2023 World’s Strongest Males listing revealed

Here’s who’s officially heading to South Carolina in April.

The world’s elite strongmen have already known when they will be fighting for the next World’s Strongest Man (WSM) title. The next edition of the competition will be held April 19-23, 2023 in Myrtle Beach, SC. They also understood the expected events revealed in January 2023. Now they know who to defeat to achieve ultimate strongman glory.

On February 9, 2023, The WSM organization unveiled the official list of participants ready to enter the latest iteration of the competition. Two-time reigning champion Tom Stoltman will look to continue his reign. However, with an all-round stacked field of veteran titans and rising stars, achieving a “three-peat” will no doubt be a tall order at first glance.

Here is an overview of the 2023 WSM list in the order in which they were publicly announced:

List of the strongest men in the world 2023

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The 2023 roster is initially 25 athletes and three more will be announced at the upcoming Europe’s Strongest Man (ESM) competition on April 1, 2023. Novikov has previously stated that he plans to train for the competition and is believed to be announced as an eventual signing. Licis, on the other hand, will be taking a year off from competing and hasn’t announced when he plans to return.

Here is an overview of the expected events of the WSM 2023:

2023 World’s Strongest Man Events

The competition takes place over four days, with competitors challenged by multiple events each day, including two days of qualifying events and two days of finals.

qualifying round

  • Event one: Loader Race – Day one
  • Event Two: Deadlift Machine – Day one
  • Event Three: Log Ladder – Day one
  • Event Four: Conan’s Wheel – Day two
  • Event Five: Kettlebell Toss – Day two
  • Event Six: Stone Off – Day two


  • Event One | Fingal’s fingers – Day three
  • Event Two | deadlift – Day three
  • Event Three | carry shield – Day three
  • Event Four | Max dumbbell – Day four
  • event five | tow vehicle – Day four
  • Event Six | Atlas Stones – Day four

Mitchell Hooper, who placed 8th in his WSM debut in 2022, was one of the first athletes to post a video of his reaction and initial lineup thoughts. Hooper took to his YouTube channel to talk about his competitors, revealing that the competition is expected to have 30 entrants and speculating on who might fill the remaining spots.

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WSM 2023 is still months away and there is much to be clarified before then, especially with regard to remaining competitors. At least the final puzzle is starting to fall into place at the biggest event in Strongman.

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