2021 Rogue Invitational Preview & Athletes To Watch

Here are some of the top competitors to watch at the 2021 Rogue Invitational.

The 2021 Rogue Invitational is the next strongman competition that will feature some of the top names in the sport. Elite competitors will gather in Dell Diamond Stadium in Round Rock, TX from Oct. 29-31 to see who will take home the gold in this event.

This competition will be a chance for some of the top athletes to get back into the swing of things. Martins Licis, who won the 2019 World’s Strongest Man competition, will return to action along with Rob Kearney. Mateusz Kieliskowski will be back on stage for the second time since returning from an injury.

There will be $130,000 given out to the winner of the 2021 Rogue Invitational. There will be four World’s Strongest Man champions competing along with plenty of world-record holders. Here are some of the top competitors that are expected to make an appearance at the event.

List of Competitors

  • Brian Shaw
  • Tom Stoltman
  • Luke Stoltman
  • Martins Licis
  • Mateusz Kieliszkowski
  • Robert Kearney
  • JF Caron
  • Mikhail Shivlyakov
  • Jerry Pritchett
  • Oleksii Novikov


Brian Shaw

Shaw will enter the competition as the oldest competitor at 39 years old. This does not mean that he is out of the running for a podium finish — quite the opposite actually. Shaw was the runner-up at both the 2021 World’s Strongest Man and 2021 Shaw Classic. There is plenty that should motivate Shaw heading into this competition. That includes the prize money and the fact that he is going up against all younger competitors. Shaw has made 13 straight appearances in the WSM competition.

Tom Stoltman

Stoltman is the reigning World’s Strongest Man champion and is looking to make an impact at the Rogue Invitational. He received a positive COVID test that kept him out of the 2021 Europe’s Strongest Man competition but this did not slow him down. Stoltman finished second at the 2021 Giants Live World Tour Final. Stoltman is one of the top competitors in the Atlas Stone event. He will be difficult to defeat if he comes in at his peak and performs the way he is expected.

Martins Licis

Licis has not competed in two years because of different injuries. This is a chance for the former champion to get back in the field of competition and prove that he is still one of the best. Licis is the perfect combination of elite strength and technique when performing in different events. Licis has shared many training videos recently which shows his work getting back to competition. Licis is always a contender to finish on the podium. It will be interesting to see how he competes in his first competition back.

Mateusz Kieliszkowski

Kieliszkowski is another strongman coming off an injury. This is his second competition back since suffering a triceps injury that forced him to miss some time. He is another podium contender if he enters in tp shape. There are five events in this competition and Kieliszkowski will have to finish near the top of the final three or four. In his first competition back from injury, he finished second to Novikov at the 2021 World’s Ultimate Strongman contest. He is still one of the competitors to beat. The fact that he has one competition under his belt since returning from his injury is a huge factor.

Oleksii Novikov

Novikov might be viewed as the competitor to beat in this competition. The 2020 World’s Strongest Man did not qualify for the 2021 finals but has been on a roll since then. Novikov took home the prize during the 2021 Strongman Classic, 2021 World’s Ultimate Strongman contest, and the 2021 World’s Ultimate Strongman Strength Island competition. This is not included a runner-up finish at the 2021 Arnold Strongman Classic UK. Novikov is not the biggest competitor but he has become one of the best competitors. He recently posted a video training with a heavy dumbbell and referenced the Rogue Invitational. He will look to keep his streak going next weekend.

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Greg Patuto
Greg has covered the four major sports for six years and has been featured on sites such as Sports Illustrated, Fox Sports, SB Nation, NJ.com, and FanSided. Now, he is transitioning into the world of bodybuilding and strength sports.