Mitchell Hooper, a Canadian powerlifter, has won the world’s strongest man championship, the top honor in his discipline.
The Barrie, Ontario, contestant, known as “The Moose” in the strongman world, triumphed over nine other foreign competitors in various feats of strength over the weekend at Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, to raise the Canadian flag to the top of the podium.
Hooper’s bragging rights go beyond just this year. Additionally, he is the first Canadian to ever hold the title of Strongest Man in the World. It was second time Hooper has attended the SBD World’s Strongest Man championship – he was chosen as a last-minute replacement pick in 2022, where he finished in eight place.
But over the last year, he’s been on a winning streak, placing first in the Shaw Classic, World Open, and 2022 Giants Live Strongman Classic. Additionally, he took first place in the 2022 Arnold Strongman Classic UK, the 2023 Arnold Strongman Classic in Ohio, and The Giants Live World Tour Finals. Hooper took first place in his qualifying group and three of the six events in the final round (Shield Carry, Bus Pull, and Deadlift), while tied for first place in the Max Dumbbell Press, in this year’s podium-topping effort. – Steve Sijenyi