The 2023 Official Strongman Games (OSG) will take place on December 1-3, in Charleston Coliseum, West Virginia. One of the divisions at the 2023 OSG that will definitely attract tons of attention will be the Masters 40+ (Over 40-Years-Old), as it is set to feature an amazing lineup of athletes. Despite the competition being months away, OSG has revealed a list of athletes for this division, which consists of 11 elite Strongmen.
While the OSG has been taking place for multiple years, this year’s Masters 40+ lineup appears to be the best yet. It features some of the greatest athletes in the history of the sport, and the return of fan favorite, JF Caron, who is coming out of retirement.
Moreover, OSG will send more invites to some elite athletes like Zydrunas Savickas, but the 11 men listed below are guaranteed to compete. However, the lineup has the potential to get even better until the competition starts.
2023 OSG Masters 40+ Lineup
- 𝗠𝗮𝘁𝘁 𝗪𝗲𝗯𝗯 (USA)
- 𝗝𝗙 𝗖𝗮𝗿𝗼𝗻 (Canada)
- 𝗝𝗲𝗿𝗿𝘆 𝗣𝗿𝗶𝘁𝗰𝗵𝗲𝘁𝘁 (USA)
- 𝗟𝗮𝘂𝗿𝗲𝗻𝗰𝗲 𝗦𝗵𝗮𝗵𝗹𝗮𝗲𝗶 (United Kingdom)
- 𝗝𝗲𝗳𝗳 𝗛𝗲𝗻𝗱𝗲𝗿𝘀𝗼𝗻 (USA)
- 𝗞𝗲𝗻 𝗠𝗰𝗖𝗹𝗲𝗹𝗹𝗮𝗻𝗱 (USA)
- 𝗞𝗲𝘃𝗶𝗻 𝗣𝗿𝗼𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗿𝗼 (USA)
- M𝗶𝗰𝗵𝗮𝗲𝗹 𝗕𝗹𝗮𝗰𝗸𝘄𝗼𝗼𝗱 (Australia)
- 𝗧𝗶𝗺 𝗙𝗶𝗹𝘂𝘀 (USA)
- 𝗥𝗮𝘂𝗻𝗼 𝗛𝗲𝗶𝗻𝗹𝗮 (Estonia)
- 𝗠𝗶𝘁𝗰𝗵 𝗛𝘂𝗴𝗵𝗲𝘀 (USA)
The biggest name in the lineup and the favorite to win the 2023 OSG Masters 40+ seems to be Rauno Heinla. He finished in second place last year, losing just to Zydrunas Savickas on a tie-breaker. However, he is currently stronger than ever, which is evident by his new 540-kilogram (1,190.5-pound) 18-inch Deadlift World Record.
The next big name on the list is Laurence “Big Loz” Shahlaei, who is also coming out of retirement in the hopes of becoming the 2023 World’s Strongest Master. Big Loz has had an incredible career, winning the 2016 Europe’s Strongest Man, as well as Britain’s Strongest Man, UK’s Strongest Man, and other major competitions. Big Loz is also an incredible coach, as he has guided Mitchell Hooper to the 2023 World’s Strongest Man title.
Jerry Pritchett is another well-known Strongman who plans to make a charge for the 2023 OSG Masters 40+ title. He already competed once at this competition in 2021 and finished in third place. So, he now plans to improve his placing.
Finally, but not least, is JF Caron, a Canadian Strongman legend. JF is known for his incredible static strength and mental perseverance, which have gotten him a lot of success in the sport. However, JF tore both of his quads at the 2022 Arnold Strongman Classic, after which he stated that Strongman was done for him.
The situation has changed since, and JF Caron is now ready to come back to the sport. Not just that, but he is gunning straight for the title of 2023 World’s Strongest Master, a title he stands a good chance of winning.
Although no further additions to the 2023 OSG Masters 40+ lineup are guaranteed, if anything does change, this article will be updated accordingly. OSG has already revealed that they sent an invitation to last year’s champion, Zydrunas Savickas, but he has not accepted it as of now. Regardless, this is already the most competitive lineup of the OSG Masters, so the competition will definitely be tight and interesting.