Back in 1977, after years of debate over whom was ‘the strongest’, the idea of the World’s Strongest Man competition was born, pitting the best strength athletes against each other, in a variety of testing disciplines. However, the one thing the competition was missing… the athletes we now call ‘strongmen’. In order to tackle this, a special invitation was given to a number of weightlifters, arm wrestlers, shot putters and power lifters to battle it out and become the first World’s Strongest Man.
From then on, the only way a person could compete in WSM was with the previous winner gaining an automatic place or getting ‘seen’ at a national level and being invited to the ‘Giants Live’ WSM Qualifying World Tour. (more…)