World’s Strongest Man Finalists Vs. Internet Trolls

Over the course of the weekend, the finals for the 2018 World’s Strongest Man concluded in an epic fashion. If you missed the competition, or have yet to read the full recap of placings and events, check out this article (spoiler alert below).

“They all look like Shrek.” – Random Internet Troll

“Not everybody, I look really pretty.” – Latvian Strongman Zydrunas Savickas

Before finals kicked off on May 5th, The World’s Strongest Man Facebook page shared an amazing video (and I don’t use that word lightly) to highlight the competitors heading into the final days of competition.

Instead of highlighting accomplishments or doing athlete profiles, their video took a slightly different approach of humor. Similar to the outlandish “Read Mean Tweets” videos, these strongman finalists read comments made on them and the competition from internet trolls. The aftermath? Let’s just say it has us on the floor laughing.


Honestly, we’re unsure which part of the video was our favorite. It could have been Savickas calling himself really pretty, or possibly Martins Licis being called a man child. Then again, it may have been the fact that someone said Robert Oberst always uses fake plates, and him saying, “Yeah, that’s why my back hurts.”

Compared to the other mean tweets/comments videos out there, we’re making a strong case that this is one of the best ones yet. Maybe we’re bias, as we are a strength sport company, but in terms of irony, it doesn’t get much more ironic than this video.

2018 World’s Strongest Man Spoiler Alert

Upon conclusion of the finals, Icelandic strongman Hafthor Bjornsson came out on top. The winning of this title was Bjornsson’s icing on the cake to his crazy impressive 2018 season. He won the Arnold Strongman Classic in March, Europe’s Strongest Man in April, and now the World’s Strongest Man.

In terms of points, Bjornsson also had a big separation from himself and second place. Check out the top five standings below.

1. Hafthor Bjornsson — 51.5 Points
2. Mateusz Kieliszkowski — 45 Points
3. Brian Shaw — 44 Points
4. Martins Licis — 38.5 Points
5. Jean-François Caron — 35 Points

Feature image from The World’s Strongest Man Facebook page. 


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Jake holds a Master's in Sports Science and a Bachelor's in Exercise Science. Currently, Jake serves as one of the full time writers and editors at BarBend. He's a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and has spoken at state conferences on the topics of writing in the fitness industry and building a brand. As of right now, Jake has published over 1,100 articles related to strength athletes and sports. Articles about powerlifting concepts, advanced strength & conditioning methods, and topics that sit atop a strong science foundation are Jake's bread-and-butter. On top of his personal writing, Jake edits and plans content for 15 writers and strength coaches who come from every strength sport.Prior to BarBend, Jake worked for two years as a strength and conditioning coach for hockey and lacrosse players, and was a writer at the Vitamin Shoppe's corporate office. Jake regularly competes in powerlifting in the 181 lb weight class, and considers himself a weightlifting shoe sneaker head. On the side of writing full time, Jake works as a part-time strength coach and works with clients through his personal business Concrete Athletics in Hoboken and New York City.