|Hi everybody! It's keeping me busy, but here
are the latest news from Finland. I haven't checked all the facts then.
It's minus 10 degrees Celcius out there. Now it would be a good time for Jouko to try husafel stone again with resin on his hands - it didn't work when there was +30 deg in Morocco, but it's ok when the air is +10 deg or colder. Ok - I don't know really how it handles when it's freezing...
Winter seems to be a good time for strongman training however, the logs are lighter - and farmer's walk is even more challenging on ice.
TV2 is going to air the WSM '98 competition 29. Nov.
Also it looks like Jouko got the film part in
director-writer Werner Herzog's film about polish-jewish strongman Zisha
Breitbart, who lived in Europe in 1920's. The film will be produced by
american Gary Bart, whose uncle Zisha was. Jouko is currently reading the
125-page manuscript and test shoots will probably start in January at some
place in Germany. But I think Jouko has stopped talking about finishing
strongman competitions, instead he talked something about winning every
event in WSM '99 ;-) I heard that this movie will not have a happy ending.
Heavyweight: Ahola wins, Philip Pfister second
and Bryan Neese third.
ESPN (is it the most popular sports channel over there?) will televise the competition later.
Ahola won four of 8 events in the final. He silver dollar deadlifted 16x310kg! He was again the lightest competitor. The biggest guys there weighed even 235kg!
Strongmen competitions are getting to be a bigger and bigger sport in USA. On ESPN only american football is more popular I hear (can't be true because there's nothing on their site).
That's all for now, the Santa is closing fast and we're on a collision line unless I start reading for my exams.