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Toller Artikel auf espn.com

Toller Artikel auf espn.com

Ein schöner und gut recherchierter Artikel auf espn.com. Gute Arbeit, Leute! Es gibt scheinbar noch seriöse Journalisten irgendwo da draußen.

When Matthias Schlitte was 16 years old, the German attended a local arm wrestling tournament at the suggestion of his mom. When he arrived, he got plenty of looks and laughs; after all, at 140 pounds, Schlitte was much smaller than his fellow competitors.

Then the arm wrestling started. And the laughing stopped.

You see, Schlitte was born with a rare genetic defect that makes his right forearm bone 33 percent larger than his left. This left him with an enormous limb that looks strikingly like Popeye’s — and gave Schlitte an instant advantage in the sport he suddenly found himself loving.

Now Schlitte, 27 years old and a decade into his professional arm wrestling career, is a German and international champion many times over. The good-humored man they call „Hellboy“ is also a commercial star and a media wonder, even appearing on an episode of the Discovery Channel’s „Is It Possible?“ several years ago:

Schlitte is the youngest winner of the German „Over the Top“ tournament, and last year was vice champion of the Nemiroff World Cup in Warsaw, Poland. Not bad for a guy who got mocked the first time he tried the sport.

„Everyone has a challenge in life,“ Schlitte told Australia’s Yahoo7 Sport. „I’m not a religious guy or anything but this was a gift from a higher power and this was my calling in life.“


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