I don't see a thread for this, so I guess I dropped the ball. The WSM 2008 premeired yesterday on ESPN2, the best WSM I have seen in my short career... It will be airing again Sunday, December 28th 1pm-7pm on ESPN, I think the finals are 6-7 if you don't want to watch all the qualifiers.
Feel free to discuss how bad ass TO looked on the keg toss, or how bad ass all the other Americans were as they filled up the top spots in the finals.
Man, I watched all night and fell asleep at the last commercial break of the finals.
Ortmayer looked insane on all the events, but the kegs were just amazing. Poundstone and Ostuland were also really impressive. I think though watching Pudz pull the truck with the strained calf was fucking awesome, knowing how much your calves do on a truck pull that had to be insanely painful, but he just didn't care....
They do it for branding reasons. They dont want inzer, metal, whomever to get free advertising. If one of em were to pony up some $$ I wouldnt be at all surprised to see an inzer-suits-only rule or something implemented, under the auspices of "standardization." In fact, I'd be all in favor of anythign that'd infuse some cash into the competition, as long as it goes towards the athletes, or otherwise growing the competition.
That was Arild Haugen, and it actually appears that he may not be competing in strongman anymore. After worlds he reevaluated where he was/what he wanted - he mentioned that even coming in 8th (I think) at worlds he still only made a few thousand - and that he felt that boxing would provide him wiht a better life. So hte latest i've heard is that he's going into boxing
after watching many folks struggle with the 50,000 lb. truck, did anyone else find the performances on the 88,000 lb. plane over a longer distance a little out of proportion? it should've been much harder right? it looked easier for them to me...
The initial weight is really just contributing to the difficulty of the start. The plane probably had a much smaller coefficient of friction, so it made the pull overall easier.
On another note, a lot of people will try to tell you that getting it started is the only tough part, that after it's moving it's easy because it has momentum. These people are wrong, and have most likely never pulled anything heavy while strapped in by a harness.