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    Would have been nice to write a litle something about the 2nd place finisher in this article in stead of 1st, 3rd and 4th..... The guy who placed 2nd Hafthor from iceland is only 26 years old and weighs 400lbs and is climbing to the top, his first WSM was 2 years ago and now he is placing 2nd... he will be the strongest man who has ever lived one day if he continues like this.

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    For those not in the know, this years contest was different in many ways than years previous.

    Since CBS Sports has purchased airing rights away from ESPN, they had a stipulation to air the qualifying rounds and finals during the Summer months, not the usual holiday season. CBS Sports feels that the exposure is better for the sport when only competing against one sport, MLB, not against three; NBA, NFL and the NHL. Good news for the promoters and athletes right? Well, there is one problem with that scenario. Qualifying for WSM takes place through Giants Live, a series primarily in Europe, Eastern Europe and Scandinavia. Athletes from around the world attempt to qualify for the 30 spots at WSM throughout the year which normally takes place in the early Fall. There was only one qualifying event, Britain's Strongest Man, the weekend before WSM qualifying events began.

    IMG Productions are the folks who put on this event year after year. The decision was made to "hand pick" 30 of the best athletes in the world to fill the qualifying spots. Some of the athletes chosen were obvious ones; Zydrunas Savickas, 3x WSM champion, Brian Shaw 2x and current WSM champion as well as Hapthor Bjornsson, 3rd place finisher in 2013. Others that seemed obvious were the top 10 finishers from 2013; Mike Burke, Robert Oberst, Vytatus Lalaus, Laurence Shahlaei and others would make the cut.

    It was some of the lesser-knowns that intrigues most. Collin Bryce, promoter of the Giants Live series called American Strongman Corporation President, Dione Wessels and asked who she might add form the U.S. The American contingency is arguably far deeper in talent than any other country and has been for several years. American who made big impacts were Mike Caruso, Tomas Rodriquez and former multi time WSM competitor Dave Ostlund.

    Zydrunas Savickas is without a doubt in my mind, the strongest functional athlete in the history of the world. Runner up Hapthor Bjornsson has over the past three years made very big improvements to one day take over as champion. At 26, he is the youngest of the top 10 guys this year and gave everyone a run for their money. Brian Shaw was good, but just didn't have enough for Zydrunas this year. Shaw also lost, though a very controversial decision, to Zydrunas at the Arnold Strongman Classic this year. Shaw will be back in Colorado rehabbing a nerve injury to his hand that has been an issue, though improving day by day, for two years now.

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    Zydrunas Savickas is without a doubt in my mind, the strongest functional athlete in the history of the world.
    100% agreed! And I think Hapthor is definitely the future of the sport.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bryan Hildebrand View Post
    For those not in the know, this years contest was different in many ways than years previous.

    Since CBS Sports has purchased airing rights away from ESPN, they had a stipulation to air the qualifying rounds and finals during the Summer months, not the usual holiday season. CBS Sports feels that the exposure is better for the sport when only competing against one sport, MLB, not against three; NBA, NFL and the NHL. Good news for the promoters and athletes right? Well, there is one problem with that scenario. Qualifying for WSM takes place through Giants Live, a series primarily in Europe, Eastern Europe and Scandinavia. Athletes from around the world attempt to qualify for the 30 spots at WSM throughout the year which normally takes place in the early Fall. There was only one qualifying event, Britain's Strongest Man, the weekend before WSM qualifying events began.

    IMG Productions are the folks who put on this event year after year. The decision was made to "hand pick" 30 of the best athletes in the world to fill the qualifying spots. Some of the athletes chosen were obvious ones; Zydrunas Savickas, 3x WSM champion, Brian Shaw 2x and current WSM champion as well as Hapthor Bjornsson, 3rd place finisher in 2013. Others that seemed obvious were the top 10 finishers from 2013; Mike Burke, Robert Oberst, Vytatus Lalaus, Laurence Shahlaei and others would make the cut.

    It was some of the lesser-knowns that intrigues most. Collin Bryce, promoter of the Giants Live series called American Strongman Corporation President, Dione Wessels and asked who she might add form the U.S. The American contingency is arguably far deeper in talent than any other country and has been for several years. American who made big impacts were Mike Caruso, Tomas Rodriquez and former multi time WSM competitor Dave Ostlund.

    Zydrunas Savickas is without a doubt in my mind, the strongest functional athlete in the history of the world. Runner up Hapthor Bjornsson has over the past three years made very big improvements to one day take over as champion. At 26, he is the youngest of the top 10 guys this year and gave everyone a run for their money. Brian Shaw was good, but just didn't have enough for Zydrunas this year. Shaw also lost, though a very controversial decision, to Zydrunas at the Arnold Strongman Classic this year. Shaw will be back in Colorado rehabbing a nerve injury to his hand that has been an issue, though improving day by day, for two years now.

    Agree, Also look at the list of all the records he has broken
    He is formidable, Even thouhg I am English and routing for Terry I am glad Big Z won
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    Hafthor has the potential of being a breakthrough athlete for the WSM. His size and his physique are really impressive, 400 plus and not carrying alot of fat. He has a certain presence that is marketable and may attract more fans.

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    Hafthor makes his debut in Game of Thrones in this Season 4.

    You know, for a series as intricate and continuity-dependent as HBO’s ‘Game of Thrones,’ the acclaimed adaptation of writer George R.R. Martin‘s work doesn’t mind making a few major recasts along the way. Most notably, Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson is set to take up the role of Gregor “The Mountain” Clegane in season 4, inherited from Ian Whyte and in turn Conan Stevens. While we wait, check out a first look at Björnsson in character!
    Björnsson himself posted a first look from the Dubrovnik set over Instagram, adorned in full costume, albeit one we’ve seen several times before. Strangely enough, original actor Conan Stevens left ‘Game of Thrones’ for a role as Bolg in the ‘Hobbit‘ trilogy, though Peter Jackson ultimately opted for a CG incarnation of the character, rather than the more intricately designed version with the actor in full makeup. Womp, womp.


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    Tough to beat the legacy of Pudzianowski but surely Hafthor is the next big thing. Savickas is a great athlete and one of the few that has seen eye to eye the Pudzianator.

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    Big Z is a bad bad man. Big congrats.

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    damn...thanks for the spoiler alert
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    Hafthor is only 26 if he will stay injury free he will break and crush Pudzianowski's record and be the greatest Strongman of ALL TIME... he is also trained by Magnus Ver Magnusson 4 times WSM so he is in good hand.
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