Mariusz Pudzianowski and Glenn Ross have been invited to compete in the Arnold Strongman contest, filling the roster for the 2005 contest, confirmed contest coordinator Terry Todd, Ph.D.
Polish strongman star Mariusz Pudzianowski will be at the Arnold Strongman contest. IronMind® | Randall J. Strossen, Ph.D. photo.
Mariusz Pudzianowski "really seems to me to be a natural choice," said Dr. Todd, citing Pudzianowski's consistently top performances and his tremendous improvement from his first to his second appearance in the Arnold. Regarding the Polish star's recent IFSA suspension based on a drug test, Dr. Todd said that even though he does not know the specifics of the test involved, his understanding is that the test did not follow a WADA protocol, or similar standard, "so the wiser course was to invite Mariusz to the Arnold."
Glenn Ross, Dr. Todd said, "is just brutally strong. He has raw, brute strength."
The final field is Van Hatfield, Brian Siders, Vasyl Virastiuk, Zydrunas Savickas, Magnus Samuelsson, Svend Karlsen, Mark Philippi, Hugo Girard, and now, Mariusz Pudzianowski and Glenn Ross.
"Everybody is ready to go," Dr. Todd said.