On August 11, 2022, the organizing physique of the Shaw Basic introduced over Instagram that two-time defending World’s Strongest Man (WSM) Tom Stoltman would withdraw from this 12 months’s version of the competition. With the competitors proper across the nook on August 13-14, 2022, there won’t be a substitute for Stoltman’s roster spot.
In a video on his YouTube channel, Stoltman later revealed the explanation behind his withdrawal. In a mix-up, the flight plans for his spouse, Sinead, have been incorrect after they checked their ultimate preparations to journey to Colorado. And not using a decision, Stoltman wouldn’t journey to the US with out his companion.
“I didn’t wish to fly over with out Sinead. I couldn’t simply depart Sinead on the airport,” Stoltman clarified. “My first intuition was to verify Sinead was alright and get her sorted. I’d then consider myself second.”
Stoltman and his older brother and fellow strongman competitor, Luke, have been initially alleged to fly along with their wives to the competitors. That plan was scrapped as Luke and his companion went to Colorado alone.
Tom famous earlier than making his ultimate resolution to withdraw, he had a dialog with the Shaw Basic organizer, Brian Shaw. Then, Stoltman mirrored that he wanted his spouse alongside him to compete and made the concession.
“The state of affairs by that time was simply an excessive amount of for me,” Stoltman mentioned. “I feel the very best curiosity for me now could be to simply cross this competitors.”
On the time of this writing, right here is the ultimate roster for the 2022 Shaw Basic. It would solely function 15 athletes after Stoltman’s departure.
2022 Shaw Basic Roster
2022 Shaw Basic Occasions
On the time of this text’s publication, right here is the confirmed schedule of occasions for the 2022 Shaw Basic:
Day One — Saturday, August 13, 2022
Day Two — Sunday, August 14, 2022
- Log Press
- Body Carry Arm-Over-Arm Medley
- Automobile Leg Press for Reps
- Atlas Stones
Even with the youthful Stoltman’s withdrawal, this 12 months’s contest must be a captivating battle. It nonetheless options a number of WSM winners like Shaw (2011, 2013, 2015-2016), Žydrūnas Savickas (2009-2010, 2012, 2014) and Oleksii Novikov (2020).
There are additionally a number of notable rising stars like Mitchell Hooper and defending Shaw Basic champion Trey Mitchell. Throughout, the remaining discipline may push one another in an thrilling back-and-forth.
The 2022 Shaw Basic will happen on August 13-14 in Loveland, CO.
Featured picture: @theshawclassic