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WSM SS Venice Beach Results


Final placings:
David Ostlund winner
Mariusz 2nd
Jesse Marunde 3rd
Karl Gillingham 4th
Mark Phillippi 5th
Kevin Nee 6th

Congratulations Dave by all accounts a very exciting event.

Also congratulations to Jesse, qualifying for WSM in your first comp back after surgery and in the same week of a new baby for him and Callie.

I’d heard Jesse had put some size on…looks to be true. Give him a year and I think he’ll win the whole damn thing. I think the battle is between Mariuz and Phil. What the hell is going on with Hugo Girard is he ever going to stay healthy and get back to WSM?

Here’s a funny powerlifting / strongman observation. Three of the strongest men on the planet are holding the exact cheesy $10 atlas trophy every lifter got at the last meet I was in.

Come on guys “go for the gold…I mean PLASTIC!”

[quote]DominicanDL wrote:
Here’s a funny powerlifting / strongman observation. Three of the strongest men on the planet are holding the exact cheesy $10 atlas trophy every lifter got at the last meet I was in.

Come on guys “go for the gold…I mean PLASTIC!”[/quote]

I think that is pretty unfair, it’s a known fact that we are an underfunded sport, that’s why I took on the role of sponsorship director to bring more money into the sport. At the moment we would rather put the limited funds into decent travel and hotels for the athletes, quality equipment for the shows, great venues for the fans to see a well run show and decent prize money for the athletes.

Trophies are not top of the list.

Personally I like the trophies I think they’re subtle and to the point. Whats the point of having some huge OTT trophy ?

Pretty cool to see Dave up there in first place. He and Jeff Peterson have been putting on some great local comps here in MN. Good job man.

[quote]Sjordan wrote:
DominicanDL wrote:
Here’s a funny powerlifting / strongman observation. Three of the strongest men on the planet are holding the exact cheesy $10 atlas trophy every lifter got at the last meet I was in.

Come on guys “go for the gold…I mean PLASTIC!”

I think that is pretty unfair, it’s a known fact that we are an underfunded sport, that’s why I took on the role of sponsorship director to bring more money into the sport. At the moment we would rather put the limited funds into decent travel and hotels for the athletes, quality equipment for the shows, great venues for the fans to see a well run show and decent prize money for the athletes.

Trophies are not top of the list.

Personally I like the trophies I think they’re subtle and to the point. Whats the point of having some huge OTT trophy ?

[/quote]

Fully agree.

As a competitive lifter I’d much rather good equipment and a good venue rather than some OTT trophy.

Here are my inane rambling/recap I posted in the westside thread

Well thats just the 2nd American to beat Marsuiz I think, So Big 6’7 330+lb Dave Ostlund really came out with this comp!

He was behind by 7 points going into the stones and Kaz announced it as 1st and 2nd place, Marsuiz made a remark about how he is very far ahead though, Marsuiz fumbled on two of the stones which droped him a few places, Ostlund FLEW threw the stones just beating Jesse Marundes time for 1st.

The stones ended up being double points, which gave Dave just enough points to beat Marusiz. which wasn’t mentioned before hand, Pudz was obviously pissed, he was telling the super series president that this was a joke, etc.

I was FRONT ROW you really couldn’t any closer without being in the way.

The level of strength and atletcisim is insane and almost unbelivable.

Marsuiz is huge, and no one that weighs 320+lbs should have huge bulging veins in their calf.

Kevin Nee has the biggest forearms I have ever seen, there was muscle on top of muscle, I didn’t think a forearm could look like that, the fact that he is a couple months younger than me is just sickening. He did get some type of bicep injury in the deadlift medely which sucked because Kevin was in the top three pretty much all day and still ended up taking 5th despite skipping the stones.

The events where insane and HEAVY, a 385lb farmers walk for 85ft, only a few finished, the pick up was very low and well it was damn near 800lbs in your hands what do you expect? Cory St Clair from Idaho smoked it and took first, Jesse Marunde droped it INCHES from the finish and he was moving FAST, probaly would have took first but the drop ended up moving him back to 5th I think.

the overhead medely consisted of the inch DB around 181 or so lbs with a HUGE handle, a 330 log, a 350lb axle, and a 280lb field stone which looked like a major PITA, very few got all 4, the field stone and INCH DB where very hard for most, Well Marunde decided to hold the INCH above his head for 20-30 seconds after completing putting on a show.

Next event was a 950lb super yoke for 85ft, um HEAVY thats all, Dave Ostlund ran with the thing in 15 seconds I think, pretty sure Pudz took 2nd.

Next was by far the most evil event of all, the tombstone carry, basically a 410 field stone/river rock that had to be lifted FROM THE GROUND and carried for 82ft

This thing was massive, just lifting this thing off the ground should be a feat in itself but walking with it was just mean! Dave Ostlund one this one with his huge long arms coming into handy.

Kevin Nee picked it very high on his chest and pretty much blacked out RIGHT in front of me, he was down for a bit to, a 410lb field stone on your chest hurts I would imagine I think this is where his bicep might have started to get injured as well.

Deadlift Medely

660lb axle 705lb bar, 550lb fishing pole (to hard to describe)

followed by a 850lb frame carry for 33 feet

how easy these guys make 700lbs look makes me sad, the frame carry was just silly and only a few even lifted it, Marsuiz won with a HARD lift and a big lunge forward.

I covered the stones earlier.

I am FUCKING SUNBURNT I am retarded for forgetting my sunscreen. I wore a tank top to, I took my shirt off late in the day and this conest is going to be on national tv, (FSN) I will look like an idiot, oh well!

Meeting Kaz, Svend Karlsen, Marunde, Kevin Nee, etc was cool everyone was real nice to.

Fun day

[quote]Hanley wrote:
Sjordan wrote:
DominicanDL wrote:
Here’s a funny powerlifting / strongman observation. Three of the strongest men on the planet are holding the exact cheesy $10 atlas trophy every lifter got at the last meet I was in.

Come on guys “go for the gold…I mean PLASTIC!”

I think that is pretty unfair, it’s a known fact that we are an underfunded sport, that’s why I took on the role of sponsorship director to bring more money into the sport. At the moment we would rather put the limited funds into decent travel and hotels for the athletes, quality equipment for the shows, great venues for the fans to see a well run show and decent prize money for the athletes.

Trophies are not top of the list.

Personally I like the trophies I think they’re subtle and to the point. Whats the point of having some huge OTT trophy ?

Fully agree.

As a competitive lifter I’d much rather good equipment and a good venue rather than some OTT trophy.[/quote]

I agree completly, the venue was awesome and the equipment was top notch.

Hopfully the extra $$$ goes in the athletes pockets and not in the trophy case.

[quote]Sjordan wrote:
DominicanDL wrote:
Here’s a funny powerlifting / strongman observation. Three of the strongest men on the planet are holding the exact cheesy $10 atlas trophy every lifter got at the last meet I was in.

Come on guys “go for the gold…I mean PLASTIC!”

I think that is pretty unfair, it’s a known fact that we are an underfunded sport, that’s why I took on the role of sponsorship director to bring more money into the sport. At the moment we would rather put the limited funds into decent travel and hotels for the athletes, quality equipment for the shows, great venues for the fans to see a well run show and decent prize money for the athletes.

Trophies are not top of the list.

Personally I like the trophies I think they’re subtle and to the point. Whats the point of having some huge OTT trophy ?

[/quote]

very good point jordan…personally i see this sport as very underrated by the general public…I wouldn’t mind seeing one live.

[quote]Mad Titan wrote:
Sjordan wrote:
DominicanDL wrote:
Here’s a funny powerlifting / strongman observation. Three of the strongest men on the planet are holding the exact cheesy $10 atlas trophy every lifter got at the last meet I was in.

Come on guys “go for the gold…I mean PLASTIC!”

I think that is pretty unfair, it’s a known fact that we are an underfunded sport, that’s why I took on the role of sponsorship director to bring more money into the sport. At the moment we would rather put the limited funds into decent travel and hotels for the athletes, quality equipment for the shows, great venues for the fans to see a well run show and decent prize money for the athletes.

Trophies are not top of the list.

Personally I like the trophies I think they’re subtle and to the point. Whats the point of having some huge OTT trophy ?

very good point jordan…personally i see this sport as very underrated by the general public…I wouldn’t mind seeing one live.[/quote]

you should have came out, tickets where only 20 bucks.

Kaz did say rumor is Worlds Strongest man would be held in California this year.

I hope thats true!

[quote]KO421 wrote:
Mad Titan wrote:
Sjordan wrote:
DominicanDL wrote:
Here’s a funny powerlifting / strongman observation. Three of the strongest men on the planet are holding the exact cheesy $10 atlas trophy every lifter got at the last meet I was in.

Come on guys “go for the gold…I mean PLASTIC!”

I think that is pretty unfair, it’s a known fact that we are an underfunded sport, that’s why I took on the role of sponsorship director to bring more money into the sport. At the moment we would rather put the limited funds into decent travel and hotels for the athletes, quality equipment for the shows, great venues for the fans to see a well run show and decent prize money for the athletes.

Trophies are not top of the list.

Personally I like the trophies I think they’re subtle and to the point. Whats the point of having some huge OTT trophy ?

very good point jordan…personally i see this sport as very underrated by the general public…I wouldn’t mind seeing one live.

you should have came out, tickets where only 20 bucks.

Kaz did say rumor is Worlds Strongest man would be held in California this year.

I hope thats true!
[/quote]

I’m pretty sure it’s Dubai (or was it abu dhabi?)

At any rate, I would not take ANYTHING kaz says as an MC at face value

[quote]KBCThird wrote:
Kaz did say rumor is Worlds Strongest man would be held in California this year.

I hope thats true!

I’m pretty sure it’s Dubai (or was it abu dhabi?)

At any rate, I would not take ANYTHING kaz says as an MC at face value[/quote]

I heard it was Dubai as well. I dont believe what Kaz said either, but I could dream.

[quote]Sjordan wrote:

Personally I like the trophies I think they’re subtle and to the point. Whats the point of having some huge OTT trophy ?

[/quote]

To see how far they can carry it.

[quote]KO421 wrote:
Mad Titan wrote:
Sjordan wrote:
DominicanDL wrote:
Here’s a funny powerlifting / strongman observation. Three of the strongest men on the planet are holding the exact cheesy $10 atlas trophy every lifter got at the last meet I was in.

Come on guys “go for the gold…I mean PLASTIC!”

I think that is pretty unfair, it’s a known fact that we are an underfunded sport, that’s why I took on the role of sponsorship director to bring more money into the sport. At the moment we would rather put the limited funds into decent travel and hotels for the athletes, quality equipment for the shows, great venues for the fans to see a well run show and decent prize money for the athletes.

Trophies are not top of the list.

Personally I like the trophies I think they’re subtle and to the point. Whats the point of having some huge OTT trophy ?

very good point jordan…personally i see this sport as very underrated by the general public…I wouldn’t mind seeing one live.

you should have came out, tickets where only 20 bucks.

Kaz did say rumor is Worlds Strongest man would be held in California this year.

I hope thats true!
[/quote]

If its true and its in so cal COUNT ME IN!

[quote]Mad Titan wrote:
KO421 wrote:
Mad Titan wrote:
Sjordan wrote:
DominicanDL wrote:
Here’s a funny powerlifting / strongman observation. Three of the strongest men on the planet are holding the exact cheesy $10 atlas trophy every lifter got at the last meet I was in.

Come on guys “go for the gold…I mean PLASTIC!”

I think that is pretty unfair, it’s a known fact that we are an underfunded sport, that’s why I took on the role of sponsorship director to bring more money into the sport. At the moment we would rather put the limited funds into decent travel and hotels for the athletes, quality equipment for the shows, great venues for the fans to see a well run show and decent prize money for the athletes.

Trophies are not top of the list.

Personally I like the trophies I think they’re subtle and to the point. Whats the point of having some huge OTT trophy ?

very good point jordan…personally i see this sport as very underrated by the general public…I wouldn’t mind seeing one live.

you should have came out, tickets where only 20 bucks.

Kaz did say rumor is Worlds Strongest man would be held in California this year.

I hope thats true!

If its true and its in so cal COUNT ME IN![/quote]

Hell yes Id be in and I agree 100% on the route you all are taking. The trophy is good and well but it dont pay the bills etc and even if pure gold like an oscar etc it just gets pushed in a corner or box after the gleam/ glow of the moment wears off.

Keep up the good work

Phill

I’d love to see one of these events in person some day. AS for the trophies…I guess you need to put something in their hands and I’ll let it go.

[quote]DominicanDL wrote:
I’d love to see one of these events in person some day. AS for the trophies…I guess you need to put something in their hands and I’ll let it go.[/quote]

There was a super series at Mohegan Sun in April which I don’t think is to far from New York.

There was also rumor of one being at Madison Square Garden later this year.

http://picasaweb.google.com/knockout421/WorldsStrongestManSuperSeriesVeniceBeachCA61607

Here are some pictures of the first two events I took, Of course my cameras batterys ran out after that, even though they said they where full before I left, oh well.

I took some more with a disposable I had in my bag for some reason, I’ll post those up to when I devolp it.

Send me a heads up if an event ends up at the Garden.