2024 Strongest Man on Earth Roster Revealed; Hafthor Bjornsson Confirms Participation

Published 04/23/2024, 3:32 PM EDT

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The anticipation for the Shaw Classic’s 2024 Strongest Man on Earth competition has reached a fever pitch with the recent announcement of the roster by none other than the legendary Brian Shaw. Among the confirmed participants stands a titan of strength, Hafthor Bjornsson, making his highly anticipated return to the strongman arena after recovering from a pec injury.

With months of recovery behind him, Bjornsson marked his comeback with a commendable fourth-place finish at the 2024 Arnold Strongman Classic since announcing his retirement in 2020. However, his sights are now set on claiming the title of the Strongest Man on Earth at the upcoming competition.

Brian Shaw confirms Hafthor Bjornsson will be part of the 2024 SMOE


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On 23rd April, Brian Shaw, took to his YouTube channel to unveil the lineup of 14 out of 16 formidable athletes slated to compete in Loveland, CO, from August 16-18, 2024. The announcement sent shockwaves through the strongman community, igniting excitement for what promises to be an epic showdown of raw power and determination.

Shaw revealed the official participants’ names: “Hafthor Bjronsson, Mitchell Hooper, Tom Stoltman, Evans Singleton, Trey Mitchell, Thomas Evans, Bobby Thomsons, Alexi Novakov, Matt Ragg, Lucas Hatton, Luke Stoltman, Aivars Smaukstelis, Paolo Kordiyaka, and Austin Andrade.” Shaw added, “Austin was the winner of the Shaw Classic Open last year that got him his direct spot.” In his YouTube video, Shaw emphasized the meticulous process behind selecting the competitors, highlighting the importance of integrity and fairness in decision-making.


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Beside Hafthor ‘The Mountain’ Bjornsson, he revealed that the roster was packed with powerhouse names such as Mitchell Hooper, Tom Stoltman, and Evans Singleton, with each participant bringing a unique blend of strength and skill to the table.

Many comebacks part of this epic event

Notable mentions include Trey Mitchell, who has overcome injury hurdles to secure his spot, and Alexi Novakov, who has reassured fans of his readiness despite recent setbacks. Additionally, Austin Andrade, the reigning Shaw Classic open winner, adds a fresh dynamic to the lineup.  As Shaw himself expressed, the competition is poised to be nothing short of extraordinary, with each athlete vying for supremacy across a series of grueling events.


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From Herculean feats of strength to tests of endurance, the stage is set for a spectacle unlike any other. With the excitement building and the stakes higher than ever, all eyes are on Loveland, CO. As the countdown begins the ultimate showdown is to determine the one true Strongest Man on Earth.

Are you excited for the upcoming event where Hafthor Bjornsson and other incredible strongmen willingly push their limits to win the show? Let us know your thoughts on this in the comments below.


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Arpita Shrivastava


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Arpita Shrivastava is a bodybuilding writer at EssentiallySports who specializes in tracking the lifestyles of bodybuilders. A master’s degree holder in Mass Communication, Arpita is a frequent contributor to coverage about her idols Ronnie Coleman and Jay Cutler. She likes going behind the scenes to understand the nitty-gritty of building a shredded physique.
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