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2012 Arnold Invite Application Process

The 2012 Arnold Sports Festival is quickly approaching and in just a few weeks we’ll know who received invites to the prestigious event. Those of you unfamiliar with the IFBB portion of the weekend it consists of (the ladies at least) the Ms. International, Fitness International, Figure International and Bikini International. There typically 15 women, give or take a couple, selected for each division.

How does the process work?
Anyone who is in good standing with the IFBB Pro League and has paid their annual dues can submit their application to be considered. If an IFBB pro intends on submitting for the Arnold they must first indicate their interest in the event with the IFBB Pro League office. Each pro receives a contest calendar with their IFBB Pro League renewal letter.

Once the Arnold Sports office receives the list of athletes who wish to be selected, they cross check with the IFBB Pro League office. They must match up and if an athlete has not submitted their paperwork with the pro league office it could effect their chances of being selected.

Pros should provide the Arnold Sports Festival with their competition background and any competitive success they have had in their career. Athletes may also wish to mention anything of significance that would help further their case in being selected. The packets that are sent in vary from athlete to athlete and don’t need to be elaborate. Once all the applications are received and confirmed to be in good standing, a selection committee votes to help form the final list.

Athletes can send information to:
Jim Lorimer
Arnold Sports Festival
1215 Worthington Woods Boulevard
Worthington, Ohio 43085

Again all Athletes should indicate their desire to the IFBB Pro League office upon receiving the list of 2012 contests.

Those “chosen ones” are based on a number of criteria, however the competition history and placings are a driving force. Arnold Amateur winners are often invited based on that alone. A selection committee, made up of over a dozen industry experts, vote on the list applicants. Typically those with the best scores make the short list, however it’s not always the case. Mr. Lorimer ultimately has the say in who gets in an invite because, well it’s his show.

More information on the 2012 Arnold Sports Festival –

Who would you like to see invited? Post in the comments below.


  1. David Bugay says:

    I would love to see Stephanie Billings (Ifbb Pro) at the Arnold this year; she has been working really hard and just came off of a great showing in Ft. Lauderdale in Oct. It is a life long dream for hers to compete at the Arnold. Good Luck Steph… You can do it. db

  2. Would love to see Stephanie Billings

  3. Jami DiBernard had an amazing year and I would love to see her continue her success at the 2012 Arnold. :)

  4. Greece’s Eleni Plakitsi should definitely be considered. The Arnold needs more international athletes and Eleni brings beauty and class to the stage.

  5. To not have Stephanie Billings grace the Arnold stage would be a let down to the fans! Shes had great showing and a huge fan base here in Florida and we are excited to travel to see her compete for the Arnold crown! The people have spoken and they want Stephanie Billings!!!

  6. Michaela Taylor says:

    Yes…Stephanie Billings! The City of Columbus (and State of Ohio) hope she is able to represent at this year’s Arnold! She should absolutely be selected! She has a huge fan base locally and throughout the nation. She represents everything excellent in IFBB Pro!

  7. Yes, I would love to see Stephanie Billings in the Arnold Sports Festival!

  8. Stephanie Billings MUST be in the Arnold this year!!! Her fans in Central Ohio would love to come and see her compete!

  9. Wow YES I agree, absolutely Eleni Plakitsi of Greece, she is a beauty and extremely talented and the show needs more international athletes to represent their countries!!!

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