COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) — The Arnold Sports Festival kicks off Thursday with its first full show since 2019.
Indoor games from the Scottish Highlands are always crowd favorites at the exhibit inside the Greater Columbus Convention Center.
For the first time, a husband and father from Marysville will compete in the Highland Games.
Scott Verbus is no stranger to the sport, currently holding the world record in his division for the barbell weight event. This Friday, he will join more than 50 of the world’s top athletes as they compete in five of nine standard events.
With incredible precision and focus, Verbus throws a weight attached to a chain through the air with ease, even though he only discovered his passion for the Highland Games as a spectator five years ago.
“I saw these guys throwing these weird tools and I saw it and I stood there and watched, and I was always strong for my size and thought it looked fun , I can do it,” he said.
In the competitive world, Verbus is better known by his stage name Nova, a name he took on after appearing on the covers of several romance novels.
“And it’s created some confusion because people will be, like, ‘Scott Verbus,’ and everybody’s like, ‘Who is that,’ because everybody knows me as Nova,” a- he declared.
By day he is a busy husband and father who has worked in the IT industry since 1997 and now owns Linear One Technologies in Dublin, but by night he trains for events four to five times a week .
The Highland Games will begin Friday at 9 a.m. Verbus will compete in the under 200lbs division, saying he is looking forward to his first Highland Games at the Arnold with his wife and son cheering him on.
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