Kicking off the Arnold Sports Expo 2018 with Midway Labs USA
Some of the biggest names in the bodybuilding world descended on Columbus, Ohio earlier this month for the 2018 Arnold Sports Festival. The festival kicked into high gear on Friday with the opening of the Arnold Fitness Expo along with a number of headlining competitions, including the finals of the Arnold Classic 212, Figure International, and Fitness International.
On Friday, Midway Labs USA Vice President Catherine Colle spoke with ASF TV about the 2018 Arnold Sports Festival, along with Midway Labs' 10 years of involvement with the Arnold Sports Festival in both South America and the United States:
In addition to the great video with ASF TV, Friday was an exciting day at the Midway Labs USA booth, with meet and greet sessions and autograph signings with Bella Falconi, Marcos Mion, Alice Matos, Felipe Franco, Keo Necra, and Fernanda. NPC Bikini Champion Heather Bonamie, aka Bikini Bomb, provided the entertainment, DJing throughout the weekend. With a number of fitness challenges, giveaways, and demonstrations taking place over the course of the day, there was always something to see or do at the Midway Labs booth!
Check out some awesome photos of these Team Midway Ambassadors below:
Team Midway Ambassador Bella Falconi with her autograph card at the Midway Labs USA booth
Team Midway Ambassador Marcos Mion signs autographs at the Midway Labs USA booth
Team Midway Ambassador Alice Matos with members of the Midway Labs USA team standing in front of a banner with her picture
Team Midway Labs Ambassador Felipe Franco
Team Midway Ambassador Keo Necra poses with her autograph card at the Midway Labs USA booth
Team Midway Ambassador Fernanda poses at the Midway Labs USA both at the Arnold Sports Festival
NPC Bikini Champion Heather Bonamie, aka Bikini Bomb, DJing at the Midway Labs USA booth
The highlight of Midway Labs USA’s experience at the Arnold came early Friday afternoon, when Arnold Schwarzenegger himself made an appearance at our booth!
Arnold Schwarzenegger stopped by the Midway Labs USA booth
Arnold Schwarzenegger even took the time to meet with the Midway Labs USA team. Being the Main Sponsor of the Arnold Sports Festival definitely has its perks!
Arnold Schwarzenegger poses with members of the Midway Labs USA team, including CEO Wilton Colle and Vice President Catherine Colle
Arnold Schwarzenegger chats with Midway Labs USA CEO Wilton Colle and Team Midway Ambassador Marcos Mion
While Friday was jam-packed with athletic games and contests, as well as some non-athletic activities such as chess and body painting, the evening’s awards ceremony was the most exciting part of the day. Midway Labs’ Vice President, Catherine Colle, presented each winner with their award.
The first award of the evening was the Arnold Classic 212, with Kamal Elgargni capturing the championship. RX Muscle declared that a "new star is born" when he won, as he beat out Charles Dixon (second place), Samir Troudi (third place), David Henry (fourth place), Jose Raymond (fifth place) and Guy Cisternino Jr.
Kamal Elgargni wins the Arnold Classic 212
Elgargni wasn’t the only one to stand out winner on Friday night, as Whitney Jones captured the title in the Fitness International competition against a loaded field. She achieved this despite having undergone surgery to fuse two of her vertebrate together several months prior. She beat out Kate Errington (second place), Bethany Wagner (third place), Regiane Da Silva (fourth place), Ariel Khadr (fifth place) and Derina Wilson (sixth place) to take home the coveted title.
Whitney Jones wins Fitness International
Elsewhere, Breon Ansley made history as the winner of the first-ever Classic Physique Arnold Competition, with Shanique Grant taking home the victory in the Women’s Physique.
Breon Ansley wins Classic Physique
Shanique Grant wins Women's Physique
Other notable winners include Candice Lewis-Carter (Figure International), as well as Hafthor Bjornsson—known by many as The Mountain on HBO's hit show Game of Thrones—whom won the bag-over-bar throw and finished in third place in the stone shoulder as part of the Strongman Classic competition.
Candic Lewis-Carter wins Figure International
While Friday featured many of memorable moments, there were still plenty more to come throughout the rest of the weekend!