Leave it to the Scots to one-up other strongman competitions at todays Ohio Scottish Games. As Sean Connery has proven throughout his career, those from the land of bagpipes are born hard-asses. You wont see any tights-wearing musclemen bench-pressing barbells at todays 30th-annual outing. Instead, look for kilt-clad competitors tossing telephone poles in the air. Scots are feisty by nature, says contestant Douglas Steiger, a North Royalton firefighter. Everybody tries to judge strength by what you bench-press. Thats not an exercise that does much at the Scottish games.
Todays contests include sheaf-tossing, hammer-throwing, and shot-putting with stones. It all leads to the crowd-pleasing caber toss, in which competitors hurl enormous wooden poles end-over-end. Steiger finished third at the 2001 World Caber Championships in Scotland. Hes looking forward to todays heated competition . . . and camaraderie. The Scots arent typically a brooding type, he says. Theyre not one to shy away from a fight, but in the same sense, theyre very hospitable people too. Theyll take you into their house and treat you very well.
Sat., June 23, 8 a.m.