Strongman Super Series


Strongman Super Series
World Strongman Super Series
2010
StrongmanSuperSeries09Logo.jpg
The official logo of World Strongman Super Series 2010
Tournament information
Location Various
Established 2001
Format Multi-event competition
Current champion
United States Brian Shaw

The Strongman Super Series, known from 2005 to 2008 as the World's Strongest Man Super Series and reverting in 2009 to the World Strongman Super Series, is a sequence of grand prix events in the sport of strength athletics. It was introduced in 2001 in response to concerns that, unlike other individual sports such as golf or tennis, there was no recognized international "tour" in strength athletics. The Strongman Super Series ensures that there are a number of high-profile, professionally run contests during the year, with competitors' placings being used to decide the overall Super Series Champion.

Typically, ten to twelve athletes take part in each GP, comprising the top six in the international rankings and at least four qualifiers or wildcard entries. The winner of each grand prix receives ten series points, the second placed, nine, and so on. The highest scoring competitor at the end of the series is named World Champion.

World Class Events ("WCE") ran the Super Series and signed a deal with TWI (the world’s largest independent producer and distributor of sports programming) to have the exclusive rights worldwide to be the only qualifying tour to the MET-Rx World's Strongest Man event for 2006-2008.[1] The top four athletes from each Grand Prix competition receive an automatic invitation to WSM.

On April 27, 2009 Giants Live, an arena-based series of live strongman competitions, was named the Official World's Strongest Man Qualifying Tour for 2009-2011, thus taking over from the Strongman Super Series in this regard. The first 2009 qualifying event took place on May 17 at the Mohegan Sun Casino Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut, and with the second event being the Viking Power competition, Giants Live appears to be mirroring the Super Series for its desired locations.[2]

Contents

Super Series World Champions

Year Athlete Nationality
2001 Magnus Samuelsson  Sweden
2002 Hugo Girard  Canada
2003/4 Mariusz Pudzianowski  Poland
2004/5 Žydrūnas Savickas  Lithuania
2005* Mariusz Pudzianowski  Poland
2006* Mariusz Pudzianowski  Poland
2007* Mariusz Pudzianowski  Poland
2008* Derek Poundstone  United States
2009 Brian Shaw  United States
2010 Brian Shaw  United States

*WSM Super Series


2001

The official logo of IFSA World Strongman Super Series from 2001 to 2004

Eight elite competitors were selected by IFSA to compete in all events of the grand prix series. They were:

Additional athletes were selected on a per-event basis.[3] Points were awarded based on the position in the event, in the following manner: 1st:6; 2nd:5; 3rd:4; 4th:3; 5th:2; and 6th:1.

Year Champion Runner-Up 3rd Place Location
Dutch Grand Prix 2001 Netherlands Wout Zijlstra Sweden Magnus Samuelsson Norway Svend Karlsen Netherlands
Czech Grand Prix 2001 (Hammer Strength) (August 2001)[4] Canada Hugo Girard Norway Svend Karlsen Sweden Magnus Samuelsson Czech Republic Prague
Stockholm Grand Prix 2001 (27th October) Sweden Magnus Samuelsson Canada Hugo Girard Norway Svend Karlsen Sweden Scandinavian Fitness Expo in Älvsjö, Stockholm
Overall placings Sweden Magnus Samuelsson (15pts) Canada Hugo Girard (13pts) Norway Svend Karlsen (13pts) Sweden Stockholm

Notes

  • Wout Zijlstra of the Netherlands was in fourth place on 9pts.[5]
  • The Scottish Grand Prix 2001 (21st/22nd July) (also called World Muscle Power 2001) was not one of the Super Series Grand Prix's in the 2001 series. (The results of this, held in Mintlaw) were 1st:Hugo Girard, 2nd: Svend Karlsen.

2002

Year Champion Runner-Up 3rd Place Location
Aberdeen Grand Prix (World Muscle Power 2002) Norway Svend Karlsen Canada Hugo Girard Finland Janne Virtanen Scotland Aberdeen
Sweden Grand Prix 2002 (Hammer Strength) Canada Hugo Girard Norway Svend Karlsen Lithuania Zydrunas Savickas Sweden Sweden
Hawaii Grand Prix Final (held in Jan 2003) (24-Hour Fitness Grand Prix Final) Canada Hugo Girard Lithuania Zydrunas Savickas Poland Mariusz Pudzianowski United States Hawaii
Overall placings Canada Hugo Girard Norway Svend Karlsen Lithuania Zydrunas Savickas Canada Canada

2003/04

Year Champion Runner-Up 3rd Place Location
Hawaii Grand Prix 2003 Poland Mariusz Pudzianowski Latvia Raimonds Bergmanis Lithuania Zydrunas Savickas United States Hawaii
Dutch Grand Prix 2003 Poland Mariusz Pudzianowski Lithuania Zydrunas Savickas Netherlands Jarno Hams Netherlands Netherlands
Canada Grand Prix 2003 Canada Hugo Girard Poland Mariusz Pudzianowski Norway Svend Karlsen Canada Canada
Finland Grand Prix 2003 Canada Hugo Girard Poland Mariusz Pudzianowski Latvia Raimonds Bergmanis Finland Finland
Arnold's Strongest Man and Grand Prix Final 2003/4 Lithuania Zydrunas Savickas Norway Svend Karlsen Latvia Raimonds Bergmanis United States Columbus, Ohio
Overall placings Poland Mariusz Pudzianowski Lithuania Zydrunas Savickas Latvia Raimonds Bergmanis Poland Poland

Super Series 2004/2005

Year Champion Runner-Up 3rd Place Location
Moscow Grand Prix Poland Mariusz Pudzianowski Lithuania Zydrunas Savickas Ukraine Vasyl Virastyuk Russia Moscow
Sweden Grand Prix Sweden Magnus Samuelsson Lithuania Zydrunas Savickas Norway Svend Karlsen Sweden Sweden
Overall placings Lithuania Zydrunas Savickas Ukraine Vasyl Virastyuk Poland Mariusz Pudzianowski/
Sweden Magnus Samuelsson


The tentative schedule for 2004/05 was to have been: May - Germany Grand Prix; July - Russia Grand Prix; August - Canada Grand Prix; August - Sweden Grand Prix; November - Hawaii Grand Prix; March - USA Grand Prix Final.[6]

WSM Super Series 2005

The official logo of World Strongman Super Series from 2005 to 2008
Year Champion Runner-Up 3rd Place Location
Met-Rx Grand Prix Poland Mariusz Pudzianowski United States Jesse Marunde Finland Janne Virtanen United States Muscle Beach
Nautilus Grand Prix Poland Mariusz Pudzianowski Poland Slawomir Toczek United States Jesse Marunde Poland Poland
Vulkan Grand Prix Poland Mariusz Pudzianowski Finland Janne Virtanen United States Jesse Marunde Sweden Sweden
Mohegan Sun Grand Prix Poland Mariusz Pudzianowski Canada Jessen Paulin United States Don Pope United States Mohegan Sun Arena
Overall placings Poland Mariusz Pudzianowski United States Jesse Marunde Finland Janne Virtanen

WSM Super Series 2006

Year Champion Runner-Up 3rd Place Location
Arnold Strongman Classic 2006 Lithuania Žydrūnas Savickas Ukraine Vasyl Virastyuk Russia Mikhail Koklyaev United States Columbus, Ohio
Moscow Grand Prix Poland Mariusz Pudzianowski Russia Elbrus Nigmatullin Canada Jessen Paulin Russia Russia
Poland Grand Prix Poland Mariusz Pudzianowski Poland Jarek Dymek Poland Sebastian Wenta Poland Poland
Mohegan Sun Grand Prix Poland Mariusz Pudzianowski United States Jesse Marunde United States Josh Thigpen United States Mohegan Sun Arena
Overall placings Poland Mariusz Pudzianowski TBC TBC

WSM Super Series 2007

Year Champion Runner-Up 3rd Place Location
Mohegan Sun Grand Prix Poland Mariusz Pudzianowski United States Kevin Nee United Kingdom Mark Felix United States Mohegan Sun Arena
Venice Beach Super Series United States Dave Ostlund Poland Mariusz Pudzianowski United States Jesse Marunde United States Venice Beach
Viking Power Super Series 2007 Poland Mariusz Pudzianowski Poland Jarek Dymek Sweden Magnus Samuelsson Norway Norway
Overall placings Poland Mariusz Pudzianowski TBC TBC

WSM Super Series 2008

Year Champion Runner-Up 3rd Place Location
Mohegan Sun Grand Prix United States Derek Poundstone Poland Mariusz Pudzianowski United Kingdom Terry Hollands United States Mohegan Sun Arena
Madison Square Garden Super Series United States Travis Ortmayer United States Derek Poundstone United States Dave Ostlund United States Madison Square Garden
Viking Power Super Series 2008 Norway Arild Haugen Poland Sebastian Wenta Norway Richard Skog Norway Storefjell Resort Hotel
Sweden Super Series Sweden Magnus Samuelsson Estonia Tarmo Mitt Norway Richard Skog Sweden Lysekil, Sweden
Overall placings United States Derek Poundstone

World Strongman Super Series 2009

Giants Live replaced the Super Series from 2009 as the official qualifying tour for the World's Strongest Man. However, the dotFIT World Strongman Super Series continued in 2009, taking over from the World's Strongest Man Super Series.[7] The class of athletes is of a high quality with such notables as Marshall White, Nick Best, Johannes Arsjo, Brian Shaw, Stojan Todorchev and Janne Virtanen competing.

Year Champion Runner-Up 3rd Place Location
Bucharest Grand Prix
July 4th 2009
United States Marshall White United States Nick Best Sweden Johannes Arsjo Romania Centre Ville Complex, Bucharest
Los Angeles Grand Prix
formerly Venice Beach Super Series
Nov 14 2009[8]
United States Brian Shaw Bulgaria Stojan Todorchev United States Jason Bergmann United States Venice Beach
Gothenburg Grand Prix
formerly Sweden Super Series
World Final
Dec 5th 2009[9]
United States Brian Shaw Bulgaria Stojan Todorchev United States Jason Bergmann Sweden Congress Hall, Gothenburg, Sweden
Overall placings[9] United States Brian Shaw (27pts) Bulgaria Stojan Todorchev (24pts) United States Nick Best (21pts)

The New York Grand Prix (formerly Madison Square Garden Super Series) was scheduled for September 26th 2009 at Madison Square Garden but was cancelled due to the proximity of its date to that of the World's Strongest Man at which its top athletes were competing.

Events from 2001 to 2006 from Archive of www.super-series.com

WSM Super Series 2010

Event Champion Runner-Up 3rd Place Location
Mohegan Sun Grand Prix[10]
April 25, 2010
United States Derek Poundstone United States Brian Shaw Bulgaria Stojan Todorchev United States Mohegan Sun Arena
Svend Karlsen Viking Power Challenge[11]
June 26, 2010
United States Brian Shaw Sweden Johannes Arsjo United Kingdom Laurence Shahlaei Norway Storefjell Resort Hotel
Swedish Grand Prix
Dec. 17, 2010[12]
United States Brian Shaw United States Nick Best United Kingdom Laurence Shahlaei Sweden Sweden
Overall placings[13] United States Brian Shaw (33 pts.) United States Dave Ostlund (19.5 pts.) United Kingdom Laurence Shahlaei (16 pts.)

See also

References

  1. ^ WCE AND TWI SHOW STRENGTH IN PARTNERSHIP
  2. ^ GIANTS LIVE NAMED OFFICIAL QUALIFYING TOUR FOR WORLD'S STRONGEST MAN COMPETITION
  3. ^ IFSA Grand Prix Competitors Named . . . by Randall J. Strossen, Ph.D. | ©2008 IronMind
  4. ^ Girard Wins IFSA Prague Super Series by Randall J. Strossen, Ph.D. | ©2008 IronMind
  5. ^ Sweden's Strongest Man site
  6. ^ archive of official site of IFSA super series
  7. ^ Official site breaking news
  8. ^ Brian Shaw: Strong Showing at World Strongman Super Series by Randall J. Strossen, Ph.D., IronMind
  9. ^ a b Brian Shaw Wins Big at World Strongman Super Series: Takes Swedish Grand Prix and Overall Title by Randall J. Strossen, Ph.D., IronMind
  10. ^ Randall J. Strossen, Derek Poundstone Three-Peats at the Mohegan Sun: World Strongman Series Grand Prix Winner, Ironmind, Sunday, April 25, 2010
  11. ^ Randall J. Strossen, Brian Shaw Wins Viking Power Challenge, Ironmind, June 26, 2010
  12. ^ http://www.ironmind.com/ironmind/opencms/Articles/2010/Dec/Brian_Shaw_Wins_World_Strongman_Super_Series_Swedish_Grand_Prix_and_Overall_Title.html
  13. ^ http://www.ironmind.com/ironmind/opencms/Articles/2010/Dec/Brian_Shaw_Wins_World_Strongman_Super_Series_Swedish_Grand_Prix_and_Overall_Title.html

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