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One of the brightest prospects in Strongman, Stefán Sölvi Pétursson, agreed to answer some questions, and this it what he had to say.

How has 2011 been for you so far?
2011 has been good so far training wise. I have been hitting pb’s on few events so things are looking great.

You are best known for being a professional Strongman, was that always your dream or did you want to be something else when you were younger?
I wanted to be alot of things when I was a kid and strongman was one of them. At the age of 4 I saw Jón Páll, Magnús Ver and Hjalti Árnason doing a strength exhibition at a local grocery store. That gave me a spark that I still feel today and is the reason why I do this sport.

Iceland has had two 4 time champions, who do you consider the better out of Jón Páll Sigmarsson and Magnus Ver Magnusson? For the record, in my opinion Jon Pall Sigmarsson is the greatest strongman ever, the perfect combination of strength and personality that made him so good to watch.
You are putting me in a difficult spot there 🙂 No comment although I’ll say Jón Páll is my idol and has been since I was 4 years old.

How did it feel to be crowned Iceland’s Strongest Man (first in 2009 and again in 2010), a title won by both Sigmarsson and Magnusson in the past?
Felt good. I compete to win.

Just what is it Iceland that produces such great Strongmen?
Viking warrior heritage. Only the strongest survived Iceland’s harsh enviroment during the 1000+ years we have been on this soil.

2010 was your first time in the World’s Strongest Man final, having gone out at the group stages in 2008 and 2009. What was different in 2010, that saw you step up to the next level and compete amongst the World’s elite?
I went to Zydrunas Savickas in Lithuania for training camp in august. Training with him and spending time with him helped me tremendously.

You didn’t just compete in the final, you came in 4th, which is an amazing performance for someone in their first WSM final. How did it feel to do so well and do you think you can do better in 2011?
Getting 4th place felt good but many guys were fighting injuries or coming out of serious ones. But then again that is part of the game so I was happy but still feel like I have so much room to improve. And regarding to 2011 I’ll just say that I want better results and to get stronger and better each year so 2011 is no diffrent. It will be hard but I’ll fight.

When I announced on Twitter that I was going to be interviewing you, Matt (@njstrongman32) said he gives you 3-5 years till you become World’s Strongest Man. What’s your reaction to that?
I’m happy with that of course and would like to thank him for believing in me.

What event is your speciality?
I’m striving for the sport of strongman to be my speciality. But I can be good at stones and want to be the best.

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?
But I The greatest strongman ever in my heart is Jón Páll Sigmarsson. But in reality it’s Zydrunas Savickas. I like to believe I am part of the future for WSM. But there are many extremely strong, powerful and talented guys out there. One name stands out today and that is Brian Shaw. I also believe Terry Hollands can do great things as well as Johannes Arsjö and Vytautas Lalas. We have a great guy coming up in Iceland as well in Hafthor Julius Bjornsson just to name some, there are so many more.

Who is your best friend on the Strongman circuit?
We are all friends but I stay most in touch with Johannes, Brian and Terry.

Outside of Strongman, what do you do to relax?
Listen to music, hang around with friends and eat good food.

For anyone out there wanting to follow in your footsteps and become a Strongman, what advice would you give them?
Always remember why you love the sport and that it is for fun.

Sorry, one last question. While watching the final I calculated that you should have got 6 points (5th place) for the Giant Log Lift but were only awarded 5. You should have ended up on 33 points but were only awarded 32. Were you aware of this and was there an explanation why? I wrote about it here.
I had no idea about that. I don’t check out the points really unless I’m fighting for the win.

Thanks to Stefán for taking the time to answer these questions and I’m looking forward to seeing him compete in 2011, and especially in the Atlas Stones – can he become the world’s best?


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Last Sunday I had the pleasure to be in attendance at the first ever World’s Strongest Man Experience which took place at the Seni exhibition in London’s Excel Centre. There to compete were Zydrunas Savickas, Terry Hollands, Kevin Nee, Jimmy Marku, Mark Felix, Stefan Solvi Petersson, Darren Sadler and Tomasz Nowotniak. There were two contests – one on the Saturday which Savickas and the one I saw on the Sunday.

There were 5 events: Farmer’s Walk, Dumdbell Press, Dead Lift, Overhead Log Press and Atlas Stones – the traditional finishing event for any strongman competition. The arena was packed, with every seat taken and people standing, such was the demand to see the WSM athletes in action. Unfortunately Kevin Nee had to pull out with an injury but kept us entertained by answering questions that were plucked from the audience by host and commentator Caroline Pearce, who you might remember as Ice from Gladiators. It’s worth noting that she did a far better job than Zoe Salmon did in the 2009 WSM in malta – we hope she’ll be back for the 2010 competition.

Zydrunas was on fine form and repeated his victory from the Saturday to beat Terry Hollands into the runner up spot place for the second day running. Everyone put in a great effort and the crowd were very vocal in their appreciation, some had even come over from Lithuania to support fellow countryman Zydrunas Savickas.

We were also treated to two judges with fine WSM credentials, those being 2001 WSM Svend Karlsen and two-time winner Geoff Capes, both of whom answered questions while the events were being set up and the athletes were resting. All through the weekend the competitors were on the World’s Strongest Man stand, meeting fans and having photos taken, whilst also signing autographs. I couldn’t get close most of the afternoon, such was the demand to see these guys!

I’m going to get in touch with WSM to get full results as I was so into the action that I forgot to write down the results as I went along! When I publish those I will also post more photos that I took, but I’ll leave you with a couple to whet your appetite! World’s Strongest Man Experience 2010 was a huge success and I really hope we see more events like this – once a year is just not enough, and the chance to see the action live is something I urge every WSM fan to experience.

Zydrunas Savickas

Caroline Pearce interviews Kevin Nee

Mark Felix

The Big Z, Kevin Nee & some buff dude!!

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It was only when I was looking back at old blog entries that I remembered that we actually know the lineups for the World Strongest Man 2009 heats thanks to Official World’s Strongest Man website and I have actually published them already in a previous post here.

In the 2nd heat on Monday 11th January (shown on Bravo TV at 9pm GMT in the UK) we have:

Group B
Brian Shaw
Mark Felix
Marshall White
Martin Wildauer
Stefan Solvi Petursson
Zydrunas Savickas

My initial prediction was for Zydrunas Savickas to come 2nd in the finals to Derek Poundstone. Sticking with that it’s between Shaw, Petursson and Feliz for that 2nd qualifying spot. Patriotically I’d love Mark Felix to go through, but as good as his dead lift is, he is sometimes too inconsistent to get enough points over all 6 events.

I admit to not knowing enough about White or Wildauer to know how they will fair.

The rest of the heats look like this:

Group 3
Alexander Klyushev
Darren Sadler
Ervin Katon
Jimmy Laureys
Mariusz Pudzianowski
Phil Pfister

Group 4
Agris Kazelniks
Ettiene Smit
Johannes Arsjo
Laurence Shahlaei
Richard Skog
Travis Ortmayer

Group 5
Andrus Murumets
Christian Savoie
Dave Ostlund
Florian Trimpl
Jarek Dymek
Terry Hollands

I’ll look at the remaining heats in more detail as we get nearer to each one being broadcast – there are some mouth-watering match-ups ahead. Just look at Group 3, Mariusz Pudzianowski vs. Phil Pfister – it’s the 2006 World’s Strongest Man finals battle all over again!

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The long awaited and much anticipated brand new World’s Stongest Man website has been launched! Not only does it look good but it’s packed full of information and some awesome galleries from the last decade of World’s Stongest Man competitions.

World's Strongest Website?

World's Strongest Website?

One of the most exciting pieces of news which has been posted here is the complete, subject to change, lineup for this year’s competition which reads as follows:

Mariusz Pudzianowski – Poland
Jarek Dymek – Poland
Alexander Klyushchev – Russia
Richard Skog – Norway
Mark Felix – UK
Stefan Solvi Petersson – Iceland
Travis Ortmayer – USA
Derek Poundstone – USA
Brian Shaw – USA
Phil Pfister – USA
Kevin Nee – USA
Zydrunas Savickas – Lithuania
Jimmy Laureys – Belgium
Terry Hollands – UK
Jimmy Marku – UK
Laurence Shahlaei – UK
Darren Sadler – UK
Sebastian Wenta – Poland
Johannes Arsjo – Sweden
Martin Wildauer – Austria
Dave Ostlund – USA
Marshall White – USA
Agris Kazelniks – Latvia
Andrus Muremets – Estonia
Konstantin Ilyin – Ukraine
Florian Trimpl – German
Ettiene Smitt – South Africa
Ervin Catona – Serbia
Christian Savoie – Canada

Tarmo Mitt – Estonia
Simon Sulaiman – Netherlands / Syria

Obviously this just the list of people that will appear in the qualifiers and then only 10 will go through to the finals. Great showing from the Brits with 5 entrants, and it’s good to see ‘Big’ Terry Hollands in that list – always a great competitor. One name that does shock me is Tarmo Mitt, how is this guy just a reserve?

It’s a shame that we still don’t have Vasyl Virastyuk returning to World’s Strongest Man and I’m sad not to see the inclusion of Magnus Samuelsson. The one-time winner did say he was going to retire after last year’s after event but he was such a comolourful personality that he’ll be missed by many.

There’s also now a World’s Strongest Man Store with lots of hoodies, t-shirts and also the fantastic World’s Strongest Man – 30 Years of Pain DVD which I reveiwed here. My favourite item is this nice looking 2009 Event Hoody:

World's Strongest Hoody?

World's Strongest Hoody?

One section of the website announces something which will no doubt create much discussion among World’s Stongest Man fans the world over – The Official World’s Strongest Man Hall of Fame. Being totally unpatriotic I voted for Jón Páll Sigmarsson, what about you?

It’s nice to finally have a decent website for The World’s Stongest Man which has a nice lot of content and looks like it will be kept up to date with recent news. Us fans deserved this for years, and now we have it!

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