Arno Niemand is a 1956 graduate of Cornell University in Ithaca NY, where he wrestled competitively on the varsity team. He was later inducted into the Cornell Hall of Distinguished Wrestling Alumni. He went on to earn his MBA in 1958 from the Darden School of Business, University of Virginia. He is the retired founder of Body Bar Systems, a fitness equipment company which sponsored many USA Wrestling programs.
Throughout his life, Mr. Niemand has continued to support the sport of wrestling, and in 2008 received the FILA Gold Star, which is the highest award given to an individual by the world governing body of wrestling.
In 2009, he was inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame, earning the Order of Merit. In 2011 he was awarded the USA Wrestling Lifetime Achievement Award and named Honorary Cornell College Alumnus.
“Arno Niemand has greatly contributed to the sport of wrestling, from his early days as a wrestler to his current role as author and historian, and he is deeply respected and admired by the wrestling community,” said Rich Bender, USA Wrestling executive director.
Besides wrestling, running has been a concurrent passion of the author, who was for years a competitive distance runner. He resides in Boulder, Colorado with his wife Brenda.