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ESPN's World's Strongest Man Competition


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erindk

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Posted Jan 4, 2006 @ 5:24 PM

Please tell me I'm not the only one on TWOP watching this! It's basically the only sport I follow right now. The human drama is insane. I caught the marathon of this year's championship over the weekend and I was once again hooked. My sister and I (both young women who watch almost exclusively old episodes of Felicity and new episodes of Project Runway) both love it. So much so that she called me from Orlando to tell me to turn it on.

To start off, how scary was it when that guy's bicep popped during the Atlas stones? And is it bad that I'm American and I wasn't rooting for Marunde?

Also, did anyone catch the guy from one of the later qualifiers, Kevin Nee? He was on an episode of MTV's True Life at one point (I think the topic was "I want a perfect body" or something).

#2

Svenska Flicka

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Posted Jan 5, 2006 @ 9:28 AM

Oooooooooooo, I love those shows!!! It's funny, I'm the only female in our household, but I'm the one who'll sit for hours & watch when this is on! It's pretty amazing, really, what these guys do.

Did you see the one (a previous year, can't remember which one) when a guy was doing the barrell drop & his nose spurted blood as he was straining to relift? Yeesh! And, ewwwwwwww....

ETA:
Also, very sad, a previous year when I watched 3 episodes in a row, was rooting for a particular guy...only to have them flash an announcement across the screen at the very end of the 3rd episode that the guy had died not long after the competitions were taped. And he was so YOUNG. I can't imagine the strain & toll on their bodies.

Edited by Svenska Flicka, Jan 5, 2006 @ 9:31 AM.


#3

erindk

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Posted Jan 8, 2006 @ 4:31 PM

The 2001 championships are on again now for anyone who is interested. ESPN 2 or something like that.

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Tackhead

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Posted Dec 29, 2008 @ 1:41 AM

ESPN now thinks so highly of this program that this year's edition saw its first airing... on ESPN2... on Christmas evening... as a marathon. Massive ratings dead ahead! It emanated from the exotic international destination of Charleston, West Virginia. Sounds like this show's about done.

I also liked how this year's eventual champion Mariusz Pudzianowski, also the defending champion and marquee star, had to "battle" through a qualifying group consisting other than himself of four rookies and one second-timer. Mighty stiff competition, all right. He almost ruined the script by straining his leg. ESPN spun this as a new injury, when it was actually an aggravation of a preexisting injury, but, hey, no other strongman events exist, right? Of course it's a fresh injury. Then there was the qualifier with the local favorite who came in dead last by a mile in four of six events... not that being local gave him any advantage in making the qualifying round, I'm sure. Then there was the other local favorite, Phil Pfister, who looked to be sporting 50-75 pounds of fat in his gut and ass. Past his prime much?

#5

greybear

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Posted Jan 3, 2009 @ 5:39 PM

For us bearlovers who are attracted to big, strong men, this series is practically porn. I just wish they'd add oil wrestling [a la Kirkpinar] to the events.

#6

SophiaD

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Posted Jan 15, 2012 @ 12:30 AM

Just finished watching the latest rendition. I was rooting for a rookie, who got hurt in the finals, but am perfectly happy with the outcome. Those guys are insanely strong.

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SophiaD

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Posted Dec 28, 2012 @ 12:08 PM

Just in case anyone is interested, this year's competition is supposed to be broadcast on ESPN this Sunday, starting at 2:30 PM.