On August 11, 2022, the organizing physique of the Shaw Classic introduced over Instagram that two-time defending World’s Strongest Man (WSM) Tom Stoltman would withdraw from this 12 months’s version of the competition. With the competitors proper across the nook on August 13-14, 2022, there won't be a alternative for Stoltman’s roster spot.
In a video on his YouTube channel, Stoltman later revealed the rationale behind his withdrawal. In a mix-up, the flight plans for his spouse, Sinead, have been incorrect once they checked their closing preparations to journey to Colorado. Without a decision, Stoltman wouldn't journey to the United States with out his associate.
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“I didn’t want to fly over without Sinead. I couldn’t just leave Sinead at the airport,” Stoltman clarified. “My first instinct was to make sure Sinead was alright and get her sorted. I would then think of myself second.”
Stoltman and his older brother and fellow strongman competitor, Luke, have been initially presupposed to fly along with their wives to the competitors. That plan was scrapped as Luke and his associate went to Colorado alone.
Tom famous earlier than making his closing resolution to withdraw, he had a dialog with the Shaw Classic organizer, Brian Shaw. Then, Stoltman mirrored that he wanted his spouse alongside him to compete and made the concession.
“The situation by that point was just too much for me,” Stoltman mentioned. “I think the best interest for me now is to just pass this competition.”
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At the time of this writing, right here is the ultimate roster for the 2022 Shaw Classic. It will solely function 15 athletes after Stoltman’s departure.
2022 Shaw Classic Roster
2022 Shaw Classic Events
At the time of this text’s publication, right here is the confirmed schedule of occasions for the 2022 Shaw Classic:
Day One — Saturday, August 13, 2022
Day Two — Sunday, August 14, 2022
- Log Press
- Frame Carry Arm-Over-Arm Medley
- Car Leg Press for Reps
- Atlas Stones
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Even with the youthful Stoltman’s withdrawal, this 12 months’s contest ought to be an interesting battle. It nonetheless options a number of WSM winners like Shaw (2011, 2013, 2015-2016), Žydrūnas Savickas (2009-2010, 2012, 2014) and Oleksii Novikov (2020).
There are additionally a couple of notable rising stars like Mitchell Hooper and defending Shaw Classic champion Trey Mitchell. All round, the remaining subject might push one another in an thrilling back-and-forth.
The 2022 Shaw Classic will happen on August 13-14 in Loveland, CO.
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