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by Randall J. Strossen, Ph.D. | ©2014 IronMind

She’s a star on the women’s Highland Games circuit, will be trying to make the 2012 U.S. Olympic team as a shot putter, and now Adriane Blewitt has just become the first women in the world to officially close the No. 2 Captains of Crush Gripper.

With no less than Richard Sorin, the first man certified on the No. 3 Captains of Crush Gripper, serving as her referee, Adriane Blewitt claimed new territory in the world of grip strength as she became the first women to officially close the No. 2 Captains of Crush Gripper.  IronMind® | Courtesy of Adriane Blewitt.
With no less than Richard Sorin, the first man certified on the No. 3 Captains of Crush Gripper, serving as her referee, Adriane Blewitt claimed new territory in the world of grip strength as she became the first women to officially close the No. 2 Captains of Crush Gripper.  IronMind® | Courtesy of Adriane Blewitt.


“In a room full of strong, strong people, Adriane closed the [Captains of Crush] #2,” Richard Sorin reported to IronMind, “and afterward[she] came within a half inch on a brand new 2.5, in a perfect first try, official close. 

“World record holder Donnie Thompson (3000-lb. powerlifting total) and Rich Williams, a certified #3.5 CoC, were also present closely examining and conferring as co-witnesses as to the authenticity of the feat. 

“The power she exhibited was simply awesome!  Thank you for providing this world-changing opportunity!,” said Sorin.

At the Highland Games in Pleasanton a few weeks ago, Adriane mentioned that she had moved to South Carolina and when asked why, she explained that her fiance lived there—sounded like a pretty good reason to us.  As it turns out, Adriane is engaged to Joe “House” Wilson, who is also her coach, and the happy couple are among the powerful people you will finding training at Sorinex in Irmo.

Adriane is 31 and weighs 175 pounds at 5’ 10” tall and she said her “grip training started at Ashland University with her coach, Jud Logan (4X Olympian).”  Adriane “earned 13 NCAA Div. II All-American awards in the throwing events, along with “seven national titles and six runner up honors collegiately.”  She “has been competing professionally in the shot put since 2003 and has been ranked in the U.S Top Ten for the last ten years.”

As important as grip training has been to her track and field career, Adriane said “grip is crucial to the Scottish Highland Games,” where she is the 2010 and 2011 Women’s World Champion.

“With a successful crush on the first attempt on the No. 2, she made a good effort on a new 2.5 Mr. Sorin had in stock,” Joe Wilson told IronMind.  “Unsuccessful with the 2.5, Adriane plans on training to close the 2.5 soon.”

Adriane kindly said she, “would like to thank Dr. Randall Strossen and IronMind for the opportunity to include women in the world of grip.   Special thanks to the official referee, Richard Sorin, and Rich Williams and Donnie Thompson as back up officials,” and we heard a rumor that Adriane credits her fiance and coach Joe for “teaching  her everything she knows!”

Many thanks, Richard —as well as to Donnie Thompson and Rich Williams for riding shotgun—and to Adriane Blewitt, it’s what you said yesterday, “Ready, Set, Close!” 

Congratulations, Adriane—you’re the first woman officially certified on the No. 2 Captains of Crush Gripper!

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by Randall J. Strossen, Ph.D. | ©2014 IronMind

Yesterday, SCL–Canada was held indoors, and with many of the world’s top strongman competitors mixing it up, the performances of Canada’s own Jean-Francois Caron stood out.

Group photo from SCL–Canada.  IronMind® | Courtesy of SCL.
Group photo from SCL–Canada.  IronMind® | Courtesy of SCL.


"He won two events," Marcel Mostert told IronMind, "competing against the best strongmen in the world.  We did a 420-kg car deadlift for reps—Zydrunas Savickas did 10 reps and Jean-Francois Caron did 13!”

"The contest is well organized and they have already sold 4,000 tickets for Saturday and 5,000 tickets for Sunday," said Mostert.

Tonight’s competition will feature three events.

After one day in Canada, here are the overall results, officially:

1. Jean-Francois Caron 32.0
2. Travis Ortmayer 29.0
3. Zydrunas Savickas 26.0
4. Hafthor Julius Bjornsson 19.5
5. Jimmy Laureys 19.0
6. Terry Hollands 19.0
7. Louis-Philippe Jean 19.0
8. Laurence Shahlaei 18.0
9. Alex Curletto 17.0
10. Christian Savoie 16.0
11. Scott Commine 12.5
12. Warrick Brant 12.0
13. Ervin Katona 11.0
14. Agris Kazelniks 11.0
15. Vitalii Gerasymov 2.0
16. Jan Wagenaar 3.0

Stay tuned here and on Twitter for updates.

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by Randall J. Strossen, Ph.D. | ©2014 IronMind

SCL Canada begins tonight and things are off to a good start: Marcel Mostert told IronMind that all the strongman competitors have received $300 leather jackets with the SCL logo and that they are staying in a five-star hotel that everyone loves.

So, the stage is set for the SCL semi finals and IronMind will have updates on Twitter as well as stories in our news column—stay tuned for more from SCL Canada.

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by Randall J. Strossen, Ph.D. | ©2014 IronMind

Honoring the “Day of the Machine Engineer,” it was an open day at the Belarusian automobile factory BelAZ, which gave visitors a chance to see not only the massive trucks built there, but also a WSF World Cup added strongman contest—which was won by Tarmo Mitt.

WSF Strongman Federation founder Vlad Redkin (second from the left) gives us an idea of what it means to say they build big trucks at BelAZ.  IronMind® | Courtesy of WSF World Cup.
WSF Strongman Federation founder Vlad Redkin (second from the left) gives us an idea of what it means to say they build big trucks at BelAZ.  IronMind® | Courtesy of WSF World Cup.


“Visitors to the factory could familiarize themselves with the history of the largest manufacturer of career technics [hauling and earth moving equipment], visit an exhibition of [vehicles manufactured] at the enterprise. Visitors have seen legendary dump-body trucks: ‘babies’ with load-carrying capacity from 30 tn and the greatest dump-body trucks load-carrying capacity 360 tn.  Besides, this day industrial shops BelAz were accessible to viewing of visitors,” Vlad Redkin reported to IronMind.
 
“The international tournament of athletes ‘BELAZ STRONGMAN CUP 2011’ has taken place for the first time on an enterprise open day.  During this unique show the strongest people of Belarus and the Baltic States and Holland competed in a raising of weights.  In the end of a holiday Vyacheslav Astapenkov has tried to get moving forward a 30-ton career dump-body truck of ‘BelAZ.’  He pulled on 3.4 m – it’s a new record!,” said Redkin.
 
Here are the official results:

1. Tarmo Mitt (Estonia) 23.0
2. Antanas Abrutis (Lithuania) 21.5
3. Alexander Lapirov (Belarus) 19.0
4. Rolands Gulbis (Latvia) 16.5
5. Vyacheslav Astapenkov (Belarus)
15.5
6. Richard van der Linden (Holland) 9.5

“A lot of TV stations broadcast news in CIS and Baltics countries,” Redkin said.
 
"Belorussian automobile factory is one of the world's largest manufacturers of career technics, is based in 1948. The basic production of the enterprise are career dump-body trucks, face-to-face wheel loaders and bulldozers, the tractors-wreckers, special vehicles for underground works, heavy trucks for metallurgical manufacture and other specialized technological cars.
 
Great show, great cars! We have the new agreement for  WSF World Cup stage with BELAZ for new season,” Redkin said.

And for anyone who wasn’t familiar with this holiday, a little checking uncovered its history:  It began with a 1980 decree by the Presidium of the Soviet Union, specifying that the last Sunday of September would be celebrated as Machine Engineer’s Day in Belarus.  Workers in the plant were wished “health, wealth and peace!”
 
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by Randall J. Strossen, Ph.D. | ©2014 IronMind

“With four athletes out of the top six from World’s Strongest Man competing and 16 top athletes in total, the set is ready for a new chance to Zydrunas [Savickas] or Terry [Hollands], Laurence [Shahlaei], Hafthor [Julius] Bjornnson or Ervin Katona to get another big title: the SCL Canada,” Marcel Mostert told IronMind today.

Laurence Shahlaei and Ervin Katona are among the top strongman competitors who just finished the World’s Strongest Man contest and are turning their attention  and their muscles to SCL–Canada next.  IronMind® | Courtesy of SCL.
Laurence Shahlaeia and Ervin Katona and are among the top strongman competitors who just finished the World’s Strongest Man contest and are turning their attention  and their muscles to SCL–Canada next.  IronMind® | Courtesy of SCL.



“But also the first-place prize ($10,000 for the winner), the SCL Canada Cup and beautiful special gifts will make this contest for sure an unforgettable one for the athletes.

“The Monster Milk Strongman Champions League grows further to a fully professional league, with a decent ranking system, with the best athletes in the world and a wide broadcasting [base of] close to 70 countries.

Summarizing the format of SCL–Canada, Mostert said, “In four days, we will do 10 events in 4 different cities.”

“For those who can not make it to Canada, they can see the 8th Stage of SCL on Eurosport this coming Friday, when the the SCL Canary Islands will be broadcast at 22:00 hours [10:00 p.m.].

“Meantime we do our best to make the SCL Canada a great happening for all our strongman fans and athletes.  Stay tuned for the daily results, beginning at 29 September, on IronMind,” said Mostert.

And for full details about the upcoming SCL Canada contest, please visit http://www.strongmancanada.com or http://www.strongmancl.com.

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by Randall J. Strossen, Ph.D. | ©2014 IronMind

Some things sound trite but the reason you hear them so much is because they’re  true—like winners never quitting.

Just because Thanh Nguyen roller skated into The Sports Palace and ended up making an Olympic weightlifting team, don’t think he lived on Easy Street.  This shot is of Thanh cleaning 145 kg in the 64-kg class at the 1996 Olympics.  IronMind® | Randall J. Strossen photo.
Just because Thanh Nguyen roller skated into The Sports Palace and ended up making an Olympic weightlifting team, don’t think he lived on Easy Street.  This shot is of Thanh cleaning 145 kg in the 64-kg class at the 1996 Olympics.  IronMind® | Randall J. Strossen photo.


Three-time USA Olympic weightlifting team coach Jim Schmitz fleshes out this abstract concept by discussing some of the athletes he has worked with over the years, so whether you have the Olympics on your list or are chasing your first 90-kg power clean, read on: Winners Never Quit . . . .

For the full set of training articles by ace Olympic weightlifting coach Jim Schmitz, please click on the Training Articles button at the top of the IronMind home page and select Schmitz on the Lifts to see the full menu.

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by Randall J. Strossen, Ph.D. | ©2014 IronMind

He wasn’t a half bad shot putter or caber tosser in his youth, but that was only the beginning for Dr. Douglas Edmunds—the Godfather of Strongman, the force behind IFSA, and the man best known for his line, “We can’t be fair to everyone.”

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Jon Pall Sigmarsson, the mega-star of the strongman world, appears to be featured on the cover of  Dr. Douglas Edmunds’ forthcoming book.  “I loved him like a son,” Edmunds once told IronMind’s Randall Strossen.   IronMind® |  Courtesy of Douglas Edmunds.


Blended with his black hat persona, massive girth and heavy fisted style, Edmunds has a passion for strongman and its characters, and even though he stepped away from the field following the dissolution of IFSA II, his mark remains indelible.

With typical modesty and understatement, Edmunds has released the following statement regarding his forthcoming book, Giants and Legends:

“At last ‘the greatest book ever written’ will shortly be available.  Please spread the news through your personal networks.

“Unlike other sporting biographies which merely list achievements and events, it is a journey into the intimate society of ‘the Heavies.”  The reader is introduced to the characters and humour of the “World's Strongest men’ and is uniquely able to engage in the banter and intrigue of the larger than life characters.  Also, the greatest strongman of them all is uncovered along with the best ever highland games athlete, and a full record of the World's Strongest Man results from the beginning.

"Those of you interested in receiving a copy please email: linda.edmunds@btinternet.com."

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by Randall J. Strossen, Ph.D. | ©2014 IronMind

Wingate University—After battling through five events in the finals of the 2011 MET-Rx World’s Strongest Man contest it all came down to two men—Brian Shaw and Zydrunas Savickas—and the final event—the Atlas Stones.

IMG Executive Vice President Barry Frank, the muscle behind The World's Strongest Man, addresses the crowd watching the production of the 2011 MET-Rx World's Strongest Man contest at Wingate University.  Since 1977, The World's Strongest Man TV show has entertained the general public and hardcore strongman fans alike.  IronMind® | Randall J. Strossen photo.
IMG Executive Vice President Barry Frank, the muscle behind The World's Strongest Man, addresses the crowd watching the production of the 2011 MET-Rx World's Strongest Man contest at Wingate University.  Since 1977, The World's Strongest Man TV show has entertained the general public and hardcore strongman fans alike.  IronMind® | Randall J. Strossen photo.


What a contest again this year: tough, tight competition, laced with some spectacular performances.

Many thanks to Barry Frank and his team at IMG for once again producing the signature event in strongman.  Keep your eye on the official World’s Strongest Man website for broadcast details.

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by Randall J. Strossen, Ph.D. | ©2014 IronMind

Wingate University—Everyone expected a hot battle for the title at the 2011 MET-Rx World’s Strongest Man contest and based on the first day of finals, that’s just what is being delivered.

Iceland’s Hafthor Julius Bjornsson is huge even by World’s Strongest Man standards and he put that horsepower to good use as he won the Truck Pull today.  IronMind® | Randall J. Strossen photo.
Iceland’s Hafthor Julius Bjornsson is huge even by World’s Strongest Man standards and he put that horsepower to good use as he won the Truck Pull today.  IronMind® | Randall J. Strossen photo.


Follow IronMind on Twitter, for updates from the field—plenty of excitement today and even more is the prediction for tomorrow.
                                                                
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by Randall J. Strossen, Ph.D. | ©2014 IronMind

It came down to the last event at the ASC Olympia Strongest Man contest, and it was Mike Burke who pulled off the big victory.

Mike Burke on the Car Deadlift for reps at the Olympia Strongest Man contest.  IronMind® | Courtesy of ASC.
Mike Burke on the Car Deadlift for reps at the Olympia Strongest Man contest.  IronMind® | Courtesy of ASC.


Mike Burke Wins the Olympia Strongest Man Contest!
by Dione Wessels

Day two started with the progressive yoke. The weight started at 850 pounds for 50 feet, and the top ten guys with the best time moved on to 950 pounds for 50 feet. Mike Burke was not one of them, but Tom McClure and Marshall White were. The top six guys for 950 pounds then moved on to the 1050 pounds.
  Again Tom was there to take the advantage.  Mike Caruso of Michigan (competing in his first ASC show since earning his pro card in August 2010) sprinted down the course in a little over 15 seconds to take the win in the event. 



The second event of the day was the Overhead Press Medley.  Caruso again wins the event and is getting closer to closing the gap to second place.  

The third event was the Car Deadlift for reps, and since the car seemed light during testing, ASC decided to turn the car around so the athletes would deadlift the front of the car.  For many athletes, completing more than 2 or 3 repetitions was a task, but for Carl Foemmel, 12 repetitions was no problem!

The final event of the day was the IronMind Suicide Medley: The athletes had to carry a 220-pound IronMind sandbag for 50 feet and load it into a sled, then load a 275-pound keg, followed by a 250-pound block.  After all implements were loaded, they then had to drag the loaded sled for 50 feet. 

The last two to go on the event were Tom McClure and Mike Burke, and they were tied going into the event—the winner of this event would also be the winner of the Olympia Strongest Man 2011.  Michael Burke managed to finish the medley along with Mike Caruso.  Tom McClure never quit but came of shy of the finish line.  The top three placings were Michael Burke, Mike Caruso, Tom McClure.

Many thanks to our head judge and field coordinator Patrick Rogers, as well as all of the staff members that came to Vegas and volunteered their time during the contest.  Full results will be posted on the American  Strongman Corporation (ASC) website.  

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by Randall J. Strossen, Ph.D. | ©2014 IronMind

John McGrath picked the perfect place for his official attempt on the IronMind Red Nail—the AOBS dinner—and with that added wind in his sails, he made short work of marching through this benchmark short steel bend.

Standing about 2 meters tall and weighing 125 kg, John McGrath has plenty of horsepower for the traditional feats of strength—such as steel bending—that he prefers.  IronMind® | Courtesy of John McGrath.
Standing about 2 meters tall and weighing 125 kg, John McGrath has plenty of horsepower for the traditional feats of strength—such as steel bending—that he prefers.  IronMind® | Courtesy of John McGrath.


Born in Ireland, “John works as a strength and conditioning coach in South Africa and has worked with many South African up and coming sportmen and women.”  John said his “passion is performing the old-time strongman feats of strength,” and he is regular performer in Capetown, South Africa.

John is also “a keen martial artist and holds four black belts and has also competed for Ireland in kickboxing as well as rowing (crew),” and he gives motivational talks to both athletes and business people.

IronMind would like to thank Steve Weiner (himself certified on both the Captains of Crush No. 3 gripper and the Red Nail) for ably serving as John’s official witness.  “It was an honor to witness such a dominating effort, as it literally took him 5 seconds to destroy this fearsome piece of steel,” Steve told IronMind.

Congratulations, John—it’s official: your name as been added to the Red Nail Roster!

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by Randall J. Strossen, Ph.D. | ©2014 IronMind

Vlad Redkin has announced the WSF–World Cup Belaz Strongman Cup 2011, an international strongman contest set for Zodino, Belarus at the factory of OJSC Belarusian Autowork (BELAZ).

Olympic weightlifting champion Leonid Tarenenko will be a special guest at the WSF–World Cup strongman contest coming up in Zodino, Belarus.  IronMind® | Courtesy of WSF–World Cup.
Olympic weightlifting champion Leonid Tarenenko will be a special guest at the WSF–World Cup strongman contest coming up in Zodino, Belarus.  IronMind® | Courtesy of WSF–World Cup.


Athletes:
1. Alexander Lapyrov  (Belarus)
2. Vjacheslav Astapenkov (Belarus)
3. Tarmo Mitt  (Estonia)
4. Antanas Abrutis (Lihuania)
5. Rolands Gulbis (Latvia)
6. Richard van der Linden  (Нolland)

Events:
1. Log lift 130 kg for reps
2. Conan wheel  400 kg
3. Farmers walk 2х135 kg - 50m
4. Tyres flips  320 kg х 8 reps
5. BELAZ pull - 20m

“OJSC 'Belarusian Autoworks' (BELAZ) is a major world manufacturer of mining dump trucks of heavy-duty and super-size load capacity, as well as the other heavy vehicles, being used in mining and construction branches of industry.  We hope that this competition will be the start of our longterm cooperation with the biggest truck producer and we will break new records (pulling ) together!,” Redkin said.

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by Randall J. Strossen, Ph.D. | ©2014 IronMind

"The spectator turnout was lower than expected, but the chilly, damp weather didn't keep the competition from heating up," D. J. Satterfield told IronMind as the 2011 North American Highlander Association (NAHA) National Championships saw tight competition in a contest format that combines traditional Highland Games and strongman events.

"All the divisions were very competitive with the lightweights and heavyweights coming down to tiebreakers to decide the national champions," said Satterfield.

"This fall Saturday in Nebraska was 20 degrees below normal, but still drew out the best in the athletes.  The athletes, crowd, etc. really stepped up and made for a great donation to Camp CoHoLo.  We raised over $1500 from the raffle."

Here are the winners:

• Tim Pinkerton (Nebraska): Lightweight
• Andrew Durniatt (Ohio): Middleweight
• Thom Van Vleck (Missouri): Heavyweight
• John O’Brien (Missouri): Masters
• Angela O'Connor(Nebraska): Women

For full details, please visit the official NAHA website.

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by Randall J. Strossen, Ph.D. | ©2014 IronMind

He came in as the favorite and left as the champion: Dan McKim won the 2011 IHGF Highland Games World Championships yesterday at Loon Mountain.

The caber, a local oak selected and cut by Bill “Doc Rock” Crawford, was tough—long, heavy and with a twist—but Dan McKim turned it for a 12 o’clock on his way to winning the 2011 IHGF Highland Games World Championships at Loon Mountain over the weekend.  IronMind | Randall J. Strossen photo.
The caber, a local oak selected and cut by Bill “Doc Rock” Crawford, was tough—long, heavy and with a twist—but Dan McKim turned it for a 12 o’clock on his way to winning the 2011 IHGF Highland Games World Championships at Loon Mountain over the weekend.  IronMind | Randall J. Strossen photo.


2011 IHGF Highland Games World Championships
by Francis Brebner

It was a fabulous weekend in the beautiful setting of Loon Mountain, New Hampshire which was the host of this year’s IHGF World Highland Games—where twelve of the world’s top Highland Games athletes battled it out for the most coveted title in Highland games.
 

Record numbers of spectators in the tens of thousands traveled from all over the U.S. to be part of these premier Games, enjoying the many festivities and attractions and to observe firsthand the world’s best heavy athletes thrash it out over the three days which also included the IHGF World Hammer Championships and also the IHGF World Super Series for 2011, all of which could not have been more fitting with such a majestic setting as Loon Mountain.
 
The heavy events got under way with the IHGF World Hammer Championships on Friday evening with the 22-lb. hammer.  USA’s Dan McKim took the win after a hard tussle between Scotland’s Craig Sinclair and USA’s Mike Pockoski with a throw of 116’ 6-¼ “. In second place was USA’s Mike Pockoski with 115’ 5” and  in third place was Scotland’s Craig bg Sinclair with 113’ 4-¾ “.
 
In the 16-lb.hammer, Pockoski stormed the win this time over McKim with riveting throw of 144’ 6” , in second place was McKim just a few feet behind with a noble distance of 142’ 4-½” and the new kid on the block, Matt Vincent, was third with 135’  8-¼” .
 
After the total distances of the hammers were combined, Pockoski was declared the worthy winner of the 2011 IHGF World Hammer Championships, with McKim in second and Sinclair in third.   

Saturday’s events began with the 16-lb. Open stone which was just magnificent to watch as Matt Vincent blasted out the winning putt to 60’ 4-¼”  to claim the win and a new World Championships record.  In second place was Sebastian Wenta with a distance of 56’ 5-¾”  and in third was England’s Scott Rider with 56’ ¾”.
 
The 56-lb. weight for distance was surprisingly won by Matt Vincent with a throw of 45’ 8-¾” for his second win in succession and a personal best for the young war horse.  In second place was USA’s Dan McKim with 44’ 1-¾”  and in third place was Mike Pockoski with 41’  4”.
 
The caber, which was 19’  6” long and 135 lb. was a won by McKim on his last attempt as he nailed the win with a perfect 12 o’clock toss.  In second place was Rider with a toss of 11:50, and in third place was Matt Vincent with 11:50 on count back.
 
The final event of the second day of competition with the 56-lb. weight over the bar and this was one of the most riveting competitions of the season I have witnessed with McKim taking the win with a height of 17’ ; in second equal was Betz and Wenta at a height of 16’ 6”.

 The third and final day of competition in the IHGF World Championships opened with the 22-lb Braemar stone and this was undoubtedly one of the highlights of the championships with Poland’s Sebastian Wenta pulling off a hat trick by winning with a colossal putt of 48’ 8-½”, establishing a new world record and also a new championship record and also a new ground record.  In second place was Matt Vincent with 46’ 8” and in third place was Dan McKim with 45’ 2”.

The final event, the 28-lb. weight for distance, turned out to be a sensational finish for the young Matt Vincent with a winning throw of 85’ 10-¼”.  In second place was Sean Beyz with 85’ 9” and in third place was Scott Rider with 84’ 1”.
 
Overall placing in the IHGF World Highland games Championships:

 

1. Dan McKim (USA) 18.0
2. Matt Vincent (USA) 22.0
3. Mike Pockoski (USA) 36.0
4. Sean Betz (USA) 43,5
5. Sebastian Wenta (Poland) 45.5
6. Scott Rider (England) 48.0
7. Rusty Price (USA) 53.5
8. Craig Sinclair (Scotland) 55.5
9. Harrison Bailey III (USA) 66.5
10. Hans Lolkema (Holland) 72.5
11. Jason Johnston (Canada) 80.5
12. Greg Hadley (Canada) 82.5

 
Overall placing in the 2011 IHGF World Highland Games Super Series: 

1. Dan McKim 33.0
2. Mike Pockoski 70.0
3. Sean Betz (tie)
75.5
3. Sebastian Wenta 75.5
5. Craig Sinclair 108.0
6. Hans Lolkema 127.0

 
Reflecting on the weekend, all athletes commented on how these world championships were undoubtedly amongst the best ever that they had competed in.    

A lot of recognition has to be given to Bill and Holly Crawford along with Ray and Cinda D’Mante, who without a doubt are the backbone of the heavy athletics, and their efforts and energy have made these Highland Games world renown: They put together a first class event which made a very big impression on all the IHGF officials and its athletes.

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by Randall J. Strossen, Ph.D. | ©2014 IronMind

Reporting from the Olympic Strongman Challenge yesterday, ASC’s Dione Wessels  told IronMind, “The top three going into day two are Mike Burke 42.5, Tom McClure 37.5, Marshall White 37.5.”

Mike Caruso hits hits a 410-lb. Log Lift at the Olympic Strongman Challenge.  IronMind® | Courtesy of ASC/Dione Wessels.
Mike Caruso hits hits a 410-lb. Log Lift at the Olympic Strongman Challenge.  IronMind® | Courtesy of ASC/Dione Wessels.


“Highlights from Friday:

• Mike Caruso gets 410 easy on the Last Man Standing Log
• Andrew Palmer ran with the 350-pound farmer tanks and the 800-pound frame on the Farmer-Frame Medley.
• The Conan's wheel was also won by Mike Burke.
• On the 390 pound stone over the bar McClure gets close to seven but the stone spins off of the top of the bar. So, again Mike Burke takes the win with 7 reps.

"Today, there are 4 more events: the progressive Yoke Walk, Overhead Press Medley, and the Suicide Carry, Drag, and Load Medley,” said Wessels.

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by Randall J. Strossen, Ph.D. | ©2014 IronMind

The qualifying heats continued at the MET-Rx World’s Strongest Man contest today, with repetition squats using an extra-long IronMind Apollon’s Axle fitted with two massive globes testing muscle and mettle alike in the morning.

Zydrunas Savickas, the defending champion, looked powerful as he squatted for reps at the MET-Rx World’s Strongest Man contest today.  The competitors had to touch the the spotter racks, which were set for what was a legal bottom position, on each rep.  IronMind® | Randall J. Strossen photo.
Zydrunas Savickas, the defending champion, looked powerful as he squatted for reps at the MET-Rx World’s Strongest Man contest today.  The competitors had to touch the the spotter racks, which were set for what was a legal bottom position, on each rep.  IronMind® | Randall J. Strossen photo.


The Car Walk put the competitors in a Flintstone-style car, with shoulder straps allowing them to support the car as they carried it down a course set in a plaza in front of the NASCAR Hall of Fame.

Check the IronMind Twitter page for updates from the field.

Terry Hollands showed that as any good muscle car guy knows, there’s no substitute for cubic inches.   IronMind® | Randall J. Strossen photo.
Terry Hollands showed that as any good muscle car guy knows, there’s no substitute for cubic inches.  IronMind® | Randall J. Strossen photo.

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by Randall J. Strossen, Ph.D. | ©2014 IronMind

Wingate University–To the delight of strongman fans worldwide, The 2011 MET-Rx World’s Strongest Man contest opened today with the first day of the qualifying rounds.

Ervin Katona (Serbia) charged through the Sack Loading race at the MET-Rx World’s Strongest Man contest.  IronMind® | Randall J. Strossen photo.

Ervin Katona (Serbia) charged through the Sack Loading race at the MET-Rx World’s Strongest Man contest.  IronMind® | Randall J. Strossen photo.



Four days of qualifying rounds will reduce the field to the top two competitors from each of five groups, and they will advance to the finals.

For fast updates from the field, follow IronMind on Twitter—a lot of action today set the stage for tomorrow, when the competition resumes.

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by Randall J. Strossen, Ph.D. | ©2014 IronMind

Come watch the best in the world play with sticks and stones when the IHGF Highland Games World Championships comes to Loon Mountain, New Hampshire starting tomorrow.

Wonder why they call Bill Crawford, M.D. Doc Rock?  IronMind® | Dana Florence photo.
Wonder why they call Bill Crawford, M.D. Doc Rock?  IronMind® | Dana Florence photo.


Chairman of Athletics for the Board of Directors of the New Hampshire Gathering of Scottish Clans, Bill Crawford ran through the basics for IronMind:

“The New Hampshire Highland Games is proud to host the 2011 IHGF World Heavy Events Championships September 16 -18.  

"The competition starts on Friday the 16th with the IHGF World Hammer Championships, with last year’s winner Mike Pockoski coming to defend his title.  Competition continues on Saturday and Sunday with the NHHG Invitational Masters Competition on Saturday and World Championships on Saturday and Sunday.  The overall IHGF Super Series Champion will also be announced on Sunday as well.  

"So, in conclusion we have 3 IHGF Championship titles on the line here at the NHHG at Loon Mountain," Dr. Crawford said.

Here is the official start list:

• Sebastian Wenta - Poland
• Hans Lolkema - Holland
• Craig Sinclair - Scotland
• Scott Rider - England
• Greg Hadley - Canada
• Jason Johnston - Canada
• Rusty Price - USA
• Harrison Bailey, III - USA
• Mike Pockoski - USA
• Daniel McKim - USA
• Matt Vincent - USA
• Sean Betz - USA

For details, please check the official NHHG website.

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“This past weekend the International Highland Games Federation (IHGF) clinic was held in Orange County past weekend combined with the Orange county rolling thunder Championships,” reported IHGF vice president Francis Brebner.



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Islands Restaurant hosted the athletes attending the 2011 IHGF Highland Games clinic and the Orange County Rolling Thunder Championships.  IronMind® | Courtesy of Jenna Imboden.


“A total of sixteen athletes attended the clinic with all showing great signs of improvement, one of which was Heather McDonald tossing a 14’ long 85-lb. caber, slamming it over near every time.  This was a caber that had proved a real challenge for Heather all year long, but since she has acquired the technique in this event I believe she will be a strong force to be reckoned with in the future Highland Games for certain,” said Brebner, who is a seven-time caber world champion.

“After the five-hour marathon clinic, David Webster, OBE and president of the IHGF, did an hour-long talk on the history of Highland games which was warmly received by all the athletes.  



“All athletes then made their way to Islands restaurant for a meal which was sponsored by Travis Everhart, the regional manager of Islands restaurant, where the Orange county Rolling thunder took place.



“The Rolling Thunder competition got off to a great start with the women's event being won by Heather McDonald’s with an impressive lift of 105 lb.  In the masters' division it was all out between Steve Mittleman and Jim Frazer, with both tying with a lift of 165 lb, this was 20 lb. up on last year for Mittleman and 35 lb. up for Frazer.  In third place was Steve Belanger, with 140 lb.

“In the title Open Orange County Rolling Thunder Championship, it was a very spirited group that fought it out with one competitor in particular, Brian McEjoy, who stole the show with a winning lift of 210 lb. 

“The IHGF would like to thank Travis Everhart of Islands restaurant for all their sponsorship,” Brebner said.


Under the watchful eye of seven-time caber world champion Francis Brebner, IHGF clinic participants honed their technique.  IronMind® | Courtesy of Jenna Imboden.

Under the watchful eye of seven-time caber world champion Francis Brebner, IHGF clinic participants honed their technique.  IronMind® | Courtesy of Jenna Imboden.

                                                                
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“Although the top athletes were not there, because of their WSM preparation, it was still a very hard event in Slovakia,with 7 events in one day,” SCL cofounder Marcel Mostert reported to IronMind today.

Konstiantyn Ilin (Ukraine) pulled off the victory at SCL–Slovakia.  IronMind® | Courtesy of Strongman Champions League.
Konstiantyn Ilin (Ukraine) pulled off the victory at SCL–Slovakia.  IronMind® | Courtesy of Strongman Champions League.


“Ilin won the ninth stage of the Monster Milk Strongman Champions league in Kosice – Slovakia.   Local hero Golier Brano got second and Tomi Lotta from Finland took third place.  The events were the  Log lift  for reps , Grip Medley (Farmer’s Walk / Frame Carry / Car carry ), Car Deadlift , Super Yoke, Conan’s Wheel , Tractor Pull and Atlas Stones . . . in just one day and 30 degrees [86 F], is a serious strength test.

“We started at 2 p.m. and finished at 7 p.m., with a great crowd and a very happy winner, Konstiantyn Ilin from the Ukraine.  It was his first win ever in the Strongman Champions League.  Ervin Katona remains the overall leader in the SCL ranking," said Mostert.
 
Here are the top 12, officially:

1. Konstantin Ilin (Ukraine) 79.0
2. Branislav Golier (Slovakia) 76.0
3. Tomi Lotta (Finland)  72.0
4. Gregor Stegnar (Slovenia) 64.5
5. Warrick Brant (Australia) 60.0
6. Ákos Nagy (hungary) 59.5
7. Tomasz Kowal (Poland) 59.0
8. Jiří Žaloudek (Czech) 49.0
9. Pavol Jambor (Slovakia) 49.0
10. Peter Puszér (Slovakia) 47.5
11. Patrik Baboumian (Germay) 46.5
12. Plamen Svetanov (Bulgaria) 24.5

“The semi finals in Canada is coming near, at 29 September, the start of an absolute top field, as announced before on IronMind,” Mostert said.

“And it will be exciting: Four days long, and with 10 events to do, it won’t be easy for nobody to get crowned as the first SCL winner of Canada ever.

“Meantime, SCL wishes all athletes good luck at the World’s Strongest Man in the USA,” said Mostert.
                                           
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by Randall J. Strossen, Ph.D. | ©2014 IronMind

Olympic gold medalist Leonid Taranenko—the man who has the heaviest official clean and jerk in history—opened the WSF–World Cup strongman competition in Minsk, Belarus and handed out the awards, and “All the athletes were very happy to receive their prizes from the legendary weightlifter,” Vlad Redkin reported to IronMind.

Leonid Taranenko (center) did the honors of opening the WSF–World Cup strongman contest in Minsk.  Taranenko’s mighty credits as a weightlifter include an Olympic gold medal and the highest official clean and jerk in history.  Taranenko is now the executive director of the Belarus National Olympic Committee office in Minsk, Redkin told IronMind.  IronMind® | Courtesy of WSF–World Cup.
Leonid Taranenko (center) did the honors of opening the WSF–World Cup strongman contest in Minsk.  Taranenko’s mighty credits as a weightlifter include an Olympic gold medal and the highest official clean and jerk in history.  Taranenko is now the executive director of the Belarus National Olympic Committee office in Minsk, Redkin told IronMind.  IronMind® | Courtesy of WSF–World Cup.


“A lot of people saw and supported the athletes in competition. The weather was very good, but before and after was rain.  The weather is like strongmen!,” said Redkin.

Here are the official results from the contest (September 10):

1. Tarmo Mitt (Estonia) 45.5
2. Atanas Abrutus (Lithuania) 40.0
3. Aleksandr Lashyn (Ukraine) 40.0
4. Evgeny Scherbakov (Latvia) 32.5
5. Vjacheslav Astapenkov (Belarus) 24.0
6. Alexksandr Lapyrov (Belarus) 24.0
7. Konstantine Janashia (Georgia) 19.0
8. Sergiu Mirzenko (Moldova) 16.0
9. Denis Nagiban (Russia) 5.0
10. Sergey Vachinsky (Belarus) injured


Overall standings after three stages:

1. Atanis Abrutis 26.0
2. Tarmo Mitt 25.0
3. Alexandr Lashyn 15.0
4. Evgeny Scherbakov 15.0
5. Jarno Jokinen 13.0
6. Konstantine Janashia 13.0


“Good show finished by Natalia Lovcova from Russia (2 times world champion in powerlifting)—pulled a bus with strongmen [and] she showed good results," said Redkin.

“Next stages of this year planned in Uzbekistan and Russia in November.  But next competition will be in Belarus again on 24 of September: WSF BELAZ Strongman Cup 2011,” Redkin said, explaining that “OJSC ‘Belarusian Autoworks’ (BELAZ) is a major world manufacturer of mining dump trucks of heavy-duty and super-size load capacity, as well as the other heavy vehicles, being used in mining and construction branches of industry.

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by Randall J. Strossen, Ph.D. | ©2014 IronMind

He got off to a roaring start in strongman, ran into a couple of bumps in the road, but don’t think about burying Kevin Nee quite yet.

Kevin Nee is a member of the exclusive +400-kg strongman deadlift club, having hit 410 kg.  IronMind® | Courtesy of remimedia.com.

Kevin Nee is a member of the exclusive +400-kg strongman deadlift club, having hit 410 kg.  IronMind® | Courtesy of remimedia.com.



“Lately I've been getting a lot of emails from people wondering if I'm retired or if I'm injured or what I'm even planning on doing,” Nee told IronMind.

“Well I'm definitely not retired and I think I'm always at least a little injured: I think every strongman is . . . occupational hazard.


“The past year or so as I trained and competed in several smaller shows, I struggled to keep 100% of my focus on eating, sleeping and training like I had for previous years.  The reason for that is stress and lack of sleep because of stress.

“I took a step back and realized that I love strongman, my ultimate goal is to become World’s Strongest Man, and I'm willing to work as hard as possible to obtain this goal, but in order to do so I need to be able to focus 100% and not stress out. I want nothing more then to train full time and be a full time athlete but right now that's not providing security for my future and my future family.

“So the next step was to figure out how to get back to being a full time athlete. This is so important because strongman is as much mental, if not more, then it is physical. Trying to train full time, while nursing injuries and running a business and having my mind running wild—it's just not healthy.  

“After hitting a wall this year and dealing with some undesirable circumstances, I decided it was time to take a step back and focus on my business, family, and to finally let my injuries heal up. I'm still training a bit but I'm not going all out and trying to hit PR's: Just working on flexibility, conditioning, and getting my confidence back along with getting my head right,” said Nee.

Asked about his new job Nee said, “Having OX Nutrition and House of OX to keep me busy and occupy my mind has been great.  It's giving me something else to focus on, and it’s helping me in similar ways to when I was a full time student: I'm getting the best of both worlds in having my mind working hard most of the day and my body working hard at night.
 
“It's also nice being able to use the knowledge gained from my supply chain management degree and try to be an ambassador for all strength athletes

“So to answer their question, I'm definitely not retiring, in fact I'm just setting myself up for a big future and a long and healthy career in strongman.”                                             
                                                                           
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by Randall J. Strossen, Ph.D. | ©2014 IronMind

Dan McKim took on a field of top competitors in fine form at Estes Park, in a run-up to the IHGF Highland Games World Championships at Loon Mountain this coming weekend.


2012 Longs Peak Highland Games
By Francis Brebner
 
The Longs Peak Highland Games, in Estes Park, Colorado this weekend was nothing short of spectacular as America’s top heavy athletes produced some of their best distances of the season.  The lineup included Sean Betz, Harrison Bailey, Mike Pockoski, Ryan Vierra, Rusty Price, Ryan Stewart, Will Barron, Dave Barron, Mike Zolkiewicz, Dan Williams, and Dan McKim.  Thousands of spectators turned out to participate in the many festivities on hand, but the heavy athletics was one of the favorites.
 
In the first event with the 24-lb. Braemar stone Price, fresh from his win in Braemar, Scotland at the Royal Scottish Highland Games, took the first victory with a distance of 43’ 2-1/2”; second place was McKim at 41’ 10” and third, Pockoski at 41’ 2”.
 
All eyes were on Price to take the win in the 16-lb. open stone, but the mighty McKim dominated with a class put of 56’ 2”, followed by Price at 53’ and Betz right behind at 52’ 11”.
 
The 56-lb. weight-for-distance was a highlight as the top three athletes went all out, with the win finally going to Williams with a remarkable throw of 45’ 2-1/2”.  McKim was second at 44’ 5” and Bailey third at 43’ 7-1/2”.
 
The 28-lb. weight-for-distance was riveting, a close match between Betz and McKim, the win finally going to Betz with a monster throw of 87’ 10”.  McKim’s effort was a very worthy throw of 86’ 4”; Bailey landed in third at 83’.
 
The 22-lb. hammer was over the top as McKim let rip with a gigantic throw 124’ 8-1/4” for a personal best and a new American ground record.  Pockoski followed at 120’ 10” with D. Barron in third at 116’.
 
The sparks continued to fly in the 16-hammer between McKim and Pockoski, producing some phenomenal distances.  McKim notched up another win at 140’ 7” with Pockoski in second at 137’.  D. Barron again took third at 136’.
 
The caber was won by Williams with an 11:00 toss.  McKim was second with 10:45 and D. Barron third with 9:30.
 
The 24-lb. sheaf toss was an intense competition between the top athletes, with Bailey clearing 34’ for the win and a four-way tie occurring for second place between Stewart, Williams, Pockoski, and McKim at a height of 32’.
 
Williams won the 56-lb. weight-over-bar at 19’ 6” using the spin technique.  Betz and Bailey spun to second and third respectively at 18’; and special mention must be given to both McKim and Price, who cleared 17’ using the traditional standing style.

Overall, the top three were:

Dan McKim
Mike Pockoski
Harrison Bailey III

Asking Dan McKim about his performance and his preparation before he competes in this year’s World Championships, he said he was happy to win against such a great field of athletes at Estes Park:  “At the moment my throwing is going as planned with just a week out before the World Championships in Loon Mountain.  I am very excited and looking forward to competing in my first pro World Championships and going up against a very tough field of the world’s best athletes.  Like any other athlete competing, I will give it my all on the day and hope that it’s enough in my quest to be this year’s world champion, but I know it is not going to be easy.”
 
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by Randall J. Strossen, Ph.D. | ©2014 IronMind

David and Elizabeth Horne won with ease at the second stage of their World’s Strongest Hands contest this past weekend as 93 competitors had fun going at it in multiple locations—competing on Horne’s adjustable gripper and three of his pinch grip devices, with all the results counting toward both the contest win and the overall title.

“I was very pleased with my win,” David Horne told IronMind, “but watching Elizabeth win her class, and break the Two Hands Pinch Lift world record with 80.24 kg, whilst being 8 months pregnant was just mind-blowing.

“There are some very strong young athletes coming through—it's an exciting time for the sport!,” said Horne.
                                             
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by Randall J. Strossen, Ph.D. | ©2014 IronMind

The September issue of MILO is out and it’s packed with with information and inspiration for serious strength athletes of all persuasions—so read, train, and hit some new PRs.

Khadjimourad Akkaev gave his Russian team something big to cheer about at the European Weightlifting Championships as he put together six good lifts to end the day with all three gold medals in the 105-kg class and a very impressive 425-kg total, which serves notices that he’s a podium favorite for the London Olympics next year.  IronMind® | Randall J. Strossen photo.
Khadjimourad Akkaev gave his Russian team something big to cheer about at the European Weightlifting Championships as he put together six good lifts to end the day with all three gold medals in the 105-kg class and a very impressive 425-kg total, which serves notices that he’s a podium favorite for the London Olympics next year.  IronMind® | Randall J. Strossen photo.


MILO brings you the top authors and photographers from the strength world—it’s loaded with content from cover to cover.  Click here to see the table of contents of the September 2011 MILO.

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by Randall J. Strossen, Ph.D. | ©2014 IronMind

With Olympic gold medalist Leonid Taranenko supporting the competition, Vlad Redkin said that WSF–World Cup is coming to Minsk on September 10, with a program that features eight countries, 10 athletes and six events in the center of the capital of Belarus.

Belarusian strongman Sergey Vachinsky will be one of the local favorites when WSF World Cup brings strongman back to Minsk, Belarus.  IronMind® | Courtesy of WSF–World Cup.
Belarusian strongman Sergey Vachinsky will be one of the local favorites when WSF World Cup brings strongman back to Minsk, Belarus.  IronMind® | Courtesy of WSF–World Cup.


Here is the official start list and the list of events:

Athletes
1.  Tarmo Mitt / Estonia
2.  Antanas Abrutis: Lithuania
3.  Aleksandr Lashin / Ukraine
4.  Konstantine Janashia / Georgia
5.  Evgeny Scherbakov / Latvia
6.  Denis Nagibin / Russia
7.  Sergiu Mirzenko / Moldova
8.  Sergey Vachinsky / Belarus
9.  Vjacheslav Astapenkov / Belarus
10. Aleksandr Lapirev / Belarus


Events
1. Log lift: 130 kg for reps
2. Deadlift: car for reps
3. Manhood stone: 180 kg for reps
4. Bus pull: time
5. Conan wheel: 400 kg
6. Medley: Farmer's walk (2 x135 kg, 25 m) + Tire flips (6 times)

Vlad Redkin is pleased to have the support of Olympic weightlifting great Leonid Taranenko, whom he calls “the official brand of Belarusian strongmen sport!”
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“With one stage to go, SCL Slovakia this coming weekend in Kosice, we are making us up forthe semi-finals of the Strongman Champions League in Canada at 29 September,” SCL cofounder Marcel Mostert told IronMind today.

Top international strongman competition is returning to Canada:  SCL–Canada will present the 2011 season semi finals along with amateur strongman and a range of entertainment in a four-day series across New Brunswick, Canada.  IronMind® | Courtesy of SCL.
Top international strongman competition is returning to Canada:  SCL–Canada will present the 2011 season semi finals along with amateur strongman and a range of entertainment in a four-day series across New Brunswick, Canada.  IronMind® | Courtesy of SCL.


SCL–Canada is presenting the season semi finals in a package of big-name strongman competitors drawn from around the world, with a multi-stage format all backed up by an entertainment package including music, dance and medieval combat.

“In total, four days of competition, with 10 events and an impressive list of 16 competitors out of 13 different countries will compete for the US$35,000 prize money and double points in the SCL ranking,” Mostert said.

“Also, the top three of this competition will have a direct place into the finals on December 17 in the Ukraine.”
 
Here is the official start list:

1. Zydrunas Savickas (Lithuania)
2. Erviin Katona (Serbia)
3. Tommi Lotta (Finland)
4. Travis Ortmayer (USA)
5. Laurence Shahlaei (Iran)
6. Terry Hollands (UK)
7. Jan Wagenaar (Holland)
8. Agris Kazelniks (Latvia)
9. Hafthor Julius Bjornsson (Iceland)
10. Warrick Brandt (Australia
11. Jimmy Laureys (Belgium)
12. Vitalii Gerasymov (Ukraine)
13. Christian Savoie (Canada)
14. Jean-Francois Caron (Canada)
15. Louis-Philippe Jean (Canada)
16. Scott Cummine (Canada)


Here are the events by day and location:

 
Day 1. Fredericton  

Dead Lift  
• Keg Loading
 
Day 2. St John

•  Viking Press 
•  Truck Pull   
•  Hercules Hold

Day 3. Dieppe  

•  Tire Flip 
•  Wheel Barrel with loading  
•  Crucifix

Day 4. Shippagan  

•  Farmer's Walk    
•  Atlas Stones
 

“It will be a heavy fight for SCL points, prize money and the title for the first SCL CANADA ever,” said Mostert, “and with the solid organization in Canada, professional referees and helpers with more than 20 years strongman experience in this show, it guarantees to be a great event.

To strongman fans everywhere Mostert said: “We welcome you to the 10 th stage of the Strongman Champions League 2011!”

For tickets and full details, please visit the official website.


St. John, New Brunswick mayor Ivan Court (left) introduces the SCL–Canada strongman competition with backup provided by top Canadian strongman Christian Savoie (right).  IronMind® | Courtesy of SCL.
St. John, New Brunswick mayor Ivan Court (left) introduces the SCL–Canada strongman competition with backup provided by top Canadian strongman Christian Savoie (right).  IronMind® | Courtesy of SCL.
                                                                   
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by Randall J. Strossen, Ph.D. | ©2014 IronMind

With no rest, the Scottish Highland Games circuit followed the Royal Braemar Games with more  throwing, as Lucas Wenta took the title at the Blairgowrie Highland Games.


2011 Blairgowrie Highland Games
by Francis Brebner

Blairgowrie Highland Games held the day after the Royal Braemar games in Scotland witnessed another battle between top heavy athletes Lucas Wenta , Lorne Coltart, Bruce Robb and America’s Rusty Price rekindled once again.

First event with the 16-lb. shot was won comfortably by Poland’ Lucas Wenta with a putt of 56’, second place was the very talented up-and-coming athlete in the sport, Lorne Coltart  with 49’ 1”, and third place was Rusty Price with 48’2”.

The 22-lb. shot was to be Wenta’s second win with a awesome put 46’ 7”; second place was Rusty Price with 42’ 8”, and third place was Lorne Coltart just inches behind with 42’ 6”.

In the 16-lb. hammer it was Lorne Coltart that won marginally over Wenta with a throw of 129’ 10”.  Second place was Lucas Wenta with 128’ 7” and in third place was Price with 123’ 7”.

The following event, the 22-lb. hammer, witnessed Coltart and Price going head to head, with Price this time coming out on top with a winning throw of 103’ 10”.  Second place was Coltart with 103’5” and third place was Wenta with 101’8”.

The 28-lb. weight for distance saw Bruce Robb come alive with a winning throw of 76’; second place was Price with 75’ 2”, third was Coltart with 73’6”.

In the 56-lb. weight for distance, again Robb claimed his second win with a throw of 37’11” ; second place was Price with 37’8” and third was Stuart Anderson 35’ 9”.
 
The caber event was won by Wenta; Robb was second and Colthart was third.

The final event was the 56-lb. weight over the bar and it was won by by Lucas Wenta with a height of 15’; second equal were Price and Robb at a height of 14’6”.

Overall points:

1. Lucas Wenta 63.0
2. Rusty Price 60.5
3. Bruce Robb 57.5
4. Lorne Coltart 56.0

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by Randall J. Strossen, Ph.D. | ©2014 IronMind

When Australian strongman Derek Boyer broke “the Guinness world record for the fastest 20-meter [Yoke] carrying 300 kg on his shoulders (actual weight, 310 kg)” last weekend with a time of 6.88 seconds, IronMind invited Bill Lyndon from the Federation of Australian Strength Competitors to give IronMind News readers an update on Derek, who will be on his way to the 2011 MET-Rx World’s Strongest Man contest next week.

“In his preparation for his 8th WSM, Derek [Boyer] has been training hard for the big event with special mention of his Yoke training.  Derek considers this his signature event and over the years has set some great times with big poundages,” said Bill Lyndon.  IronMind® | Courtesy of Carlene Raschke/WhoWhatWhere Magazine.
“In his preparation for his 8th WSM, Derek [Boyer] has been training hard for the big event with special mention of his Yoke training.  Derek considers this his signature event and over the years has set some great times with big poundages,” said Bill Lyndon.  IronMind® | Courtesy of Carlene Raschke/WhoWhatWhere Magazine.


Derek Boyer: WSM Competitor x 8
by Bill Lyndon

Derek Boyer’s World’s Strongest Man campaign is drawing near for the old warhorse and he continues to push the limits with his record breaking training routine and at the age of 42 still sees himself having a go well past 50 years of age, Derek said today.  Once he has finished at the WSM level he will continue to push the limit with single record attempts for his own health and well being and to stay in the groove for as long as possible.

Derek has always pushed the envelope with maximum strength movements: his signature event is the super Yoke and he has also moved some very impressive Hip Lifts with a recent maximum of 1012 kg.  Derek said there are a few more world record attempts on the cards in the next year but he is keeping them close to his chest.

Derek styled himself from the old school of strongman with his creative flair and sometimes crazy event ideas with his motivation coming from the grandfather of strongman, Douglas Edmonds.  Douglas took Derek under his wing in 1996 for his first World’s Strongest Man
appearance and that brought out the Island Warrior with full war paint and ready to dance with the great strongman warriors of the 90’s.

Now 15 years later, his drive and passion still burn strong inside to lift the biggest rock and to walk the heaviest yoke with showmanship.  Now Derek is n his final preparations for his 8th appearance at WSM, which has spanned a record 15 years of service to the sport—which I guess would be a record in itself.

With many of the new breed of Elite Strongman having not yet worked out the formula to be successful in this sport they should look back to the unique and charismatic champions of the past and embrace the concept of showmanship and there ability to present on the field as this is the key element for TV and Derek knows the game upside down inside out.

So when you young Bulls meet up with the old Bull at WSM, shake his hand and treat him like your uncle and I’m sure he will pass on some of that old school strongman wisdom.

                                       

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by Randall J. Strossen, Ph.D. | ©2014 IronMind

Olena Kiba won a prestigious award for her TV program World Finals of the Champions League in Kiev at the XII edition of Together, an international television and film festival.

Olena Kiba on stage at the awards ceremony, where her program World Finals of the Champions League in Kiev was honored.  IronMind® | Courtesy of Olena Kiba.
Olena Kiba on stage at the awards ceremony, where her program World Finals of the Champions League in Kiev was honored.  IronMind® | Courtesy of Olena Kiba.


Kiba, well known in strongman circles for her role in developing the Ukrainian Federation of Strength Athletes, is also heavily involved in the TV production of related competitions.

Kiba won in the category roughly translated as “about sport, you—the world” at this festival held in Yalta, a Crimean city on the north side of the Black Sea  Together is described as a magnet for television, film and music stars, and Kiba’s recognition is a milestone for the strongman producer.  

On the job: Olena Kiba came to Pleasanton, California in 2006 at the Highland Games World Championships, presented by the Caledonian Club of San Francisco.  IronMind® | Randall J. Strossen photo.
On the job: Olena Kiba came to Pleasanton, California in 2006 at the Highland Games World Championships, presented by the Caledonian Club of San Francisco.  IronMind® | Randall J. Strossen photo.

                                        

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by Randall J. Strossen, Ph.D. | ©2014 IronMind

“Very unexpected results!,” Vlad Redkin told IronMind as he reported the results of the second stage of the WSF Strongman World Cup, held in Batumi, Georgia yesterday.

“Two Georgians on a pedestal.  Native walls help!,” Redkin said, as he continues to expand strongman throughout the former Soviet world, and in the latest stage of the WSF Strongman World Cup, Redkin brought strongman to the Black Sea.

Here are the top five:

1. Zviad Kajaia (Georgia) 50.0
2. Nicolai Hansen (Denmark) 49.0
3. Konstantine Janashia (Georgia) 45.5
4. Atanas Abrutis (Lithuania) 45.0
5. Tarmo Mitt (Estonia) 41.5

The WSF Strongman World Cup continues with its next contest—scheduled for Mink, Belarus—later this month.

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by Randall J. Strossen, Ph.D. | ©2014 IronMind

Christian Savoie won Hugo Girard’s North American Strongman Championships at the Gatineau Balloon Festival in Quebec today.

Here’s the podium at the North American Strongman Championships (left to right): Jean-Francois Caron (second),  Christian Savoie (first) and Karl Gillingham (third).  IronMind® | Courtesy of Karl Gillingham. 

Here’s the podium at the North American Strongman Championships (left to right): Jean-Francois Caron (second),  Christian Savoie (first) and Karl Gillingham (third).  IronMind® | Courtesy of Karl Gillingham.


Christian Savoie was the defending champion, so he’s on a roll with this contest, and runner-up Jean-Francois Caron is off to compete in the MET-Rx World’s Strongest Man contest later this month. 

Rounding out the podium, 46-year old Karl Gillingham told IronMind that he was happy with his performance, which followed his victory in Sequim earlier this year, so who knows, maybe Karl Gillingham will be eying next year’s Masters World‘s Strongest Man contest.

                                                     

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by Randall J. Strossen, Ph.D. | ©2014 IronMind

It was what Francis Brebner might well have called a ding-dong battle as the lead changed hands many after nearly every event throughout the weekend, but when the dust settled Sunday afternoon, USA 2 won the IHGF World Team Championships.

Mike Pockoski builds speed on the 56-lb. weight for distance.  Pockoski finished 4th overall in the individual rankings and his teammate, 5-time world champion Ryan Vierra, was right behind him.  In this case, 4 + 5 = 1 as the teammates won the 2011 IHGF World Team Championships.  IronMind® | Randall J. Strossen photo.
Mike Pockoski builds speed on the 56-lb. weight for distance.  Pockoski finished 4th overall in the individual rankings and his teammate, 5-time world champion Ryan Vierra, was right behind him.  In this case, 4 + 5 = 1 as the teammates won the 2011 IHGF World Team Championships.  IronMind® | Randall J. Strossen photo.


The second day of the IHGF Highland Games World Team Championships kicked off with the open stone, which was handily won by Sebastian Wenta with a throw of 54‘ 1/2”.  Daniel McKim was second, at 50‘ 2”, and Sean Betz got third with 50‘ even.  At this point, Team Europe and Team USA 3 (Sean Betz and Mike Zolkiewicz) were tied for the lead.

The 22-lb. hammer was next and Daniel McKim once again showed that while this might not be an individual championships, he was the guy to chase: McKim won with a throw of 115‘ 2-1/2”; Mike Pockoski was second (111’ 9”) and Craig Sinclair was third (108‘ 9”).  This changed the lead again and now it was USA 2 (Mike Pockoski and Ryan Vierra) who headed the pack. 

The final event for the 2011 IHGF World Team Championships title was the 28-lb. weight for distance, and Sean Betz set the standard with his winning throw of 84‘ 4-1/2”.  Daniel McKim was 4” back in second place and Sebastian Wenta got third with 82‘ 2-1/2”.

Team USA 2 (Pockoski, Vierra) edged USA 3 (Betz, Zolkiewicz) by one point in the final standings:

1. USA 2: Mike Pockoski, Ryan Vierra 79.5
2. USA 3: Sean Betz, Mike Zolkiewicz 80.5
3. USA 1: Daniel McKim, Chad Gustin 85.5
Europe: Sebastian Wenta, Hans Lolkkema 85.5
4. Scotland: Sinclair Patience, Craig Sinclair 130.0
5. Canada: Danny Frame, Jason Johnston 163.0


After a lunch break, the IHGF 56-lb. Weight For Height World Championships and the World Caber Championships were held.

Spinning was not allowed in the weight for height but Mike Zolkiewicz proved that’s no reason for little numbers: the world record holder blasted a 17‘ throw and then sat back as watched as Dan McKim made three valiant but unsuccessful attempts to match him.  With the title won, Mike decided to chase Matt Sandford’s field record, so he called for 18‘ 2” but it wasn’t to be.

The IronMind caber once again got some airtime as it was whistled into action on the World Caber Championships, and once again it proved a hard stick to turn . . . unless your name was Sebastian Wenta, that is.  Dan McKim and Mike Zolkiewicz also succeeded, and they finished second and third, respectively.
                                                     

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by Randall J. Strossen, Ph.D. | ©2014 IronMind

Pleasanton, California—After the first day of competition, USA 1 (Dan McKim and Chad Gustin) lead the IHGF Highland Games Team World Championships.

Dan McKim set a new team world championships record in the 16-lb. hammer today in Pleasanton, California, with a distance of  142‘ 8-1/2”.  IronMind® | Randall J. Strossen photo.
Dan McKim set a new team world championships record in the 16-lb. hammer today in Pleasanton, California, with a distance of  142‘ 8-1/2”.  IronMind® | Randall J. Strossen photo.


The competition opened this morning with the Braemar Stone, which was won by Sebastian Wenta (41’ 3”).  Sean Betz was second and Dan McKim was third.  Following the competition, Wenta took three extra attempts in an effort to break Petur Gudmundsson’s field record (42’ 2”, set in 2000), but he fell short of that mark.

Next up was the light hammer and Dan McKim broke the world team championships record in the process of winning the event.  Mike Pockowski was second and Sean Betz was third.  At this point, Team Europe continued to lead as it had from the first event.

The 56-lb. weight for distance was a turning point today, as Daniel McKim again earned top honors, with Ryan Vierra coming in second and Chad Gustin getting third; as USA 2 (Mike Pockowski and Ryan Vierra) assumed the lead.

The weight for height was contested in the traditional, standing style and Dan McKim edged out Mike Zolkiewicz on countback (17’), and Sean Betz earned third place.  Team USA 2 maintained its overall lead at this point. 

The caber toss was the final event of the day, and Sebastian Wenta won.  Mike Zolkiewicz ws second and Ryan Vierra was third.  USA 1 (McKim and Gustin) had the overall lead at the end of the first day.

The action continues tomorrow, and the in addition to the Highland Games Team World Championships with the open stone, the 28-lb. weight for distance and the 22-lb. hammer in the morning.  In the afternoon, in front of the grandstand, the Caber Tossing World Championships and the 56-lb. Weight for Height World Championships will be contested.

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by Randall J. Strossen, Ph.D. | ©2014 IronMind

Glenn Ross handily won the Masters World Strongest Man contest against a lineup that included some other marquee names from the past in strongman.

Glenn “Who’s Your Daddy” Ross polishes off the massive Log Lift.  IronMind® | Photo courtesy of Glenn Ross.

Glenn “Who’s Your Daddy” Ross polishes off the massive Log Lift.  IronMind® | Photo courtesy of Glenn Ross.



After edging out Rene Minkwitz on the Truck Pull, Glenn Ross put his shoulder strength on display and won the massive overhead log with 150 kg, once again pushing Minkwitz (who made 140 kg) into second place.

Bouncing back in the Flag Raise, Minkwitz reversed Ross, and this time he won their two-man duel—Minkwitz was the only competitor to lift all five of the poles in what’s like a reverse Fingal’s Finger, or what Odd Haugen calls a Fishing Pole in his contests.

Speaking of Haugen, he rolled away with top honors in the Human Wheelbarrow, and then Ross spanked the field in the squat as he banged out twice as many reps as second-place finihser Stuart Murray.

Stones were the last event, and Ross was once again forged ahead of the rest of the field, as he was the only competitor to load all four.

Asked how he liked the contest, Odd Haugen said that he knew he was getting up there when some of the competitors were young enough to be his son, but the modest 60-something Haugen said he was honored to make the podium, had a great time and understands that plans are already being made for the 2012 edition of the contest.

Here are the final places and scores:

1. Glenn Ross 43.5
2. Rene Minkwitz 37.5
3. Odd Haugen 33.5
4. Simon Flint 30.0
5. Bertie Clarke 22.0
6. Stuart Murray 20.5
7. Torfi Olafsson 16.0
8. Wout Zijlstra 10.5

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by Randall J. Strossen, Ph.D. | ©2014 IronMind

Led by Francis Brebner and David Webster, there will be an IHGF Highland Games clinic in Orange County, California on Sunday, September 11, with the 2011 Orange County Rolling Thunder® Championships to follow.
 
David Webster, OBE is a world renown Highland Games and strength world historian, and he will be giving a hour-long seminar on the history of Highland Games and strongman. 

“David is uniquely qualified to speak on this subject and this is a prime chance for any Highland games athlete to come be part of the clinic and hear about stories of the past Highland games legends, stones of strength and strongman and also to answer any questions you ever wanted to know in the strength world,” Francis Brebner told IronMind.

Brebner—whose credits in the Highland Games include being a 7-time world champion in the caber, and is also one of the three men to originally lift the famed Inver Stone from the ground to arms’ length overhead—will lead a clinic on throwing technique for the Highland Games, so here is your chance to learn from one of the sport’s top practitioners.
“This clinic is open to all categories, and novice athletes would benefit greatly from it,” Brebner said.

“The clinic will start at 9am sharp and will be followed by the David Webster seminar at 2 p.m. and will wrap up with the 2010 Orange County Rolling Thunder Championships at 3:30 p.m., which is also is  open to the public.  Prizes will be awarded,” said Brebner.
 
For anyone wishing to attend the clinic please contact West Imboden, noting "Highland Games Clinic" in the subject line.

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by Randall J. Strossen, Ph.D. | ©2014 IronMind

“The Georgian Strongman Federation will host the second stage of World Cup in this year,” WSF’s Vlad Redkin told IronMind today.

Set in Batumi, Georgia, on the Black Sea, this strongman contest will feature competitors from eight countries and will have six events.

Competitors
1. Jevgenijs Scerbakovs (Latvia)
2. Antanas Abrutis (Lithuania)
3. Tarmo Mitt (Estonia)
4. Siarhei Vachynski (Belarus)
5. Hamza Primov (Uzbekistan)
6. Jarno Jokinen (Finland)
7. Adam Darazs (Hungary)
8. Nicolai Hansen (Denmark)
9. Konstantine Janashia (Georgia)
10. Zviad Janashia (Georgia)
11. George Berishvili (Georgia)

Events
1. Farmers walk: 130 kg
2. Tires flip + yoke: 350 kg
3. Log lift: 130 kg
4. Car dead lift
5. Atlas stones: 100 kg, 120 kg, 140 kg, 160 kg, 180 kg.
6. Fire truck pull

After one stage, the overall 2011 WSF World Cup leader is Atanas Abrutis, with 10 points.  Tarmo Mitt (9 points) is in second place and Jarno Jokinen (8 points) is in third place.

Also, Vlad Redkin told IronMind, “Very soon you can see our WSF World Cup website!”

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by Randall J. Strossen, Ph.D. | ©2014 IronMind

“Monday’s UK Strongman North event in Cheshire, England . . . [was won by] Colin Jones, who trains with at the yard with [Mark] Felix,” Denny Felix reported to IronMind—explaining that her husband, Mark Felix, “won for the past two years but didn’t compete this year.”

Mark Felix and his yard, where the strong guys come to play.  IronMind® | Courtesy of Denny Felix.
Mark Felix and his yard, where the strong guys come to play.  IronMind® | Courtesy of Denny Felix.
 

“Another training partner Jack McIntosh (who was part of the crew at last years World’s Strongest Man contest and [will be] a competitor at this years World's) won The Renegades of Strength competition in Ireland last weekend,” Denny Felix continued.

So, I had to ask for more about this yard, and just who comes over to play.

"’The Yard’ is an area that is secure that Fe [Mark Felix] has been able to have the use of since 2005, when he started to build up his [strongman] kit: Atlas stones of every weight, car deadlift, axle deadlift, various kinds of farmer’s [walk implements], logs, Conan’s circle, loading, keg toss, yoke, IronMind sacks, wheelbarrow, sleds, anvils, trucks available for pulling with an IronMind harness, circus dumbells . . . almost everything you could ask for.  The only downfall [is that] it’s outdoors so they have to deal with the elements during all seasons.  There’s many a video on YouTube on the markfelixtv channel filmed down there.
 
“Jack McIntosh and Colin Jones have been training there for the past 12 months, amongst other names,” said Denny Felix.
 
And speaking of the man himself, Mark Felix, IronMind heard that “he’s very focused and is more than happy with his events.”  Incidentally, cheer for Mark Felix not just for his own sake, but because we have it from an inside source that if he does well, guess who was promised “a solo shopping trip to NY”?


“Welcome to the yard,” said Denny Felix.   “There’s no way of making it any more attractive (believe me, I’ve tried).  But for those who know what they are looking at, it’s Strongman Paradise.”  IronMind® | Courtesy of Denny Felix.
“Welcome to the yard,” said Denny Felix.   “There’s no way of making it any more attractive (believe me, I’ve tried).  But for those who know what they are looking at, it’s Strongman Paradise.”  IronMind® | Courtesy of Denny Felix.   

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