The 2023 America’s Strongest Man and Woman was a two-day competition on November 3-4, which gathered the greatest Strongmen and Strongwomen that the country has to offer. The action took place at the Orlando Convention Center, in Florida. Both competitions consisted of six grueling events, which were equally spread out over each of the two days. In the end, Lucas Hatton and Angelica Jardine took the gold medals.
Lucas Hatton was extremely dominant in the men’s division, taking one event win, but also placing in the top five across all others. So he wrapped up the competition with a 6.5 point lead over Marcos Crowder.
On the other hand, Angelica Jardine’s path to victory was much more tense. She and Olga Liashchuk battled from the first event to the last. However, Angelica turned out to be slightly better since she beat Olga by one point in the end. Jardine also had three event wins out of the six that she performed.
2023 America’s Strongest Man Results
- Lucas Hatton — 61 points
- Marcus Crowder — 54.5 points
- Rob Kearney — 53 points
- Justin Legere — 46.5 points
- Brett Thompson — 43.5 points
- Eric Dawson — 35.5 points
- Levi Strong — 29 points
- Josh Hatfield — 25.5 points
- Dylan Thompson — 24.5 points
- Gabriel Peña — 21.5 points
- Alan Colley — 6.5 points
- Bobby Thompson — 5 points
2023 America’s Strongest Woman Results
- Angelica Jardine — 32.5 points
- Olga Liashchuk — 31.5 points
- Cori Butler — 24 points
- Mary Forrest — 15.5 points
- Alyssa Manu — 15 points
- Melissa Edwards — 6.5 points
Event Recap (Men)
Max Axle Press
The opening event of the 2023 America’s Strongest Man was the Max Axle Press. Each athlete took turns attempting the predetermined weight jumps until they failed a lift. In the end, the heaviest Axle that they managed to lift from the floor and overhead press was counted as their result.
Only two athletes managed to overhead press 200 kilograms (440 pounds), and those were Lucas Hatton and “The World’s Strongest Gay’ Rob Kearney. So, they tied for first place, meaning each of them got 11.5 points.
Similarly, another two men, Marcus Crowder and Brett Thompson, tied for third place with a 188-kilogram (415-pound) lift each.
- Lucas Hatton — 200 kilograms (Tied-1st)
- Rob Kearney — 200 kilograms (Tied-1st)
- Marcus Crowder — 188 kilograms (Tied-3rd)
- Brett Thompson — 188 kilograms (Tied-3rd)
- Eric Dawson — 177 kilograms (Tied-5th)
- Dylan Thompson — 177 kilograms (Tied-5th)
- Justin Legere — 166 kilograms (Tied-7th)
- Levi Strong — 166 kilograms (Tied-7th)
- Bobby Thompson — 166 kilograms (Tied-7th)
- Josh Hatfield — 154 kilograms (Tied-10th)
- Gabriel Peña — 154 kilograms (T-10th)
- Alan Colley — No lift
Yoke and Farmer’s Carry Medley
For the second event of the competition, the Strongmen had to perform a double carry. They first picked up a 1,000-pound (453.6-kilogram) Yoke and had to carry it for 40 feet. Once they crossed the line, the athletes dropped the Yoke, picked up the 380-pound (172.5-kilogram) Farmer’s implements, and brought them back to the starting point.
A two man race for the max points took place, where Marcus Crowder narrowly took the win by being less than 4 seconds faster than Brett Thompson. The remainder of the roster was significantly slower than the duo.
- Marcus Crowder — 18.37 seconds
- Brett Thompson — 22.20 seconds
- Lucas Hatton — 32.94 seconds
- Eric Dawson — 39.15 seconds
- Justin Legere — 44.58 seconds
- Josh Hatfield — 46.38 seconds
- Dylan Thompson — 20.9 meters
- Rob Kearney — 20.5 meters
- Levi Strong — 14.6 meters
- Alan Colley — 12 meters
- Gabriel Peña — 4.6 meters
- Bobby Thompson — Withdrew
The Ukrainian Deadlift is best described as a sumo-style deficit pull, where the range of motion is increased significantly. So, the 2023 America’s Strongest Man competition tasked the athletes with performing the heaviest Ukrainian Deadlift possible.
Marcus Crowder was the man who took max points since he was the only athlete capable of locking out 354 kilograms (780 pounds). Four athletes attempted to match his effort, but fell short and had to settle for a tied second place.
- Marcus Crowder — 354 kilograms
- Rob Kearney — 336 kilograms (Tied-2nd)
- Lucas Hatton — 336 kilograms (Tied-2nd)
- Justin Legere — 336 kilograms (Tied-2nd)
- Josh Hatfield — 336 kilograms (Tied-2nd)
- Brett Thompson — 318 kilograms (Tied-6th)
- Levi Strong — 318 kilograms (Tied-6th)
- Gabriel Peña — 318 kilograms (Tied-6th)
- Dylan Thompson — 299 kilograms
- Eric Dawson — 281 kilograms
- Alan Colley — No lift
The start of the second day brought the Dumbbell Ladder event, where each athlete attempted to clean and overhead press five progressively heavier implements. The dumbbells ranged from 200-lb to 270-lb (91-kg to 122.5-kg). The goal was to lift them all as quickly as possible.
The experienced Rob Kearney took the win by successfully locking out all five dumbbells in just 43.86 seconds. Lucas Hatton was the only other man to lift all five dumbbells, but he was approximately five seconds slower than Rob.
- Rob Kearney — 5 in 43.86 s
- Lucas Hatton — 5 in 49.3 s
- Marcus Crowder — 4 in 34.20 s
- Justin Legere — 3 in 30.18 s
- Brett Thompson — 3 in 36.67 s
- Eric Dawson — 2 in 25.85 s
- Josh Hatfield — 2 in 45.52 s
- Levi Strong — 2 in 47.74 s
- Dylan Thompson — 2 in 63.36 s
- Alan Colley — 1 in 38.04 s
- Gabriel Peña — 1 in 58.04 s
The penultimate event of the 2023 America’s Strongest Man was the Natural Stones. It featured five enormous stones whose weight ranged from 280-lb to 365-lb (127-kg to 165.5-kg). Like in the previous event, the goal was to finish the event in the shortest time possible.
Lucas Hatton put in an amazing performance and was quite dominant in the Natural Stones event. Multiple men loaded all five stones, but Lucas was convincingly the fastest to do so. His final time was 30.89 seconds, which was 12 seconds faster than the second-place finisher.
- Lucas Hatton — 5 in 30.89 s
- Justin Legere — 5 in 42.72 s
- Rob Kearney — 5 in 43.15 s
- Eric Dawson — 5 in 49.57 s
- Gabriel Peña — 5 in 64.97 s
- Levi Strong — 5 in 65.75 s
- Brett Thompson — 5 in 75 s
- Marcus Crowder — 4 in 38.89 s
- Dylan Thompson — 4 in 39.65 s
- Josh Hatfield — 4 in 55.16 s
- Alan Colley — 1 in 15.66 s
Last but not least, the competitors had to take on three extremely heavy implements. To perform the event, they had to lift each implement up a flight of four stairs. Each stair was 18 inches high.
First Implement: 441-lb (200-kg)
Second Implement: 485-lb (220-kg)
Third Implement: 529-lb (240-kg)
Lucas Hatton wrapped up his incredible appearance with another event victory, which officially made him the 2023 America’s Strongest Man. He completed all 12 stairs in 32.03 seconds, narrowly beating Marcus Crowder who finished second.
- Lucas Hatton — 12 in 32.03 s
- Marcus Crowder — 12 in 34.94 s
- Rob Kearney — 12 in 40.89 s
- Justin Legere — 12 in 41.90 s
- Brett Thompson — 12 in 44.70 s
- Levi Strong — 12 in 48.15 s
- Gabriel Peña — 12 in 49.56 s
- Eric Dawson — 12 in 52.15 s
- Dylan Thompson — 10 stairs
- Josh Hatfield — 1 stair (Tied-10th)
- Alan Colley — 1 stair (Tied-10th)
Event Recap (Women)
Note: All of the Women’s events were the same as Men’s, with the only difference being the weight increments in some.
Max Axle Press
Angelica Jardine pulled off a mind-blowing 120-kilogram (264.5-pound) Axle overhead press to take the maximum points at the start of the 2023 America’s Strongest Woman competition.
- Angelica Jardine — 120 kilograms
- Olga Liashchuk — 113 kilograms (Tied-2nd)
- Cori Butler — 113 kilograms (Tied-2nd)
- Alyssa Manu — 104 kilograms
- Mary Forrest — 95 kilograms
- Melissa Edwards — No lift
Yoke and Farmer’s Carry Medley
The Yoke at the 2023 America’s Strongest Woman competition weighed 650 pounds (295 kilograms), while the Farmer’s implements weighed 260 pounds (118 kilograms).
Angelica Jardine finished both carries in just 21.90 seconds to take her second consecutive event win of the competition. Cori Butler and Olga Liashchuh finished in second and third, with only fractions of a second separating them.
- Angelica Jardine — 21.90 seconds
- Cori Butler — 28.37 seconds
- Olga Liashchuk — 28.58 seconds
- Mary Forrest — 12 meters
- Alyssa Manu — 12 meters
- Melissa Edwards — 1.4 meters
Interestingly, Olga Liashchuk, a Strongwoman from Ukraine, won the Ukrainian Deadlift event. She dominated her rival, not giving anyone the chance to take any points from her. She ended up locking out 236 kilograms (520 pounds) to take the win.
- Olga Liashchuk — 236 kilograms
- Angelica Jardine — 209 kilograms (Tied-2nd)
- Cori Butler — 209 kilograms (Tied-2nd)
- Mary Forrest — 195 kilograms
- Alyssa Manu — No lift
- Melissa Edwards — No lift
The Dumbbells at the 2023 America’s Strongest Woman competition ranged from 100-lb to 155-lb (45.4-kg to 70.3-kg).
Olga Liashchuk was the only Strongwoman to complete all five dumbbells that were presented to the athletes. So, she easily won the event and took the max points again.
- Olga Liashchuk — 5 in 59.08 s
- Angelica Jardine — 4 in 71.59 s
- Cori Butler — 2 in 26.83 s
- Mary Forrest — 2 in 28.57 s
- Melissa Edwards — 1 in 8.88 s
- Alyssa Manu — 1 in 15.01 s
The 2023 America’s Strongest Woman Natural Stones event featured stones ranging from 180-lb to 260-lb (81.6-kg to 118-kg).
Angelica Jardine turned the momentum in her favor at the penultimate event of the competition. She breezed through all five Natural Stones and turned out to be the only woman capable of completing the event. So she took the overall lead going into the final event.
- Angelica Jardine — 5 in 34.21 s
- Olga Liashchuk — 5 in 51.66 s
- Cori Butler — 4 in 49.72 s
- Alyssa Manu — 4 in 59.95 s
- Mary Forrest — 3 in 46.01 s
- Melissa Edwards — 2 in 18.63 s
First Implement: 309-lb (140-kg)
Second Implement: 331-lb (150-kg)
Third Implement: 353-lb (160-kg)
Olga Liashchuk won the final event with a time of 33.94 seconds for all 12 stairs, hoping that it would be enough to overtake Angelica Jardine. However, Angelica finished just behind Olga and officially claimed the title of 2023 America’s Strongest Woman.
- Olga Liashchuk — 12 in 33.94 s
- Angelica Jardine — 12 in 51.96 s
- Alyssa Manu — 7 stairs
- Mary Forrest — 6 stairs
- Cori Butler — 5 stairs
- Melissa Edwards — 2 stairs
The 2023 America’s Strongest Man and Woman competitions were arguably more interesting than ever. They featured everything a good show needs, including big names, great events, and an electrifying crowd. Lucas Hatton and Angelica Jardine deserve the most credit, though, as they brought their best to the competitions.