What began 25 years ago as a bodybuilding competition with titles presented by Arnold Schwarzenegger, in the heart of The Ohio State University Buckeye world, Columbus, Ohio, has now become the world's largest sports festival in numerous ways, starting with the inclusion of forty-five different sports competitions, compared to only twenty-six at last summer's Olympics games.
For examples, in only four days the Arnold holds full competitions, which presents titles for forty-five different sports, surpassing the Olympics by nineteen sports, which had only twenty six last summer.
This year's Arnold, which ended yesterday (march 4, 2013), had over 18,000 athletes competing, while only about 10,500 athletes competed in last summer's Olympics, and that was over two weeks, making the Arnold the world's most intense sports festival, by a long shot.
This year's Arnold even had greater per day paid attendance than last years summer Olympics, at 43,750 visitors per day, compared to 35,715 per day in London.
There are many other health and fitness statistics we could list here, but what may be the greatest ace up Arnold's sleeve is his amazing Bikini competition, which was enthusiastically accepted by the visitors (mostly males), as the Olympics have not had anything similar to this sport since the ancient Greeks ran the program.
If you do not believe that Bikinis can constitute a true sport, then come to next years Arnold, and it will all suddenly make sense.