On November the 28th Giants Live will be once again returning to Sweden, where phenomenal athletes from around the globe will battle it out to qualify for the most coveted of spots at Worlds Strongest Man. Last year's Giants Live Sweden saw Brian Shaw emerge as the victor, narrowly beating an impressive Johannes Arjso who excelled in front of the home crowd.
This year see's an all star line up compete with the likes of Hafthor Bjornsson vying for the title, following his win at Europe's Strongest Man. It certainly won't be plain sailing for him though, here are those trying to stop him taking another win in Sweden. Check out the event page for tickets here
The home favourite, four times WSM competitor and five times Sweden's Strongest Man, Johannes is certainly a force to be reckoned with. Last year at Giants Live Sweden he came away with two event wins, only outside of the top three on one event and second place overall. That consistency has become something of a trademark for the Swede, combine that with some impressive training lifts being posted on his Instagram he certainly looks like he's coming into this one strong.
Forsmark can lay claim to a unique title of Sweden's (unofficial) strongest police officer. While he might be less well known than his fellow countryman, that doesn't mean that he is any less of a threat. He took third place at Sweden last year and competed at this years WSM.
Stefan Solvi Peterson
In 2006 a 20 year old Stefan burst onto the scene winning Iceland's Strongest Viking. It didn't take him long to be competing on the biggest stage, qualifying for WSM in both 2008 and 2010. Sadly however his promising career was put on hold when he was diagnosed with a heart condition in 2012. Three years later though and Stefan is back and looking very strong. As always he is one to keep an eye on wherever stones are involved.
At nearly 50 years old it would be easy to discount Mark Felix. Easy but foolhardy, as each year he seems to come back stronger and more determined than ever and is showing no signs of slowing down. Famed for his incredible grip and back strength, he is rarely beaten in deadlift for reps or any grip event for that matter. With 10 WSM competitions under his belt Mark is not one to be overlooked.
Adam Bishop - UK
Adam has developed a reputation for being a dark horse on the strongman circuit. Despite being among the smaller of the athletes the former rugby player has shown his incredible strength and athleticism on the highest stage. Taking fourth at Giants Live Sweden last year and competing at WSM this year. Recently Adam posted a video on his Facebook, showing a comfortable 350kg deadlift for three reps. Definitely a lot more to come from him.
Making his international debut last year at this very competition, Derek impressed finishing second in the farmers walk and eighth place overall. The american has been on impressive form since as well, coming in second at the All American Strongman Challenge earlier this year
Dave has been on the strongman circuit for many years and has racked up an impressive track record, six times WSM competitor, finishing third in 2008. Standing at 6ft 7 and 350lbs he is one of the bigger competitors coming to Sweden and we should expect equally large things from the veteran.
The man or should we say the Mountain needs very little introduction, at only 26 years old he has already accumulated a host of accolades including two back to back Europes Strongest Man victories and a second place at 2014 WSM. Thor is coming into this competition in incredible form but will he be able to keep up that winning streak?