The Giants Stay Strongman Basic solely began in 2020, however it’s no much less aggressive. With 11 athletes already confirmed for the 2022 version on July 9, 2022, on the Royal Albert Corridor in London, England, there was nonetheless an unknown Wild Card. Just a little over a month earlier than the competitors, a rising strongman star lastly rounded out the ultimate 12-person roster.
On June 3, 2022, the Giants Stay group introduced that Mitchell Hooper would take the ultimate slot within the 2022 Giants Stay Strongman Basic. The announcement of Hooper’s addition may not be a shock with current developments. As soon as Hooper made the 2022 World’s Strongest Man (WSM) Finals in his debut, it’s cheap to imagine his star would rise quickly after. His Cinderella story of types in profitable Group 1 of the Qualifying Spherical was one of many extra noteworthy moments in the course of the competitors.
Hooper’s spot on this upcoming competitors is now a pure step ahead.
Right here is the place the 12-person roster now stands:
2022 Giants Stay Strongman Basic Roster
- Oleksii Novikov (Ukraine) — Defending Champion
- Evan Singleton (United States)
- Paul Smith (United Kingdom)
- Chieck Sanou (Burkina Faso)
- Ken McClelland (United States)
- Konstantine Janashia (Georgia)
- Rob Kearney (United States)
- Andy Black (United Kingdom)
- Mark Felix (United Kingdom)
- Spenser Remick (United States)
- Adam Bishop (United Kingdom)
- Mitchell Hooper (Canada)
After the information of his addition was made official, Hooper took to Instagram to clarify his potential method. As a newcomer, he appears to assume this competitors is perhaps an uphill battle definitely worth the problem anyway.
“This can be a enjoyable present,” Hooper wrote. “The occasions aren’t nice for me. It’ll expose a few of my weaknesses and set an amazing benchmark to enhance upon. The objective — win regardless of a troublesome set of occasions.”
Listed here are the events that Hooper notes will current an impediment for him and the opposite athletes:
2022 Giants Stay Strongman Basic Occasions
- Dumbbell Medley
- The Pillars of Hercules
- Farmer’s Carry for Distance
- Axle Deadlift
- Fort Stones
Notably, whereas the format is totally different, Hooper may not have an excessive amount of bother with among the occasions.
For instance, the Farmer’s Carry for Distance might bear some useful similarities to the 2022 WSM Automotive Stroll — which Hooper crushed at 11.64 seconds. If the occasion seems to be centered on velocity — one in every of Hooper’s strengths — he might be in nice form. In the meantime, the Axle Deadlift will once more be for reps. That might additionally play into Hooper’s favor, who did nicely with the considerably related WSM Deadlift Ladder whereas pulling 5 reps in 31.21 seconds.
Hooper may not be fully assured now, however a victory positively isn’t out of the realm of chance.
A Rising Star
No matter outcome Hooper enjoys within the 2022 Giants Stay Strongman Basic, it assuredly received’t be the top of his strongman ambitions.
Hooper has beforehand mentioned he’d like to interrupt the deadlift world file of 505 kilograms (1,113.3 kilos) throughout the 2022 World Deadlift Championships (WDC) on August 6, 2022. On the time of this writing, Hooper doesn’t but have an invite to the competitors. If Hooper does finally get an invitation — as somebody who as soon as deadlifted 475 kilograms (1047.2 kilos) whereas weighing below 140 kilograms (308.6 kilos) — his objective doesn’t appear outlandish.
Solely time will inform what the summer time holds for Hooper. If his current burst onto the skilled scene is any indication, he’ll seemingly don’t have any points securing invitations wherever he needs to compete.
Featured picture: @mitchellhooper on Instagram