November 3rd 1982 - November 28th 2013
Over this festive period, especially if you live in the UK it's more than likely that you will have seen Worlds Strongest Man on TV.
Strongman is loved in our household and we have attended Strongman events when they have been in the UK and watch and follow the sport closely.
However this year we watched the WSM finals with a heavy heart knowing that one of the Sports greats and one of our favourite competitors, Mike Jenkins, was no longer with us.
We never had the pleasure of meeting Mike, however he was just one of those guys that you warmed to on TV, a lively and bubbly character who entertained whilst lifting and moving weights most humans could not comprehend.
Mikes death is a huge loss to the world of Strongman and he will be deeply missed throughout the strongman and powerlifting world.
Mike was from Westminster , Maryland and worked as a high school athletics director when not competing in strongman. Before switching over to strongman in 2007, Mike was a professional football player.
In 2007 Mike entered Maryland's Strongest Man contest of which he won, this then qualified him for the North American amateur national strongman championships held later that year. Mike placed 6th in that contest. Spured on by this he competed in the North American Nationals in 2009 in Which he came 2nd.
Mike then competed in the inaugural Arnold Amateur Stongman World Championships in 2010 and he won the contest! With this win it meant that Mike received his pro card as well as being invited to compete at the 2011 Arnold Strongman Classic with the worlds best. Later in 2010 Mike competed in the America's Strongest Man and placed 2nd behind the three time champion and strongman legend Derek Poundstone.
Mike, taking up the invite competed in the 2011 Arnold Strongman Classic and placed an amazing 2nd behind arguably one of the greatest stongmen to live, Zydrunas Savickas.
With this 2nd place, Mike qualified for the finals of the Worlds Strongest Man 2011. Mike won the first two events of the finals but then had to unfortunately withdraw due to a back injury finishing 8th overall. We, as many people do, strongly believe Mike could have gone on to win if not for this injury.
In 2012 Mike won the 2012 Arnold Strongman Classic finishing ahead of former champions Derek Poundstone, Zydrunas Savickas and the current worlds strongest man Brian Shaw. That year he also won the Giants live event in Melbourne, Australia, again qualifying for the WSM finals.
Mike finished 5th at that event, during which he set a joint world record with Nick Best in the hip lift event, lifting and amazing 1150kg or 2540lbs !!
Mike Jenkins once again qualified for the Worlds Strongest Man 2013 Finals held in Sanya China and improved on last years result finishing 4th in what was a gruelling contest.
It was on the 28th November 2013 that everyone heard the shocking news that Mike Jenkins had suddenly died. Mike was aged 31 and his death is a devastating loss to the Strongman World.