Here's who heading to Columbus in March.
There are some strongperson contests that may have extra gravitas to them. Competitions that develop into forks within the street in stellar careers. One of them is the annual Arnold Strongman Classic (ASC). With the 2023 version mere months away in Columbus, OH, a few of its puzzle items are beginning to fall into place.
On Dec. 7-8, 2022, the Arnold Sports Festival Instagram web page revealed the respective Men’s and Women’s rosters for the 2023 ASC, scheduled to happen on March 2-5, 2023.
On the Men’s aspect, some noteworthy confirmed opponents embrace two-time defending World’s Strongest Man (WSM) Tom Stoltman and 2022 Giants Live World Tour Finals champion Mitchell Hooper. On the Women’s aspect, powerlifter Tamara Walcott — the deadlift and whole World Record holder within the 90-plus kilogram division — will make her strongwoman debut. Meanwhile, present Log Lift World Record holder, former World’s Strongest Woman (WSW) champion (2018), and 2022 WSW runner-up Andrea Thompson will attempt to parlay her latest momentum right into a victory.
Here’s an summary of each rosters for the 2023 ASC:
2023 Arnold Strongman Classic Roster | Men
2023 Arnold Strongman Classic Roster | Women
- Tamara Walcott (U.S. Virgin Islands)
- Andrea Thompson (United Kingdom)
- Olga Liashchuk (Ukraine)
- Inez Carrasquillo (Puerto Rico)
- Melissa Peacock (Canada)
- Hannah Linzay (United States)
- Nadia Stowers (United States)
- Victoria Long (United States)
- Samantha Belliveau (Canada)
- Donna Moore (United Kingdom)
For the Men, the reigning champion Martins Licis is not going to seem to defend his title. Nor will the 2022 runner-up Oleksii Novikov. Overall, the Men’s subject has 4 challengers taking vacated roster spots from the 2022 version — Hooper, Mateusz Kieliszkowski, Pavlo Nakonechnyy, and Tom Evans.
Notably, Kieliszkowski returns to the ASC after notching two consecutive podium finishes in 2019-2020. Luke Stoltman and Bobby Thompson additionally return after tying for third place in 2022. Someone like Hooper — who received two of his final three strongman appearances to shut out 2022 — could make noise, too. That respective group might make for an interesting battle, ought to any of them enhance upon their previous outcomes.
Meanwhile, high contenders for the Women’s title may embrace 2022 WSW champion Olga Liashchuk, three-time WSW winner Donna Moore (2016-2017, 2019), and Thompson. With no established precedent at a strongwoman contest, it’s tough to determine how an athlete like Walcott may fare. However, her distinctive power might make her a possible darkish horse, too.
2022 ASC Events
Shortly after the official rosters have been introduced, the Arnold Sports Festival revealed the occasion lineup — which is notably the identical for each the boys’s and ladies’s fields. The occasions are as follows:
- Wheel of Pain
- The Austrian Oak
- Elephant Bar Deadlift
- Unspunnen Stone Throw
- Timber Frame Carry
There’s nonetheless loads of time earlier than the 2023 ASC formally launches. That means all bets could possibly be off as these star-studded rosters of elite strongpeople attempt to shine in Columbus in March.
Featured picture: @mitchellhooper on Instagram