The 2023 Giants Live World Tour Finals are set to take place on October 21, 2021, at OVO Hydro in Glasgow, Scotland, and will include the highly anticipated 2023 World Log Lift Championships. The confirmed lineup of athletes features some heavyweights in the strongman world, including the reigning 2023 World’s Strongest Man (WSM) champion, Mitchell Hooper, two-time former WSM champion Tom Stoltman, and the current world record holder for log lifting, Chieck “Iron Biby” Sanou.
Mitchell Hooper, who secured the 2023 World’s Strongest Man title, is also the defending champion of the World Tour Finals, having amassed an impressive 52 out of a possible 60 points in the 2022 edition. For a more detailed breakdown of the roster, you can refer to the video below, generously provided by Laurence Shahlaei, the 2016 Europe’s Strongest Man (ESM) champion, on his YouTube channel. Additionally, the full roster comprising 13 exceptional athletes is listed below.
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2023 Giants Live World Tour Finals Roster
Tom Stoltman (Scotland)
Luke Stoltman (Scotland)
Mitchell Hooper (Canada) — Defending Champion
Luke Richardson (England)
Graham Hicks (England)
Eddie Williams (Australia)
Mathew Ragg (New Zealand)
Pavlo Kordiyaka (Ukraine)
Gavin Bilton (Wales)
Pa O’Dwyer (Ireland)
Evans Nana (Ghana)
Tyler Cotton (USA)
Chieck “Iron Biby” Sanou (Burkina Faso)
History of Giants Live
The Giants Live World Tour Final is the culmination of a series of international strongman events that take place throughout the year. Giants Live, often considered the feeder system for the prestigious World’s Strongest Man competition, was founded by Colin Bryce and Darren Sadler, both accomplished strongmen themselves. Over the years, it has gained recognition as one of the most competitive and well-organized strongman series globally.
The Strongman’s Showcase
Each year, the Giants Live World Tour Final brings together the top athletes from around the world who have qualified through the preceding Giants Live events. These men, known for their incredible feats of strength, gather to compete in a variety of events designed to test their physical abilities to the extreme. These events include classics like the deadlift, log lift, and Atlas Stones, but they also introduce new and creative challenges to keep the competition fresh and exciting.
The lineup of athletes in the Giants Live World Tour Final reads like a who’s who of the strongman world. These individuals have dedicated their lives to building brute strength, often spending years in the gym to prepare for moments like this. Athletes such as Hafthor Bjornsson, Brian Shaw, and Eddie Hall have graced the competition over the years, each striving to etch their name in the annals of strongman history.
The Grueling Challenges
What sets the Giants Live World Tour Final apart from other strongman competitions is the sheer diversity of challenges presented to the athletes. The competition tests their limits in various aspects, including strength, endurance, and mental toughness. The famous Atlas Stones, which require competitors to lift massive stone spheres onto elevated platforms, always provide an awe-inspiring spectacle.
The Giants Live World Tour Final isn’t just about feats of strength; it’s also a grand spectacle. Thousands of fans flock to witness these extraordinary athletes battle it out, and the events are often held in iconic venues. The energy in the arena is palpable as fans cheer on their favorite strongmen.
The Future of Strongman
The Giants Live World Tour Final has not only propelled strongman competitions into the mainstream but has also inspired a new generation of athletes to take up the sport. The popularity of the sport continues to grow, with more athletes and fans alike drawn to the raw power and excitement that these events offer.