By 2008, IFSA's story as a competing strongman organization was over. They didn't manage to get the money rolling like they had planned, and dropped out. For this year, the IFSA resident contestants aren't back to WSM yet. That'll be the next one. And it's a big one. But for now, it's 2008. Here's the final:
Jason Bergmann, USA (1st appearance)
Arild Haugen, Norway (1st appearance)
Terry Hollands, UK (3rd appearance, previous best 3rd in 2007)
Tarmo Mitt, Estonia (3rd appearance, previous best 5th in 2006)
Travis Ortmayer, USA (1st appearance)
Dave Ostlund, USA (3rd appearance, previous best 6th in 2007)
Phil Pfister, USA (5th appearance, previous best 1st in 2006)
Derek Poundstone, USA (1st appearance)
Mariusz Pudzianowski, Poland (8th appearance, previous best 1st in 2002, 2003, 2005 and 2007)
Sebastian Wenta, Poland (3rd appearance, previous best 2nd in 2007)
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Op · 6y
If you haven't had enough of strogman action, there's Fortissimus:
Fortissimus was a contest meant to bridge the cap betweek IFSA and WSM contestants, and built as a tribute to the legendary - almost mythical when it comes to his accomplishments - Louis Cyr. It didn't last long, both 2008 and 2009 that is was held are on that same playlist. They mostly ended up beind Poundstone vs Savicas, as no one else could really keep up with them.
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My god do I love me some Fortissimus. Favorite strongman competition of all time, despite the terribly annoying commentator. Shame they couldn't have worked out funding for it.
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Grueling contest. Mariusz and Phil weren't there, but still, the feats of strength there were absolutely incredible.
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Contestants failing to qualify who we'll see later include Johannes Årsjö and Jean-Francois Caron in heat 3 and in heat 4 Laurence Shahlaei and Brian Shaw. That's right, he's here, Brian Shaw. Not even near his peak yet, as is evident, but you've got to start somewhere.
Heat 5 features Magnus Samuelsson in his last WSM appearance, and heat 3 has the same for Janne Virtanen. Two former champions now completely outmatched.
Mark Felix tearing his bicep on the stones prevented him from making it to the final, but Jason Bergmann deserved it.
Heat 2 showed how much the competition had stepped up from 2007, as Sebastian Wenta struggled to make it through against some young Scandinavian superstars. Richard Skog ultimately would not deliver on all that potential.
Heat 3 didn't have the biggest names, but it had three finalists from 2007 and five former finalists in total, making it a really tough group. Tarmo and his giant mitts made it along with Terry, surprisingly struggling in '08.
Heat 4 was the strongest of all. Mariusz struggled with injury but still prevailed, while Arild, Loz, Shaw and LPJ battled for 2nd. These guys (especially Arild) showed that the stones at WSM were too light. 2007 was even more of a sprint with everyone finishing between 20 and 25 seconds, which was absolutely ridiculous. However, Arild was a true beast, real shame he quit strongman.
In heat 5, the two Americans made it which wasn't a real surprise. They both performed well in the final too.
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Janne, Magnus and Jarek all demonstrated that their generation had been overtaken. The comeback from some IFSA guys and the rise of young talent forced them out in the heats.