Strongmen will gather to Sacramento in May to attempt to be crowned the new World’s Strongest Man.
The 2022 World’s Strongest Man competition officially has dates and a location. The event will take place from May 24-29 in Sacramento, CA. This will be the 45th edition of the competition.
On Thursday, the announcement was made on the SBD World’s Strongest Man Instagram Page. A video was posted that shared some of the best strongmen in the world.
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There will be a total of 30 athletes taking part in the competition. There has not been an official roster or event list released just yet. There were a total of five strongmen featured in the video posted and it was highlighted by 2021 World’s Strongest Man Tom Stoltman.
Martins Licis, who won the 2019 WSM competition, and two-time bronze medalist Terry Hollands were also featured. The video continued with Maxime Boudreault and 2021 Arnold Strongman Classic UK champ Evan Singleton.
This is the second year of a three-year deal that the WSM competition has with the Visit Sacramento Sports Commission. In 2021, the show was held at the Old Sacramento Waterfront. This was an outdoor event where competitors had to perform in incredible heat.
While we do not know who will appear at the competition, we do know that former champions have a lifetime invitation. In 2021, there were five champions who were active and are likely to be on the official list. Stoltman will likely defend his title. Oleksii Novikov won the competition in 2020 and was a force after returning from injury. Brian Shaw and Zydrunas Savickas have four titles each and remain active in powerlifting.
Before the strongmen flock to Sacramento, there will be two significant contests that take place. It begins with the 2022 Britain’s Strongest Man contest. This will take place on Feb. 26 in Sheffield, UK. Stoltman is the reigning champion looking to make it two in a row. The 2022 Arnold Strongman Classic is shortly after from March 4-5 in Columbus.
Now that there is an official time set for the 2022 WSM competition, lifters can begin to train accordingly and prepare for the show. The official roster and event list will be released at a later date.