Wow, that's going to be one hell of a final. There are some beasts in that group.
Damn, which I had of known about this. I've always wanted to go to one of these events and Malta is only a couple of hours flight from England...
Still tempting to just book something and go out there lol.... hmm...
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Its funny how Strongman competitors are usually very tall compared to powerlifters who are quite compact. WSM competitors really are the largest, strongest guys on the planet. I think Terry Hollands is the tallest this year at 6'6, but I may be wrong.
World’s Strongest Man: The Finalists
by Randall J. Strossen, Ph.D. | ©2009 IronMind
2006 World’s Strongest Man Phil Pfister reportedly posted the fastest time on the Atlas Stones, and is on his way to the finals.
So are 5-time World’s Strongest Man winner Mariusz Pudzianowski, not to mention Zydrunas Savickas, Brian Shaw, Laurence Shahlaei, Travis Ortmayer, Derek Poundstone, Louis-Philippe Jean, Terry Hollands and Dave Ostlund.
Much has been said of Brian Shaw’s very strong showing and the relentless power of Zydrunas Savickas, but today added more exclamation points as Pfister capped off his qualifiers with yet another win (netting victories in five of the six events) in the group where Mariusz Pudzianowski was shut out. Derek Poundstone came in as a big favorite for top honors, but he wasn’t able to load the final stone today - adding another dimension to pre-contest bets. And Travis Ortmayer, all but written off as dead and buried, well, his obituary was a little premature.
It’s onward and upward now, so stay tuned for the finals of the 2009 World’s Strongest Man contest
Directly from Travis Ortmayer:
"Thanks to all you guys for having faith in me! I felt like absolute Hell the first few days but I kept fighting and it payed off!! To tell the truth, I didn't even want to go to the final after the first two days... this is how bad I felt.
On a side note, all I can say is "I told you so" to all those who thought big Z wasn't suited for WSM. Too fat and slow, no endurance... blaa blaa blaa. I have never seen a 400 lb. man move the way he does!
Thanks again everyone! I will do everything I can to bring MY fire to the finals. With another day of rest I think it is possible.
One more thing, for anyone who thought group 4 was a bunch of B-leaguers... Go **** yourself. And of course I mean this in the nicest way possible"
Hope Savickas takes it, that guy is mind blowing
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I'm pretty sure it was the GQ article about Phil that described his hands as having "penis fingers".
A child does not learn to squat from the top down. In other words, he does not suddenly make a conscious decision one day to squat. Actually, he is squatting one day and make the conscious decision to stand. Squatting precedes standing in the developmental sequence. This is the way a child's brain learns to use the body as the child develops movement patterns. Therefore, a child is probably crawling, rocks back into a squatting position with the back completely relaxed and the hips completely flexed, and stands when he has enough hip strength. This approach makes a lot of sense and can be applied to relearning the deep squat movement if it is lost. -Gray Cook
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Besides, looking at Pfister's hands, I'd really love to see an American win this year but I am a big fan of Zydrunas
Yes, Poundstone is very fat. He's the local boy and all, but I would marry Brian Shaw in 6 states.
1. Z. Savickas -28,59 - World Record
2. Dave Ostlund - 32,00
3. Brian Shaw - 32,50
4. Travis Ortmayer - 34,40
5. Derek Poundstone - 35,50
6. Mariusz Pudzianowski - 36,50
7. Phil Pfister - 37,oo
8. Terry Hollands
9. Laurence Shahlaei
10.Louis Phillip Jean