Perhaps there is nothing that signifies the state of West Virginia more than our beauty and strength. We are proud of our eye-catching scenery and our people have never shied away from doing the heavy lifting.
Fortunately, we had two native West Virginians, former World’s Strongest Man Phil Pfister and first-year competitor Brian Siders, who were eager to put their superior physical strength to the test and compete with other athletes from around the globe, right here in our backyard.
The 2008 Met-Rx World’s Strongest Man contest allowed our state’s characteristics of scenic beauty and physical strength to go on full display for enthusiastic crowds in person, and now, will be shown on television in the international spotlight.
I am so proud of the way the city of Charleston hosted the Strong Man competition this past September. We had great crowds, great weather and a lot of fun.
I think if you ask the competition officials and organizers, they will confirm that this venue was as successful as any, and the crowds were some of the best ever.
I also believe that this international television coverage will continue to provide positive, worldwide exposure for our capital city and our state. And I know for a fact that it will be on television for months and months to come!
I want to thank everyone for stepping up and making this event possible in such a short amount of time. By all accounts, it was a success.
This was a true collaborative effort that allowed an event of this magnitude to operate successfully. There are many people and groups who deserve recognition: Charleston Mayor Danny Jones and staff, Charleston Convention and Visitors Bureau, University of Charleston, West Virginia Coal Association, Chesapeake Energy, Yeager Airport officials, Executive Air, and the WV Air National Guard, Coonskin Park, IMG Sports Media, ESPN, all event sponsors, all of the state agencies involved, our citizens for your support, and many others.
I think everyone will be pleased with the quality of the production and the way the Mountain State is portrayed on the upcoming television airings.
My hope is that we are able to make a positive impression for the millions of viewers and living rooms this program reaches. It was a rare opportunity and we took advantage of it. And I am really excited to see the results.
Jama Jarrett or Melvin Smith