One of my favorite competition pictures of Bigg is from Lapland two years ago deadlifting the Iceman Bear. I found a story from a couple of years back on IronMind that when Champions League promoter Ilkka Kinnunen announced to the athletes that they would be lifting the National animal, some of the guys were a bit concerned about whether or not the bear was in a cage and just how close they would be to it’s mouth.
Bigg said that Dutch Pro Jarno Hams had a lot of fun with that one, trying to scare the guys as much as possible until they figured out it was stuffed. There was a cute quote from Misha Koklyaev that “when the bear shouts, it will give me extra energy to lift.” I asked Bigg about that. He said that Misha got pretty sick at this competition and that by the time the rules meeting was over, Misha was already downing Vodka to feel better. When he invited Bigg to come drink with him, of course he did. Who’s going to say no to drinking Vodka at eight in the morning on the Arctic Circle with Misha Koklyaev? Not my guy, for sure!
OH! Bigg also said that after the bear deadlift, we get to eat Reindeer stew and potatoes. Awesome.
Have a great day.
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