The brand new champ shared a abstract of what would change into a victorious day.
Lower than 24 hours after profitable the 2023 World’s Strongest Man title in Myrtle Seashore, SC, Mitchell Hooper gave his followers perception on what Sunday, Apr. 23, 2023 appeared like from his perspective. The brand new champion posted a YouTube video that documented the final day of the contest.
The video was succinctly titled “I WON: World’s Strongest Man 2023,” and it was printed on his channel the morning of Apr. 24, 2023. The video opens with Hooper strolling to the competition space, apparently excited in regards to the upcoming day. Regardless of profitable six of the eight previous contest events, he additionally acknowledged that there was no assure of victory towards his elite friends.
“It’s going to be a battle between the 4 of us right this moment … We’ll see how my dumbbell [event] goes. We’ll see how Tom [Stoltman’s] dumbbell [event] goes. We’ll see how Oleksii [Novikov’s] [Atlas] stone goes. Trey [Mitchell], within the combine with all of them. We’ll see the way it all shakes out. 25% probability for us all, possibly. Want me luck.”
Hooper can then be seen warming up on the Circus dumbbells earlier than the primary occasion of the competition’s ultimate day. He was greeted by 2019 World’s Strongest Man Martins Licis, as effectively.
Because of the copyrights of the video footage, Hooper is simply seen briefly performing within the occasion earlier than it cuts to him speaking to his household afterward. He tied for first place with Evan Singleton as the one rivals to raise the 140.4-kilogram (309-pound) dumbbell.
The video then cuts to Hooper resting and speaking to the digital camera after the Truck Pull, the place he positioned first by beating his nearest rivals by greater than two seconds. Although the title was now clearly in Hooper’s sights at this level within the competitors as a consequence of his factors on the leaderboard, he mentioned that he was assuming nothing till the final occasion was over.
Making an attempt to coax a reply from Hooper, the cameraperson requested, “If you happen to have been to foretell the way you’re going to do on the stones, the place do you assume you’re going to fare?” Hooper’s reply was a humble dismissal of the truth that, to that time, he had placed first in eight of the ten earlier occasions.
“Not going to try this. Not frightened about it. Simply gotta go have a clear, clean run. Get by way of them. There’s a number of actually good stone lifters right here so, something might occur … We’ll see the way it goes.”
The video then reveals Hooper and former champion Tom Stoltman making their entrances to the Atlas Stones space, the place Hooper would clinch the title by ending in second place within the occasion. The digital camera then reveals his household reacting to the second he gained the title adopted by his spouse hugging him in celebration whereas Hooper held the trophy.
He’s additionally proven taking photographs, doing interviews, talking with 2017 World’s Strongest Man Eddie Hall, and signing autographs. He signed off the video giving because of everybody who adopted the motion all through the week.
“It’s loopy. It’s going to take a very long time for this to sink in … Thanks a lot to everybody who confirmed their help,” he mentioned. “Thanks a lot to everybody who helps the game and to everybody who got here earlier than me. Actually, actually cool and extremely humbling expertise that I’ll have hassle placing into phrases for awhile.”
Hooper is the primary athlete from Canada to win the World’s Strongest Man title. He’s additionally the primary man to have gained each the Arnold Strongman Classic and the World’s Strongest Man in the identical yr since Hafthor Björnsson pulled off the feat in 2018.
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