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Jack Walsh-World’s Strongest Man? – Iron Game History – October, 1995

One of the most unusual strongmen I’ve known is Jack Walsh, who as a professional billed himself as “The World’s Strongest Man.” From an early age, Jack was fascinated by the old-time strong- men, such as Louis Cyr, and later he performed as a circus strong- man, backlifting elephants and performing other spectacular off-beat stunts such as having people jump from ladders onto his abdomen and hoisting heavy poundages with one finger. The problem was, it was very difficult to evaluate Jack’s strength because he was not tested on standard lifts that could be com- pared with what others did, nor did he ever participate in a regular weightlifting competition.