American Open Series 1 to Return to The Arnold in 2020

June 04, 2019, 10 a.m. (ET)

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado (June 4, 2019) -- For the third consecutive year, USA Weightlifting’s Nike American Open Series 1 powered by Rogue Fitness will return to the Arnold Festival at the Greater Columbus Convention Center in Columbus, Ohio March 5-8, 2020.

The event will take place as part of the wider Arnold Sports Festival, one of the largest strength sport festivals in the world and will once again feature 4 days of competition from Thursday to Sunday.

The Arnold Weightlifting Championships, hosted by the Columbus Weightlifting Club, have been a fixture at the Arnold Sports Festival and on the annual Weightlifting calendar since 2001.

“We are thrilled to be able to return to Columbus and partner with Mark Cannella and Shelly Viets of Columbus Weightlifting,” USA Weightlifting’s Director of Events and Sponsorships, Pedro Meloni, said. “This is event is so popular with our membership, and, thanks to our partners at Columbus Weightlifting, we have been able to showcase our sport to everyone who attends The Arnold.”

“We echo Pedro’s comments,” said Mark Cannella, president of Columbus Weightlifting. “We look forward to presenting Weightlifting for the 18th consecutive year at the Arnold Sports Festival.”

The 2019 American Open Series 1 featured two stellar “A” sessions on the Rogue Strength Stage, in the middle of the action at The Arnold.

Registration will open later this year. The qualification period for this competition is January 26, 2019-January 26, 2020, with the registration deadline of 2PM Mountain on Thursday, January 30, 2020.

The qualifying totals for the American Open Series will be available later in 2020. Hotel information will be provided when available.