Phil Pfister

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Phil Pfister
Phil Pfister

(1971-05-15) May 15, 1971 (age 48)
NationalityUnited States American
Height198 cm (6 ft 6 in)
RelativesBrother- Alfy Pfister Sister- Constance Blanks Nephew-William Blanks Niece- Anna Blanks
Competition record
Representing  United States
World's Strongest Man
4th 1998 World's Strongest Man
5th 2000 World's Strongest Man
4th 2001 World's Strongest Man
Qualified 2003 World's Strongest Man
1st 2006 World's Strongest Man
4th 2007 World's Strongest Man
4th 2008 World's Strongest Man
7th 2009 World's Strongest Man
Strongest Man Alive
2nd 1999
Arnold Strongman Classic
3rd 2002 Arnold Strongman Classic
5th 2003 Arnold Strongman Classic
4th 2006 Arnold Strongman Classic
4th 2007 Arnold Strongman Classic
7th 2008 Arnold Strongman Classic
5th 2009 Arnold Strongman Classic
7th 2010 Arnold Strongman Classic
America's Strongest Man
2nd 2000
2nd 2001
2nd 2003
2nd 2004
IFSA Pan-American Championships
1st 2005
IFSA World Championships
6th 2005
World Strongman Challenge/Beauty and the Beast
2nd 2001
Hawaii's Strongest Man
2nd 2005

Phil Pfister (born May 15, 1971) is an American former strongman competitor, winning the 2006 Met-Rx World's Strongest Man competition and its $41,000 grand prize on September 23, 2006 in Sanya, China. He was the first American to win since Bill Kazmaier in 1982.[2] Pfister stands 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) and weighs 375 pounds (170 kg).

Prior to 2006, Pfister's previous best finishes in the World's Strongest Man were fourth place in 1998 in Tangier, and fourth place again in 2001 in Victoria Falls. He placed fourth at the 2007 and 2008 WSM contests, and seventh in 2009.[3]

While qualifying for his 4th-place finish in Victoria Falls, during an event known as the Hercules Hold, Pfister made a verbal promise that he would be the man responsible for bringing the World's Strongest Man title back to the United States. He went on to set two qualifier records in the Hercules Hold and in the Atlas Stones, but was unable to contend in the finals against the Scandinavian competitors who took the podium finishes that year, Magnus Samuelsson from Sweden, Janne Virtanen from Finland, and Svend Karlsen from Norway, respectively. Pfister has also achieved a podium finish at the Arnold Strongman Classic when he came third in 2002.

Retiring after the 2009 Competition, Pfister currently comments for the World's Strongest Man competition on ESPN2 along with Bill Kazmaier and Todd Harris.

Personal life[edit]

Pfister worked as a firefighter and currently resides in Charleston, West Virginia with his son Wyatt. He appeared in the 2005 film The Protector starring Tony Jaa, as one of the Fortune Teller's henchmen. He also made an appearance on Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader? on April 17, 2008 and won $25,000.

World's Strongest Man
Preceded by:
Mariusz Pudzianowski
First (2006) Succeeded by:
Mariusz Pudzianowski


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