Strength athletics in the United States

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Strength athletics in the United States refers to the various strongman events throughout United States and North America in the sport of strength athletics in association with the World's Strongest Man ("WSM") contest. America has both an amateur and a professional sanctioning body.

Pro/Amateur organizations[edit]

American Strongman Corporation ("ASC") is the sole sanctioning body for all professional American strength athletes and organizes the annual America's Strongest Man contest,[1] as well as the NAS US Amateur National Championships, the winner of which receives their pro card to compete in professional contests.[2] North American Strongman ("NASM") organizes the majority of the amateur contests in the United States, and holds pro qualifier events and national championship events throughout the year with men's, woman's, teen's and master's divisions as well as lightweight and heavyweight classes similar to ASC.

United States Strongman [3] is a relatively new organization.

America's Strongest Man[edit]

America's Strongest Man
Tournament information
Location United States
Established 1997
Format Multi-event competition
Current champion
United States Dimitar Savatinov

America's Strongest Man is an annual strongman competition held in the United States and featuring only American athletes. The contest was established in 1997, with Mark Philippi winning the inaugural contest. Steve Kirit and Brian Schoonveld each have 2 titles and Derek Poundstone holds the record with 3 titles.[4]

Official results - top three places[edit]

[4]

Year Champion Runner-Up 3rd Place Location
1997 United States Mark Phillipi United States Harold Collins United States Tommy Ingalsbe Primm Valley Resort, Primm, Nevada
1998 United States Karl Gillingham United States Doug Ahr United States Harold Collins Las Vegas, Nevada
1999 United States Brian Neese United States Ken Brown United States Odd Haugen Honolulu, Hawaii[5]
2000 United States Brian Schoonveld United States Phil Pfister United States Whit Baskin Maryland Heights, Missouri[6]
2001 United States Brian Schoonveld United States Phil Pfister United States Johnny Perry Kokomo, Indiana[7]
2002 United States Steve Kirit United States Johnny Perry United States Karl Gillingham St. Louis, Missouri[8]
2003 United States Steve Kirit United States Phil Pfister United States Mark Phillipi St. Louis, Missouri[9]
2004 United States Van Hatfield United States Phil Pfister United States Karl Gillingham Atlanta, Georgia[10]
2005 Event not held
2006 United States Steve MacDonald United States Jon Andersen United States Travis Ortmayer Columbia, South Carolina[11]
2007 United States Derek Poundstone United States Nick Best United States Van Hatfield Charlotte, North Carolina[12]
2008 United States Jason Kristal United States Jason Bergmann United States Van Hatfield Charleston, West Virginia
2009 United States Derek Poundstone United States Travis Ortmayer United States Andy Vincent Morgantown, West Virginia
2010[13] United States Derek Poundstone United States Mike Jenkins United States Marshall White Las Vegas, Nevada
2011[14] United States Travis Ortmayer United States Dave Ostlund United States Mike Burke Hot Springs, Arkansas
2012[15] United States Mike Burke United States Mike Caruso United States Robert Oberst Las Vegas, Nevada
2013[16] United States Brian Shaw United States Robert Oberst United States Dimitar Savatinov Las Vegas, Nevada
2014[17] United States Dimitar Savatinov United States Robert Oberst United States John Posen Phoenix, Arizona
2015[18] United States Dimitar Savatinov United States Martins Licis United States Scott Weech Atlanta, Georgia

Repeat champions[edit]

Champion Times
United States Derek Poundstone 3
United States Brian Schoonveld 2
United States Steve Kirit 2
United States Dimitar Savatinov 2

North America's Strongest Man[edit]

North America's Strongest Man
Tournament information
Location various locations, North America
Established 1992
Format Multi-event competition
Current champion
Canada Christian Savoie

North America's Strongest Man is an annual strongman competition consisting of athletes from both United States and Canada. The event was established in 1992.[4]

Official results - top three places[edit]

Year Champion Runner-Up 3rd Place Location
1992 United States Gary Mitchell
1993 United States Steve Pulcinella
1994 Event not held
1995 Event not held
1996 Event not held
1997 Event not held
1998 United States David Brown
1999 United States Steve Dmytrow
2001 Canada Hugo Girard Canada Geoff Dolan United States Phil Pfister Gatineau, Quebec
2002 Canada Hugo Girard
2003 United States Jon Andersen United States Chad Coy United States Walt Gogola
2004 Event not held
2005 Event not held
2006 Event not held
2007 Canada Jessen Paulin United States Brian Shaw Canada Christian Savoie Gatineau, Quebec[19]
2008 Canada Jessen Paulin Canada Christian Savoie United States Pete Konradt Gatineau, Quebec[20]
2009 Canada Christian Savoie Gatineau, Quebec[21]
2010[22] Canada Christian Savoie Canada Jean-Francois Caron Canada Scott Cummine Gatineau, Quebec
2011[23] Canada Christian Savoie Canada Jean-Francois Caron United States Karl Gillingham Gatineau, Quebec

NAS US Amateur Strongman Championships[edit]

The Amateur US Nationals were created in 1997 and are held annually in various locations throughout the United States, with the winner of each weight class earning their pro card to compete professionally. Traditionally, the winner of the men's heavyweight class will go on to compete in major national and international strongman contests such as the World's Strongest Man and the Arnold Strongman Classic.[2]

Men's Heavyweight Champions[edit]

Year Winner Venue
2004 United States Travis Ortmayer
2005 United States Tom McClure[24] Louisville, Kentucky
2009 United States Justin Warren[25] Carencro, Louisiana
2010 United States Eric Peterson Reno, Nevada
2011 United States Adam Scherr[2] Tunica, Mississippi

References[edit]

  1. ^ American Strongman | The Sole Sanctioning Body for the Strongman in the U.S
  2. ^ a b c Americaʼs Strongest Woman and 105 KG Americaʼs Strongest Man | American Strongman
  3. ^ http://www.unitedstatesstrongman.com/
  4. ^ a b c David Horne's World of Grip
  5. ^ Neese & Ahola Win in Hawaii
  6. ^ Schoonveld Wins The American Showdown
  7. ^ Schoonveld Wins American Hercules
  8. ^ Steve Kirit Wins in St. Louis
  9. ^ Steve Kirit Wins 2003 IFSA-USA Nationals
  10. ^ Van Hatfield Takes the Lead in the MHP Pro Invitational Strongman Championships
  11. ^ America's Strongest Man - FreeTrainers.com Forums
  12. ^ Magnus Ver Praises Derek Poundstone
  13. ^ http://www.ironmind.com/ironmind/opencms/Articles/2010/Sep/Derek_Poundstone_Wins_Americaxs_Strongest_Man.html
  14. ^ 2011 America's Strongest Man, Photos, Videos & Results from Day 1 and Day 2! - Page 8
  15. ^ Mike Burke Wins America’s Strongest Man®
  16. ^ http://www.ironmind.com/ironmind/opencms/Articles/2013/Sep/Brian_Shaw_Wins_Americaxs_Strongest_Man.html
  17. ^ https://strongmancorporation.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/10.25.2014_ASM_v5.xlsx
  18. ^ http://startingstrongman.com/2015/11/01/americas-strongest-man-2015-results/
  19. ^ North America's Strongest Man
  20. ^ North America's Strongest Man: Christian Savoie in the Lead
  21. ^ Canadian Strongman Surges at North America’s Strongest Man Contest
  22. ^ Tuesday, September 7, 2010, Christian Savoie Wins North American Strongman Championships, by Randall J. Strossen, Ph.D. IronMind
  23. ^ Christian Savoie Wins North American Strongman Championships
  24. ^ Tom McClure Wins NAS Nationals
  25. ^ Justin Warren Wins the Heavyweight Class at the NAS Nationals