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Phil Pfister
Born Phil Pfister
May 15, 1970 (1970-05-15) (age 39)
United States Charleston, West Virginia
Residence Charleston, West Virginia
Occupation Strongman
Height 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Weight 375 pounds (170 kg)
Competition record
Competitor for  United States
World's Strongest Man
1st 2006 World's Strongest Man
4th Thrice 1998, 2001, 2007
7th 2009 World's Strongest Man
Strongest Man Alive
2nd 1999
Arnold Strongman Classic
3rd 2002
USA's Strongest Man
2nd Four times (2000-01, 2003-04)
Pan-American Championships (IFSA)
1st (2005)
Beauty and the Beast
2nd (2001)
Hawaii's Strongest Man
2nd (2005)

Phil Pfister (born May 15, 1970 in Charleston, West Virginia), is a leading strongman competitor, winning the 2006 Met-Rx World's Strongest Man competition and its $41,000 grand prize on September 23, 2006 in Sanya, China. He is the first American to win since Bill Kazmaier in 1982.[2] Pfister stands 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) and weighs 375 pounds (170 kg).‎

Prior to 2006, Pfister's previous best finishes in the World's Strongest Man were fourth place in 1998 in Tangier, and fourth place again in 2001 in Victoria Falls. He placed fourth at the 2007 WSM. [3] ‎ While qualifying for his 4th place finish in Victoria Falls, during an event known as the Hercules Hold, Pfister made a verbal promise that he would be the man responsible for bringing the World's Strongest Man title back to the United States. He went on to set two qualifier records in the Hercules Hold and in the Atlas Stones, but was unable to contend in the finals against the Scandinavian competitors who took the podium finishes that year, Magnus Samuelsson from Sweden, Janne Virtanen from Finland, and Svend Karlsen from Norway, respectively. Pfister has also achieved a podium finish at the Arnold Strongman Classic when he came third in 2002. Pfister works as a firefighter and currently resides in West Virginia with his wife Michelle and son Wyatt. He has made an appearance on Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader? on April 17, 2008 and won $25,000.


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