THUNDER BAY – The 2012 Arnold Amateur World Strongman Championships features fifty of the worlds top amateur athletes from 20 different countries. Each athlete has to earn his way to the Arnold Classic by competing in multiple qualifying competitions. In 2012 the Canadians who were invited are Simon Boudreau, Paul Vaillancourt, Lance Lavalle, Luke Skaarup and Johnathan Wade- all of whom are major names in the Strongman world.
Luke Skaarup made the top 10 on day one of the competition and is currently in 6th place heading into the second day of competion.
Skaarup did a log press of 320lbs for 3 reps, the car deadlift for 13 reps and carried the Hussafeldt stone, amassive tombstone looking thing, for 160 feet to earn this placing.
Skaarup is a Thunder Bay hometown boy from out in O’Connor township. He currently lives in Fort Frances, and is the district manager for Union Gas.
Skaarup has four children all under six years of age, and still manages to find time to train and compete! He has competed at Ontarios Strongest Man, Canada’s Strongest man and the Arnold Classic multiple times now, and hundreds of other comps all over North America
Family, friends and fans can’t wait to see how he does today!
If you are interested in seeing some of the local action make plans for Saturday, July 14th, 2012, for Thunder Bay’s Strongest Man 2012/ Arm Wrestling Tournament/ Bikini Contest. Luke Skaarup, and his younger brother, Dan Skaarup will be returning to defend their titles of Thunder Bays Strongest Men over and under 200lbs at the 2012 competion this July hosted by Paulucci’s Wayland Bar and Grill. Skaarup is also hosting one of his own competitions in Fort France’s on May 5th, 2012.