The Giants Live Strongman Classic 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 Hall in London, England, there was nonetheless an unknown Wild Card. A little bit 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 Live group introduced that Mitchell Hooper would take the ultimate slot within the 2022 Giants Live Strongman Classic. The announcement of Hooper’s addition won’t be a shock with latest developments. Once Hooper made the 2022 World’s Strongest Man (WSM) Finals in his debut, it’s affordable to imagine his star would rise quickly after. His Cinderella story of kinds in profitable Group 1 of the Qualifying Round 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.

Here is the place the 12-person roster now stands:

2022 Giants Live Strongman Classic 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)

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After the information of his addition was made official, Hooper took to Instagram to elucidate his potential strategy. As a newcomer, he appears to assume this competitors is likely to be an uphill battle definitely worth the problem anyway. 

“This will be a fun show,” Hooper wrote. “The events aren’t great for me. It’ll expose some of my weaknesses and set a great benchmark to improve upon. The goal — win despite a tough set of events.”

Here are the occasions that Hooper notes will current an impediment for him and the opposite athletes:

2022 Giants Live Strongman Classic Events

  • Dumbbell Medley
  • The Pillars of Hercules
  • Farmer’s Carry for Distance
  • Axle Deadlift
  • Castle Stones

Notably, whereas the format is completely different, Hooper won’t have an excessive amount of bother with a number of the occasions.

For instance, the Farmer’s Carry for Distance may bear some purposeful similarities to the 2022 WSM Car Walk — which Hooper crushed at 11.64 seconds. If the occasion seems to be centered on velocity — considered one of Hooper’s strengths — he may very well be in nice form. Meanwhile, the Axle Deadlift will once more be for reps. That may additionally play into Hooper’s favor, who did properly with the considerably related WSM Deadlift Ladder whereas pulling 5 reps in 31.21 seconds. 

Hooper won’t be totally assured now, however a victory undoubtedly isn’t out of the realm of risk. 

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A Rising Star 

Whatever consequence Hooper enjoys within the 2022 Giants Live Strongman Classic, it assuredly received’t be the tip of his strongman ambitions.

Hooper has beforehand stated he’d like to interrupt the deadlift world report of 505 kilograms (1,113.3 kilos) in the course of the 2022 World Deadlift Championships (WDC) on August 6, 2022. At the time of this writing, Hooper doesn’t but have an invite to the competitors. If Hooper does ultimately get an invitation — as somebody who as soon as deadlifted 475 kilograms (1047.2 kilos) whereas weighing beneath 140 kilograms (308.6 kilos) — his aim doesn’t appear outlandish. 

Only time will inform what the summer season holds for Hooper. If his latest burst onto the skilled scene is any indication, he’ll possible don’t have any points securing invitations wherever he desires to compete. 

Featured picture: @mitchellhooper on Instagram