Here’s what to expect for a gauntlet of events in South Carolina.

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The 2023 World’s Strongest Man (WSM) contest is a little over one month away. This year’s premier showcase in strongman will take place on Apr. 19-23, 2023, in Myrtle Beach, SC. On Mar. 9, 2023, the WSM organization confirmed the expected events for the competition for both the Qualifying Stage and the Final.

Here’s an overview of the expected events at the 2023 WSM contest, in order:

2023 World’s Strongest Man Events

As in previous years, the contest takes place across several days of competition. Athletes are challenged to perform multiple events each day, with one day of rest before the Final.

Qualifying Stage — Wednesday, April 19

Qualifying Stage — Thursday, April 20

  • Event Four — Conan’s Wheel
  • Event Five — Kettlebell Toss
  • Event Six — Stone Off

Final — Saturday, April 22

  • Event One — Fingal’s Fingers
  • Event Two — KNAACK Deadlift
  • Event Three — Reign Shield Carry

Final — Sunday, April 23

Note: The WSM organization has not released specifics for the weight of implements or exact format of each event. Though, while unconfirmed, fans can likely expect familiar events like the Stone Off to stay similar to previous years. In the past, this decisive event has featured second and third-place finishers from each Qualifying Round squaring off in an Atlas Stones battle to vie for a spot in the Final.

Here is the complete roster for the 2023 WSM at the time of this writing:

2023 World’s Strongest Man Roster

The 2023 WSM will be the final WSM contest for four-time WSM champion (2011, 2013, 2015-2016) Brian Shaw and longtime competitor Mark Felix. Tom Stoltman is the two-time reigning champion (2021-2022). At the time of this article’s publication, Shaw and Stoltman are the only current or former WSM champions on the roster. Past winners like Oleksii Novikov (2020) have not yet been confirmed. Nonetheless, such a slate potentially paints the picture of a new era for the sport of strongman.

The 2023 WSM competition should act as another terrific showcase of strength and power on an international stage. With the roster and events now confirmed, it seems apparent another dynamite contest is in store.

Featured image: @theworldsstrongestman on Instagram

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