191cm / 6ft 3ins
170kg / 375lbs
Competed In WSM:
2011 Event Information:
The man who has won it all, often more than once, Big Z is a legend in the strength world. The Lithuanian comes into the tournament as the reigning champion over the past two years. The Big Z has an abundance of static strength, is deceptively quick and has the experience to make him the complete package. Taking top spot this year would put him into an elite group of triple-WSM victors.
Zydrunas Savickas is one of the world’s foremost strongmen having won a number of major strongman competitions, including The 2009 World’s Strongest Man.
As a child Savickas became interested in becoming a strongman after watching strongman contests on TV. At the age of 17 he took part in his first strongman contest and after defeating a number of older and more experienced opponents. he decided to commit himself to strength athletics.
He began to train in powerlifting, and in only his second powerlifting contest Savickas broke all Lithuanian records and remains the only Lithuanian to squat over 400kg. Savickas won the 1998 Lithuanian Strongman Championship, and competed in The 1998 World’s Strongest Man contest in Morocco. He won the silver medal in the World powerlifting championship in Japan with a total of 1020 kg. A contest in the Faroe Islands dealt Savickas a serious setback, as he suffered from a serious knee injury. Many believed that the extent of the injury meant that his career was over. However, nine months later Savickas won the Lithuanian Powerlifting and Strongman championships, returning to WSM in 2002 reaching 2nd place that year, and then again in 2003, being beaten to the top spot both times by Mariusz Pudzianowski and again by just one point in 2004 to Vasyl Virastyuk.
Savickas has won the Arnold Strongman Classic six times in a row and most recently The 2009 World’s Strongest Man competition, the only contemporary major strongman title that eluded him up to this point.
The 2009 WSM Final saw the strongest line up in recent memory and Savickas produced a blistering performance in The Deadlift and Fingals Fingers. It came right down to the last day and the final event in a head to head finish against Mariusz in the Atlas Stones to secure First place and the title.
When he’s not spending his time as a Professional Strongman Zydrunas likes to relax by reading and traveling. We caught up with Big Z to see how he’s feeling now he is The World’s Strongest Man.
How do you feel about your win at WSM?
“I am very happy, recently I couldn’t win these competitions because of different injures.”
Do you feel you would win at any point in the contest?
“I was really good shape on this competition.”
Is there anything you have left to achieve?
“I won all most important competitions in world, broke almost all world records, now I would like to hold my positions in strongman and set new world records.”
Can you beat the 5 times record set by Mariusz?
“5 time is very good result, but I won Arnold strongman 6 six time in the raw, and it was my priority competitions in that time. My goal to win a 7th title in the next Arnold Strongman Classic.”
How did you prepare for Malta 2009 event?
“This year I trained more for speed and endurance, because I knew that the events will be not very difficult. Normally I like training for very heavy events.”
What was the highlight of your year?
“The World’s Strongest Man, because of the competition I didn’t compete in the Arnold Strongman Classic for 7th title.”
How do you rate this year’s line up of competitors?
“All the athletes were very strong. But Mariusz Pudzianowski and Brian Shaw was strongest competitors . I think they were in the best shape.”
What was your best event?
What was your worst event?
“The Boat Pull”
Did anything funny happen to you whilst competing in this year’s event?
“Yes, we were stuck in the hotel lift for 20 minutes. It was not so fun”
If you could do it again would you change anything?
“No, because I won the first place.”
Any plans on developing areas or techniques for 2010 WSM?
“Every year I try to be stronger then last year.”
One fact only a true fan would know about you?
“That I made 40 world records in different events from 2003 to 2009.”