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This Year’s Premier Strength Athletics Competition

Once again, this year’s Worlds Strongest Man tournament will be sponsored by whey protein manufacturer Met-Rx, the leader in sports nutrition. The event will be held at Wingate University in North Carolina, the first university to ever host the world’s premier strength athletics competition.

The World’s Strongest Man has to be accepted as the biggest event of its kind every year, with athletes taking part in a brutal contest. Events include pulling trucks and lifting cars. In the end, one athlete will be crowned Worlds Strongest man.

The competition has run for 34 years now, making it a real landmark on the weight lifting circuit. The competition is broadcast on television throughout the world each year. Some of the previous exotic destinations where Worlds Strongest Man has been held include Malaysia and Mauritius as well as China and Zambia. Winners become instant legends; previous favourites include Magnus ver Magnusson who won the competition 4 times during the 1990s as well as Briton Geoff Capes who was also an Olympic shot putter and highland games contestant.

Wingate University will be hosting the event and various locations around their campus. Students of the university that are studying both sports science and communications will benefit according to the university president, Dr Jerry McGee. Meeting the athletes and watching the event will surely be of interest to students, and those with an interest in media will no doubt be fascinated to see how a global television event like this comes together.

Some of the events genuinely sound more like torture than a sport! The farmers walk always seems particularly hard, carrying weights of up to 170 kilos in each hand while walking as fast as possible. Walking with weights in the hand is hard, but when the weight is around 900lbs in the form of two fridges over your shoulder then that sounds like too much for any mortal! When you look at this and the crucifix (where the competitors have to hold weights out to one side for as long as possible, an event like the simple caber toss sounds like a real treat. My absolute favourite still is the truck or aeroplane pulls though, particularly the planes. Seeing someone pulling a jumbo jet along is simply amazing!

At Universal Studios, California, Bruce Wilhelm became the first person to earn the title of the World’s Strongest Man. The former Olympian then went on to win the event again in 1978. American domination of the event continued with Don Reinhoudt winning in the following year and the emergence of Bill Kazmaier as one of the greatest talents in the history of the sport. As an experienced power lifting champion it was no surprise that Bill went on to win the competition for 3 consecutive years in the early 1980s. The early 80s were dominated by the power lifter who won it right up until Geoff Capes’ famous victory in 1983.

Sarah Haines understands the importance of physical strength to some people and is interested in the competition herself and protein supplements, like whey protein, that are used by the competitors.

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