Body Bar Systems Owner and Chairman Awarded FILA Gold Star
Arno Niemand Earns Highest Award from World Governing Body of Wrestling
BOULDER, Colo. – March 3, 2008 - Body Bar Systems, Inc., a premier fitness company specializing in products and educational tools for fitness enthusiasts of all ages and abilities, announced today that owner and chairman Arno Niemand was awarded the prestigious FILA Gold Star, the highest honor awarded by the international wrestling federation.
The International Federation of Associated Wrestling Styles, also known in French as Fédération Internationale des Luttes Associées (FILA), is the governing body of international amateur wrestling. Mr. Niemand was awarded the FILA Gold Start on the mat prior to the men’s freestyle finals in Colorado Springs on March 2 during the Pan American Championships.
“My commitment to wrestling stems from my own extraordinary experience with the sport,” commented Mr. Niemand. “Wrestling competition has affected my life in ways that go beyond fitness. I am dedicated to helping today’s young men and women experience the many life-long benefits wrestling will bring. I am deeply honored to accept the prestigious FILA Gold Star.”
Mr. Niemand was a varsity starter for Cornell University in the mid-1950s. He is a long-time supporter of amateur wrestling and a renowned wrestling historian and speaker. As a strong proponent of women’s wrestling, Body Bar Systems has sponsored the USA Wrestling Women’s National Team since 2003. The team continues to use the Body Bar® as they train for the 2008 World Championships and Olympics in Beijing.
“It is a privilege to award Mr. Niemand with the FILA Gold Star,” commented Raphael Martinetti, president of the Federation of International Wrestling Styles (FILA). “His knowledge and expertise continues to influence and inspire the wrestling community worldwide. Wrestlers everywhere have benefited from his contribution to the sport.”
“It is wonderful that Arno has been recognized for his commitment to our great sport,” commented world champion, Olympic team coach, and Hall of Fame wrestler Tricia Saunders. “His dedication to women’s wrestling has been instrumental to its continued growth. Because of his support, many athletes’ dreams have become realities. He is most deserving of this honor.“
“Arno’s progressive approach to women’s athletics, especially in regards to women’s wrestling, is commendable and he is deserving of the highest honor the International Wrestling Federation can bestow - the FILA Gold Star,” said Terry Steiner, USA Wrestling women’s national team coach.
About Body Bar Systems, Inc.
Founded in 1987, Body Bar Systems provides the infinite workouts and solid educational tools that fitness enthusiasts of all ages and abilities still choose after almost 21 years - because they work. The company has created a strong presence through the original weighted fitness bar, The Body Bar®, and the extensive “Master Your Body” DVD series of workout programs. Body Bar Systems is committed to enhancing the fitness and well being of the world by providing quality products and education with passion, integrity, and fun. Body Bar Systems is a member of the IHRSA network. www.bodybar.com 1-800-500-2030.
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