The Arnold Strongman Classic


Congratulations to our winner, Vytautas Lalas!


We are excited about the great athletes who will be competing in the 2013 Arnold Strongman Classic.

Athlete Biographies

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    Hafthor Bjornsson

    Third-year competitor at the Arnold Classic

    Hafthor began competing in strongman after an injury to his ankle ended his basketball career. In his first contest, with no real training, Hafthor won one event and made an Icelandic record in stone carrying. After this auspicious beginning, Hafthor was hooked and began training solely for strongman competitions. Since 2009, he has won seven competitions.

    Age: 25
    Height: 6'9"
    Weight: 397 pounds
    Hometown: Kopavogur, Iceland
    Family:Daughter Theresa Lif
    Occupation: Bank security guard

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    Michael Burke

    Third-year competitor at the Arnold Classic

    I began training for strongman and weightlifting in general in at the beginning of 2010. I got into the sport when I ran into a group of guys after joining a gym in my neighborhood. I am still really new to this sport. I met Brian Shaw at the end of 2010 and have been training with him ever since.

    Age: 39
    Height: 6'6"
    Weight: 340 pounds
    Hometown: Aurora, Colorado
    Family: Wife Maree Burke, son Michael and daughter Isabella
    Occupation: Framing contractor

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    Vytautas Lalas

    Second-year competitor at the Arnold Classic

    Vytautas Lalas, the stoutly-built Lithuanian, was a surprise victor at the 2013 Arnold Strongman Classic, beating out gargantuan Brian Shaw and a strong field of competitors to take home his first Louis Cyr trophy.

    Age: 31
    Height: 5'10"
    Weight: 309 pounds
    Hometown: Mazeikiaia, Lithuania
    Family: Wife Simona
    Occupation:Co-owner of Animal Barbell gym in Ireland

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    Robert Oberst

    First Arnold Classic appearance

    Robert Oberst is a relative newcomer to the sport of strongman having competed in his first contest as a pro only one and a half years ago. Once turning pro, however, Oberst has quickly made his way into the higher ranks of the sport with an impressive win at the MetRx Odd Haugen Strength Challenge last summer and a top ten finish in the 2013 World's Strongest Man.

    Age: 28
    Height: 6'8"
    Weight: 410 pounds
    Hometown: Hartford, California
    Family: Wife, Kristin; Robert has nine siblings and 23 nephews and nieces.
    Occupation:Home care giver

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    Jerry Pritchett

    Second Arnold Classic appearance

    Jerry began his strength career in powerlifting at the age of 15. Prior to his involvement in strongman contests, Jerry was a Sprint Car driver and still enjoys racing in his spare time.

    Age: 34
    Height: 6'4"
    Weight: 340 pounds
    Hometown: Phoenix, Arizona
    Family: Wife Kasey, daughter Abigail and son James
    Occupation:Metal fabricator

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    Krzysztof Radzikowski

    Second Arnold Classic appearance

    "My dream is to be considered the strongest man in the world... that is the dream of all strongmen. I know I am not as large as some of the top men, but I love to train, and even though this is a very hard sport, with very hard training you can succeed."

    Age: 33
    Height: 6'1"
    Weight: 320 pounds
    Hometown: Glowno, Poland

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    Dimitar Savatinov

    First Arnold Classic appearance

    Dimitar worked as a strongman for a Bulgarian Acrobatic Teeterboard Act and Ringling Brothers Circus before competing in strength events. "My focus now is on strength, and I'm thrilled to have made it to the Arnold Strongman Classic this year," said Dimitar.

    Age: 33
    Height: 5'10"
    Weight: 325 pounds
    Hometown: Gotze Delchev, Bulgaria
    Family: Wife, Kat

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    Zydrunas Savickas

    Six-time Arnold Classic Champion (2003-2008)

    "Big Z" began training after watching a strongman contest on TV in 1989. Today, he is considered by nearly everyone as being the strongest man in the world, after winning the Arnold Classic six times and TWI's World's Strongest Man three times.

    Age: 38
    Height: 6'3"
    Weight: 400 pounds
    Hometown: Vilnius, Lithuania
    Family: Wife, Jurgita

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    Brian Shaw

    Fifth Arnold Classic appearance (2011 champion)

    I like competing in strongman because it is the best test of overall body strength that there is. It is great to be able to test my strength against the strongest men in the world.

    Age: 30
    Height: 6'8"
    Weight: 420 pounds
    Hometown: Furt Lupton, Colorado
    Family:Parents, Jay and Bonnie Shaw
    Occupation:Professional strongman

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