The 2023 Official Strongman Games (OSG) is back for another year and it brings even more excitement. Featuring the biggest field of athletes, OSG consists of multiple weight and age classes for both men and women. So, it is a true Strongman and Strongwoman festival where everyone will have a chance to prove themselves. Now the events for the 2023 Official Strongman Games have also been revealed on Instagram, giving a hint about what can be expected to happen at the prestigious competition.
After three years of action in Daytona Beach, the 2023 Official Strongman Games are moving to Charleston Coliseum, West Virginia. This change in location was made since the weather almost ruined the competition in 2022. In addition, the competition will now feature two events on each of the three days.
The 2023 Official Strongman Games were previously held in November, but they will now be taking place a bit later than usual, with the action set to take place on December 1-3, 2023.
2023 Official Strongman Games
- Stand or Submit Press Medley
- Stix and Stone Carry
- Deadlift Ladder
- Goruck Survival Challenge
- Sandbag Toss
- Atlas Stone Series
Day One — December 1st
Stand or Submit Press Medley
Athletes will be given a series of four implements to press in order to achieve the fastest time possible within the 60-second time limit. The weight of the implements is not yet determined, but it will be different for all weight classes.
- Barbell with Wagon Wheels
- Circus Dumbbell
- Safe Yoke (Curved bottom yoke designed for pressing)
Stix and Stone Carry
For the second event of the 2023 Official Strongman Games the athletes will first carry a timber frame for a distance of 50 feet (15.25 meters) down the course. They will then proceed to pick up a set of stones and carry them back for a distance of 50 feet (15.25 meters) for the fastest time within a 60-second time limit. The stones are inspired by the traditional Scottish carrying stones.
Day Two — December 2nd
Starting off day two of the 2023 Official Strongman Games will be the Deadlift Ladder, an event featured in many major competitions. The time limit will be 60 seconds, while the athletes will attempt to complete five progressively heavier deadlifts as fast as possible.
The rules will be strict for this event, as the athletes will not be allowed to use deadlift suits. They will also have to wait for the down signal from the judge, which will only be given when the athlete achieves full lockout both in the knees and hips.
Goruck Survival Challenge
Although the 2023 Official Strongman Games are a Strongman and Strongwoman competition, the Goruck Survival Challenge will test the athlete’s endurance a bit. This event will still include a very heavy Sand Medicine Ball and other custom Goruck pieces of equipment that are not yet revealed. The athletes will also carry heavy backpacks throughout the event, some of which will exceed 100 pounds. The event will also last anywhere from 60 to 90 seconds.
Day Three — December 3rd
The final day of the 2023 Official Strongman Games will start off with a Sandbag Toss. In this event, the athletes will be given a 60-second time frame in which they must throw six sandbags over a crossbar as quickly as possible. The Sandbags will progressively get heavier.
The height for all of the men’s weight classes crossbars will be 15 feet (4.6 meters). On the other hand, the height for all women’s crossbars will be set at 13 feet (4 meters).
Atlas Stone Series
The Atlas Stones are arguably the most recognizable Strongman event, mostly because they are the final event of the majority of competitions. This is the case in the 2023 Official Strongman Games as well, as the athletes will be tasked with lifting six progressively heavier Atlas Stones onto the platforms.
The weights of the Stones for each weight class have been decided and can be seen in the picture below.
Although the rules and exact weights for some events cannot be decided yet, they will definitely push the athletes to their limits. All six event concepts are amazing, and some are innovative, which makes the 2023 Official Strongman Games one of the greatest competitions in the world. The athletes now have five months to prepare for these six events as well. Athletes will therefore prepare for a fierce battle for the title right up until the last second.