Brian Shaw was unsuccessful in his quest to get a win at the Arnold Strongman USA. Now he has issued a statement regarding his thoughts on the event.
Shaw was looking to get an invitation to the 2020 Arnold Strongman Classic in March. Due to a bit of a lackluster year, he was forced into a position where he had only one more chance to qualify. This came in the form of the Arnold Strongman USA event, held at the Santa Monica pier over the weekend.
Unfortunately, somebody else was in the same position as Shaw, too. Martins Licis also needed a win here to qualify for the Arnold, so the competition was fierce. The World’s Strongest Man was able to secure the victory, with Brian scoring second place. As a result, Licis will be able to compete in Columbus this March, while Shaw can not.
Following this setback, Brian Shaw was very positive. In a post to his Instagram, he issued a statement on the situation, keeping a good mindset.
Here is what he said:
“The Arnold Santa Monica is a wrap and it was an amazing event” Shaw said in his post ‘Thank you to @schwarzenegger and everyone involved for putting on a great event!
I didn’t have the contest that I was hoping to have,” Shaw admitted. “But I am very proud to have fought through the adversity I had to face around the contest. At the end of the day none of that matters and only the end result is what is important and the bottom line is I came up one point short of winning. Congratulations to @martinslicis on his win and @max.boudreault23 on his great 3rd place performance
Thank you to my sponsors @redcon1 @trifectasystem @roguefitness @getnewage for all of their support and always being in my corner,” Shaw continued. “Thank you to @probodycoach for helping me to get back on track with my diet and performance. And of course thank you to my team for everything (you know who you are)…last but not least thank you to my wife @fitmommy_kerishaw for your unwavering love and support…I couldn’t do it without you!Ty
Thank you to all of you for your support! Big things are coming in 2020! “
This was a very respectful approach for Brian Shaw to take. Overall he did not look bad at the event, but going against Licis was a tough out. These unfortunate circumstances leads him to miss his first Arnold Strongman Classic in over a decade.