When will she come back to us? ()
A great athlete, eight-time world champion and a real beauty, Sarah Bäckman, has made our headlines many times. Not only have we written about her numerous armwrestling successes, but also about other things as Sarah, like no other female armwrestler, has provided us with many various topics. Only Alexey Voevoda and John Brzenk have given us more reasons to write about.
What’s particularly cool about Sarah is that she has done much to promote not only herself, but also our sport. Above all, she’s an athlete, not a celebrity.
Almost every competition ends with Sarah taking first place.
There was a time we began to fear that this Swedish beauty would give up armwrestling and start practising powerlifting as she posted a video from her training.
Do you remember that?
The armwrestling match Gabi Vasconcelos vs Sarah Backman is approaching!
Meanwhile both ladies are bench pressing and setting records!
Gabi – 102 kg, Sarah – 100 kg!
Did she mean to shock everyone by that?
Do you remember this short interview?
Sarah, why are you training so much legs, bench press and deadlifts when you’re an armwrestler?
I’ve been training armwrestling specific for 6 years and this year was my hardest one, prior to the World Championships in September 2012. Directly after the championship, I continued with hard armwrestling specific training and had two more tough competitions. The result was two overtrained and injured elbows, biceps and shoulders. I realized I needed a little break and the break is going on right now, but calm down, I’ll soon go into a more specific training for the Swedish Nationals in March, European Championships in May and World Championships in September.
Some time passed....
Sarah didn’t compete at the Swedish Nationals as she was busy in Japan promoting armwrestling in the Japanese TV. The Swedish federation decided not to include her into the national team for the European Championships 2013, which were held in Lithuania.
A heated discussion broke out about Sarah not representing Sweden. We published Sarah’s and the Swedish federation’s statements.
On 14 April 2013 we wrote:
The Swedish Armwrestling Federation would like to clarify a few points regarding the discussion over the last few days concerning Sarah Bäckman not representing Sweden in the European Championships this year.
Sarah is an amazing arm wrestler and fascinating personality. We are proud and glad that Sarah is Swedish, that she has grown and developed from a promising 14-year old starting out in arm wrestling to the super star she has become through her hard work and determination. Every year our national federations congress discuss how to appoint those who represent us internationally, and every year an overwhelming majority of the Swedish arm wrestling community vote that the right to represent Sweden is won at the table at the nationals. This year Sarah chose to forfeit that battle, and did not appear at the nationals, well aware of the rules agreed upon by the Swedish arm wrestling community. 230 other arm wrestlers spend time and money to fight for the honour to wear our colours internationally. Among them those who will be representing us in the ladies -70 category.