|Date: Sun, 29 Aug 1999 21:40:08 +0200
From: Tahvo Jauhojärvi
Subject: Sweden strongest man, part 2
Moi, lauantaina oli kaksi ryhmää, kummasaki
6 kilpailija. Jorma oli ihan ylivoimanen omassa ryhmässä ja voitti
kaikki. 1 laji oli rekan veto, Jorma juoksi maaliin ja rekka perässä.
2 laji oli hercules hold ja Jorma piti just niin etta
voitti. 3 laji oli Conan wheel (270kg) jorma oli ainoa joka pystyi
juoksemaan. Thorbjörn Samuelsson oli paras toisessa ryhmässä
tässä lajissa, kolme miestä pyörtyi.
4 laji oli wheel flipp, tämä on jormalle hyvä
laji, mutta voimia piti säästää finaaliin eli kolme
("Translation": Hey, there were two heats on Saturday, 6 competitors
both. Jorma was superior in his heat and won everything. 1st event was
Truck pull, Jorma ran to finish and the truck followed. 2nd event was Hercules
Hold and Jorma held just to win. 3rd event Conan's Wheel (270kg) and Jorma
was the only one able to run.
Magnus oli omaa luokkaa, mutta olihan hän valinnut
lajit ja hänen laitteilla kilpailtiin, ja vielä
huilannut lauantain, miksi hän oli
(Magnus was superior, but he had chosen the events and the equipment was his, plus he had rested Saturday - why was he participating anyway? 1st price 40 000SEK 6000$)
Jorma Paananen, syntynyt 1964, pituus 188 ja paino 150, tämä oli kolmas kerta Ruotsin vahviin mies kisoissa ja kolmas kerta sijoitus 2. Jorma oli mukana Suomen joukkoessa Skotlantia vastaan heinäkuun lopussa.
(Jorma Paananen, born 1964, length 188cm, weight 150kg, this was his third time in Sweden's Strongest and third time he became 2nd. He was also in Finns team against Scottland, end of July.)
|Date: Mon, 23 Aug 1999 00:57:13 +0200
Subject: Sweden strongest man
Lauantaina 21/8 oli karsinnat. Magnus S. oli vasta mukana sunnuntain finaalissa. [Qualifying was held Saturday 21/8. Magnus S. participated only in the finals on Sunday.]
Lopputulokset: [Final results]
Magnus ja Jorma lähtee WSM kisaan. [Magnus and Jorma go to WSM]
terveiset Tukholmasta [greetings from Stockholm]
|[Extracts from conversation with Karl Gillingham]
Date: Thu, 22 Jul 1999 08:13:00 -0500
All of us are/were powerlifters. We are all brothers. Wade & I recently started strongman contests. It was very hard to get invited to the big contests from the US so we only have a couple contests under our belt at this point. It is going pretty well for us so far.
Brad is the best powerlifter of our family. Last weekend he won our nationals again and we be competing in IPF worlds for the third straight year. He has a couple of golds in the bench & a silver in the total in the IPF Superheavy division. Barring injury he looks like a favorite for the title this year. Wade and Brad train together at their club gym - Jackal's Gym. I train with them once or twice a month for Strongman events. I have a slim chance to get invited to this years WSM. There is a contest the same weekend in St. Louis which has nice money if that doesn't work out for me.
I got to compete with Jouko & Magnus in Hawaii. They are both something to watch. I learned quite a bit & hopefully it pays off for me for future events.
I enjoy your website!
Take care, Karl
I still believe Heinonen would probably make it in the WSM finals (crucifix is the other relatively weak event) if he just got invited. But if TWI wants deadlift there in the finals, it seems that many many guys may lose their chances for winning the title. You should be able to pull 400kg from under the kness to get good points in that event.
The more powerlifts, the more chances for you Americans. I don't necessarily mean your boys have a higher max strength, but that most of the other events (also max strength) have been quite unfamiliar there until recently.
But I believe you now know a lot more of the sport and it's only a race against time before some of you start placing in the top-3. It doesn't really take that many months to figure out loading and crucifix for example. Maybe one third of it is learning how one should do it, one third about getting used to it and one third becoming good at it? When your ten last performances are inside a second you start to know what it's about.
Actually it would be great to hear something about your training and equipment if you wish to tell! Any views of late developments in the US?
You also noted it's hard to get to the big competitions from the US. It's the same everywhere. How many Finns do you see in GP competitions? The organizers still want only one per country!
Also during the time when Riku was the only one from Finland to get to the WSM, we had several good strongmen in line waiting for a chance. Jouko as well - even though he won many big competitions already in '96. Sadly many from that line aren't competing any more / are injured / have moved back to powerlifting etc.
But now I must see Mika Hakkinen win a Formula 1 race!!
Good luck to you all!
As far as implements, Wade & I have built a Yoke, Log, Farmers Walk implements, and a couple of stones. Any help on a strongman program would be appreciated. If you know Jouko's program for the off season that would be a great help. I enjoyed reading your workout with him... I hope he gets himself recovered well for WSM. It should be a great battle between him and Magnus & maybe Gerrit? I guess I had kind of forgotten about Gerrit & Veneberg. I guess those guys showed that they still can win some big contests.
Seems to me that you're a good powerlifter. With your 340kg deadlift you should also have the lower back strength for strongman competitions. However I wonder, when you base your workouts on mostly powerlifting, if you really get enough upper back and biceps training. It would not hurt your strongman performance to do different kind of weighted chins, heavy rows etc. I believe strongman comps are as much about upper than lower back. Then again I just happen to like these exercises myself.
Event training... maybe you could still do more? I noticed you might not get to carry much stuff in your lap (barrels, husafel - could replace with a thick log maybe)? I can't tell you much about how Jouko trains, mostly because I don't know exactly, but I believe when his video comes out, he'll tell there all he is willing to. I heard it's about training all muscle groups through with strongman equipment. I hope he tries to explain things a bit too... not just "now, I lift this".
About running, Jouko once told me he gets enough endurance from training strongman events already. Some can take even 60 seconds.
Also I don't know if Jouko really has an offseason program any more.
It's good that you train without steroids - often means less injuries and even better results in the long run, but nothing comes too easy or fast. In strongman steroids play a smaller role than in bodybuilding.
I too hope that Jouko will be able to .. at least recover for the WSM. He has won much this year but WSM is still considered to be the most important of them all. Even financially it has very much importance. Then again, it's just one competition and who knows what might happen, so can't count too much on winning there.
Yep, there are many guys who could win. And even Magnus, Jouko and Gerrit are out if they make too many mistakes. Being superior in some events doesn't help in total points. After seeing the event list it will be easier to say. But.. usually it's also the guy who is best prepared and .. maybe even most clever of the bunch!
|Date: Thu, 10 Jun 1999 23:40:57 EDT
Subject: American Championships and Hawaii
The American championships in Hawaii this past week had the best field in U.S. strongman perhaps in history and that's without Philippi and Pfister competing. But we already know what both of them can do anyway. It was nice to find out what the rest could do. Bryan Neese took the title, with Ken Brown in second and Harold Collins placed well overall (in the GP). The U.S.strength athletes came a long way since 1997, when the organizers put together a field in which most of them had no strongman experience whatsoever. Now fast forward to 1999 and presently we can make a long list of men who can bring something to the table. Because of major competions held here, Full Strength, SMA and now Hawaii it has given the athletes a foundation to succeed against tougher international competitors.
Plus the AFSA is making a big effort to making more opportunities and we should not forget the local events that are promoted almost every month. In the international event Ahola and Samuelsson went down to the wire. Showing us that, like in WSM98 if the events are mainly strength endurance based, Magnus can "hang" with anyone. Onasai showed very good for someone who "came out of the woodwork". I haven't seen him since Jan.98.
As far as the WSM of this year and who will be there. IFSA made a rule that anybody who competes in a non-IFSA event is in danger of losing any future invitations to any IFSA events including the WSM. We soon will find out if Kiri, Rasmussen etc. won't be an invite. If the "ban" is for real and with Philippi and Badenhorst in doubt because of injuries that will leave open many spots (that's if the organizers has 40 men like last year). I can see Finland easily having 4-5 men invited, U.S. about 4-5 (remember folks Americans need to get excited about this sport and with that excitement may come corporate sponsorship) and I think I read somewhere that China might have an entrant for the first time (world team champs will be held in China).
|Date: Sun, 6 Jun 1999 01:08:48 -0500
From: tara23 <email@example.com>
Subject: remember the ladies
I would like to address the issue of adding a womens competition. I enjoy watching the mens competition very much. But of course, I being an athletic, sports loving woman, would love to feel I could have an oppurtunity to compete as well. Please if you ever decide to add womens competition please let me know. I think this would be great for ratings, and sports are turning to the point of involving women! I am a black belt martial artist, kickboxer, love to lift weights and would love to try this sport. Please think about giving women a chance at this sport as well. I'll be waiting.
Europe's Strongest is the only one by far I have heard of.
|Date: Tue, 6 Apr 1999 22:04:05 +0200
From: GALASI ALESSANDRO firstname.lastname@example.org
Can I have some information of Odd Haugen?
Odd Haugen (USA, orig Norway) 48 years old, 6 foot 5 and 295 pounds
|From: Evgeniy <email@example.com>
Please, send details to the following address: firstname.lastname@example.org,
Sincerely yours, Kaptyukh Dmytro, manager.
|From: Jarkko Hyvärinen
Kyselit joskus hartsia/pihkaa: (You asked for resin)
|Date: Sat, 13 Mar 1999 16:32:02
Subject: Helsinki '99
After seeing what took place at
Helsinki, the "Finns" are one bad
Hey Sami, did Ahola ever get the MET-RX contract ? And when are you planning to rank the competitiors? I seen the pictures but who are the Graaf sisters I keep on hearing about, are they singers?
Thanks(I haven't heard what happened to the contract. The rankings will probably be based on competition results this year (otherwise it would just generate bad blood). Maybe if Chris suddenly gets a burst of energy, or when there has been more competitions... And the Graaf sisters ... make music videos at least.)
|Extracts from conversation with Henrik Svedlund
...Powerlifting is my sport and I like getting stronger. But I admire anyone who handles heavy objects - be it in powerlifting, olympic lifting, highand games or strongman events. It is amazing to see, e.g. Jouko *running* with the stones. Or the last event with Jon Pall S. and O.D. Wilson (I liked the whole WSM that year (pulling logs in water, lifting boats, shoveling rocks) lots of *different* events. And then seeing Ed Coan walkout with 455kg on his back - that's really something.
(Coan and Jouko have proved that the big aren't always the strongest. Also what I don't like is that some guys are considered being tough mostly just for their looks...
I feel powerlifting in Finland is not that popular at the moment. No money and no publicity. I like it though, but.. for me, training for it would require too much concentration on merely three events.)
I wrote:"but TV never seems to capture the atmosphere
|Good page, should have more intervierws
with Samuelsson though
- Came from the comments box, name field was "Ar america"?
(Thanks, and you're right. If anyone knows Magnus personally and would like to write us, that would be the nicest way. Anyone?)
|Robert Petersson <email@example.com>
I saw your link to the company that
sells older contests of wsm.
I remember when some of them were broadcasted here in Sweden and its a pity that I did not saved them on tape.
(Yes, I haven't seen many of those either. In USA they have shown basically every WSM competition during the last two years.)
Have you ordered any of the videos from that company? As I would like to have about 5 videos and as they are quite expensive I just wanted to know if you ordered any and if they were delivered ok and so on... The look of the pages with animated blood and stuff does not give a trusting look :).
Btw... your pages about wsm are
nice... They are bookmarked since many months and I drop by quite often
to read your updates.
(I haven't, but if YOU have, mail Robert!)
|It's tough being a dedicated fan. Some time ago
Heidi sent me a mail like this:
"Could you please do me a favour
? It's against my principle to go behind people's back, but could you please
tell Jouko that he owes me a surprise and some words. I dare not
bug him anymore because I'm afraid he would have me arrested for harassment,
and I wouldn't like that to happen. As you probably understand he IS my
favourite, followed closely by Magnus ver, Gerrit and
(What I learned later, was that Jouko had been
too busy lately to send any
If this sport keeps getting bigger (and we hope
it does), Jouko would need a
If any of you have mailed Jouko, give him some
time to answer. Just now I'd
A friend of mine told me that someone she knows was in the competition this past year. His last name was Wallace and he is from Washington in the US. Can anyone tell me how he did?
I'm looking for Lou Ferrigno's stats or achievements on the World's Strongest Man Competition 77-78(?)...
..think you can help me?
(There should be something on www.strongestman.com)