I know everybody at some point has seen it. It's on sometime between Christmas and New Years and it's fascinating and freaky all at the same time. It is the The World's Strongest Man. And in October of 2005 in Chengdu, I was there.
Now I don't want you to think I'm following the strongmen around or anything. A good friend of mine works with the company that was doing the marketing for the competition in China. So for sh*ts and giggles we decided to go. It didn't hurt that Chengdu is the home to the Chinese Panda Nursery, but more on that later.
We only saw the final round of the competition, but really it was enough. Not in a bad way, its actually very impressive and pretty cool what these guys are able to do. But it's frightening how big these guys are. I'm not a small person but they DWARF me. I mean huge people. The shortest was around 5' 11 but, well they're just immense. They make me feel like a small child. Biceps the size of my thigh and, really I can't even begin to describe how big these guys are. They're also very scary, an angry strongman? Well, just hope it never happens. But it was a neat event with good crowds and blah blah blah. If it's in your area, check it out. If you miss it, well I won't hold it against you.
And if you're interested this is the winner Mariusz Pudzianowski. He was actually a great champ, he was really funny and loved the crowd. He even grabbed this little Chinese cheerleaders pompoms and did his own little cheer. Good stuff.