Submitted by Vern May
For the 17th time in his career as an arm wrestler, Ryan Espey mounted the podium this weekend as the Canadian gold medal winner at the Canadian National Arm Wrestling Championships in Montreal.
It has been a stellar season for the veteran of the wrist-twisting sport. In April, he went undefeated at the provincial tournament in Winnipeg to win his 31st Manitoba Provincial championship. This weekend in Montreal, he ascended the podium four times as the gold medal winner in both the open class and masters class – undefeated in competition with battles scored in both left-handed and right-handed challenges.
The victory has qualified him to compete in the world championships to be held in Turkey this fall. He has also been pre-qualified for Arnold Schwarzenegger’s “Arnold Classic” – a multi-discipline sports showcase which will be held in Columbus, Ohio next March.
This weekend’s win marks Espey’s 59th medal win in the sport and a huge boost of confidence as he trains for the World Arm Wrestling Championship tournament in Europe later this year.