Sunday, March 2, 2008

Schwarzenegger kicks off fitness expo

COLUMBUS, Ohio - California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is in Ohio to help celebrate the 20th anniversary of his sports and fitness festival at the Veterans Memorial Auditorium.

Schwarzenegger received a loud round of applause Friday night when he presented a series of awards at a women's figure and fitness competition. He waved to the crowd, interviewed a few winners but did not make a speech.

The three-day Arnold Sports Festival features 17,000 competitors in 37 events, including 12 Olympic sports. Schwarzenegger has staged sports and fitness events in Columbus since 1989.

The Republican governor's visit comes days before a crucial presidential primary. He has endorsed likely GOP nomineeJohn McCain.

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