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28 year old Brian Shaw burst onto the Strongman scene in 2005 and made it to the World’s Strongest Man heats in 2008. In 2009 he came 3rd in the final and just last year he came 2nd to Zyrdunas Savickas. At 6′ 8″ he’s hard to miss, but Brian is as friendly as he is strong, and as such agreed to answer a few questions. Here’s what he had to say.

Congratulations on your superb performance in the 2010 World’s Strongest Man Final – how did it feel to come so close to winning and only lose on count back?

The way the 2010 WSM ended was very tough. To end in a tie on points and loose on a countback was a bad feeling. Now that it is over and done I have tried to take the positive points out of the contest and I will be working to improve for this years WSM.

How many times have you watched the video of the Loading Race and wondered ‘if only’?
Watching the loading race was very hard. I really did think that bag was going to stay on the platform and everytime I watch it somewhere in my mind I know that cost me my first WSM title.

In 2008 you failed to make the final and then went on to come 3rd in 2009 and 2nd in 2010. What did you do differently to make such a huge improvement?
I have learned so much since 2008. I actually cut about 10-12 lbs going into WSM that year which was a huge mistake! I know a lot better how to train for WSM and I am comfortable with the contest format which also helps a lot.

Brian Shaw winning the Boat Pull at World's Strongest Man 2009

Photo courtesy of www.theworldsstrongestman.com

Was Strongman something you always wanted to become involved in, and if not, what made you decide it was for you?

I watched WSM from when I was very young. At that time I never knew I would be able to compete in WSM. I decided to start when I was 24 after I finished playing basketball and needed something to pour my competitive fire into. It was a very natual fit for me and has been awesome.

You were the Strongman Super Series Overall Champion in 2009 and 2010, are you confident of making that 3 in a row this year?

Winning the WSM Super Series the last two years has been great and I am looking forward to defending the title in 2011.

What one event would you be confident of beating anyone in the world in?
Right now I feel like I have a few events that I can win in any contest but my best event is the Atlas Stones. Lots of other guys have tried to lay claim to the title king of stones, or best in the world at atlas stones but I never have. I just go win the stones and let my performance do the talking. My track record in the past two years really speaks for itself on the stones.

Who do you think is the greatest Strongman ever, the greatest competing today and apart from yourself, who do you think represents the future of World’s Strongest Man?

I really dont know who I would say is the best strongman ever. There have been several guys who have been very dominant during their careers in this sport. I would name a few as being Bill Kazmaier, Jón Páll Sigmarsson, Magnús Ver Magnússon, Mariusz Pudzianowski, and Zydrunas Savickas. There are several other men who are close to these guys but in their respective era’s they were very dominant.

As far as the future of strongman I think it is very bright. There are a number of guys who will be battling it out for the next 5 years.

You were my pick to win World’s Strongest Man 2010, and you are my pick to win World’s Strongest Man 2011. What will you do to make sure you go one better this year?

Well thank you very much for the vote. I learned a lot from the past two years about WSM and what it will take to win WSM. This year I plan on doing less contests to make sure that I train properly for WSM and come in ready to win.

Who is your best friend on the Strongman circuit?

I am friends with a lot of the guys. I talk a lot with Dave Ostlund and Jason Bergmann in the USA. Overseas I talk with Terry Hollands, Stefan Solvi the most.

What do you see yourself doing after Strongman? With your height and size, would you ever consider a career in pro wrestling?

I am not sure what I will do after strongman. I still have a lot of goals to achieve so when I get those done I will think about what comes next.

Outside of Strongman, what do you do to relax?

I like to do a lot of things for fun. Movies, hanging with friends, going out to eat, etc.

For anyone out there wanting to follow in your footsteps and become a Strongman, what advice would you give them?

Train hard. There is no substitute for hard work. Anything worth having will be worth working for!

Catch up with Brian at his official website: shawstrength.com, on Twitter (@shawstrength) and on his Facebook Page.

Thanks to Brian for answering our questions, and so quickly! We wish him the best of luck for 2011, where we think he’ll be crowned the 2011 World’s Strongest man – what do you think?


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I’ve been struck down with a nasty cold so my blogging capabilities have been reduced to basic updates using the WordPress Android app on my Samsung Galaxy S.

Last night was the first heat and it showed us very clearly that Brian Shaw is very credible challenger to the World’s Strongest Man crown currently worn Zydrunas Savickas. He won all but two events; those being the dead lift (Mark Felix won that, so that’s nothing to be ashamed of) and the barrel loading final event which he casually left after loading 2 barrels – he’d already booked his place in the final so no point wasting energy.

Brian Shaw en route to victory in the Overhead Press

My earlier prediction was for Mark Felix to come in second but I’m sorry to say that these cars Mark is a dead lift specialist and little more. He’s arguably the best dead lifter on the WSM circuit, but unfortunately that is not enough to reach the upper echelons of Strongman these days. You can never discount his efforts, but his days at the top my well be over.

Taking a well deserved second place in the group and a first trip to the final ten, was Iceland’s Strongest Man Stefan Solvi Petursson. Showing the same firey determination as those countryman before him, he roared with exhilaration and happiness after lugging a huge weight up 12 big stairs, to finish second only to Shaw.

World's Strongest Man 2010 Heat 1 Finals Standings

There was little else to report front this heat, except to reiterate what blistering form Brian Shaw is in and how easily he topped

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After winning 5 World’s Strongest man titles between 2002 and 2008, and being beaten into 2nd place in 2009’s competition by Zydrunas Savickas, Mariusz Pudzianowski has announced that he will be taking part in World’s Strongest Man 2010, as reported by ironmind.com.

World's Strongest Man 2005

Pudzianowski will instead be focussing on his new career of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA). His first MMA fight was at KSW XII where he beat his opponent, professional boxer Marcin Najman, in under a minute.

Pudzianowski v Najman at KSW XII

His next fight will be at KSW XIII where he will is rumoured to be fighting Robert Paczków, a former Greco-Roman wrestler, turned Sumo Wrestler. If this does turn out to be Pudzianowski’s opponent he’ll at least match up to the 5-time World’s Strongest Man in terms of size a lot more favourably than Marcin Najman, who looked tiny compared to Pudzianowski.

Looking forward to World’s Strongest Man 2010 and it looks like it’s Zydrunas Savickas’s competition to lose, and a 2nd consecutive title is his for the taking. It was only Mariusz Pudzianowski that got anywhere near Big Z at World’s Strongest Man 2009. We have to look towards the likes of Brian Shaw, Derek Poundstone, Travis Ortmayer and Terry Hollands to take the battle to the huge Lithuanian and stop him walking away with the title.

Some new blood in the competition would be good – maybe it’s time for the return of Vasyl Virastyuk, the man who won the world’s Strongest Man 2004 competition before going to compete in the rival IFSA Strongman. He’s never been invited back since, though Zydrunas Savickas also split off to compete in IFSA Strongman, so there is hope that Virastyuk could compete in World’s Strongest Man once again, and with the non-appearance of Mariusz Pudzianowski, the time is right.

Vasyl Virastyuk

There is also Mikhail Koklyaev, a man who has always done well in the Arnold Strongman Classic and looked on course for a good showing at World’s Strongest Man 2009 before coming down with an injury which meant he never even made the heats in the end.

There’s no denying that no Mariusz Pudzianowski in World’s Strongest Man 2010 is a great disappointment, and not seeing him go for revenge against Zydrunas Savickas has taken away from the upcoming competition. That said, there are a lot of talented trongmen the world over, all of who will see this an opportunity to make a name for themselves, and that in itself could see World’s Strongest Man 2010 as a fiercer battle than ever before.

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Thanks for the heads up from Chris Hawkes that the full results for Day 2 are up on the official website, and here they are:

Circus Dumbbell Lift
1st Derek Poundstone – 10 points
2nd Zydrunas Savickas – 8.5 points
2nd Travis Ortmayer – 8.5 points
4th Mikhail “Misha” Koklyaev – 7 points
5th Brian Shaw – 6 points
6th Dave Ostlund – 5 points
7th Kostiantyn Ilin – 4 points
8th Phil Pfister – 3 points
9th Nick Best – 1.5 points
9th Brian Siders – 1.5 points

Tire Deadlift
1st Zydrunas Savickas – 10 points
2nd Brian Shaw – 9 points
3rd Derek Poundstone – 8 points
4th Travis Ortmayer – 7 points
5th Mikhail “Misha” Koklyaev – 6 points
6th Nick Best – 5 points
7th Kostiantyn Ilin – 4 points
8th Brian Siders – 3 points
9th Dave Ostlund – 2 points
10th Phil Pfister – 1 point

Timber Carry
1st Derek Poundstone – 10 points
2nd Zydrunas Savickas – 9 points
3rd Mikhail “Misha” Koklyaev – 8 points
4th Travis Ortmayer – 7 points
5th Dave Ostlund – 6 points
6th Phil Pfister – 5 points
7th Brian Shaw – 4 points
8th Kostiantyn Ilin – 3 points
9th Nick Best – 2 points
10th Brian Siders 1 point

Timber Carry (Photo courtesy of arnoldstrongmanclassic.com)

The final standings were as follows:

1st Derek Poundstone – 45 points
2nd Zydrunas Savickas – 41 points
3rd Travis Ortmayer – 37.5 points
4th Mikhail “Misha” Koklyaev – 37 points
5th Brian Shaw – 33 points
6th Dave Ostlund – 22.5 points
7th Phil Pfister – 20.5 points
8th Kostiantyn Ilin – 17 points
9th Nick Best – 13 points
10th Brian Siders – 8.5 points

A great competition for Derek Poundstone and some amount of payback against Zydrunas Savickas and his victory at World’s Strongest Man 2009. Now we can look forward to the World’s Strongest Man 2010 and a titanic battle between these two powerhouses, as well as 5 time World’s Strongest Man Mariusz Pudzianowski and the likes of Travis Ortmayer, Brian Shaw and Terry Hollands.

After winning the Arnold Strongman Classic 2010, this is the moment Derek Poundstone proposed to his girlfriend Kristin Nelson:

She said yes! (Photo courtesy of arnoldstrongmanclassic.com)

Also worth mentioning that Derek Poundstone has also just launched his official website: Poundstone Power

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Ok, my investigatve reporting powers (otherwise known as checking the official website) can confirm the following results from Day 1.

Apollon’s Wheel
1st Zydrunas Savickas – 10 points
2nd Mikhail “Misha” Koklyaev – 9 points
3rd Derek Poundstone – 8 points
4th Travis Ortmayer – 7 points
5th Phil Pfister – 6 points
6th Brian Shaw – 4 points
6th Dave Ostlund – 4 points
6th Kostiantyn Ilin – 4 points
9th Brian Siders – 2 points
10th Nick Best – 1 point

Koklyaev lifts the Appolon's Wheel

Manhood Stones
1st Brian Shaw – 10 points
2nd Derek Poundstone – 9 points
3rd Travis Ortmayer – 8 points
4th Mikhail “Misha” Koklyaev – 7 points
5th Phil Pfister – 5.5 points
5th Dave Ostlund – 5.5 points
7th Zydrunas Savickas – 3.5 points
7th Nick Best – 3.5 points
9th Kostiantyn Ilin – 2 points
10th Brian Siders – 1 point

Ortmayer with the Manhood Stone

It was the disappointing performance with the Manhood Stones that saw Savickas plummet from first place to 5th, and allowed Poundstone to take the lead going into day 2. The full table after Day 1 looks like this:

1st Derek Poundstone – 17 points
2nd Mikhail “Misha” Koklyaev – 16 points
3rd Travis Ortmayer – 15 points
4th Brian Shaw – 14 points
5th Zydrunas Savickas – 13.5 points
6th Phil Pfister – 11 points
7th Dave Ostlund – 9.5 points
8th Kostiantyn Ilin – 6 points
9th Nick Best – 4.5 points
10th Brian Siders – 3 points

Photos courtesy of arnoldstrongmanclassic.com.

More details at the Arnold Sports Festival Website.

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According to Derek Poundstone’s latest Facebook update, the standings after Day 1 look like this:

1st Derek Poundstone – 17 points
2nd Mikhail “Misha” Koklyaev – 16 points
3rd Travis Ortmayer – 15 points
4th Brian Shaw – 14 points
5th Zydrunas Savickas – 13.5 points

This is a return to form for Poundstone, who by his own phenomenal standards would have been disappointed with coming 4th in World’s Strongest Man 2009. Even better for him is that he’s 4 places ahead of current World’s Strongest Man, Zydrunas Savickas. I’m going to look for some more information and hopefully find out who did what in which events.

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The Arnold Strongman Classic is something I first heard about when WWE wrestler Mark Henry won the inagrual event in 2002 and it was then talked about ad nauseum on WWE programming. I’ve never seen any of the events, I’ve either not seen them advertised or they have not been televised, as is the case with this year’s event. It’s a yearly event which is just of the many sports that make up the Arnold Sports Festival.

This promo video shows a few clips from the event and if I’m honest it looks fantastic. The events aren’t a carbon copy of the events you see in World’s Strongest Man and look immense – just look at the sheer size of the Tire Deadlift! No Atlas Stones either but there is an event called the Manhood Stones, which has a name just oozing with testosterone. The official description of this event from the official website is:

Contestants lift round stones weighing approximately 533 pounds (242 kg) and 452 pounds (205 kg) over a bar approximately 49 inches high as many times as possible in 60 seconds. Contestants who can lift the heaviest stone will not have to attempt the lighter stone because one rep of the heavier stone will beat any number of reps of the lighter stone.

The line up for the Arnold Strongman Classic 2010 is incredible and involves 6 of the 10 finalists from the World’s Strongest Man 2009, including the winner Zydrunas Savickas. Speaking of Big Z, he is the man to beat at this event as he won it every year from 2003 to 2008. He didn’t win it in 2009 because he didn’t compete, and the 2009 Arnold Strongman Classic was won by Derek Poundstone. The full list of competitors is as follows:

Nick Best
Kostiantyn Ilin
Mikhail “Misha” Koklyaev
Travis Ortmayer
Dave Ostlund
Phil Pfister
Derek Poundstone
Zydrunas Savickas
Brian Siders
Brian Shaw

Of interest to us in the UK is that the first alternate is Mark Felix, who is also competing in the Mighty Mitts contest.

Though I’ve not heard of Mikhail “Misha” Koklyaev, the guys who run the Arnold Sports Festival Facebook page tell me he is a force to be reckoned with, and after finishing 2nd and 3rd in 2008 and 2009 respectively, who am I to argue?

I’m just hoping that I’ll be able to see it somehow, maybe via downloadable content or a future DVD release – either way it’s an event, with an awesome line up that I want and need to see. If you too want to see the Arnold Strongman Classic 2010 but don’t have access, then let them know – maybe if there’s enough demand footage will be made available.

The Arnold Strongman Classic runs from 5th – 7th March and all information can be found here.

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