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Taking place March 3, 2012, the inaugural launch of sports legends for the induction into the International Sports Hall of Fame (ISHOF), was held at the largest sports festival in the world — The Arnold Schwarzenegger Sports Festival, hosting over 18,000 athletes competing in 45 sports, with 175,000+ fans in attendance.
INTERNATIONAL SPORTS HALL OF FAME HIGHLIGHTS 2012
The 2012 International Sports Hall of Fame inductees were: Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, 7 Time Mr. Olympia, bodybuilding champion, movie star and former Governor of the State of California.
Governor Schwarzenegger International Sports Hall of Fame Award Acceptance Speech
World’s strongest man and WWE World wrestling and weightlifting Champion, 420 pound Mark Henry
Mark Henry International Sports Hall of Fame Award Acceptance Speech
Martial arts and UFC (Ultimate Fight Club) World Champion, Randy Couture
Randy Couture International Sports Hall of Fame Award Acceptance Speech
Fitness icon and legend, Jack LaLanne, represented by his surviving wife Elaine LaLanne
Jack LaLanne International Sports Hall of Fame Award Acceptance Speech
6 Time undefeated Ms. Olympia, bodybuilding champion, & movie star, Cory Everson
Cory Everson International Sports Hall of Fame Award Acceptance Speech
Long time Schwarzenegger’s business partner and sports organizer legend of the Arnold Sports Festival, James Lorimer
Jim Lorimer International Sports Hall of Fame Award Acceptance Speech
The International Sports Hall of Fame, ISHOF, is the brainchild of Dr. Robert Goldman, former world champion athlete with over 20 world records and Chairman of Sports Medicine committees in over 180 nations. Said Dr. Goldman, “it was time we had a comprehensive Hall of Fame, that recognized athletes of all sports worldwide, for not only their remarkable contributions as an athlete during their competitive years, but also recognizing their human capacity for giving back to society through charitable works and mentoring young children, to always be the best they can be. The induction ceremonies were mobbed with media from the sports & health/fitness worlds and it was truly an historic event having so many legends in the room together.”
Lifetime of Firsts: The Story of Dr. Robert Goldman
The ISHOF award medallions are in a class by themselves, being individually handcrafted, each weighing over 2.5 pounds (1.1 kg) and coated in 24 karat gold. All in attendance knew they were witnessing sports legend history.
Dr. Goldman and the ISHOF were proud sponsors of the Arnold Sports Film Festival, as well as the dedication of an 800-pound (363-kg) bronze statue of Governor Schwarzenegger to the City of Columbus, Ohio, which is host venue to the annual March Arnold Sports Festival events.
International Media coverage of the Schwarzenegger Statue dedication
With its first six inductees, The International Sports Hall of Fame, ISHOF, commemorates the lifetime achievements of some of the greatest athletes in contemporary sports history.