Laquan Jones
Leon McCall
Otto Montgomery
Francesco Mountouri
Michael Mperey
David Odom
Geobanny Paula
Luis Andy Perez
Hygor Ponchet
Jeremy Potvin
Khali Quartey
Tonnell Rodrigue
Bax Rysaac
Kaunaoa McGee Sharp
Ryan Terry
David Thorpe
Tony Tirado
Alex Woodson
Long Wu

Physique International (38)
Tomefafa Ameko
B Barnett
Daniely Castilho
Cinzia Clapp
Antoinette Downie
Lorena Inarro Duque
Jessica Gaines
Heather Grace
Lenore Gregson
Rocio Guillen
Hanna Hallman
Sheronica Henton
Melanie Horton
Erin Hutchinson
Michelle Jin
Rosela Joseph
Candrea Judd-Adams
Anne Marie Kam
Carrie Lawyer
Loan Leonard
Zoa Linsey
Sandra Lombardo
Geraldine Morgan
Jaquita Person
Dona Pohl
Tamara Qureshi
Leonie Rose
Lisa Marie Sanders
Angel Saucier
Diana Schnaidt
Autumn Swansen
Indrell Thomas
Leila Thompson
Brooke Walker
Margita Zamolova