The United States Armwrestling Federation (USAF) is proud to announce the awarding of the 2008 USAF Unified National Championship to Salt Lake City on August 1-3, 2008, hosted by BTB Armwrestling.
This is the only qualifying tournament that will guarantee a spot on the USA Team that will represent the United States at the World Armwrestling Federation (WAF) World Championships being held in Canada in 2008. 1st & 2nd Place in all divisions automatically qualify to attend the WAF World Championship. The divisions for both men and women are Senior (Open), Junior (under 18 yrs), Master (over 40) and Grand Master (over 50) classes that will be competing. And for the first time Sub-Junior (under 12) will compete in Salt Lake City.
As one of the oldest sports in history, this event will bring armwrestlers from all over the country to show their talents while being introduced to one of the fastest growing cities in the USA. Since the 70's when armwrestling first appeared on the Wide World of Sports, armwrestling has grown rapidly. With over 70 member countries in the WAF, and the current rise of our sport on ESPN and ESPN2, this event has been determined the most prestige armwrestling championship in the USA.
Locally we have always been admired by the armwrestling world because the greatest armwrestler in the world lives right here in Sandy. John Brzenk is a Delta airline mechanic, but is know throughout the world as the Michael Jordan and Tiger Woods of armwrestling. He currently is in the Guinness World Book of Records as the most successful armwrestler in history and also won the "Over the Top" championship featured in Sylvester Stallone's Movie in the mid 80's. Also locally, Bob Brown and Kevin Bongard have both won several World titles. Bob Brown moved from New Jersey in 1993 just to train with John and is now a three time World Champion and a successful bar owner in Salt Lake City, "Cheers to You". Kevin Bongard lives in Liberty Utah and is a hunting guide for large game animals. Coming to you live on August 1-3, 2008 you can meet this trio and the armwrestling champions of the world.
This sport has the best athletes in the world as they all do it for the love of the sport. Armwrestling has had its difficulty getting the interest of major sponsors and therefore the prize money that can be won can not support ones life, so all the athletes travel with little to no sponsorship and train everyday just for the love of armwrestling.
This event will bring several hundred new faces to Salt Lake City and will be held at the Red Lion Hotel in SLC.
As the host of the event Bob Brown has said, "I am very much honored to host this event, I love the sport and the people in it. I only hope I can find sponsors to help send the best of the best that the USA has to offer to the 2008 World Championships hosted in Canada."