2022 Official Strongman Games Events Released
This year’s Official Strongman Games are a little more expansive and might prove more challenging for the athletes.
The 2022 Official Strongman Games (OSG) will take place on November 11-13, 2022, in Daytona Beach, FL. As a significant contest in the strongman sphere, the respective competitors will show off their strength and conditioning to try and capture a victory in East Florida.
On July 13, 2022, the OSG organization revealed the events for this year’s contest over their Instagram profile.
2022 Official Strongman Games Events Schedule
Day 1 — Friday, November 11th, 2022
Day 2 — Saturday, November 12th, 2022
Sandbag to Shoulder
Day 3, Finals (Top 10 athletes in each division) — Sunday, November 13th, 2022
At the time of this writing, the OSG organization has not done an official release that reveals this year’s roster of athletes. Names like Nick Best and a host of other Men’s Master’s division competitors are locked in, but Best revealed those additions on his personal Instagram profile. He appears to be a relative exception on that front.
Similarly, the competitive divisions and their exact numbers are also unconfirmed. All that is clear is that the top 10 finishers in each division will advance to the Finals on Day 3. For the first time, the Finals will also include a third event.
If this year’s OSG is anything like the 2021 edition, it may feature these respective divisions:
Women 64 Kilograms
Women 73 Kilograms
Women 82 Kilograms
Men’s 80 Kilograms
Men’s 90 Kilograms
Men’s 105 Kilograms
Men’s Masters 40+
Men’s Masters 50+
2022 OSG Event Breakdown
Here are some more specifics on the events that the competitors can potentially expect in Daytona Beach based on last year’s iteration of the OSG.
Note: The overall format, weights, and time restrictions, if any, are unconfirmed for the schedule of events. These details are primarily speculative.
A new addition to this year’s OSG, the Viking Press will test the athletes’ overhead strength. They’ll use an implement with either a straight barbell or parallel handles that are attached at the end of either a lever system or a landmine apparatus. The event may be about capturing one max rep or trying to finish as many reps as possible in a set amount of time.
In another change-up from last year’s competition, the Farmer’s Walk will be a part of the 2022 OSG. A Farmer’s Walk typically tasks athletes with carrying two large dumbbells (or other implements) in their hands to test their grip and core strength. Usually, the athletes must walk with their implements for max distance in a set time.
The Axle Deadlift might be the replacement for last year’s Deadlift Ladder. An axle deadlift is a variation where the barbell is several inches thicker than a traditional barbell, demanding more of the athlete’s grip. This event will also likely either be for a max rep or to attain as many reps as possible in a short time.
Sandbag to Shoulder
The Sandbag to Shoulder will potentially give the athletes the task of repeatedly lifting a sandbag to their shoulder from the floor for max reps. A judge may give the signal for a good rep before the athlete can drop the sandbag and start the process anew. The Sandbag to Shoulder may resemble a stone-to-shoulder event where competitors have the same task with the same set-up but with a large stone.
In the first return of an event from last year’s competition, the set-up for the Car Walk might be easier to predict. In 2021, the athletes had to walk a heavy car frame down a 15-meter course as fast as they could within a minute. Notably, this year’s Car Walk starts the Finals, while last year’s was featured on Day 1.
As the 2022 OSG draws to a close, the finalists should again see their overhead strength tested with the Circus Dumbbell. A circus dumbbell is essentially a larger dumbbell with a larger grip and more length. In strongman events, athletes often have the task of pressing the circus dumbbell with a single arm, either for a max rep or for max reps.
In strongman tradition, the OSG will finish with the famed Atlas Stones. If this year’s event is anything like 2021, the competitors will likely have to lift six differently weighted massive stones onto their respective pedestals before time runs out. The winner is the person who lifts the most stones in the fastest time.
A Host of Intrigue
This year’s OSG will undoubtedly showcase an assortment of fascinating storylines across the board. With a slight change-up in format and demands, mid-November 2022 in Daytona Beach could prove to be a doozy.
Featured image: @nickbeststrongman on Instagram