The Arnold Sports Festival, held annually in Columbus since 1989, is the nation’s largest multi-sport event. More than 18,000 athletes will compete in 45 sports and events February 28-March 3, 2013.
Weightlifting competitions will be staged on March 1-3.
Two Trials Sessions, one each for men and women, of up to fifteen athletes from among the top twenty five ranked male and female weightlifters, based on results from the 2012 Junior National Championships through the 2012 American Open Championships, will compete for team membership ranking on the 2013 World and Pan American Championships later this year.
This is the first ranking opportunity for the World Weightlifting Championships in Warsaw, Poland, in October, and the second for the Pan American Championships in Caracas, Venezuela, in June. The Qualification period for the World Championships extends to the National Championships scheduled for the end of July in Ohio, and for the Pan American Championships at the beginning of April in Tennessee.