“Twenty-one Americans and 39 international athletes have a historic opportunity to compete at ASC's 3rd annual Arnold Amateur Strongman World Championship,” ASC president Dione Wessels told IronMind.
Left to right: Mrs. Ildiko Buranits, Zydrunas Savickas, Zsolt Szabo, Dr. Janos Vaczi and Adam Darusz. Zsolt Szabo won the qualifier held in Budapest at the Hegyvidek–Fitparade expo, where Zydrunas Savickas was the head judge, and his prize package included a plane ticket to Columbus, Ohio for the 2012 Arnold. Photo courtesy of Adam Darusz.
“These athletes will be one event win away from earning a birth at the Arnold Strongman Classic,” said Wessels in what might sound more like hyperbole than fact, but consider some of the contest’s alumni.
“Michael Jenkins' meteoric rise is a direct result of his win at ASC's Arnold Amateur show,” said Wessels. “The same can be said for Mateusz Baron, Haftor Julius Bjornsson, and Michael Burke. ASC has created yet another contest that is not a stepping stone, but a launch pad to upper echelon of the strongman universe.
“The international community is taking notice; the Strongman Fit Parade in Hungary not only qualified an international athlete for ASC's Arnold Amateur Strongman World Championship, but is also paying the athlete's expenses,” said Wessels.
Watch the IronMind news column and the official ASC website for updates on the Arnold amateur strongman contest.