Louis Cyr, One of History’s Strongest Men

Louis Cyr, One of History's Strongest Men

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Description

A black and white photograph shows Louis Cyr (1863–1912), often considered the strongest or one of the strongest men in history. He is sitting on a chair with his arms crossed.


Date

Photo: 1880–1900


Information

Louis Cyr (1863–1912) is often credited as being the strongest or one of the strongest men in the world. In 1895, Cyr performed a back lift (lifting a load off of raised supports using the back) of 18 large men on a platform, weighing 4,337 pounds in total. Though there have been claims of even heavier lifts by other athletes since, this remains the heaviest confirmed lift in history.


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Bibliography

Debon, N. (2007). The strongest man in the world: Louis Cyr. Toronto: Groundwood Books.

Kent, G. (2012). The strongest men on Earth: When the muscle men ruled show business. London: Robson Press.