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03-19-2009, 07:02 PM #1
America's Strongest Man
America’s Strongest Man® Set for West Virginia by Randall J. Strossen, Ph.D. | ©2009 IronMind
American Strongman Corporation (ASC) has officially announced that the 2009 America’s Strongest Man® (ASM) contest will be held July 25 - 26 in conjunction with the Mountain Fest in Morgantown, West Virginia, and it promises to add a new dimension to strongman competitions by building on the “Live” concept that ASC has developed.
ASC has announced its 2009 America’s Strongest Man® contest, where it will blend muscle, music and motorcycles. Logo courtesy of Dione Wessels.
To put this contest in context, let’s start by talking about North American Strongman (NAS).
As the well-established amateur strongman federation, “NAS is the foundation of strongman in America,” explained NAS vice president Dione Wessels, and “in order for an athlete to become an ASC athlete, they must first compete as an amateur.” Open to all, “NAS welcomes anyone to give strongman a try,” said Wessels. And if you do well in NAS, you can move up the ladder, graduating to professional contest.
“There are two ways for an athlete to get his pro card - either by winning a Platinum Plus amateur contest, or by winning nationals,” said Wessels. “There are three Platinum Plus contests per year that an amateur athlete can compete in and the first one this year is in April in Orlando, Florida. [The next one is in] June in San Diego, California, and the final one is in August in Dallas, Texas. The contest in California is also the wildcard show whereas the winner not only gets his pro card, but also an automatic invite to ASM. The other way for an athlete to become pro is by winning the NAS National Championships which is held every year in the fall.”
“Since the qualifying system has been in place, we have seen great athletes like Derek Poundstone, Van Hatfield, Travis Ortmayer and many many more emerge,” said Wessels.
“The ‘Live’ events provide fans with live entertainment and gives the athletes a chance to create a fan base not only in their home town, but also across the country,” said Wessels, and that’s the context for the upcoming America’s Strongest Man® contest. “All ASC contests that have been held this year were qualifiers. All the athletes have to do is compete in order to qualify. Where they placed in the contests does not matter,” said Wessels.
And while the purse has not yet been announced, Wessels is optimistic: “Our marketing agent is currently negotiating with Harley Davidson and other non-fitness related companies, and it looks as though a minimum of the top ten athletes will be paid. American Strongman will also be working with Steve Slater, Williams Strength, and IronMind® on event details.”
For full details, please check the official MountainFest and ASC websites.
03-19-2009, 07:03 PM #2
from the ASC site:
Motorcycles, Music, and America's Strongest Man(r) 2009
by staff members
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Already qualified to compete are Brad "the Wolverine" Dunn, Handsome David Hansen, the Law Nick Brugal, Matt "the Cheese Wheel" Wanat, the Mad Scientist Rob Mulenbeurg, Carl Fommel, Big John Connor, Warrick Brant and Tamas Molitinski.
ASC VP Mike Johnston said, "The crowd here is going to be out of control. Absolute bedlam! And with two qualifying shows and a wildcard spot left this is sure to be a stacked field!"
A packed field indeed. ASC "Live" 2009 has qualifiers in Orlando, Florida and Battle Creek, Michigan in April and May respectively, and these are the last chances for active ASC Pros to compete. Johnston commented, "ASC is all inclusive this year. If you are an ASC pro contact the home office, compete in either Florida or Michigan, and you will qualify for the ASM. It is just that simple." Of course the winner of the of the NAS San Diego Platinum Plus earns the "Wildcard" spot.
So, will this be the year that the American Strongman scene is really united? Travis Ortmayer says he wants the ASM title. Fresh off a victory at the Arnold, Derek Poundstone says the ASM is his favorite and he wants it back. Steve MacDonald says he is planning to get back in the mix and Jason Kristol is reported to be training hard..
"These are our people," says ASC President Dione Wessels, "These are our fans. ASC have been all over the country promoting American Strongman and the fans love it! Any athlete that misses this opportunity to entertain the masses is just plain crazy. There are two chances left. Who has the desire and who sees the vision."
For more information visit www.wvmountainfest.com.
03-19-2009, 07:09 PM #3
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You going, Bob?
03-19-2009, 07:33 PM #4
Awesome, looks like I know what I'm doing in July.
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03-19-2009, 08:27 PM #6
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07-05-2009, 03:31 PM #8
Wish it was closer.
07-06-2009, 06:30 PM #9
07-06-2009, 06:47 PM #10
I'd love to attend the event and get to watch.
07-06-2009, 06:50 PM #11
whoever is going take some freaking pictures!!
07-06-2009, 09:28 PM #12
07-16-2009, 10:04 PM #13
America’s Strongest Man® - Start List
by Randall J. Strossen, Ph.D. | ©2009 IronMind
Asked about the upcoming American Strongman Corporation (ASC) America’s Strongest Man® (ASM) contest, ASC president Dione Wessels said, “I am simply HAPPY!!” And for very good reason.
Tough times don’t stop tough people: ASC is hosting its biggest ASM contest since 2004, ASC president Dione Wessels told IronMind. Artwork courtesy of Dione Wessels/ASC.
“Why? Because this is our largest ASM since 2004,” which is especially meaningful given the tough economic climate: “Sponsors have been very hard to get this year, but we still managed to get $10,000.00 in payout . . . and the city of Morgantown has been awesome to work with and extremely accommodating.”
“I think this show is one of the first breaks in the many obstacles we have had to face in the last four years and more recently in the last two years. It also shows some unity for the sport as we are willing to work with any organization to further the sport in America and throughout the world.”
And just who’s thrown in hat into ring? Here’s the official start list: David Hansen, Matt Wanat, Brad Dunn, Rob Meulenberg, Van Hatfield, Tamás Malatinszki, Carl Foemmel, John Conner, Warrick Brant, Travis Ortmayer, Marshall White, Scott Weech, Brian Turner, Chad Coy, Nick Courtad, Jason Davidson, Pete Konradt, Andy Vincent, Matt Dawson, Kevin Nee, and Derek Poundstone.
For full details, please check the official ASC website.
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11-26-2010, 12:35 PM #15
Derek Poundstone won this year and Mike Jenkins came in 2nd