Travis Ortmayer

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Travis Ortmayer
Travis Ortmayer Texas Man.JPG
Born Travis Ortmayer
(1981-08-09) August 9, 1981 (age 32)
Residence Cypress, Texas
Other names The Texas Stoneman
Occupation Strongman, powerlifting
Height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight 300 pounds (140 kg)
Title America's Strongest Man
Competition record
Strongman
Competitor for  United States
World's Strongest Man
5th 2008 World's Strongest Man
5th 2009 World's Strongest Man
5th 2010 World's Strongest Man
Qualified 2011 World's Strongest Man
IFSA Strongman World Championships
10th 2005
10th 2006
Qualified 2007
Arnold Strongman Classic
10th 2007
3rd 2009
3rd 2010
4th 2011
9th 2012
Fortissimus
5th 2008
4th 2009
IFSA Pan-American Championships
2nd 2005
IFSA Strongman World Team Championships
2nd 2005 Team Pan-America
IFSA
1st 2006 Cyprus Grand Prix
All-American Strongman Challenge
2nd 2005
1st 2006
1st 2008
3rd 2009
Giants Live
2nd 2009 Mohegan Sun Grand Prix
1st 2009 Viking Power Challenge
Strongman Super Series
1st 2008 Madison Square Garden
1st 2009 Stavenger Grand Prix
Strongman Champions League
2nd 2008 Latvia
3rd 2008 Holland
3rd 2009 Serbia
1st 2009 Germany FIBO
2nd 2009 Ukraine SCL 2009 Finals
3rd 2010 Germany FIBO
3rd 2010 Finland
5th 2010 Ireland
4th 2010 Bulgaria
1st 2010 Holland
6th 2011 Germany FIBO
6th 2011 Canada SCL 2011 Semi-finals
America's Strongest Man
3rd 2006
2nd 2009
1st 2011

Travis Ortmayer (born August 9, 1981) is an American Professional Strongman athlete from Cypress, Texas. Ortmayer is the owner of Athletic Nation [1] gym. Ortmayer is nicknamed the Texas Stoneman due to his many world records in the Atlas Stone event.

Ortmayer's strongman training complex is called "The Unit" and his father, Roger Ortmayer, trains with him. He is supported by his mom, Sonja Ortmayer, his sister, Tara Ortmayer, and his wife Lucy Ortmayer. Ortmayer was born in Lake Tahoe, Nevada.

Strength Sports[edit]

Ortmayer started out training Bodybuilding in his early teens and eventually decided to train and compete in Powerlifting. Ortmayer then met Marshall White[2] who introduced him to the Strongman sport. In 2002, Marshall and Ortmayer formed "the Unit" strongman training grounds in Cypress, Texas. "The Unit" was also joined by World's Strongest Man competitor Josh Thigpen[3] and professional strongman Jim Glassman.[4][5] Ortmayer earned hisAmerican Strongman Corporation ("ASC") Professional Strongman card by winning the 2004 NAS US Amateur National Championships.

The International Federation of Strength Athletes ("IFSA") split from the TWI (Trans World International) World's Strongest Man ("WSM") contest in 2005. IFSA held the first and only Pan-American Championship in 2005 at Sao Paulo, Brazil as a qualifier for the 2005 IFSA Strongman World Championships. Ortmayer competed in this qualifier and placed 2nd overall behind 2006 WSM winner Phil Pfister.[6] Ortmayer also set a World Record for the Atlas Stones : Light Set strength event. His placement qualified him to compete in the inaugural 2005 IFSA Strongman World Championships being held in Quebec City, Canada.[7] During the World Championship, Ortmayer set another World Record in the Atlas Stones, this time with the Heavy Set. Ortmayer ultimately placed 10th overall in the World Championships.[8][9]

In 2006 Ortmayer eventually won his first international competition in Cyprus at the IFSA Cyprus Grand Prix.[10] This was one week after attaining a pectoralis injury at the 2006 World Strongman Challenge in Tulsa, Oklahoma.[11] Ortmayer went on to win all three National Championship Qualifiers.[12]

At the 2006 America's Strongest Man, Ortmayer was 1.5 points away from victory, but took home 3rd place overall.[13] His performance however earned him an invite [14] by strength sport historian Terry Todd to compete in his contest, the Arnold Strongman Classic[15] Classic contest, 2007, in Columbus, Ohio.[16] Ortmayer also qualified to compete in the 2006 IFSA World Championship being held in Reykjavík, Iceland.

Ortmayer attained a shoulder injury and a thyroid problem, and lost 25 lbs. Ortmayer competed in the 2006 IFSA World Championships. He maintained his Atlas Stone : Light Set world record, but lost his Heavy Set world record to the 2006 Champion Zydrunas Savickas. Ortmayer placed 10th overall.[17][18][19]

Ortmayer then went on to compete in the exclusive 2007 Arnold Strongman Classic competition. During the Timber Frame Carry, he injured his right foot, the timber frame dropped on his foot when his heel made contact with the apparatus. During the Hummer Tire Deadlift, Ortmayer also injured his back, and was waived out of the competition by the attending doctor. Ortmayer did come back to compete in the final event, the Circus Dumbbell press but was unable to complete the event due to his previous injuries. Ortmayer placed 10th overall.[20]

Ortmayer then went on to compete in the 2007 Fresno Pro-Am (USA National Championship Qualifier). Ortmayer won this contest[21] which qualified him to compete in the 2007 America's Strongest Man (USA National Championship). During the USA National Championship, Ortmayer re-injured his back on the second event, the Tire Deadlift, and pulled out of the competition[22]

Ortmayer has since gone on to compete in two team contests. The USA vs. World contest put on by Al Thompson in June 2007[23] in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA was his first. Ortmayer and his team (Derek Poundstone, Van Hatfield, Nick Best and Walt Gogola) pulled out a victory against the three of the top five European strongmen in the World, (Zydrunas Savickas, Vasyl Virastyuk and Andrus Murumets. The contest was a tie going into the final event, the Atlas Stones. Team USA pulled out a victory in Ortmayer's signature event to capture the win overall.[24] His next team contest was the World's Strongest Nation held in Ukraine in August 2007. This time Team USA consisted of Ortmayer along with Derek Poundstone, Tom McClure and Brian Shaw. Team USA place 2nd overall.[25]

Ortmayer competed in the 2007 IFSA Strongamn World Championships in Geumsan, South Korea. The qualifying heats consisted of 4 events and the top 2 from each heat of 4 athletes would go onto the finals. Ortmayer finished 3rd overall in his heat and failed to qualify for the finals.

Ortmayer and his father Roger Ortmayer opened up the elite personal training gym Athletic Nation during early 2007. Ortmayer worked the microphone at the Arnold Strongman contest in March 2008. Ortmayer married Lucy Ashton on 3/8/2008 at his home in Cypress, Texas.

Ortmayer took some time during late 2007 to let his body recover and to build up base strength levels. He achieved his goal of an 800 lb deadlift on December 1, 2007 in a powerlifting meet. Since then he has gone on to win every contest he's competed in to date, March 15, 2008. In doing so, he has qualified for the World's Strongest Man Super Series 2008 and America's Strongest Man 2008. Ortmayer was invited to compete in the Fortissimus - Decathlon of Strength competition held in Canada the last weekend of June.

MC ORT
Ortmayer on the mic at the 2008 Arnold Strongest Man demonstrating to the large crowd how to do the Circus Dumbbell event
Photo by Chris Chapman

Ortmayer competed in the Strongman Champions League 2008 Latvia contest and finished a close second behind Zydrunas Savickas. He beat out champion competitors like Mikhail Koklyaev, Andrus Murumets, and Oleksandr Pekanov.

On April 2, 2008 Ortmayer signed on to compete against Derek Poundstone at the Madison Square Garden Super Series on June 21, 2008. Ortmayer won the Madison Square Garden Super Series by defeating Derek Poundstone into second place.

Ortmayer competed in the 2008 World's Strongest Man competition, his first time in the contest. During the qualifiers, Ortmayer took first overall in his qualifying group. Ortmayer still finished in fifth place overall in the finals. Ortmayer would go on to finish 5th at both the 2009 World's Strongest Man and 2010 World's Strongest Man contests in the finals. Ortmayer suffered an injury during the qualifying heats of the 2011 World's Strongest Man contest and was forced to withdraw from the contest and did not make the finals.

Personal Records - Strongman (Arnold Classic) (WSM/SS) (IFSA)[edit]

Atlas ("Manhood") Stone

  • 240 kg {529 lb 21.5" diameter to 48"} {2009 Arnold Strongman Classic, Columbus, Ohio}
  • 243.5 kg {535 lb 21.5" diameter to 48" for 3 reps} {2010 Arnold Strongman Classic, Columbus, Ohio}

Ring of Stones: Light Set

  • 25.5 Sec World Record (2005 Pan Am Championships, Sao Paulo, Brazil *broken- see below
  • 19.20 Sec World Record (2006 IFSA World Championships, Iceland)[26]

5 Stone Series

  • Heaviest set ever- 275,308,330,407,474 lbs in 26.18 sec (May, 2009 Mohegan Sun) Connecticuit, USA*broken- see below
  • Heaviest set ever- 265,315,385,435,480 lbs in 34.81 sec (August, 2009 Paragon Casino) Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • 12.8 Sec 114 – 182 kg {250 - 400 lb} Unofficial World Record (Cypress, Texas)

Overhead Log Press

Timber Carry

  • 393 kg {865 lb - 19.94 sec up 36' ramp} American Record, {Arnold's Strongest Man, Columbus, Ohio}

SUV Deadlift

Personal Records - Powerlifting (USAPL)[edit]

Squat

  • 341 kg {751 lb} - December 1, 2007, {Cypress, Texas}

Bench Press

  • 216 kg {474 lb} - December 1, 2007, {Cypress, Texas}

Deadlift

Total

  • 921 kg {2026 lb} - December 1, 2007, {Cypress, Texas}

Achievements[edit]

Professional Competitive Record - [1st (13),2nd (6),3rd (8) - Out of Total(39)]
Performance Metric - .909 [American - .943 International - .875]

Professional 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th INJ DNQ Total
American 11 2 4 2 19
International 7 7 6 3 2 1 1 3 1 31
Combined 18 9 10 3 2 1 1 3 2 1 50

COMPLETED CONTESTS

  • United States America's Strongest Man (USA National Championship) Morgantown, West Virginia USA - 2nd place (7/25-26/2009
  • Canada Fortissimus - Louis Cyr Strength Challenge -Montmagny, Quebec, Canada - 4th place (6/27-28/2009
  • Norway Viking Power Challenge (Giants Live WSM Qualifier) - Stavanger, Norway - Winner (6/6/2009)
  • United States Mohegan Sun Grand Prix (Giants Live WSM Qualifier) - Uncasville, Connecticut, USA - 2nd place (5/17/2009)
  • Serbia Strongman Champions League - Serbia - Subotica, Serbia - 2nd place (tie) (5/9/2009)
  • Germany FIBO Strongman Classic - Essen, Germany - Winner (4/25/2009)
  • United States American Strongman - Show of Champions - - Orlando, Florida, USA - Winner (4/17-18/2009)
  • United States Arnold's Strongest Man - Columbus, Ohio, USA - 3rd place (3/6-7/2009)
  • United States All American Strongman Challenge / Fit Expo (World's Strongest Man Super Series Qualifier) - Los Angeles, California, USA - 3rd place (1/24-25/2009)
  • United States World's Strongest Man - Charleston, West Virginia, USA - 5th place (9/12-14/2008)
  • United States World's Strongest Man Qualifying Round - Charleston, West Virginia, USA - Winner group 5 (9/9/2008)
  • Ukraine World's Strongest Nation Team Competition - Crimea, Ukraine - 4th place (8/6-8/2008)
  • Canada Fortissimus - Louis Cyr Strength Challenge - Notre-Dame-Du-Rosaire, Quebec, Canada - 5th place (6/28-29/2008)
  • United States Madison Square Garden Super Series (World's Strongest Man Qualifier) - New York, New York, USA - Winner (6/21/2008)
  • South Holland Strongman Champions League - Holland - Varsseveld, Holland - 3rd place (6/1/2008)
  • Latvia Strongman Champions League - Latvia - Riga, Latvia - 2nd place (3/22/2008)
  • United States St. Patrick's Strongman (USA National Championship Qualifier) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - Winner (3/15/2008)
  • United States Nutrition Depot Strongman Expo - Cypress, Texas, USA - Winner (3/8/2008)
  • United States All American Challenge / Fit Expo (World's Strongest Man Super Series Qualifier) - Los Angeles, California, USA - Winner (2/17/2008)[29]
  • South Korea IFSA World Championships-Qualifiers - Geumsan, South Korea - 3rd in heat (9/12/2007)
  • South Korea IFSA World Open Championship - Geumsan, South Korea - Winner (9/10/2007)[30]
  • Ukraine World's Strongest Nation Team Competition - Ukraine - 2nd place (8/6/2007)[25]
  • United States USA vs. World Team Competition - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - Winner (7/1/2007)[24]
  • United States America's Strongest Man (USA National Championship) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - injured (5/26/2007)[22]
  • United States Clovis/Fresno Pro-Am (USA National Championship Qualifier) - Fresno, California, USA - Winner (4/21/2007)[21]
  • United States Arnold's Strongest Man - Columbus, Ohio, USA - 10th place (3/4/2007)[20]
  • Ukraine Ukraine Strongman Contest - Ukraine - 6th place (2006)
  • Iceland IFSA World Championship - Reykjavik, Iceland - 10th place (11/25/2006)[20]
  • Lithuania USA vs. Lithuania Team Competition - Lithuania - 2nd place (10/20/2006)[31]
  • Lithuania Lithuania Grand Prix - Marijampole, Lithuania - 8th place (8/19/2006)
  • Ukraine World's Strongest Nation Team Competition - Kiev, Ukraine - 3rd place (8/3/2006)[32]
  • United States America's Strongest Man (USA National Championship) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - 3rd place (7/22/2006)[13]
  • United States Liberty City Strongman Classic (USA Nationals Qualifier) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - Winner (7/1/2006)[12][33]
  • United States Utah's Strongest Man (USA National Championship Qualifier) - Utah, USA - Winner (6/10/2006)[34][35]
  • Hungary Hungary Grand Prix - Eger, Hungary - 3rd place (6/5/2006)[36]
  • Cyprus Cyprus Grand Prix - Island of Cyprus - Winner (5/28/2006)[10]
  • United States World Strongman Challenge (USA Grand Prix) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - injured (5/21/2006)[11]
  • United Arab Emirates Dubai Grand Prix - Dubai, United Arab Emirates - 4th place (4/25/2006)[37]
  • United States St. Patrick's Strongman (USA National Championship Qualifier) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - Winner (3/18/2006)[28]
  • United States Iron Man Fit Expo Strongman Championship - Pasadena, California, USA - Winner (2/19/2006)[38]
  • Netherlands Antilles IFSA World Team Championships - St. Maarten Island - 2nd place (12/10/2005)[39]
  • Ukraine World's Strongest Nation Team Competition - Sevestopol, Ukraine - 3rd place (10/21/2005)[40]
  • Canada IFSA World Championship - Quebec, Canada - 10th place (9/24/2005)[9]
  • Brazil Pan-American Championship - São Paulo, Brazil - 2nd place (8/20/2005)[6]
  • United States Utah's Strongest Man - Mapleton, Utah, USA - Winner (7/23/2005)[41]
  • United States Liberty City Strongman Classic - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA 3rd place (7/2/2005)[42]
  • United States Hawaii's Strongest Man - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA - 3rd place (4/17/2005)
  • United States Kansas City Pro-Am - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - Winner (2/26/2005)
  • United States The Fit Expo Strongman Championship - Pasadena, California, USA - 2nd place (2/19/2005)[43]

Amateur Competitive Record - [1st (7),2nd (1),3rd (2) - Out of Total(12)]
Performance Metric - .941

Amateur 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th 11th 12th Total
American 7 1 2 1 1 12
  • United States USA Amateur National Championship - Heavyweight Division (NAS) (Amateur Platinum Plus Level Competition) - winner (10/10/2004) earned ASC Professional Strongman Card[44]
  • United States Midwest Open (Amateur Platinum Level Competition) - Missouri, USA - 1st place tie (7/31/2004)
  • United States Strongman Record Breakers (Amateur Platinum Level Competition) - Illinois, USA - winner (7/03/2004)
  • United States Music City Strongman (Amateur Platinum Level Competition) - Tennessee, USA - winner (6/12/2004)
  • United States Show Me Pro-Am (Amateur Platinum Plus Level Competition) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - 3rd place (5/08/2004)
  • United States Monster's of the Midwest (Amateur Platinum Level Competition) - Missouri, USA - 3rd place (12/6/2003)
  • United States USA Amateur National Championship - HW Division (Amateur Platinum Level Competition) - 12th place (10/4/2003)
  • United States South Carolina's Strongest Man (Amateur Gold Level Competition) - South Carolina, USA - winner (8/16/2003)
  • United States Texas's Strongest Man (Amateur Gold Level Competition) - Texas, USA - winner (7/12/2003)
  • United States Texas's Summer Strongman (Amateur Gold Level Competition) - Texas, USA - 2nd place tie (5/10/2003)
  • United States Pure Power Strongman Contest (Amateur Gold Level Competition[45]) - winner (4/26/2003)
  • United States Texas's Strongest Man (Amateur Gold Level Competition) - Texas, USA - 5th place (8/03/2002)

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