There are always new faces at World’s Strongest Man, bringing in and testing new talent is a delight of the sport and 2015 is no different. This article gives you a brief insight into the six new faces of the 2015’s World’s Strongest Man…
Representing: Great Britain
Occupation: Assistant Strength & Conditioning Coach for legendary English Rugby Union team Harlequins F.C
Weight: 287 LBS
Bishop has won many Junior Strongman competitions including UK’s Strongest Junior in 2012, moving on from the Junior competition at rapid speed; Bishop since came in second at the 2014 UK’s Strongest Man behind the great Eddie Hall. A massive achievement that was followed by his 4th place at 2014’s Giants Live, his first on the international strongman stage.
Occupation: Police Officer
Weight: 359 LBS
Forsmark training started 10 years ago when he was 21 years old; prior to this he played Ice Hockey at a high level. When not training, Forsmark is a full time police officer in Gävle, Sweden. It’s fair to say Forsmark could be Sweden’s strongest police officer.
Occupation: Athlete & Full-time Strongman
Weight: 379 LBS
Other Sports: WPO powerlifting world record holder in the DEADLIFT (440 kilograms – 970 lbs).
Powerlifting Competition Records:
Squat – 420 kg (837.7 lbs)
Bench press – 220 kg (485 lbs) raw
Deadlift – 461 kg (1016 lbs) raw with straps
MISC Notes: Brother of 2003, Iceland’s Strongest Man, Magnús Magnússon
Benedikt broke his own strongman deadlift world record at Europe’s Strongest Man 2014 with a lift of 461 kg (1016 lbs) on a standard bar and plates. It’s over 10 years since he won 2003’s Iceland’s Strongest Man.
Occupation: Fitness instructor & (contract) lawyer
Weight: 333 LBS
Russia’s Alexander Lysenko burst on to the World’s Strongest Man scene after qualifying at the 2015 Arnold Amateur Strongman World Championship.
Pronunciation: Mah-tee-osh Bell-shuck
Occupation: Student at Vgs Bled. Studying Hospitality (Hotel Management).
Weight: 309 LBS
Other Sports: Junior Powerlifter. Transitioned to strongman in 2014.
Matjaž Belšak started out in Junior Powerlifting before he transitioned into Strongman in 2014. A year later and he is competing in the World’s Strongest Man, known for his strength and stamina matching Vytautas Lalas record for giant circus dumbbell with an unbelievable 14 reps with a 87kg weight.
Occupation: Truck Driver
Weight: 289 LBS
Other Sports: Professional bowler division 2
MISC Notes: Nickname: “T-Rex”
Bench press: 2x250kg
We know there is a lot to come from Nyström, he proved this by tying with Hafþór “Thor” Björnsson on the 130kg log lift when competing in the 2014 World’s Strongest Viking with an impressive 10 reps. The lighter than usual log (for international competitions) makes the event a battle of endurance for the finest athletes.
As well as the new faces, 2015 sees the return of the more famous ones. Read more about Big Z, Eddie Hall, Brian Shaw and more here.