The legendary power sports activities athlete is placing a bow on his strongman profession.

For over 16 years, Nick Best was a fixture on the aggressive strongman circuit. As a simultaneous powerlifter for a lot of that point, he developed a status for being one of many extra versatile power sports activities athletes of his period. In not less than one aggressive avenue, the 54-year-old athlete is formally drawing the curtains.

After ending in second place to Mark Felix within the Masters (50-plus) World’s Strongest Man competitors throughout the 2022 Official Strongman Games (OSG) in Daytona Beach, FL, on Nov. 13, 2022, Best did one thing a little bit out of the strange. He left his efficiency footwear behind, revealing he could be retiring from strongman competitors.

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In a post-competition interview from the livestream, Best was understandably emotional over the burden of his determination. He had nothing however form phrases for a rewarding endeavor of which he had devoted himself to for years.

“Thank you all so much,” Best mentioned. “I love this sport with all my heart, and it’s been a wonderful ride.”

The 2022 OSG was Best’s first strongman contest since an look on the 2020 World’s Strongest Man (WSM). After an unlucky lat muscle tear in April 2021 that briefly derailed a lot of his coaching and aggressive plans — a second-place end in his strongman swan track roughly only a 12 months and a half later is commendable.

According to BarBend, whereas Best is retiring from full-time strongman contests, he didn’t rule out that includes as knowledgeable powerlifter or any future singular makes an attempt at breaking a strongman file. One-off brief strongman occasions aren’t out of the query both, relying on what’s detailed. Best famous he can be collaborating in an undisclosed full powerlifting meet in May the place he needs to turn into the oldest man ever to file a 1000-kilogram (2,204-pound) whole.

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Given the prolonged time he spent as a aggressive strongman, Best can depend on loads of highlights on his strongman resume.

Among the doubtless extra notable achievements, Best gained the 2009 Jesse Marunde Memorial Invitational, in addition to the 2016 Masters (40-plus) World’s Strongest Man and the 2016 Giants Live North American Open contests. From 2010-2020, he was a mainstay on the flagship WSM, notching his best-ever results of sixth place in 2010 and as soon as once more completed within the prime 10 in 2017.

While Best refocuses his energies outdoors of main strongman contests, this doubtless gained’t be the final anybody within the power sports activities group hears of the icon. For a devoted and skilled athlete like him, it’d simply be the start of the following promising part of his general aggressive profession.

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