The World’s Strongest Man Competition just unveiled the first events of the 2016 event—and damn, they look brutal.
When 25 modern day giants descend upon Botswana on August 13-20, they will face an absolute barrage of mythically demanding events.
How the event works: The competitors are divided into one of five groups, and will move through a gantlet of six events. The top two competitors in each group get a spot in the “Grand Final,” in which they’ll go head to head in a new set of events for the trophy.
The events are mostly different for each group, although all must complete the Atlas Stones.
With four-time champion Žydrūnas “Big Z” Savickas out of the competition this year, the title of World’s Strongest Man is anyone’s for the taking. Could 2015 Champion Brian Shaw repeat his astounding effort in 2015? Is this finally the year for Hafthor “The Mountain” Bjornsson, who’s made it to the podium four times but never captured the gold? How about Eddie Hall, who just set a world record in the deadlift?
It all depends how they fare with in these events: