Incentive to win the Shaw Traditional simply acquired so much spicier.
The winner of the 2023 Shaw Classic (SC) will now formally earn the title of “The Strongest Man on Earth.”
In an interview video posted to YouTube on July 17, 2023, Brian Shaw, four-time World’s Strongest Man (WSM) champion (2011, 2013, 2015-2016) and organizer of the annual SC, introduced that he’d acquired the “The Strongest Man on Earth” trademark from Paul Ohl. The title had beforehand been awarded to winners of Fortissimus, a strongman contest that Ohl organized from 2008-2009. Shaw and Ohl mentioned what the title switch would imply for the SC’s future of their dialog.
After trying to realize traction in 2008, an eventual lack of sponsorships led to the indefinite shuttering of the Fortissimus competitors in 2009. The competition didn’t come again, however Ohl and organizers nonetheless owned the “The Strongest Man on Earth” trademark. Because the winner of the 2009 version, four-time WSM champion (2009-2010, 2012, 2014) Žydrūnas Savickas is technically the defending and remaining champion of the competition.
Shaw maintained that he approached Ohl for this identify transition as a result of he believes it provides legitimacy to the expansion of the SC as a tentpole strongman competitors, which solely has three iterations on the time of this writing (2020-2022).
It’s absolutely one thing the present roster of elite rivals could come to understand as one other a part of their potential prize. Right here’s an summary of the sphere on the 2023 SC:
2023 Shaw Traditional Roster
Right here’s a rundown of the anticipated occasions on the 2023 SC:
2023 Shaw Traditional Occasions
Observe: The Atlas Stones seem to not be the closing occasion of the 2023 SC, because it usually is in different strongman contests.
Trey Mitchell is the two-time defending SC champion however faces a gauntlet of friends ready to take his throne. Probably the most notable contenders, apart from Shaw himself, are a trio of contemporary WSM champions — Mitchell Hooper (2023, reigning), Tom Stoltman (2021-2022), and Oleksii Novikov (2020). With “The Strongest Man on Earth” title now awaiting the most recent victor, it ought to add extra incentive to a spirited strongman battle in Loveland, CO, on August 19-20, 2023.
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